The ancient art, science, and philosophy of Yoga is several thousand years old. It has stood the test of time. It is also a therapy. The poses of yoga offer a training capable of creating a vigorous body, well-functioning internal organs, and an alert mind. The poses can give a variety of effects: stimulating, calming, energizing, building stamina and concentration, internally soothing, etc. The standing poses give vitality, the sitting poses are calming, twists are cleansing, supine poses are restful, balancing poses give a sense of lightness, and backbends are exhilarating. Many chronic physical ailments can be improved, as in areas such as the joints, the liver, kidneys, and heart.
In addition to the physical benefits of yoga, practice of the postures invites us to focus and quiet the mind as we move seamlessly from one pose to another, encouraging the experience of moment-to-moment awareness that brings balance, flexibility, and strength to the mind, as well as to the body.
Yoga classes at Listening range from one hour to one hour and a half depending on the teacher and the class. They are ongoing throughout the year. Drop-ins are welcome, but it’s a good idea to call first if you’re a new student. Please wear loose comfortable clothing and allow 2-3 hours after a heavy meal before doing yoga.