Classes
We welcome Sun City West residents, renters (with Rec Card), and their guests, regardless of fitness level or yoga experience.  Your teacher will help you take your practice where you'd like to go.  Yoga's combined focus on mindfulness, breathing, and physical movements brings health benefits with regular participation. 

For the schedule of our in-studio classes, see  In-Studio Classes.  For the schedule of online classes offered by instructors, see Online Classes.
Mat Yoga

Mat yoga is practiced on a mat and refers to a set of physical exercises known as asanas, or postures, sequenced to align your skin, muscles, and bones.  The postures are designed to open the many channels of the body — especially the main channel, the spine — so that energy can flow freely. 

Levels:  Beginning, Intermediate, Intermediate/Advanced, Advanced (Level is specified on class schedule.)

Chair Yoga

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. It is recommended for individuals who may have difficulty getting up and down off the floor due to mobility or recuperative issues.  Often the poses, or asanas, are adaptations of Hatha yoga poses.

Level:  All skill levels

Yoga/Stretch

This class can benefit all ages and abilities and involves a selection of poses to improve strength, flexibility, and balance.  For those with flexibility challenges and chronic pain, this class can help improve functional movement.  Each class will vary on intensity and variation.  This is a low-impact activity and can include gentle movements.  It is commonly used as part of physical therapy and rehabilitation of injuries.

Level:  All skill levels

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Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is a practice that enhances the natural range of motion in the joints by stretching muscles with prolonged supported holds.  Asanas, or poses, are held typically between 1 to 5 minutes, enhancing the flow of Prana, focusing on releasing deep layers of connective tissue where energy often stagnates, and allowing your body to open on a deeper level.

Level:  All skill levels

Yoga Stretch & Roll

Students of all levels use their own body weight in conjunction with the foam roller and other props to achieve the many benefits of foam rolling including myofascial release, increased blood flow and circulation to the soft tissues, and self-massage.

Required equipment:  foam roller

Level:  All skill levels

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Qigong
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Qigong roughly translates to energy exercise.  We are moving our bodies slowly, thoughtfully, and with a focus on breath to improve posture, balance, tone muscles, and relax ourselves.  Exercises can be done seated or standing.  Modifications for various levels of ability are given, so all participants get a challenge no matter what experience they have.  Mindful movement becomes a moving meditation.  No mat required. (Classes are held in the yoga studio, not outdoors.)

Level:  All skill levels

Tai Chi
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Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise to improve your health.  It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner, accompanied by deep breathing, challenging the brain and the body to work in unison and harmony.  Harvard University calls Tai Chi “moving meditation.”  The class is done standing, but modifications can be made for those who need to sit.  No mat required. (Classes are held in the yoga studio, not outdoors.)

Level: All skill levels

 
 
Yoga HIIT
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Yoga HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) provides the yogi with an alternative to a cardio workout which incorporates favorite asanas.  A Vinyasa flow sequence is gradually interrupted with a 3- to 5-minute HIIT segment which happens 2 to 3 times throughout the practice.  

Yoga HIIT provides the yogi with an opportunity to expand his or her own physical limitations.  The HIIT exercises vary from butt kicks, high knees, jumping jacks, skaters, burpees, and jump squats and are timed to a minimum of 30 seconds each. This practice challenges the level of breath and control movement while breathing.  Modifications are provided so heart rate can still be elevated for a short time without maxing out (classes are held in the yoga studio, not outdoors).

Level:  Advanced

 
Slow Flow
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This challenging ( Hatha) “all levels” class is for very mobile students and is structured as a flow class, with the tempo slowed down tremendously for more mindful movement from one pose to the next.  As Vinyasa is one breath, one movement, slow flow spends more time holding postures (5-8 breaths) to focus in on the breath/body/mind connection to create calm. Students should be able to get up and down from the floor. (Classes are held in the yoga studio, not outdoors.)

Level:  All skill levels

 
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Meditation

An open approach to meditation, exploring Buddhist and Taoist meditation training.  No two classes will be exactly alike.  Bring your mat, meditation cushion, sit on a chair, or stand (classes are held in the yoga studio, not outdoors).

Level: All skill levels

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Hatha Yoga Using a Chair as a Prop

This is a team-lead class that incorporates mat and chair yoga in the same class.  This class is intended for those who want a gentle yoga class in the evening.

 

Peaches Sloan and Emily Slonina will team-teach this class, demonstrating postures on the chair and the mat.  

 

The last 15 minutes of the 80-minute class will be in Savasana for those on the mat; chair students will relax with their legs extended onto a second chair.

 

The healing sound of a singing bowl will help all students relax.

Good to Know!

Please Use Fragrances Sparingly in Class
Most of us don’t even think about chemical sensitivities when we spray on perfume or cologne, but for some residents this can be a severe problem, so the Rec Centers have asked the community to keep this in mind as they go about their activities and attend our events.
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Learn More About the Fascinating World of Fascia! 

Gil Hedley: Fascia and stretching: The Fuzz Speech

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Great Reasons To Start Alternate Nostril Breathing
Article from Rejuvenation Lounge

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Asana, mudra, namaste, and more

What do these words mean that we hear in class? Here's a list of commonly heard yoga terms.

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Seven Principles of Alignment in Yoga

Yoga instructor Carol Fuller frequently mentioned the Seven Principles of Alignment in class. Follow the link below to learn more about the Principles. And don't forget Carol's 8th Principle: SMILE!

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Foam Rolling - Applying the Technique of Self Myofacial Release

Article from the National Academy of Sports Medicine

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Is Yoga an Exercise?  Studies Say 'Yes'

Article in Forbes
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Twelve Minutes of Yoga For Bone Health

Article in the New York Times

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Jan Stittleburg has provided these Qigong resources for beginners

8 Brocades Qigong, a very simple set of exercises to move the energy thru the body: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K-0JpiJu-o&feature=youtu.be

 

Tai Chi Qigong 18 part 1, a set of 18 simple exercises for moving the upper body: https://youtu.be/bAbEzmH0TPs

 

Tai Chi Qigong 18 part 2, a set of 18 slightly more exertive exercises for moving the upper and lower body: https://youtu.be/_SliEplK_Ss

 

Tai Chi Qigong 18 part 3, another set of 18 exercises for moving the upper and lower body, I do this one regularly:  https://youtu.be/3cgO9EOoRaI

 

8 Minute Daily Tai Chi, a very easy to follow beginners practice:  https://youtu.be/PNtWqDxwwMg This is by Don Fiore, who has other similar videos on YouTube, all good to try.

Evon Rubenstein has provided these resources to combat stress and boost your immune system
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