Class Descriptions


Winter 2018 & 2019


A ** denotes a series class.  Please contact presenters directly to register for these.

All other classes are ongoing and open for drop-in. Please join us any time!



Intermediate Kripalu Yoga


Mondays 8:30-10:00 a.m. Kate Pousont Scarborough IMG_2629 


This moderately-paced yoga class includes gentle warm-ups with a focus on internal alignment as well as still and flowing postures to promote strength, balanced flexibility, and easeful and intelligent movement. As with all of our yoga classes, the session ends with a cool down and savasana.  Kripalu Yoga aligns the systems of breath, mind, and body for an optimal experience of whole body fitness, health, and personal growth. This class is suitable for a wide-range of levels and abilities.


** Gentle Flow Yoga

Mondays 4-5 p.m. Kate Pousont Scarborough

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Originally created for school teachers looking to unwind at the end of the school-day, this Monday afternoon series is open to anyone interested in gentle flow practice.  Class includes an opening meditation, warm-ups, gentle posture flow, seated postures, and savasana.  It is gently strengthening, deeply relaxing, and accessible to a range of levels.

Drop-ins are welcome, but please note that we don't meet on Monday holidays or school vacations.  If you're not signed up for the series, do check the schedule for current class information. Our next series begins on September 17.







Tuesdays 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Jillian Soucie

YogaFitness combines yoga techniques and postures with modern fitness to help promote strength and flexibility. This class incorporates basic yoga postures while utilizing props and weights to create a fun and balanced workout. Get ready to feel rejuvenated after this hour long practice with an emphasis on strengthening and toning specific muscle groups. YogaFitness is suitable for all levels and ages, and every movement can modified to help meet your individual needs.




Yin Yoga


Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Kate Pousont Scarborough


Yin Yoga is a physically gentle practice that emphasizes stillness, internal balance, and deep focus.  We hold simple postures for three to five minutes, not with the sole intention of becoming more flexible  (though this often does occur as a result)  but also in order to organize, strengthen, and moisten the tissues of the body through the application of gentle lines of force or "stretch" in a range of seated and reclining yoga postures.   This can lead to more efficient and easeful movement, greater awareness, and the release of tension or held patterns as the energetic and physical bodies move toward a more harmonious alignment.  It is suitable for beginners, but is also ideal for advanced practitioners looking to explore the realms of deep focus and attention.  It is easy to adapt for special conditions due to its slower pace, and students of all levels have reported a sense of calm and clarity at the completion of practice.  




**Tai Chi for Energy 

Wednesdays 7:30-8:15 a.m.  Deborah Yaffee


This short , simple program is gentle, easy to learn, offers all the benefits of tai chi and qigong, and is lots of fun!  Combines movements from Sun, Yang and Chen styles of tai chi. 12 weeks of instruction with Tai Chi for Heatlh Senior Trainer, Deborah Yaffee, and a lovely view of the falls.  Wednesday mornings , Oct. 3rd - December 19th.  This is an early bird class to help you start your day on a mindful note.  Fee:   $120 for FCC coop members.  $145 for nonmembers.





Vinyasa Yoga


Wednesdays 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Kate Pousont Scarborough 


For intermediate and advanced students.

This moderately-paced vinyasa practice includes a warm-up with core conditioning, traditional and exploratory posture flows, and balancing and seated postures with an emphasis on intelligent and functional movement choices, skillful awareness, and whole-being integration.  This class addresses repetitive strain injuries common in long-time vinyasa yoga practitioners and some strategies to help prevent and alleviate them.   Vinyasa Yoga is open to anyone with previous experience interested in exploring a stronger practice, and, as always, you are invited to adapt the offerings to meet your individual needs and circumstances.







NEW! **Parent & Child Yoga Series (Begins Sept. 19)

Wednesdays 10:45-11:30 a.m.  Jillian Soucie

4 Week Series | $60* | Pre-registration Required 
September 19 & 26 and October 3 & 10 

Parent & Child Yoga is a 4 week series for parents/guardians and their young children of all ages. This class is structured differently than a traditional yoga class. We will incorporate games, songs, and strengthening activities for both you and your child in a supportive and non-competitive environment. This course will emphasize social interaction and create a safe space for you to enjoy the perfect balance of play and yoga with your child.  (* The cost for families with two participating children is $80 / session.) For more information or to register for this class series, please contact Jillian Soucie directly at




Thursdays 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Daniel Rainwater 

Suitable for a range of levels, this class focuses on isolated movements to release inefficient patterning or chronic tension.  Expect a mindful hour of systematically awakening the joints, finding freedom and fluidity, expanding into full range of motion, and working with isometric strengthening. The goal is a  strong, healthy body and a balanced energy system. By bringing focused awareness and calm observation of sensation, the patterns of held tension are invited to resolve, resulting in a new level of fitness, strength, stamina, spaciousness, and overall well being.

**Tai Chi

Thursdays  Noon-1p.m. Steven Howland

In this ongoing class, we will learn and practice a simplified Tai Chi form designed for ease of learning and safety of practice. We are practicing a modified Sun Style that is design to get at the core health benefits of Tai Chi and be simple and fun to learn.  Join us anytime and at any level.  No previous experience is necessary.  Contact Steven at to register or for more information.





Slow Flow Moderate Yoga


Thursdays 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. Kate Pousont ScarboroughKate dog


A balancing, strengthening, and rejuvenating yoga class for a range of experience levels, Slow Flow Yoga combines moderately paced posture flow and seated posture work with some yin postures and gentle movements for a strengthening, balancing, and calming yoga experience.  Open to all levels.




Gentle Kripalu Yoga


Fridays 8:30-10:00 a.m. Kate Pousont Scarborough


A gentle class for all levels, this class explores the subtle power of breath and awareness aligned with easeful movements and postures. A great way to balance a more vigorous practice or calm the system at the end of the week, this class offers a range of options and modifications to help you tailor the practice to meet your needs and goals.  Enjoy calming music, warming and restorative postures, and a long integration intended to foster a healthy mobility and greater balance, ease, and vitality in body and mind.




Co-op and Community Yoga 


Fridays 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Rotating teachers: Penfield Chester, Pam Roberts, Anna Meyer, & Kate Pousont Scarborough


A gently strengthening and balancing community class each Friday. Class is only $5.00 for Franklin Community Co-op members (McCusker’s and Greenfield’s market), $10 for non-members. Come enjoy a mid-day practice and meet the teachers at Shelburne Falls Yoga. IMG_4757 



Inner Power Flow


Saturdays 9:00-10:00 a.m.  Alena Charow (Sept.) & Kate Peppard (Oct. and beyond)

Start your weekend off well with this smartly-sequenced, quietly vigorous vinyasa class designed to cultivate your inner strength, both physical and spiritual. Expect core work, vinyasa flow with options for a range of levels, and a focus on aligning breath with movement to help establish and maintain a fun, safe, and sustainable practice. Kate believes a yoga practice can be, and should be, accessible to yogis of all body types, genders, races, and physical abilities - all are welcome in Kate's classes.

Sunday Slow Flow  


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Sundays 9:00-10:30 a.m. Melissa Stevens

Start your day with this moderately paced yoga flow class, open to practitioners of all levels of experience and ability. Through the mindful integration of physical yoga postures, breath, and attention / intention we cultivate a well-rounded combination of strength, flexibility, kindness, curiosity, integrity, and grace. We move slowly and deliberately (and with a healthy dose of humor too!) in order to deepen awareness and fully embody the breath, the postures, and ourselves, a practice that can also help us move through life with greater clarity, ease, and efficiency.