Curious about Yoga, but not sure where to start? Here's more information on a few styles of yoga that Melissa teaches:
In Sanskrit vinyasa means “to place in a special way.” This form of yoga links breath with movement and works to build strength and endurance as you explore and cultivate your balance and flexibility. The fluid, almost dance-like movements increase flexibility, strength, and stamina, as it calms the mind and improves overall health. Vinyasa Yoga can be a challenging, sweaty practice! The steady and continuous flow of postures builds internal heat, which can help to detoxify the body. In addition, the constant and continual awareness of the breath while you move through the poses calms the mind and increases focus. Vinyasa is often considered a "moving meditation." Many practitioners discover that the ability to "flow" through a challenging yoga class has benefits off the mat, as well — resulting in a greater ability to "ride the waves" of life with more ease and focus.
Turn tension and stress into spa-like bliss in a Restorative class. Restorative postures allow your muscles to relax, your heart rate to lower, and your nervous system to let go. Restorative poses are held longer, supported by blocks, blankets, straps to target the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine, helping to deeply restore and relax the body. These classes are ideal for people with minor injuries, restricted movement, physical limitations—or stress, and helps preps you for deep, sound sleep.
Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation helps to induce a state of deep relaxation and inner awareness. Yoga Nidra is a very powerful physical and mental relaxation technique. It soothes the body and helps to release the mind’s business and chatter. If done on a regular basis it is also known to be beneficial for people who have physical pain and disabilities by releasing deep held somatic stress. The practice of Yoga Nidra relaxes, rejuvenates, and rebalances the mind, body and spirit.