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What Is Gentle Yoga?
Is Gentle Yoga Right For Me?
Special Requirements for Zoom Classes
There are many styles of yoga and it is important to find one that suits you. Classes at Gentle Movement Arts build strength, flexibility, balance, relaxation, and self-awareness. They include a combination of active postures in a standing or seated position as well as relaxing supported postures. The postures are made accessible to all through the use of props including walls, blankets, blocks, straps, and bolsters. While safety and moderation are primary concerns, care is also taken to make sure that all students are challenged in a way that is appropriate for them.
The only physical requirement for yoga classes at Gentle Movement Arts is that you be able to get up and down from the floor. Adult students of any age, fitness level, “stiffness” level, and body type, whether beginning or experienced, are welcome. Classes are small (12 student limit) so that postures can be adapted for individuals as needed. For example, in balancing postures, some students work with their backs to a wall for stability while others work freestanding. Students are encouraged to pay attention to how they feel in the postures and to speak up if they have concerns. Please contact Susan if you are uncertain whether Gentle Yoga is right for you.
In order to take a Zoom class, you will need to have a quiet space in your house where you can set up a computer or tablet that will allow you to see the teacher and be seen. Your setup will preferably be near a wall with your yoga mat coming straight out from the wall. Good lighting is helpful. In the absence of a suitable wall, you may be able to use the back of a couch or some other structure instead. In addition to your mat, you will need some props. Ideally, these would include 2-4 yoga blocks, a bolster, three blankets, and a strap. Blankets or towels can be used instead of bolsters and a necktie or similar can be used as a belt. Books or other household items can be used instead of blocks, but, if you were to buy just one thing, it would be a set of 2-4 yoga blocks. If you would like help with Zoom or with your setup, please let Susan know ahead of time and she will help you out.