YOGA & PILATES ARE A MATCH MADE IN HEAVENThe two disciplines require us to refine our awareness to find intelligent movement and tap into our deep inner strength. Yoga & Pilates can both be applied therapeutically for alleviating symptoms of pain and tension. Both require us to engage our attention in the present moment and on the flow of breath, helping us to clear out stagnation in the body, mind and emotions. The combination of Yoga & Pilates together help to build a strong and vibrant core that supports graceful and organic movement patterns so that we may move through life more grounded, connected and joyful.
HATHA FLOW YOGA
My Hatha Yoga classes work with the body and the breath to peel away layers of built-up tensions and allow the body/mind a respite from the overstimulation and stressors of daily life. In our yoga practice, we enter a space where we can shed all of the many roles we assume to just be with ourselves in the present moment. We start to recognize the nature of the whirlwind mind, gain greater clarity and enjoy our lives more by being aware of this constant ebb and flow of thoughts and emotions. We learn to sit in the present moment and experience the essence of pure being just as we are, and that is okay. This is the Union of Yoga: body, breath, mind and spirit.
I teach a structured and precise flow where practitioners have the guidance they need for a safe practice, while at the same time allowing for play and individual experimentation. A mixture of traditional Yoga Asanas in proper alignment with attention to a strong, vibrant core allows for flowing movements and embodied practices that work to massage and nourish the body/mind and tap into the energetic subtleties of breath in form.
- Mondays 9:00-10:15 a.m. – Hatha Yoga with Gisela
- Wednesdays 6:30-7:45 p.m. – Hatha Flow with Gisela
Our Prenatal Yoga classes are open for all as of the 14th week of pregnancy. Our classes are non-competitive, joyful and inclusive, emphasizing rhythmic and graceful movement and ease of breath for all stages of pregnancy. We use adaptations of Hatha Yoga to strengthen and relax the physical body, the focus the mind and experience sensations as they arise. Inspired by Françoise Freedman and the Birthlight method, our emphasis lies in providing connection: within towards oneself and the baby, and without towards others sharing the same experience of matrescence, the developmental transition to motherhood. Come and be as you are in our sacred circle, learn practices and techniques to build trust in your body and your intuition, and gain confidence in your pregnancy, birth and into parenthood.
- Mondays 12 noon-1 p.m. - Prenatal Yoga with Gisela
- Tuesdays 5:45-6:45 p.m. - Prenatal Yoga with Gisela (ONLINE LIVE only)
- Wednesdays 5:15-6:15 p.m. - Prenatal Yoga with Birth Preparation with Gisela
- Thursdays 12 noon-1 p.m. - Prenatal Yoga with Gisela
BABY YOGA - FOR BABIES FROM 5 MONTHS TO 1 YEAR OF AGE
Baby Yoga introduces new and exciting ways of interacting with baby and is an ideal progression from the Nurturing Baby Massage course. As in Baby Massage, Baby Yoga is guided by the baby, allowing baby to feel heard and respected and promoting their sense of self-worth and self-confidence. Baby Yoga is ideal for babies with head control at around 4-5 months through 1 year of age.
Baby Yoga offers enjoyable practices for babies and their carers that can be incorporated in everyday activities. The way baby is lifted, washed, carried and set down conveys their carer's emotional state. By learning ways to be more aware and connected when handling baby, there is a heightened sense of trust and attunement created, which benefits both baby and their parents.
We will use rhymes and songs, movement, play and loving touch to provide baby a wide range of sensory experiences, positively influencing baby's neural, physical and emotional development. Baby Yoga moves align with baby's natural developmental stages, and practices are tailored to baby's individual needs, enhancing their natural capacity and thirst for learning.
Carers will benefit from toning and relaxation practices to help relieve aches and pains associated with carrying the weight of a quickly growing baby. We will practice relaxed holds and efficient lifting practices to help create more balance and release tensions for a greater sense of well-being in the body.
- Currently not offered.
POSTNATAL YOGA WITH AND WITHOUT BABY
Postnatal Yoga classes are essential for all after the experience of pregnancy and childbirth – no matter how the baby was born. Pregnancy and birth are taxing to the body, and a program of rehabilitation is necessary for re-aligning and re-structuring the body. Our classes are recommended as of 6-8 weeks after birth. We focus on establishing good alignment and posture, connecting to and strengthening deep core and structural muscles in the belly, back and pelvic floor by using deep breathing as our primary tool and relieving tension and fatigue by promoting self-care routines. Babies are integrated into the class and enjoy watching mum enjoy an accessible movement practice tailored to her needs. Being with other new mothers allows participants to connect and build community at a time when previous social contacts and networks may seem foreign or outdated. Embracing a community of support is extremely helpful in combatting feelings of isolation and mood disorders that are so common in the postpartum phase. We welcome you and your baby.
- Mondays 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Postnatal Yoga with Baby with Gisela
- Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 p.m. – Postnatal Yoga without Baby with Gisela
- Thursdays 1:30-2:30 p.m. Postnatal Yoga with Baby with Gisela