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

View the Calendar of Yoga Classes

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.
 

Mixed Level Slow Flow 

This often challenging class will help to develop a focused mind and strong body that is guided by the breath and incorporates precise cuing to create optimal alignment.  Special guidance given for safety of knees and back.  Feel more centered through mindfulness to movement, and enjoy a deeper mind-body-breath connection.  
 

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 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.

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. 

Carey Ruff, RYT

Nineteen years ago, Carey took yoga as an elective and knew from her first savasana (deep rest pose) that there was something there for her. Her practice has changed and taken breaks over the years but she is continually amazed how yoga and life blend and become one and the same. She is a happy graduate of the LHAA Yoga Teacher Training program and hopes to encourage students to create a practice that compliments their lives. She feels inspired and honored to be part of this process.

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.

Irene Fister Perry, RYT

Irene Perry found the practice of yoga to be a perfect antidote to a long, stressful corporate career.  Upon retiring, she got her yoga teacher certification at LHAA.  She also received her Children’s Teaching certification from Global Family Yoga.  She is currently enrolled in the Meditation Teacher Training with the Chopra Center for Wellness.  Irene is passionate about sharing the principles of yoga with others, so that they too can find a deeper body-mind connection, enjoy better self care, deeper relationships with family, and feel more balance and harmony in their lives; to see and feel that everything is indeed a blessing.

Jen Watts, RYT

Yoga brought balance and peace to Jen’s life during stressful times.  She has been a yoga practitioner since 2009, and she credits it with her recovery from PTSD and anxiety.  Her passion for yoga’s healing benefits encourages her to share yoga with others.  Her teaching focuses on the breath, trusting in intuition and heart opening affirmations.  A LHAA Yoga graduate, she is also a Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra teacher.

Toni Reiss,M.S., BC-DMT, E-RYT 500

Toni is a psychotherapist and yoga and meditation teacher with over 35 years of experience. She specialized in using the body/mind connection to foster healing and reduce stress and suffering. Her credentials include E-RYT from Yoga Alliance, BC-DMT from the American Dance/Movement Therapy Association, and completion of the foundation courses of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training with the UMass Center for Mindfulness. Toni’s approach to teaching is to support each student’s journey to wisdom and compassion, the source of all healing. 

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