Gentle Yoga (Wednesdays at 6 pm)
Gentle yoga represents an adaptation of traditional hatha yoga poses, creating a practice that people of most any age, size, or physical condition can do. It is different from physical exercise, emphasizing relaxation and gradual development of body awareness. This awareness allows the practitioner to relax deeply during each pose, to breathe deeply, and to move toward physical health and deep-seated calm.
Note: Moving between the floor and standing is kept to a minimum in this class, and the use of props is encouraged when they're helpful.
Very Gentle (Chair-Assisted) Yoga (Mondays & Thursdays at 9 am)
This very gentle class is an ideal practice for people for whom movement is a challenge. Many yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation techniques can be performed, with modifications, from a chair. A portion of the class takes place seated, and a portion takes place standing behind the chair, using it for support. Chairs are anchored on yoga mats to prevent slipping. No part of the class takes place on the floor.
Chair yoga is for everyone-- regardless of your age or physical condition, you can experience the health benefits of yoga!
Thai Yoga Massage combines yoga and massage in a rhythmic, flowing, dance-like partnership between practitioner and recipient. The practitioner uses hands, feet, arms, and legs to gently guide the recipient into various yoga postures and stretches and applies pressure to specific energy lines with palms and thumbs. The recipient rests, fully clothed, on a futon-like mat during the session, and the massage is customized to meet the needs of each person. It can provide amazing results to reduce stress, ease discomfort, and create total relaxation.
Beth is trained in the Lotus Palm method of Thai Yoga Massage, which is grounded in the philosophy of Metta, or loving-kindness and compassion, symbolized by the lotus flower. Hence, Lotus Palm means "compassionate touch," and that is the spirit of this work.
Bellydance is one of the oldest woman-friendly activities on the planet and is so much fun! In its ancient origins, it was a dance performed by women and for women. Many of its movements are derived from instruction laboring women received from their midwives to assist in moving the birthing process along. Understanding this, the undulating, serpentine movements of bellydance take on a powerful meaning and connection to women the world over.
You will learn basic steps, rhythms, isolations, combinations, and much more. A wonderful core strengthening and toning dance which will bring out the Goddess in you!
Bloom also serves as home base for the performance troupe Beth directs, Adi Shakti World Fusion Bellydance (please like them on Facebook ~ thanks).