Heartsong Yoga, Peace in our Hearts, Peace in our Homes, Peace in our World
264 North Main Street, East Longmeadow, MA 01028 • 413-525-0720

Class Descriptions

Kripalu Yoga Practice

Kripalu Yoga Practice

When you are looking for a beautiful practice that is accessible to everyone and every-body, consider Kripalu Yoga. These classes are taught by teachers who have been certified and trained in this tradition.
All of our teachers are influenced and inspired by many teachers and styles of yoga as well, and maintain their continuing education in yoga asana (the physical practice) philosophy, and the history of yoga, we call these the "deeper practices" of yoga.

Kripalu Gentle/Beginners
Beginners always welcome...this is where you start!
Also for the seasoned practitioner who wants a softer practice A very nurturing and relaxing practice of accessible postures and guided meditation in motion. This class is appropriate for everyone, especially new students, and always for those who want to carve out time in their lives to simply slow down and take some rest.

Kripalu All Levels
An instructive sequence of warmups, combined with a variety of guided postures, breathing and relaxation techniques. Appropriate for all students, and beginners are always welcome, you will be led and guided throughout!

Kripalu Moderate
A strengthening practice which includes longer holding times, more inter-connective flow between postures and an emphasis on internal awareness. New students who feel fit and strong are welcome to try moderate yoga any time, but remember that there may be less detailed instruction in these classes.

Gentle Yoga & Creative Movement
A gentle yoga practice, with breath awareness, creative movement, nourishing meditation and deep relaxation to revitalize the body and soul.  Give yourself the permission and freedom to move in the perfect way that only your body knows.  For all levels and abilities. A playful practice inspired by Kripalu Yoga and Let Your Yoga Dance.

Gentle/Beginner, All Levels or Moderate Classes that do not specify "Kripalu" are classes taught by experienced certified teachers who are not specifically taught in the Kripalu tradition. These teachers are steeped in the essence of the the teachings of Kripalu Yoga, and the Heart of Heartsong, and their style is very much the same. We call these classes "Kripalu Inspired." 

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga & all our Flow Classes

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga & all our Flow Classes

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a hot, vigorous, flowing practice. While not a more advanced style of yoga, (beginners are always welcome) it often draws those looking for a more physically challenging pace. Ashtanga Vinyasa connects movement with breath in a dynamic series of postures done with calm focused attention, for strength, flexibility and a quiet mind. Be prepared to sweat a lot as you move through this meditation in motion, as you engage core muscles, work with a balanced steady breath, and enjoy the "bamboo room" heated to about 85 degrees. These classes are designed for all levels.

Flow Yoga classes are hot, flowing, and vigorous classes, inspired by Ashtanga Yoga, but with more eclectic sequencing. All levels are welcome. The poses are not complicated, but they require focus and attention and a willingness to breathe, move, and flow uninterruptedly. Of course you will always be offered time to rest if you want it! (80 degrees)

TGIFriday Flow classes are based on the Ashtanga sequence, and also eclectic, creative 1 hour flow classes done in a moderately heated room and welcoming all levels.

Morning Yoga Flow on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 7 to 8 am, a special dynamic morning routine designed to jump start your day, wake up your body and get your energy flowing! The room is warm, not hot, (about 75 degrees) and the sequence is based on Boomer Yoga, a balanced blend to wake up the body and move in all directions! All levels welcome to attend, doors open each day at 6:45 am. Come in ready to roll right at 7, we will be done promptly at 8.

Yin Yoga, every Tuesday night, 5:45

Yin Yoga, every Tuesday night, 5:45
Sorry...last email blast said 7:30.
The correct time is 5:45 every week.
Don't mean to fill your in box!

Every Tuesday, 5:45 - 7:00 pm.
Drop ins welcome, regular rates apply
(drop in rate, monthly memberships, class cards)

We call this class chill out, stretchy, yummy, happy, peaceful, light and bright. But to be honest, sometimes these longer holding can be very challenging, if not physically, then mentally as we learn to slow down!

Yin Yoga uses longer passively held postures to work the deep connective tissues of the body; the tendons, the ligaments and cartilage; areas that do not stretch like muscle; areas that are difficult to reach and open. These previously inaccessible areas are opened allowing prana or chi (life force) to flow freely resulting in a more supple and flexible body. Yin yoga encourages you to slow down, to pay attention and deepen the awareness between mind and body. It is truly a wonderful compliment all practices and styles of yoga, particularly the "yang" or more vigorous practices.

Taught by Michele Scheuer, who completed her 200 hour certification at Samadhi Yoga Studio in Manchester, CT in 2008, and specializes in offering the Yin Yoga practice. We are honored to have her as a part of Team Heartsong!

Chair Yoga Class

Chair Yoga Class
Every Wednesday, 11 to 12 pm.
Drop ins welcome, regular rates apply
$14. drop in, $12. seniors 65+, class cards or members.

This is a class for folks who are brand new to yoga, may have been inactive for a while, have an injury or health challenge, or just want the extra support of a chair for balance and stability! Some may use the chair, others may choose not too, Cat can teach to every-body, and everyone can benefit from this beautiful practice of breath awareness, quieting the mind, while stretching and strengthening the body. Perfect for those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, hip or knee replacements too!

This class is warm and welcoming, and the community is joyful. Come to simply enjoy a yoga class without any worries about your mobility, learn to breathe deeply and fully to relax and restore your nervous system and quiet your mind. Includes breathing awareness exercises and mindfulness meditation as well as stretching and strengthening yoga poses.

Women Only Yoga

Women Only Yoga

Thursday nights: except for the 1st Thurs. of each month, because of Jane's monthly Yoga Nidra class.
7:30 to 8:45 pm.
Drop Ins welcome, regular rates apply

Mindful Yoga for Women Only is specially designed for women, providing a safe and welcoming space to strengthen the body and restore the spirit. Taught by Heather Monson, this class is based on the practices of Mindful Yoga Therapy, this all levels yoga class will support both physical and emotional well being through the use of mindful movement, meditation, yoga nidra and the practice of gratitude. As we find a renewed hopefulness and inner courage to transform ourselves, we will uncover our inner light and allow it to shine brightly.

Joyful Laughter Yoga Club

Joyful Laughter Yoga Club

Every Sunday, 4:45 to 5:30 pm.
Club "membership" is FREE,
Donations will be accepted for the space!

Laughter Yoga combines fun, easy to learn, Laughter exercises with simple, calming Yogic Breathing (Pranayama).
Taught by Robert Rivest, laughter is joyfully simulated in a group with full body laughter exercises/games and childlike playfulness. The "simulated" laughter soon turns into real and contagious laughter that lifts our spirits and carries over into our every day lives. This class is multi-generational and ages welcome.

Heartsong Yoga, 264 North Main Street, East Longmeadow, MA 01028 • Phone: 413-525-0720

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