ANANDA MEDITATION GROUP
Ananda Meditation Group is a small gathering of spiritually-minded people who want to:
• Learn how to meditate, using ancient, proven techniques
• Strengthen their current individual practice through the power of group meditation
• Share friendship, support, and satsang (spiritual fellowship) with like-minded seekers
• Gain a deeper understanding of the universal science of yoga
The practices you learn at an Ananda meditation group will help improve every aspect of your life, whether it be in business, relationships, health, personal qualities, and in your journey to discovering your Highest Self.
There are several Ananda Meditation Groups worldwide, and in surrounding counties, but this is the first (and only) for Auburn. There is No Fee for this session. Thank you, Susan, for this significant contribution to Auburn and AYF.
Ananda was founded in 1968 by Swami Kriyananda, and shares the universal teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of spiritual classic, Also review some general information at https://www.ananda.org/meditation/
Instructor: Susan Hayes ~ This class consists of Restorative yoga postures to relax the body deeply, which in turn enables the body to heal itself. Restorative yoga postures are also done on the floor using yoga props such as bolsters and blankets. This allows for a longer-held, deeper stretch as the body relaxes on the props, helping us remain in the postures longer as stress drains away. The class ends with a restorative deep relaxation followed by a brief meditation. LEVEL: Appropriate for all; modification-friendly, slow-paced. [90 min. Mondays & Fridays]
POWER YOGA 1 & 2
Instructor: Gwenn Jones ~ A lively, challenging and supportive environment awaits you for this active session. We practice a Slow-to-Medium-paced sequence of postures (asanas) created to enhance strong, lean physiques, develop focus, improve balance, and raise endurance. Postures are held for several breath cycles as our body heat builds, muscles strengthen, heart rate elevates, and caloric-burn increases. Each posture is transitioned as we move with our breath. You will feel your breath, your focus, and your center fire up. You will be challenged and inspired to release tension and explore your full potential. You might just discover your new normal! Prepare for some sweat. LEVEL 2-2+: Appropriate for intermediate +/-; modification-friendly, slow-medium-paced. [80 min.]
Instructor: Susan Hayes ~ Yoga for Seniors is a fun and gentle yoga class that emphasizes bone strengthening, balance, gentle stretches to make the joints more flexible, and stress reduction. Using hand weights as well as weight-bearing yoga postures, we work to strengthen the bones and prevent bone-density loss. Using the wall and chairs for assistance, we practice balancing postures in a safe manner. With deep breathing exercises and deep relaxation, we allow our body to come back into balance, healing itself. Everyone is invited to try this unique class — from absolute beginners to aspiring yogis! LEVEL: Excellent for all levels. [75-80 min.]
ON THE BALL
Instructor: Susan Hayes ~ A perfect complement to your yoga discipline, core strength, and body conditioning regimen, this session adapts yoga asanas with a stability ball practice. The ball provides extra support to increase range of motion while you stabilize your body, build endurance, boost bone density, and improve technique. A great mid-week session and breath of fresh air! LEVEL: Excellent for all levels. Pace: Slow. [60 min. Wed.]
Instructor: Gwenn Jones ~ For those who prefer a rooted Non-flow, classic practice with a profound encounter in technique, breath control, stability, and personal assessment. Explore and appreciate basic yoga postures, with some playful methods, longer holds, attention to detail, and a bolstering of our principles as we perform 1 or 2 postures at a time, then alternate sides. Strength, breath, and balance are much improved with this style. Modification-friendly. LEVEL: appropriate for all; Pace: Slow [80 min.]
SOFT YOGA Gentle
Instructor: Gwenn ~ The gentler postures and transitions encompass this format. This slow practice encourages work “from our foundation, outward” and helps reduce stress, pain, respiration rate, blood pressure while increasing concentration, flexibility, muscle tone and stability. Proper technique is cultured. Modifications and props are available to address back and joint issues or other limitations to make your practice comfortable. This is a great class for Beginners. You will leave with joy and self-acceptance. LEVEL 1, 1+. Appropriate for beginners, and/or low mobility, a more gentle practice. Pace: Slow [80 min. Mon.]
Instructor: Gwenn ~ Enjoy this spectacular fresh stretch class, always diverse, and restores your mind and body to calm while rekindling muscle pliability. Stretches are prolonged for complete release to elongate muscles and relax tight zones. Your level is your decision, whether intense or modest. Wrap up your week with this Friday dessert. Modification-friendly. LEVEL: Suitable for all. Pace: Slow [90 min. Fri.]
Four-week series classes are available for Beginners. Learning and practicing with correct technique is essential to a successful future yoga practice. Minimum requirement, five students. Or call studio to set up a beginner series (530) 889-2920.
PRIVATE YOGA & FITNESS TRAINING SESSIONS
Private classes are offered by appointment for Yoga and Fitness sessions. Please call for a free consultation.
For Yoga or Fitness training with Gwenn: call (530) 889-2920;
For Yoga or Foot Reflexology with Susan: call (530) 878-7065.