B = Basic Skills | A = Advanced Skills
Basic skills classes focus on the most foundational exercises to restore optimal muscle length and introduce your body to new motor skills. These are not “easy” classes or just for beginners, but classes that teach the essential motor skills every human machine should master.
Advanced skills classes build upon the basic motor skills and foundational exercises. These all-level classes are a bit more challenging. Getting the most out of these classes requires a deeper understanding of the “big picture” of whole body alignment. It is recommended that you have taken the Restorative Exercise™ Whole Body Alignment training or have been attending classes regularly or working privately with a Restorative Exercise Specialist for at least 6 months before attending these classes. If you are unsure if these classes are right for you, please ask the instructor or the front desk.
FREE Intro to Alignment 1A Group Class
Monday, January 23rd, 6:00-7:00pm.
This is a free class for anyone who hasn’t had a 1A Intro Session or anyone who would like a refresher. Space is limited, so pre-registration is requested. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. This is a great way to introduce friends or loved ones to the foundational concepts of alignment. We offer these free classes on a quarterly basis.
The Upper Half: Believe it or not, upper body strength is important to your health even if you never plan to swing across the monkey bars or hoist yourself up and over a wall. The health of your upper body affects your breathing, your core strength, your neck tension, and more! We’ll work on both the strength of the muscles of the upper body and the range of motion of the joints in the upper half- essentially everything above the pelvis.
The Lower Half: Focusing on the parts from the pelvis/hips down, we’ll be working on improving joint health and muscle use around the hip and knee joints and the health and function of the pelvic floor especially, but in “The Lower Half”, feet to pelvis is fair game. ☺
Whole Body Alignment: Head to toe alignment is what it’s all about! Stretch and strengthen the whole body to improve circulation, reduce pain, build strength, and increase flexibility.
Advanced Concepts: Intended for students who have taken the RES training course or who have been attending class for a minimum of six months, this advanced skills class will help expand students' awareness and capabilities and explore basic exercises with greater depth and subtlety. This will help paint more of the “bigger picture”.
Focus on Change: This class will continue, with the theme of spending about a month on particular areas of the body going over the same or similar exercises to elicit a change over time. Sometimes we don’t acknowledge the changes that are happening in our bodies and sometimes we don’t do exercises regularly and often enough to get significant change. Come see what can happen- change IS possible!
Slow Weights Too: This class is a continuation of our mindful full body workout which focuses on moving with the breath. This class will really appeal to those of you who miss your "traditional" exercise class format, but still want to work in a way that promotes a healthy body and is restoring to your alignment. Benefits include improved stability, muscle toning, balance, and relaxation. We use very light weights (1-3lbs), and move from a stability ball (or chair) to standing to the floor and move slowly to create an almost zen-like experience that fools you into thinking you're not working very hard. After all, they're only 2lb weights! You'll love it!
Stretch It Out: Stretching just feels good. Right? But if you’ve been practicing restorative exercise for a long time, you might spend so much time hyperfocused on alignment points, that you miss out on some of the feel- good benefits of stretching all of your muscles around all of your joints. This class will leaving you feeling open, relaxed, and mobile.
Balance, Stability, & Movement: This class will build your confidence in maintaining your balance and stability under all conditions. Progressing from simple to increasingly complex movements, we will explore the subtle differences between balance and stability.
Whole Body Function: Learn to restore pain-free movement, strength, and range of motion in order to improve your biological and mental function.
Every Step You Take: A focus on mindful movement, with some emphasis on gait, from the moment you step in the door and hopefully throughout the rest of your days.
- Please arrive a few minutes before class begins: This will give you time to gather your equipment for class, set up your mat, and will allow you to progress safely through class and get the greatest benefits, as well as avoid disrupting the instructor and your fellow students with your late arrival.
- Please bring your own mat to class. A sticky yoga mat is best, as it provides necessary traction during certain exercises.
- Please bring a water bottle.
We have all the equipment we use in class available for you, but you are welcome to bring your own half dome, block, strap, etc. if you prefer.
- NO Cell Phones: when you enter the building please set your cell phone to silent (not vibrate) and leave it in a cubby (or your car).
- Mat/Mirror Space: When setting up your mat before class, be conscientious of other students around you. Try to stagger your mats so that everyone has access to see themselves in the mirror.
- Clothing: Wear loose-fitting clothing that is comfortable to move in, but that covers well (too short or too loose shorts may not be the best choice). No shoes during class.
- Mat: Please take your mat home with you when you leave. Due to space and hygiene issues, we cannot store students’ mats. If you leave it in the studio, it automatically becomes a loaner.
- If you forget your mat, we do have some loaners. If you borrow a mat, please clean it when you are done.
- Scents: Please do not wear scented lotions or perfumes to class.
- Housekeeping: At the end of class, please clean all equipment you used and return it to its spot. Also clean any mirror space used to keep the mirrors fingerprint-free.
- IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR NEED HELP DURING CLASS, PLEASE ASK THE INSTRUCTOR. The most important things in class are that you are safe and that you are learning.