Yoga strengthens the body and quiets the mind. Experience postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques that will revitalize, tone, and strengthen the self. Classes also cover practical topics such as stress relieving techniques and weight management through a healthy diet and lifestyle. Try out a fitness practice that emphasizes a healthy mind and body. Recharge, refresh and rejuvenate in a safe, non-competitive environment.
All Levels / Open Level - Whether you're new to yoga or looking to refine your practice, this class emphasizes subtle alignment, breath awareness, and core concepts establishing the right foundation that can be applied to any yoga class. Learn practical techniques to enhance well-being and health.
Private Classes, Yoga Parties, and “Yoga at Your Work Place” also available upon request.
CURRENT CLASS SCHEDULE
JCC Allentown =
Jewish Community Center
702 North 22nd Street
ALLENTOWN, PA 18104
Tuesdays 6:15p - All Levels
Wednesday 11:00a - Chair Yoga
Thursdays 6:15p - All Levels
Saturdays 10:00a - All Levels
Listen to a Guided Relaxation by Yogi Joe:
Practice without competitiveness or strain. Never force. Get out of a posture if you feel you need to do so. With necessary adjustments and adaptations, anybody can do any posture. If you cannot do a posture, it means that your body is not yet ready for it. Appreciate your strengths and work with your weaknesses. Yoga is meant to develop the latent possibilities. Do not identify yourself with your limitations. Yoga is meant to give you independence, confidence, and freedom and not to nurture dependency and insecurity.
Women should avoid inverted or strenuous postures during the menstrual period.
Pregnant women should consult their healthcare professional before starting any yoga practice.
Check with your doctor if you suffer from any medical condition before starting any yoga practice.
Please inform your instructor of any health concerns, injuries, or issues that you may have.
You will get maximum benefits by being fully present and not allowing the mind to wander. Dedicate your practice fully to yourself for your well being. Remain in the present. When thoughts pull you away to other times and places, bring your awareness back to the body and breath.
Enjoy your practice! You should feel good after a pose. Always be positive during the practice of asanas and breathing exercises, because, if your mind is in a negative state, the negativity will be magnified if you do pranayama in that state. Remember that where ever the attention is, that is where the energy flows.
Yoga is complete life.
Yoga is for all. Yoga is universal. Yoga is union with all.
The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit verb yuj, which can be translated as "yoke" or "to join or unite." Yoga unites the mind, body, and breath. Yoga unites the individual with the universal. Yoga refines and purifies all aspects of the human personality so that the Soul can shine forth in its divine splendor. The goal of yoga is self-realization, self-purification, liberation, enlightenment, or samadhi.
Yoga is achieved through practice and non-attachment.
WHAT IS HATHA YOGA?
In Western society, yoga has become synonymous with Hatha yoga, which involves the more physical aspects of yoga: asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), kryias (cleansing techniques), etc. The word hatha is composed of two words: ha meaning sun and tha meaning moon. Therefore, hatha yoga means to "unite the sun and moon." Hatha yoga brings together and balances opposing energies in the mind and body. The sun, or right side associated with activity, masculinity, and pingala nadi is balanced with the moon, or left side associated with passivity, femininity, and ida nadi.
It's important to note that yoga transcends physical exercise and kinesthetics. Asanas, pranayama, bandhas, mudras, and kryias are considered to be tools for yoga practice. If a person only develops his physical body without attending to the various other aspects of his personality, an imbalance will surely develop. Hatha yoga works on harmonizing and transforming the whole being, physically, emotionally, mentally and intellectually, to bring about balance on all these levels.
Guidelines for Practice:
- Clothing should be comfortable and nonrestrictive so that you have total freedom of movement. Practice with bare feet. If you can do without your glasses, take them off during your practice period.
- Practice on an empty stomach, wait 2-4 hours after a full meal. The postures affect the internal organs, so it is better to wait until they are no longer busy with digestion.
- Breathe through your nose during practice.
- Always begin and end your practice in savasana, if you need to leave early or arrive late give yourself at least 5 minutes for relaxation to allow the body to calm. Also ending your practice in savasana allows the body to fully absorb the practice.
Be courteous of other students in the room: turn cell phones on silent, avoid wearing heavy colognes or perfumes, etc.