Yoga and Qigong

All yoga and qigong classes and workshops are drop-in, no need to register. All Common Ground programs are offered freely in the spirit of generosity. To learn more about supporting the center and our teachers, click here.

Mindful Yoga Weekly Practice

With Myra Rucker:

Mondays, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

With Nancy Boler:

Level I

In these sessions we practice yoga poses in a way that promotes ease in the mind. We explore physical alignment that results in both physical and mental freedom. In this way, the poses provide an opportunity to consciously cultivate a wholesome, joyful relationship with the body. With practice, mindful yoga supports wise attention in all of our daily activities. Open to adults of all ages and all levels of experience.
Tuesdays, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Fridays, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Level II

This class is for people who have attended Level 1 Mindful Yoga and have developed the body awareness necessary to move into more challenging physical yoga poses with ease.

Tuesdays, 5:30-6:45pm

Gentle Yoga and Deep Relaxation

In this class we study and practice relaxation techniques that allow us to “let go” into a deep state of stillness. The result is unification and peacefulness in all aspects of our being. Led by Nancy Boler
Sundays, May 7 & 21, June 4 & 18, July 9 & 30, August 13 & 27; 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Attend one or all.

Mindful Chair Yoga (on hiatus in June)

Gain strength and flexibility with chair yoga: a gentle practice which is done while sitting in a chair or standing, using a chair for balance. This class is designed to guide awareness into the body through attunement to breath and sensation. As we continually draw awareness into the experience in our bodies, balance, harmony and self-discovery can arise. We become more skillful in listening to the inner wisdom that guides us in the flow of our own lives. Regardless of age or activity/mobility levels, this class will improve health and well-being. Led by Sharon Sebring.
Tuesdays, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Teachers

Nancy Boler has been teaching since 1999. She draws from her background in Kripalu yoga, Iyengar yoga, and Mindfulness Meditation. Her class instruction focuses on physical alignment, breath awareness, yoga philosophy, and development of wholesome mind states.

Wynn Fricke has been teaching hatha yoga since 1990 when she became certified at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City.  Her classes integrate Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Integral Hatha Yoga forms as well as principles of Body-Mind Centering.  Wynn is a professional dancer and co-founder of Common Ground Meditation Center.

Myra Rucker is a yoga teacher, and yoga student, who firmly believes in the benefits of sthira sukham asanam (Yoga Sutras, II:46) – cultivating a steady, joyful seat. Her introduction to yoga, practicing once a week between professional dancers and musicians (of various ages and fitness levels), quickly illustrated how yoga provides a path for anyone and everyone to be the best version of themselves. Myra is inspired by the idea that yoga (union) – and life – are like a poem, which, as Robert Frost said, “begins in delight and ends in wisdom.” Myra is always available to answer questions or address concerns before and after class. For more information, visit ajoyfulpractice.wordpress.com.

Sharon Sebring has dug very deep to find what transformation means in her own life. Today, yoga is a true expression of that. She is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and offers an invitation for you to join her in welcoming harmony and balance into your life. Sharon has been offering programs on body-mind-spirit for 30 years. She is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute and the National Speaker’s Association. She is a practitioner of mindfulness meditation and an active member of Common Ground.

Drop-in Qigong

Qigong is a deeply satisfying healing practice that integrates mindful awareness, breath, and movement. This practice develops relaxation, concentration, and vitality. You can find a list of qigong practices here or listen to Mark’s guided practice instructions:  healing sounds or opening exercises. Please join us. Led by Mark Nunberg and Steve Compton.
Wednesdays, 9:05 – 10:05 a.m., ongoing.