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Please refer to the following guide when you choose classes.

  • Students new to yoga or new to yoga at SHIZEN → Basic 1 or Basic 2 
  • For those who wish to practice gently in a supportive environment →Gentle Yoga
  • Focusing on deeply relaxing→Restorative Yoga or Deep Relaxation
  • Pre and Postnatal Yoga → Prenatal Yoga→ Baby Yoga,→ Yoga Moms→ Hai Hai Yoga
  • For those wishing Meditation and Philosophy → Meditation, Zagaku, or Series Class (Need booking)
  • For those developing your practice → Intermediate, Special Class, Series Class

Basic 1

Recommended for those new to yoga , unfamiliar with  props or the alignment approach of SHIZEN Yoga, or for students who would like to establish a clearer understanding and foundation of the basics.

A class to become familiar with your body, your breath, the basic structure of poses and correct use of props.  This class will begin to develop stability, flexibility and balance, utilizing alignment principles through the practice of a variety of fundamental postures including preparation for and introduction of shoulder stand.

Basic 2

Recommended for continuing students from Basic 1, experienced yoga students unfamiliar with the correct use of props or the alignment approach of SHIZEN Yoga, or who would like to continue to review or continue to establish an understanding of the basics.

A class to build upon the primary understanding of Basic 1 and to increase core strength, flexibility and balance, through the practice of  more challenging fundamental postures. Shoulder stand (or shoulder stand preparation) is a regular part of the practice in addition to preparation for and introduction to headstand and backbend. The fundamentals and introductory exercises of breathing will be introduced.

Intermediate

Recommended for continuing students from Basic 2 or students who are familiar with props and principals of alignment established in Basic 1 and Basic 2.  Intermediate classes apply the principals of alignment from Basics 1 and 2 towards more challenging poses that require increased strength, flexibility and balance. This class includes back bend, headstand and shoulder stand practice in addition to the development of shoulder stand variations, and hip openings for lotus.

Mon 9:00 Class
1st and 3rd week class: asana study.
2nd and 4th week class :pranayama and meditation. 

Gentle Yoga

Gentle Yoga is recommended for those who are concerned that regular classes may be too rigorous, or for students who prefer a gentler pace. In Gentle Yoga, both standing and sitting poses will be practiced without strain, facilitating the flow of energy and allowing for confidence to build naturally.
Class begins with an all-around, active practice, while the second half is spent in relaxation.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga focuses on deeply relaxing and rejuvenating the body and mind. This class involves a longer holding of poses, which are usually deeply supported by bolsters, blankets, blocks or other props. It allows the body to be in a comfortable and restful position. By staying for several minutes at a time in gentle forward bends, back bends, twists, inversions (as simple as putting the legs on a bolster), the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated and it helps balance the body and mind. Restorative yoga helps relieve stress, release tension and recover from injury or illness. Ideal for every one.

Deep Relaxation

This class is to reach inward and release a very deep sigh from the bottom of your heart in a safe environment.  Each class explores methods to deeper relaxation through supported restorative poses held for longer time and breathing practices to rejuvenate our heart, mind, and body. Instructors will draw upon their knowledge of techniques and practices to help you explore ways to release physical, emotional and mental pressure and facilitate your deepest relaxation. All levels of student are welcome.

Community class

This Sunday 17:00 class is taught in rotation by student instructors who have been studying several years at SHIZEN and assisting Shizen Instructors in classes.The class alternates weekly between Gentle Yoga and Basic 1. (Please see those class discription above) Either SHIZEN tickets or cash donations can be used for this class. Miki and Mari’s  classes are English friendly. For instructors information and community class dates see Instructor page or schedule page.

Zagaku

The Zgaku is the generic name for a No asana class. These classes are composed of meditation, philosophy and yogic studies . 

 Meditation- Irregular schedule(Please check schedule page) Madoka
A complementary practice for yoga students of all levels, meditation is known in Tibet as Inner Yoga.  This class will introduce a range of practical meditation methods for experiencing deep relaxation, bliss and clarity of mind. Focusing on   practical application in daily life, sessions will include guided meditations that can also be practised at home. Suitable for anyone who sincerely wishes to realize greater joy and personal freedom in every situation that life brings.
2017,Jan-Apr
Friday 19:30~ 1/6,20,27 2/3,17,24 3/24 4/28
Sunday 19:00~ 1/15, 2/19, 3/19, 4/16

  Bhagavad Gita※ -Thu 13:00 Muktih 
This class will take slow but steady steps in the pursuit towards the goal of studying the whole 18 chapters, which consist of 700 slokas, 18 chapters, and which can never be properly understood simply by reading books. Indian background culture and Sanskrit also are explained. 

 ※ mark=Indicates a donation class. Tickets are not used.

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