After a short summer break, starting September 4, Grace Cottage will offer two yoga classes: Viniyoga-style classes on Tuesdays and Fridays and a ‘Chair Yoga for Beginners’ series on Wednesdays. Class fees are subsidized by the healthcare center so that more people in the community can afford to attend.
The ‘Chair Yoga’ class runs as a 6-week series, Wednesdays from 1:00 – 2:00, from September 5 – October 10. Beginners to yoga are welcome, as is anyone with limited flexibility or an inability to practice on the floor. Students will flow through an eclectic blend of seated and standing poses while incorporating breathing techniques into their movements. In this class, you will open your hips, move your shoulders and neck, and find length in your spine. A goal is to experience peaceful relaxation as well as gentle invigoration. Pre-registration is required. Prior to the first class, call 365-3649.
On Tuesdays from 4:30 – 6:00 and Fridays from 3:30 – 5:00, Grace Cottage offers classes in the Viniyoga tradition. In this class, participants build strength, balance, and endurance as they move through basic postures (asanas) in fluid motion with coordinated breath work. Gentle music and centering meditation are incorporated in this class. Students of all ability levels are welcome. No pre-registration is required. Mats are provided.
The yoga classes currently offered at Grace Cottage are led by Crystal Mansfield, Grace Cottage’s Director of Rehabilitation Services and Wellness Programs. Crystal studied yoga at the Kripalu Institute in Stockbridge, MA and received her yoga teacher certification through the Professional Health and Fitness Institute.
The cost for any weekly yoga class is just $5 or $25 for six consecutive weekly classes. All classes are held in the beautiful and serene Grace Cottage Community Wellness Center, Heins Building, 133 Grafton Road (Route 35,) Townshend.
Note that classes may be cancelled due to bad weather, holidays or occasional scheduling conflicts. If unsure if a class will be held, call 365-3649. For a list of all classes offered at Grace Cottage, visit www.gracecottage.org/calendar.