Gentle Yoga Class (beginner level, not heated) “mild”
Classic hatha yoga postures to build strength, balance and flexibility. Designed for people who have little or no yoga experience. Small classes and detailed instructions will help you relax in a safe, healing environment. Each class is adjusted to the level of the students._
Vinyasa Yoga (beginner to intermediate, not heated or warm) “spicy”
You will be led through Vinyasa style asanas with a focus on connecting your breath to movement. While the movement is intended to be creative, devotional and dynamic, optional modifications and adjustments are provided. Take it at your own pace and enjoy the benefits of this soulful class!_
Astanga Yoga (Intermediate level, warm) “spicy”
This class closely follows the yoga chikitsa or primary series of the astanga yoga system. using heat with ujayii or victorious breath and intense focus produces a high energy atmosphere. the practice follows a set series of postures, or asana. It starts with sun salutations and then a standing series, progresses to a seated series with vinyasa and concludes with a closing series including inversions. Each movement is initiated with the breath. Astanga yoga is a continuously flowing sequence of movements._
Hatha Yoga (beginner to intermediate levels, not heated) “mild”
Classic hatha yoga postures, possibly including sun salutes, focusing on alignment and breathing. Every class a little different. Great for beginners!
Hot Yoga (beginner to intermediate, heated to 95-100 degrees) “hot”
Stretches & strengthens every area of the body necessary to balance & restore all systems to optimal health. Our room is heated to allow for a deeper release & to avoid injury. Hot Yoga class is recommended for everyone, from first day beginners to advanced students. The magic of this class is that everyone is practicing the same posture at different levels of ability, and there is an exact position for everyone at every level, which our trained instructors will help you find. For more information, go to www.barkanmethod.com._
Tai Chi Qi Gong (beginner to intermediate levels, not heated) “mild”
Chinese Medical Chi Gong is an effective compilation of preventive, healing and strengthening exercises derived from about 6,000 years of the Chinese people’s experiences studying the body. As early as the Shang Dynasty (1766-1123 B.C.), there were drawings vividly representing the movement we call Chi Gong today. Another testament to it’s age, the oldest Chinese medical text, the Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic (722-480 B.C.), presents theories and methods for medical Chi Gong training.
Two of the most significant reasons for the practice of Medical Chi Gong are to achieve longevity and higher quality of life. Long life has been a major concern of mankind for eons and it is a major subject of modern medical research. Since Medical Chi Gong offers proven theory and training methods, it would be wise for modern society to study and research it. But first, modern society must reach an understanding of internal energy (Chi), which is still new to it. In the west, it is only in the last decade that Chi is beginning to be understood as bio-energy.
Rejuvenation of bio-energy or Chi is the main focus of our Medical Chi Gong program. Zen Wellness members realize many benefits such as recovery of ambulatory skills, and increased balance and coordination. Our program is recommended by many physicians and is an important part of a total wellness program.
Hot Yoga/Barkan Method FAQs
What is The Barkan Method?
The Barkan Method is a style of Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga is the physical form of yoga designed to bring balance and well-being into your life. It is the perfect lifetime fitness program and totally different from any other kind of exercise.
We strengthen and stretch all areas of the body, which helps to quiet the mind, and nourish the soul. The movements of The Barkan Method reach deep into the tissue, relieve tension and stress, revitalize and assist in overcoming many physical and emotional problems, such as sciatica, back and neck problems, and depression.
What differentiates The Barkan Method from Bikram or other forms of Hot Yoga?
The Barkan Method is built on many of the poses and philosophies of Bikram Choudhury and Bishnu Ghosh, but integrates postures from other styles of yoga. Jimmy has been teaching yoga since 1981. He has found that even though consistency is important to measure results, daily variations are necessary to challenge, excite and help students become unlimited in their practice.
Why is the room heated?
The room is intentionally hot. It is heated to warm your muscles, prevent injuries and allow for a deeper release in your body. Sweating will also help flush toxins and poisons from your body.
What if I’m not flexible?
A perceived sense of inflexibility is the most common hindrance that prevents people from trying yoga. Yoga, and in particular The Barkan Method, is not about how flexible you are; it is about stretching your body, quieting the mind, and healing the soul. The more inflexible you are, the more you need yoga. You become flexible by doing yoga.
What if I’ve never practiced yoga?
Most of the classes on the schedule are beginner friendly and our instructors will help new students by offering modifications, encouragement and support. You do not need any experience; you do not need to be “in shape”; you just need a willing mind and the desire to change your life forever.