Yoga: the healthy habit! One class and you're hooked––in a good way. It tends to pull us into a healthier lifestyle. It's not just the exercise, though, it's the better breathing, clearer thinking, and more balanced emotions. In '95, my first class made all the difference in my life. Then in '05, wanting to delve deeper, I studied at Samadhi Yoga in Seattle, where I finally accepted that "ohm" wasn't weird. I delved into the ancient texts, and modern ones too, about the art, science, and philosophy of yoga, and attempt to apply it "off the mat"––practice, practice, practice. In my classes, I strive to create an environment where everyone has the freedom to explore the space in their body, heart, and mind. And I usually conclude class with an inspirational reading.
Stefanie Tatalias instructs the following:
- Yoga Mama
- Relax & Restore
- Deep Stretch
All levels. Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also helps create balance and cultivate inner peace. Meditation may produce profound results on all levels of your being—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Come connect you with your own inner powers of vitality, clarity, and love!
(prenatal) Designed to nourish the body and soul during pregnancy, expectant mothers will use the principles of mind/body awareness to gain physical and mental strength to help you on your journey. Prenatal yoga can help relieve stress and physical discomfort, improve circulation, aid in digestion and create an overall feeling of well being. You will also find a warm supportive space to connect with other expectant moms. Yoga Mama is based on a Vinyasa template whereas Yoga Mama Gentle is based on a Gentle yoga class. (80°)
(all levels) This well-supported, slow-paced Hatha yoga focuses on basic yoga poses attention to breathing, alignment, and mindfulness. Therapeutic in nature, you will learn techniques to help you gain strength and flexibility while immersing yourself in a relaxing environment. This class is a perfect place to begin a yoga practice or just slow it down a little bit.
On the yoga-class spectrum, restorative yoga is at the opposite end from hot or flow classes. The concept behind restorative yoga is muscular release, as opposed to muscular stretch. The class is designed to allow the body to relax and nourish itself by holding a series of gentle poses for extended periods of time. Props are utilized so that the practitioner can fully surrender. These soothing postures offer an opportunity to linger quietly and savor the simple sweetness of life while inducing stress-reduction, increased circulation and calmness of mind.
(all levels) Deep Stretch is different from most traditional classes in that we don't explore any standing postures. Remaining close to the floor allows you to penetrate deep beneath the surface of your body. Long, slow, deep stretching allows you to unlock and release enormous amounts of tension. This class focuses on relaxing into the realm of your hips and shoulders and is often supported by the use of blocks and straps. Sweet Bliss! Sunday's class is 90 minutes.