New Class Offering: Gentle Yoga

Thinking about trying Gentle Yoga with Rose?  Not sure if this class is right for you?  Check out these FAQs to learn more about this great class option.

What is Gentle Yoga?

Gentle yoga is a series of poses done slowly and mindfully.  Transitions into and out of poses are done more slowly than some of the other classes you might have taken, such as a Flow class.  The focus of Gentle Yoga is on deep stretching, often held for a couple of breaths.  We start with a short meditation, then begin gentle stretching on the floor before moving into a series of upright poses, which may include use of the wall or a chair, then end with a longer relaxation.  Class includes options for full body relaxation including stretching the neck, shoulders, back, hips, legs, glutes and abdomen.

Is Gentle Yoga “real” yoga?

It sure is.  Gentle yoga may include some of your favorite poses like Warrior 1, cat/cow, forward fold and chair.  Some poses might be taught in a gentler variation, such as a tree pose on the floor, a supported bridge pose using a block, or a lunge against the wall.  And I will likely include some other stretches that aren’t “typical” yoga poses but are offered as a way to further relax into your practice.

I’ve never done yoga before.  Is Gentle Yoga for me?

Gentle yoga is a great option for beginners.  The slower pace offers a student more time to learn the poses and get the most benefit from each pose.  It can also help loosen up some of the muscles you may not have stretched recently.  You don’t have to be “bendy” to take yoga, the practice supports you no matter what your level of experience.

I’m recovering from an injury or have a “bad (insert body part here)”.  Can I do this class?

Yes, variations are offered to help you work with your own body.  For example, if your knees hurt, I may suggest you do kneeling poses seated, or if your shoulder is bothering you, I might offer an alternative to lifting your arms.  The great thing about Gentle Yoga, and yoga in general, is that there are many pose options to get the same benefit to a muscle group.  If one doesn’t work for your unique body, we will find another one that you like better.  Be sure to let me know if there are movements that bother your injury so we can do a different option.

I have a lot of yoga experience and/or I work out a lot.  Will Gentle Yoga be too easy for me?

Although the class is Gentle, it doesn’t have to be easy (unless that’s what you prefer).  Gentle Yoga is suitable for all levels. Variations are offered in most poses to add more challenges for those who want a deeper expression of the pose.  Also, you may find that Gentle Yoga is great recovery practice to ease any tightness or sore muscles from your workout routine.

I’m a Plus Size Person.  Can I do yoga?

Yes!  Gentle Yoga is adaptable to all body types.   You can do Gentle Yoga no matter what size you are.  I am trained in a style of yoga called “Curvy Yoga” that focuses on making yoga accessible to larger bodies.

Am I too old for Gentle Yoga?

No.  Gentle Yoga is offers options for yogis of all ages, and a gentle practice can help older adults keep mobility and decrease pain.  If you have concerns about specific movements or poses, please let me know and we will find an option that works better for you.

Gentle Yoga sounds awesome!  How can I practice with you?

I’m glad you asked.  I teach Gentle Yoga on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and starting November 25th I will also be teaching Monday nights at 5:30 p.m. Both classes are at Unfold in SE Portland.  You can sign up for class at unfoldportland.com.    I also offer an all-levels Strength & Balance class Fridays at 5:30 p.m. at Unfold, and sub at both Unfold and Yoga NW.  Be sure to follow @RoseBakYoga on social media to keep up to date on all my classes.

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