Class Descriptions

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 am Kate Pousont Scarborough

This moderately-paced yoga class includes gentle warm-ups with a focus on internal alignment as well as still and movement-based postures to promote strength, balanced flexibility, and easeful and intelligent movement choices. As with all of our yoga classes, the session ends with a cool down and savasana.  While interpretations of Kripalu Yoga vary, ours acknowledges and fosters the interconnection of the systems of breath, mind, and body and encourages self-compassion, deep attention, and wise and grounded action both on and off the mat. This class is suitable for a wide-range of levels and abilities.

** Gentle Yoga

Mondays 4:00 - 5:00 pm Kate Pousont Scarborough

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 a gentle 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 will begin on October 21.

Pilates

Tuesdays 8:30 - 9:30 Cordelia Chester

Join us for a workout with results you can see and feel. We will combine the fundamental core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strengthening, mobilizing, and stabilization of the Polestar Pilates’ Method. This 1 hour low-impact workout promotes deep stabilization,  enhances structural awareness, and helps you activate a dynamic strength from within. This class will offer movement and postural re-education tools to help support a healthy body in your daily life. No matter your level of fitness, or prior experience with the Pilates Method, you are welcome here!

The Polestar Pilates Method utilizes hands-on instructional touch to help enhance your musculoskeletal awareness. You are welcome to decline hands-on instruction at ANY time either verbally or with the use of the consent chips that are available at the studio near the sign-in desk.  

 

Yin Yoga

Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:00 pm Kate Pousont Scarborough

Yin Yoga

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 may 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.

Vinyasa Yoga

Wednesdays 8:30 - 10:00 am 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.

Fitness Flow

Thursdays 8:30 - 9:30 am Kate Pousont Scarborough

This one hour class includes dynamic movement sequences, conditioning exercises, and a cool down with “stretching” for a well-rounded, lively, and balancing morning workout. Using a combination of free weights, body weight exercises, and movement re-patterning strategies, Kate shares her unique perspective and wealth of body knowledge with a particular focus on functional strength, adaptability, and healthy, efficient movement patterns. A great compliment to a Yoga practice (or to Tuesday morning Pilates),  this class is suitable for many ages and levels, and you will be encouraged to explore multiple options to tailor the level of difficulty to meet your individual needs.

Slow Flow Moderate Yoga

Thursdays 6:00 - 7:15 pm Kate Pousont Scarborough

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 am Kate Pousont Scarborough

A gentle class for all levels, this class explores the subtle power of breath and awareness aligned with easeful and purposeful movements and postures. A great way to balance a more vigorous practice or to 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, all intended to foster a healthy mobility and greater ease and vitality in body and mind.

Co-op and Community Yoga

Fridays 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Rotating teachers: Jillian Soucie, Pam Roberts

Anna Meyer, & Kate Pousont Scarborough

Gentle Flow Yoga

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.

Revive, Reset, & Restore

Monthly on Fridays 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Kate Peppard and Louise Legouis

This session, co-led by Kate Peppard and Louise Legouis, is structured for relaxation and nourishment.  We start off with gentle movements and then then settle into restorative postures, which are held from 5-10 minutes each. The session culminates with a yoga nidra body scan where you rest for 15-20 minutes, transitioning you into a calm and quiet space from which you can move forward into your evening.  Each session in the series focuses in on an element (or two) and works with those qualities associated with that element, helping to also bring a little awareness to seasonal shifts, and our own changes in relationship to that. Beginners and experienced yogis are welcome, all levels of yoga experience can enjoy the benefits of this session. We ask that you please arrive 10-15 minutes early so you have time for registration and to settle in so we can begin on time together.

Revive, Reset & Restore will be happening monthly through the fall:
Friday September 27 5:30 – 7:00 – EARTH
Friday October 25 5:30 – 7:00 – WATER
Friday November 22 5:30 – 7:00 – FIRE

CLASS FEE: $18 (no class cards)

Inner Power Yoga Flow

Saturdays 9:00 - 10:00 am Kate Peppard

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!

Sunday Slow Flow Yoga

Sundays 9:00 - 10:30 am Melissa Stevens

Enjoy a peaceful start to 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.

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