New Student Special: $30 for Two Weeks of Classes
New students are welcome to YogAlign I or YogAlign -- All Levels Classes. On your first visit, please arrive 1/2 hour before class starts!
Classes & Pricing
We now have three levels of YogAlign Classes!
See our new 2014 schedule and pricing options by clicking on the "Register Now" button below.
Because our class size is limited to 18, we ask everyone to register online prior to arriving to avoid being turned away.
What is Hot YogAlign with Joe?
It is a whole new approach to asana and it is wonderful because people change their posture from the first class and nobody has to touch their toes or force their spine to perform right angle or linear based poses that have nothing to do with the way our body is designed to move.
YogAlign is very scientific, which is very different than 'tradtional yoga.' It is about postural alignment not pose alignment which takes us to where we live; in our amazing bodies! We focus mainly on Deep Rib Cage "Core" breathing with natural body alignment, maintaining our four Spinal Curves.
These poses are functional movement exercises, which mimic how the body naturally moves. We avoid any poses that puts the body in a right angle, which puts pressure on the sacrum. That is why sitting in a chair makes your back stiff and sore. We were born to move not sit!
We offer a self-healing approach of the body with self-massage before strengthening and stretching the body. We discourage forcing the body into poses. We work with the SIP Breath and our minds to allow the muscles to lengthen and relax.
We do not believe in using force, we practice Ahimsa, compassion and caring to gently and intelligently transform ourselves.
A 75 minute session in a heated room promotes sweating and makes the body very warm, relaxed and therefore, naturally more flexible and strong. The heat and humidity creates a Spa-like atmosphere. At the end of the session you will feel aligned, with your body moving and breathing with less effort, less tension, and no PAIN! So, you can have your kid-like flexibility back! We want your whole mind and body involved in this process, not parts.
Aloha & Namaste -- Joe
Lose Weight, Tone Up, Feel & Look GREAT!
Fantastic 60 minute workout!
We offer Kettlebells five times a week: Tues., Wed., Thurs. at 7:30 pm; Sat. & Sun at 11:00 am
CLICK HERE for details and what to bring
"With an untrained mind, we live most days at the mercy of our moods. There is a different approach to our lives. We can wake up to our enlightened qualities: unconditional love and compassion; uninhibited, total ease with ourselves; a clear and sharp mind." -- Sakyong Mipham Ripoche
Learn to Meditate Workshop:
Turning the Mind Into an Ally
with Lesa Ricci
Saturday, April 26, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
$30 -- Register here -- There is still room in the workshop!
It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don't we think about training our minds? Ideal for anyone wanting an introduction to meditation, as well as those wanting to refresh their practice. Based on the national bestseller Turning the Mind into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, this three hour workshop presents how "peaceful abiding" meditation enables us to cultivate our mind's inherent stability, strength and clarity to deal with today's high-paced, high-stress world. Appropriate for people of all faiths.
The workshop includes:
Chairs will be available for those with physical limitations.
For more information contact Lesa Ricci at 503-869-6152
Lesa Ricci began meditating 26 years ago as a Naropa University student. She is now a certified Meditation Instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, a tradition whose view is that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence that can be cultivated through meditation and further developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society. Lesa is a native Toledoan who has recently returned after 28 years of service and leadership in a diversity of mission driven non-profits -- most recently as the Executive Director for the Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland for four years and its Practice & Education Director for eight years.