Yoga Classes at LHAA

 

Yoga classes at LHAA are “therapeutic” in nature.  They all involve breath-initiated, intentional, intelligent, healing movement.  All actions work with the body’s own knowledge and potential limitations.  There is great awareness to the breath and it’s vital integration to the mind/body experience.  All movements are anatomically and kinesiologically precise, to bring as much safety and proper alignment into poses.  We bring this deep fundamental knowledge to each class.

All classes will bring you greater core and back strength, increased balance, flexibility and range of motion, better posture and a deeper mind/body/spirit connection.  No matter the pace or depth of each class, you will be empowered to find your own voice, move with more ease and confidence, become stronger, more flexible, more stable and more comfortable in your own body and experience.

The Center offers a beautiful, inviting studio with mats, blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets and more to enhance your yoga experience.

We offer a variety of package rates for our classes:

  • New Yoga student card: $30 (unlimited classes for 30 days)
  • 5 class Yoga card: $50 (expires in 3 months)
  • 10 class Yoga card: $90 (expires in 6 months)
  • 20 class Yoga card: $160 (expires in 12 months)
  • Drop-in charge: $12.00 per class

Calendar of Yoga Classes

Forms

Save time – print and complete these forms and bring with you to your first class:

Yoga and Group Exercise Intake Form | Minor Consent Form

 

Class Descriptions

Essential Yoga

Essential to yoga is the practice of being present with one’s experience with an open non-judgmental mind and compassionate heart. The Essential Yoga class promotes personal exploration of yoga philosophy, asana (poses), pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation (stilling the mind), restorative poses, and relaxation. The asana practice will focus on the foundational poses of yoga to develop strength, flexibility and balance while learning proper alignment, use of breath and self awareness. All students are encouraged to work at their own level and modifications to poses will be offered. Suitable for everyone.

FUNdamentals- to Align, Refine, and Shine 

A great class to maintain, build and expand your range of motion, strength, flexibility and balance.  Emphasis on intelligent, intentional movement and optimal alignment to maintain proper body mechanics on your mat and in life.  Feel more mindful, aware and at ease in your own body by cultivating better breath/body/mind connection.  Designed to inspire in a friendly, approachable and supportive way.  Suitable for everyone.

Happy & Healthy Backs

Recognizing the vital importance of the spine for movement and well-being, this class develops awareness and understanding of the spine. We explore the benefits of proper alignment and its effects on the nervous system. Gently building strength and flexibility, the class combines asana (physical postures) with pranayama (breath work) and meditation, using the mind-body connection to foster happy, healthy backs. Each student will learn how to craft a practice appropriate to the needs of his or her own spine. Suitable for everyone.

Mindful Strength  

Move beyond the beginner and discover the integration of breath and body, cultivate intentional alignment, and build core strength.  In this challenging class you will find the power of slow flowing movement while building deep strength, flexibility and balance.  While accessible for beginners, this class is great for athletes and those enjoying a more regular yoga practice.

Qigong  

Qigong is a comprehensive and accessible approach to wellness rooted in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts. It involves gentle movements, in rhythm with the breath, intended to stimulate, regulate, and/or coordinate the flow of qi (life force energy) throughout the body. Seated modifications are as rewarding as standing movements, so anyone can practice Qigong, regardless of injury or disability.

Relax and Restore  

Stretch away the stress of your day with this soothing and gentle class.  Reduce tension and anxiety, and bring your nervous system back into balance with mindful breath awareness and intentional movements to find integration of body and mind.  Expect longer held poses, restorative poses and movement initiated by the breath.  Great class for all levels of experience.

Yoga for Strength and Balance  

Research shows that as we age, we tend to lose both muscle strength and a steadiness in our balance. The loss of muscle strength is due to an under-utilization of eccentric muscle contraction, or the strength in a muscle as it lengthens. Yoga can help! As we move through this class, we will focus on building eccentric muscle strength, moving with resistance to tone both large and small muscles all over the body. Steadiness, strength, and stamina for everyday movements will result. Using postures, light weights, and balancing techniques, this class can keep your body youthful and your mind energetic. All levels are welcome.

Yoga Foundations  

Build a safe and sustainable practice by bringing great attention to alignment, therapeutics and development of conscious breath work and inner body awareness.  Increase flexibility, balance and strength while improving posture, circulation and general well being.  Suitable for everyone.

Yoga Instructors

Our yoga instructors have years of experience in their practice and teaching, emphasizing safe, intelligent and intentional healing movement through yoga. Find a feature of our Yoga Center Director (and founder) Debra Booker on our Press Page and see how she finds happiness, health, and balance through yoga.

Debra Booker, E-RYT 200

Debra is co-owner of LHAA (with her husband Bill), director of the Yoga Center, and teaches in LHAA’s Yoga Teacher Training Program. Debra grew up in her family’s health food store and has always been interested in health and wellness, exercise and nutrition. She discovered her love for movement and strength in high school, enjoying weight lifting, aerobics, kickboxing, dance and running. Bill and Debra moved to Lexington from Boulder, CO and bought LHAA in 2003. She discovered yoga while in Boulder and it deepened her understanding of the complete mind/body connection. Yoga has brought her such transformation both physically, mentally, and spiritually, and she is continually inspired to share this incredible practice with others.

Doug Cage, RYT

Doug discovered yoga in 2007 following injury and gradually learned it’s healing effects extend way beyond the body. He is a LHAA graduate. By day he is a licensed mechanical engineer working to design environmental building systems aimed at human comfort and sustainability. This integration of disciplines yeilds a unique perspective in sharing both mindful and technical aspects of yoga, aimed at empowering students in the discovery of their own practice.

Beth Connors-Manke, RYT

Yoga has allowed Beth to learn about the body’s own capacity for healing through awareness, the breath, and proper alignment. A back injury brought Beth to Yoga in 2000 and since then, her back has been the greatest teacher in her yoga practice. A graduate of the LHAA’s 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program and a registered yoga teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance, Beth’s practice focuses on intellectual, intuitive, and spiritual understanding of body and mind.

Chris Garrett, RYT-200

From her very first yoga class in 2001 Chris found something deeply familiar and welcoming in the symmetry of postures, the breath-work and meditative qualities of the practice. Though she began yoga with the intention of improving strength and flexibility, the benefits went way beyond the physical. Twelve years later, after making the decision to leave a 15 year career in the corporate realm, Chris enrolled in LHAA’s 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program where she earned her teaching certification and become registered (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. Chris is passionate about sharing the practice of yoga and its many gifts with others – believing that the practice benefits not only the individual student but their family, community and, ultimately, the world. Her breath centered practices emphasize proper form and alignment, but just as importantly, compassion towards oneself and cultivating a deep mind/body connection.

Tonya Legér, LMT, MQP

An array of life-time experience, combined with the study of biology at the University of Louisville, massage therapy at the Louisville Massage School and the Lexington Healing Arts Academy in 2008, and traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage on the Hawai’ian islands, and the martial art of Shao-Lin Do, inspired Tonya Legér, LMT., MQP. to cultivate a more intimate relationship with the internal arts. She studied Medical Qigong in Atlanta, Ga., and is a certified Medical Qigong Practitioner, as well as a certified Qigong Instructor through the Rising Lotus Qigong in Atlanta, Ga. Tonya has a great enthusiasm for the many ways in which energy manifests itself, how we are influenced by it, and for the influence and potential we have regarding this energy. Her deep desire is to help bring a more seamless awareness to the beautiful interactions between the physical, mental, and spiritual in order to facilitate greater harmony and balance within ourselves, as well as in the world around us.

Connie Payne, RYT

Connie has been a firm believer in the therapeutic benefits of yoga since the late 90’s when she was seeking relief from chronic back and hip pain.  Not only did she find that yoga helped strengthen and heal her body, but it offered a calming, centering experience that shed the stresses of everyday life.  Since Connie’s job is leading a statewide addiction recovery program, she understands the importance of finding ways of coping with stress.  She enjoys helping others deepen their awareness of the mind-body connection and finding more day to day tranquility.

Rebecca Printen, RYT 500

Rebecca is a devoted yoga student and teacher offering yoga classes and private yoga sessions. She teaches from the heart in a warm and inviting way. Rebecca is a 500 hour registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance, and has also assisted for the Alignment Yoga teacher training program with Scott Anderson and Alicia Wright in WI. Being a registered Occupational Therapist, functional movements are the focus of her teaching. “It’s not how far we can go in a pose, it’s about learning how the poses can help us in functional everyday movements and activities”. As the path of learning never ends, Rebecca has studied Ayurveda (the sister science to Yoga), which she incorporates in her teachings. She recently completed “The Essential Low Back Training” with Robin Rothenburg to address chronic low back pain in our culture.

Cara Sparkman, RYT

Cara went to her first yoga class in 2003, and is thankful everyday that she did. She is a graduate of LHAA’s 200 hour teacher training, and is currently enrolled in their advanced teacher training. By day she is a paralegal at a busy law firm, and her goal in practicing and teaching is to provide relief and renewal from the stresses of daily life, and to explore and enjoy deeper layers of awareness.

Lauren Weaver, RYT

Lauren knew there was something special about yoga since her college days, when she noticed the weight of her overloaded backpack felt much lighter after an hour on her yoga mat.  In her personal practice, her yoga treats assorted ailments, counteracts the stresses of exercise, and brings motion to the body and stillness to the mind.  She is excited to share yoga’s many benefits, and finds guiding others both an honor and a joy.

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