Group Yoga Classes

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YOGA FUNDAMENTALS I

This course is designed for BEGINNERS who want to make sure they are learning postures correctly and with proper adaptations for their body type and constitution. Our intention is to provide a safe and solid foundation for the practice of postures and breath. 

YOGA FUNDAMENTALS II

This series is designed for people who have had some experience with yoga in the past. While still teaching the basics of yoga practice, this course offers new postures with continued emphasis on proper breathing. 

CONTINUING YOGA

The study and practice of yoga is the endeavor of a lifetime. In our continuing classes, participants deepen their understanding and practice of all aspects of yoga (asanas, pranayama, philosophy, meditation). Although we do not offer teacher certification programs, participants in our continuing classes receive guidance that is characterized by a high level of expertise that supports a deeper comprehension of the many aspects of a yoga practice.

RESTORATIVE/GENTLE YOGA

Irrespective of age or health, we all have unique physical conditions, temporary or chronic, that can impact our movements and daily activities. The smaller setting of this yoga class allows for more personalized guidance where individual limitations can be addressed in a safe fashion. If a person has difficulty with a posture, the posture will be modified accordingly or explored with a chair, if necessary. These classes are ideal for people dealing with illness, injury, age-related conditions, medical treatments, chronic stress or reduced stamina. In this supportive environment, every person can develop greater body awareness and experience the immediate and numerous benefits of yoga. In the long term, a therapeutic realignment of body and mind can take place.  Each class concludes with a quieting and centering experience which provides more support to the system than other typical means of relaxation or even sleep. 

These classes can be attended by beginners as they are gentle in nature. ANY PERSON INTERESTED IN JOINING THE CLASS FOR THE FIRST TIME needs to contact the teacher, David Jacobs, at info@upstateyogainstitute.com as these classes are therapeutic group classes and David will want to make sure he understands any condition you might be dealing with prior to your first class.

David Jacobs is certified to teach yoga in the therapeutic tradition of Krishnamacarya and Desikachar and has been teaching for more than 15 years.  David has also received certification from Nischala Joy Devi, who was instrumental in developing the yoga portion of both The Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease and the Commonweal Cancer Help Program in California. In addition, David has trained at the Center of  Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a model developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and used to teach this program to students and to faculty and staff at Syracuse University.

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