Wednesdays & Fridays 3:45-4:45 pm. 

Ends March 2020

This class teaches keiki how to move… and how to be still. We learn and we create. We do yoga, we study the science of our body, and we celebrate what we learn with art. Great for schooling at home!

In this class we make full-sized drawings of ourselves – you’ll need some newspapers (or grocery bags opened flat) taped together to draw on. You’ll also need someone at the beginning of class to trace around your whole body on the paper with a crayon. Before class and then during class as we do our different yoga poses, we’ll be talking about the parts of our body that are moving or still, bending or straightening, tightening or loosening.

Where are our hip bones? Which way are they pointing? Where are our ribs? What are my ribs doing when I breathe? How do I stack my knees over my ankles? Being aware of our anatomy increases our coordination.We are better able to find and control different muscles and move our bones into alignment, into the various asana (postures) that we will be doing. And there will be times when we practice holding still, tuning in, centering our minds.

We’ll also have time during class to color and decorate on paper the different parts of our bodies that we learned about and moved today. Which parts did you stretch? Which parts felt a little wobbly? We’re just learning!!! Where did you feel stronger, steadier? What was your mind doing as we went through our poses? Did you imagine yourself as a mighty mountain? 

We work our body as well as the left and right hemispheres of our brain! Wow!

Materials needed before time class starts:  

  • A sheet of paper large enough to trace a child’s whole body upon or taped together newspapers or opened grocery bags
  • Crayons
  • Optional:  Washable colored pens / paints 
  • Optional:  Glue / decorating supplies such as glitter, fringe, sequins, etc.

 

Paula Celzo

Taking yoga with Paula gives you a deep feeling of participating in something sacred and good for the soul, beyond just a healthy physical activity.

Paula started finding her Yogic path through the practice of asanas. In 2015, she encountered the “Bhagavad Gita” which led her to a deeper understanding of what Yoga truly is. Her lifestyle of study and practice incorporates: Vedic scriptures, kirtan, asanas, and meditation brought her to sharing her experience through teaching.

After completing her 200RYT at Rishikul Yogshala in Rishikesh, India, Paula took her 36hr Yoga Nidra teacher training with Mary Bastien, Jennifer Reuter and Brenda Kwon. She completed Restorative Yoga Level 1 Teacher Training with Chanti Tacoronte-Perez. All the while she continues to practice under the guidance of her primary teacher, Yogi Charu.

Claudia’s schedule:

Saturdays 9:45 – 11:00 am (HST) – Yin Yoga 

Starting April 4, 2020 

**No class Saturday, July 4th, 2020 for Superclass Event**

Mondays 5:30 – 6:45 pm (HST) – Restorative + Yoga Nidra

March 23, 2020 

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga, also known as Taoist Yoga, targets connective tissue, specifically ligaments and tendons in the joints and spine.  To lengthen the connective tissue, we extend the duration of the postures, engaging in static stretching. When the muscle is fully stretched, the stress reaches the connective tissue. In yin yoga, asanas are usually held for three to five minutes. Because of the long duration of asanas, one of the key values cultivated in the practice of yin yoga is patience. It is quite a meditative practice.
If the muscles are cold, they will be less elastic, and more therapeutic stress will be transferred to the connective tissue. For this reason, it is recommended that yin yoga be practiced earlier in the day, before physical activity that warms the muscles and increases their elasticity. However, some note that practicing yin yoga after a strenuous day is psychologically soothing.

Restorative + Yoga Nidra 元気回復+ヨガ・ニドラ

Over time, practice of yin yoga can lengthen these tissues, increasing range of motion. As connective tissue accounts for about fifty percent of the body’s resistance to range of motion, focusing on connective can dramatically increase flexibility. The intensity and physical benefits of the practice depend on duration of the asana (pose) and the temperature of the muscle.
This class is for de-stressing and re-balancing our energy. This combined yoga practice will renew and ready us for a calm evening, good night’s sleep and clear day ahead. Our Restorative Yoga will use a variety of postures supported with props, such as chairs, bolsters, blankets and straps to experience a deep body relaxation. We move our spine in all directions, alternately stimulating and soothing our organ systems. We reverse the effects of gravity, returning the fluids to our upper body and enhancing heart function. Reducing muscle tension and fatigue, as well as improving digestion, we provide a supportive environment to relax the body. We end with Yoga Nidra as a very powerful way to still the mind. It is not necessary to concentrate. Simply listen to the instructions, follow them mentally, and refrain from sleeping. Yoga Nidra can calm the mind and elevate our spirit.
Claudia Castor
Growing up in Europe and traveling throughout the world led Claudia to study and practice yoga in order to encourage a slower and simpler life style. Finding joy and peace through her experience with yoga is what inspired Claudia to begin teaching.
Claudia’s teaching style integrates the functional alignment, core strength, flexibility and balance of Sri T. Krishnamacharya’s classical Hatha yoga lineage as well as the stimulating and creative elements of Kundalini yoga. She also incorporates the heart opening, illuminating, pure love of Bhakti yoga which celebrates life and invites grace to flow. She has extensive training in a variety of lineages, including: Hatha, Kundalini, Tantra, Bhakti, Vinyasa Krama, Zen, Yin as well as the healing science of Ayurveda. Claudia truly enjoys synthesizing all of these wonderful teachings with her own vibrant approach to create unique classes plus individualized private sessions.
Grateful for all the teachers she has met along her path, Claudia continues to enhance her knowledge through studies and practice. Her passion revolves around inspiring students to live their full potential with an open heart and receptive soul.

Directions for getting to the online Zoom class:

1. One hour in advance, kindly sign up for your live online class on in MindBody / on our website. Our desk staff will then email you a link to your class on Zoom.

2. Please use the link to sign into Zoom, 5-7 minutes before class, allowing extra time to download the the app if you are  new to Zoom.

3. Contact the desk staff at 808.397.7678 for troubleshooting.


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