A series of movements connecting the mind, body and breath. Each class focuses on reminding students how to use positive energy to lengthen, strengthen and rejuvenate their minds and bodies, and will leave you feeling focused, strong and capable. You will take the connection, stability and focus into your day and beyond. This class is for EVERYONE of any level, as specific alignment cues are given, chances to play with and try new poses.
STRETCH, ROLL & RELEASE
This class is sequenced with a unique blend of yoga poses, core work, active stretches and rolling techniques to increase your body’s overall strength, ease pain, improve mobility, and allow you to live better in your body.This class targets the upper and lower body, as well as the core. With a focus on active stretching and rotational movements, chronic pain and stiffness is relieved...and you will leave feeling stronger, more flexible, and more energized.
MOTION & MEDITATION
Motion & Meditation is a balance of specific breathing exercises, yoga postures and guided meditation to lift your mood by balancing brain chemistry and oxygenating the blood and body. Through Yoga Nidra (Yoga Sleep) and pranayama (controlled breathing), Elaine will guide you keeping your mind focused, first on the breath and then on the sensory experience while in a relaxation position. This class is beginner friendly!
This fun, warm and welcoming practice introduces children to yoga teaching flexibility and strength as well as self-soothing breathing techniques. Practicing yoga improves kids' ability to act and behave mindfully and with compassion, to be brave, to know happiness and to find an inner peace – all achieved while the children dream, laugh and foster their imaginations. Kids Yoga classes are offered for children grades K-3 and grades 4-8. MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS.
Take time to connect with your baby while strengthening your body in preparation for labor and delivery. The Prenatal yoga class employs modifications for women in all stages of pregnancy. You will strengthen the pelvic muscles as well as the uterus, help to alleviate constipation, heartburn, nausea and fatigue. You will learn breathing techniques will help calm your mind and spirit as you prepare for the most stress-free delivery possible. MUST PRE-REGISTER ONLINE FOR THIS CLASS.
MOMMY & BABY YOGA
Mommy and Baby Yoga offers a unique bonding experience for you and your baby. He or she will be stimulated and engaged while you move through the various postures designed to unite the two of you. We will focus on strengthening and realigning the body post birth, releasing tension and most importantly, having fun! Connect with other moms in a warm and welcoming environment.
My Yoga practice (on and off the mat) has become an essential part of my life. I would love to be able share what I have learned and teach everyone how a regular practice can change you (inside and outside) as a person.I wanted to provide the community with a safe and serene place to practice, particularly for families. I find it so important to teach our teens and little ones to be mindful and present.
Yoga, to me is a way of life. A regular practice can nourish your body, mind and soul and enable to you to give back to others what they needs from you. Being a parent and working full time can be very tiring and challenging. We all need to take some time for ourselves to replenish our bodies and minds in order to meet life’s every day demands. Pranayama, Meditation and Yoga asana can help us do this.
I am certified 200 HR Registered Yoga Teacher and a Registered Children's Yoga Teacher. I recently moved to Westfield in summer of 2016 and love this town. I live here with my husband and my 3 yr old.
I am filled with gratitude and humbled to have the opportunity to be able to share this invaluable way of life.
Janna has practiced Yoga for more than 20 years, and has taught over 5,000 Yoga classes. She teaches Yoga to all ages and abilities. Her classes are firmly grounded in the tradition, drawing from a variety of styles.
As well as being a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher at the advanced level, she is a professional member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. After being hit by a car in 2001, Janna used her Yoga practice for physical healing, and has discovered how mind, body, and spirit are deeply integrated.
She also certified at the advanced level of Radiant Child Yoga, Level 2, and has a playful approach in her teaching style, no matter the age of the student.
“I encourage my students to find their optimal pose, teaching the fundamental components of each pose, using modifications and breath work. I strongly believe that Yoga is an important lifestyle activity, and advocate a brief daily practice. In fact, my classes are specifically designed to help students incorporate Yoga into their busy lives.”
Megan began her journey with yoga in high school as a way to be active, relax, and unwind after running and various other activties. Since then, she has devoted her time to studying the many facets of yoga, especially the calming effect it has on the entire body. She has completed numerous immersions and trainings and constantly seeks more knowledge.
In Megan's classes you will be guided through alignment while you steep in relaxation. Megan's intention for each of her students is for them to unfold their inner goodness with grace. Megan is forever grateful for her teachers, family, and close friends who have guided her into alignment within her own life on and off the mat.
Elaine has been teaching yoga for 20 years and practicing for 25. Calling herself an “escaped English teacher,” she has an M.A. in adult language learning. She is a certified yoga teacher in the Himalayan tradition, focusing on yoga postures, breath work and meditation, and is certified to teach Life Force Yoga, which is designed to alleviate depression and anxiety.
Elaine has been a student of yoga nidra, a yogic system of profound physical and mental relaxation, with Rolf Sovik at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. On her personal journey, she has managed depression, arthritis and scoliosis with her yoga practice and, through her teaching, seeks to help others find the same comfort and well being that she enjoys.
YogaSutra's mission is to provide a serene, safe, and welcoming space where families can cultivate their practice, develop at their own pace, creating their very own personal journey and self - transformation.
We believe that happiness, peace and calm already has a place within us. Yoga is a journey to finding that balance, both on and off the mat. A yoga practice stretches and strengthens our bodies; it teaches us to mindfully move and connect with our breath, which leads us to be mindful and present in our daily tasks. It teaches us the freedom to be still and connects us. Our teachers are encouraged to bring their own teaching style, and voice, allowing for a unique yoga experience every time.
YogaSutra operates on the principle that a business can be truthful, transparent and mindful, while giving generously to its community, in pursuit of financial success. We are committed teachers, managers, volunteers and owners inspired by a work environment where individuals are empowered to lead and co-create a community that thrives on personal connection and a spirit of freedom. We invite the entire community in Westfield & beyond to come and join this fabulous journey!