Specialty Series and Classes
Please note, as of March 17, 2020 Ames Yoga Center will be offering classes live online via Zoom on your mobile device or computer.
Mindful Meditation Practice
Restorative Yoga & Pranayama is an approach to asana practice that emphasizes the spiritual connection of body mind. Each session has a theme related to yoga which supports the practice. The class emphasizes the healing aspects of meditation and breath work, and encourages inward focus and spiritual attunement. The key to the practice lies in opening to all aspects of the practice including interweaving the teachings into our lives.
Nurturing Yin and Yoga Nidra
The deep nurturing practice of Yin Yoga is a wonderful way to unblock the flow of vital energy throughout body and mind. It is practiced with longer holds, supported with props to strengthen and lengthen connective tissue, and to release deep chronic-held stress and tension. In addition, each class will include a deep restorative yoga nidra practice, guided withdrawal of senses from outer to the inner world into meditative consciousness. The practice inspires a relaxed awareness of the vitality and contentment within.
"The Yin and Yoga Nidra class has given me a better sense of inner peace after each session - a calm gentleness and grace that I try to keep with me throughout the week"
- Current Yin Yoga student
Gentle Yoga and Mindfulness
The Gentle Yoga and Mindfulness Class is for the student new to yoga, or those wanting a gentle supportive practice. We provide you with the tools to support your yoga practice. Time will be spent learning pranayama, breathing practices, gentle yoga asana and mindfulness practice.
This class is designed to support the expectant mother, and her changing body. Yoga during pregnancy is a great way to strengthen the body, relax the mind and relieve minor discomfort through gentle asana, pranayama and mindfulness. Expectant mothers will build relationships and connections with other expecting mothers as well as strengthen the bond with their baby All levels are welcome.
Intro to Mindful Meditation
There has been much research to support the healing benefits to both body & mind from the practice of meditation. We will explore medically proven mind-body techniques derived from meditation and yoga to reduce stress and support balance and well being. Students will learn to cultivate a practice formally and informally which they can integrate moment by moment into the overall quality of their daily life.
“My experience in the class has been transformative.”
“The overall quality of the program was outstanding.” “Great experience. The class has given me the support I needed.”
- recent mindful meditation students comments