Yoga Classes at the NAC
Yoga classes are included in your NAC membership.
Experience a complete body and mind workout. Yoga at the NAC can calm your mind, increase your focus and enhance your ability to cope with tension.
Free For Your Mind & Body
As you unlock the stresses in your muscles, you also free your mind. You develop strength while simultaneously dissolving tensions, tightness and toxins, alleviating soreness and preventing stiffness. You will achieve a fit and supple body through the practice of various postures (asanas).
Just Your Style
The hatha style of yoga flows from one posture into the next, carrying the energy with it to fuel the next pose. The poses work on all the body systems, toning the muscles, stimulating the circulation and improving overall health. Yoga is accessible to everyone, because the postures may be modified and tailored to each individual’s needs.
You’ll learn how to focus and generate energy into different parts of your body, allowing the body to open on its own with minimal resistance. By keeping the physical systems open and energized, you become sensative to internal feedback. By becoming aware of these subtle sensations, you can align and remold the structure of your body, according to an inner sense of what it needs.
Just For You
You may choose to start a yoga practice for relaxation or stress reduction, for greater flexibility, healing a sports-related injury or to complement a regular fitness routine.
Satisfy your curiosity, discover for yourself how yoga can enhance your life. It’s more than an exercise, it’s a way of life.
Types of Yoga Practiced at the Newtown Athletic Club
YOGA ROCKS – A fun, upbeat asana practice for experienced yoga students. It will be accompanied by classic rock and world jam tunes for a joyful awakening and celebration of life to prepare for the day and the weekend ahead. There will be no fixed set of poses, instead there will be a dynamic sequence that will build up to some advanced poses. Some instruction in pranayama and meditation will be offered at the conclusion of the asana class.
HATHA YOGA – A good place to start yoga. Classes are slower paced and more emphasis is placed on doing each Asana correctly. Yoga breathing is explained. Your flexibility and knowledge of yoga will increase and your stress levels will decrease.
GENTLE YOGA- The ancient and graceful exercise of yoga will be practiced in this wellness class, with poses modified and adapted for all abilities. The class combines yoga postures, breathing and relaxation techniques for strength, endurance, balance and flexibility. First time participants are encouraged to attend the Intro to Yoga on Monday at 11:15 am. Especially suited for seniors and beginners.
PRENATAL WORKSHOP- This will be offered 4-5 times per year. Please check the Group Fitness Schedule.
VINYASA YOGA –Vinyasa Yoga is the uniting of breath and movement into one vigorous, flowing, asana practice. In this class, meditation, mantras and emphasis on alignment are interwoven to create a complete yoga experience. Students are encouraged to take a few Hatha Classes first or have a basic understanding of yoga.
POWER YOGA- As practiced at the NAC, it consists of a series of yoga poses taken from the first
and second series of Ashtanga, Hatha and standing balance poses. It is a Challenging yoga practice from which you will develop muscle tone, flexibility and mental awareness. Power and Ashtanga are weight bearing and will build bone density.
RESTORATIVE YOGA A great way to achieve ultimate well-being using a blend of various styles of Yoga and breathing techniques using props. Yoga straps, blocks, bolsters, blankets, sand bags, etc. are used throughout the session to enable the stretch to become deeper along with the breath training to bring strength and flexibility to body-mind. Modifications are offered as appropriate to accommodate students of all ages and abilities.
STRESS REDUCTION Relax, unwind and take your mind to another level. This mind body class incorporates breathing techniques, visualization, postures, reiki and stretching. Experience inner peace and find your calm no matter how hectic your lifestyle is. Stay for the Meditation part or just distress for the half hour.
MEDITATION- This class will teach you how to meditate by relaxing the mind/body in a profound way that you will be able to reverse the aging process, sharpen the mind and maintain optimal health. Our meditation includes visualization, breathing techniques, and Hands on Healing using Reiki.
FAMILY YOGA- Ages 6 and up with their special adult are encouraged to have fun together in a non-competitive environment. Yoga will improve your child’s attention span and the ability to focus. They will be taught proper breathing and body awareness as well as ways to explore yoga poses in a creative manner, including partner poses. Classes end with a short meditation and massage. Offered in 8-week sessions during the fall/winter schedules. Registration is required at the program desk.
AERIAL YOGA – Aerial yoga is a combination of traditional yoga poses done on the floor, and postures practiced using a soft fabric “trapeze” (called a “sling”) suspended at waist height. This is the same fabric that aerialists use in the circus, but in aerial yoga our body weight is distributed between the fabric and the floor, allowing us to access traditional yoga postures in new ways.
Stay tuned for winter and summer solstice special class practices.