You've heard so much about yoga. You know it's supposed to be great for you - make you fit, flexible, focused and obliterate stress. But you don't know where to start (or what it actually is). Or maybe you've done the videos, but you're not sure what you are doing is OK. At Rising Sun Yoga, we are your beginners' and beyond oasis. We'll guide you, step-by-step, as you discover this wonderful practice. A great way to continue your practice after you have immersed your self in the Intro to Yoga Course is with this simple and friendly class. Each class may cover: Simple breathing exercises that are common to our practice; Foundational yoga postures and how to adapt them to your abilities and needs; Meditation techniques to reduce stress; How to breathe so that you may link postures together and never feel out-of-breath. We repeat things a lot so you are sure to learn them. And, we also make time to teach you how to modify the postures to accommodate your body and its unique needs. We accommodate everyone...those who are new and have no experience, those with little experience, those who have not done yoga in a long time, those who want a refresher, and those who love working the foundational aspects. This is a Continuous Class (you can join in at any time).
Flow Yoga Open Level
In this class, we flow through poses with an emphasis on bringing the body into optimal alignment in order to enable an experience of transformation - physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Classes allow you to experience the detailed alignment principles and heart-oriented spiritual philosophy taught in yoga. Students of all levels, abilities and yoga experience are honored for their unique differences, limitations, and talents although class participants should have at least one year of yoga and/or a strong yoga practice.
Wisdom Warriors is a fabulous new yoga class designed especially for dedicated practitioners over 50 who know what it means to remain youthful through the practice of yoga and other healthy lifestyle activities. Now don't get fooled when you hear 'over 50', as this class is for experienced practitioners who are adept at yoga. Wisdom Warriors is the perfect elixir of youth for anyone who wants to preserve their high level of health, flexibility and strength throughout their lifetime. It is intended to help people keep their practice strong and vital. We slow it down to keep it strong while continuing to put forth the effort to understand the changes in our bodies as we go. Rather than saying "I am too old for this", we ask "what needs to be adjusted, to get stronger, longer or softer so this pose feels right for me"? A full range of poses are always available including standing poses, backbends, hip openers, forward bends, inversions and arm balances. It is not suitable for beginners. Class is physically and spiritually inspiring, has a strong therapeutic focus, and aims to foster community among our 50+ yogis. If you have been practicing yoga for a while and long to connect with others who will help you stay healthy and fit, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to strengthen your body, mind and friendships. We believe that old dogs can learn new tricks, however with the wisdom that age inspires, our approach softens.
Prenatal / Postnatal Yoga
Designed to alleviate pregnancy related discomforts, prepare for birth, practice relaxation and breathing techniques in community with other women experiencing the physical and hormonal changes associated with pregnancy. Mothers are encouraged to return to class after birth when ready to regain strength, flexibility and relaxation. This class will carry you through your journey into motherhood with grace, and strength of soul and body. For those who wish to bring their new baby, you are welcome to do so until the baby becomes mobile. Wearing the baby in a sling or wrap is recommended so that you can have your hands free. This class is VERY appropriate for beginners and current yoga practitioners of all skill levels with a strong focus on the connection between you and baby. We also focus deeply on the breath which is so vital during your delivery; to positions that facilitate an easier, more comfortable birth; loosening the muscles, joints & bones used during birth. We will address any fears, strains, or aches and pains of your pregnancy and reassure you of your body's innate ability to grace you with the miracle you are about to experience. Anytime during your pregnancy is a great time to start! Purchase a package of classes or pay by the class at the studio or online at: risingsunyoga.com.
This is a class wherein we move more fluidly from one pose to the next while maintaining the simplicity of the beginner's mind. We'll guide you to discover this wonderful practice. This is a great way to advance your practice and yet remain simple. We will teach you to coordinate your movements with your breath; Adapt your postures to your physical and physiological needs and; Reduce stress by quieting the mind (meditation). Repetition is a key to learning. So, you will repeat poses frequently. You will also learn how to modify the postures to accommodate your body's unique needs. We accommodate everyone...those who are new and have no experience, those with little experience, those who have not done yoga in a long time, those who want a refresher, and those who love working the foundational aspects. This is a Continuous Class (you can join in at any time).
Our Hatha Yoga classes offer a traditional practice at a moderate pace. Emphasis is placed on gaining proficiency in poses by strengthening exercises and deep stretching. Careful attention is given to alignment and finding proper variations so students of all levels can progress – achieving balance, stability and ease. Hatha Yoga also teaches breathing techniques from proper diaphragmatic breath to more advanced pranayama. Working with the breath enlivens energy and soothes the nervous system. Each class also includes a guided relaxation and meditation training.
Gentle Yoga is a supportive, unhurried practice designed to open the heart and rejuvenate the entire body. Emphasis is on loosening and strengthening the body gradually through a flow of gentle stretches and poses. A delight for those newer to yoga or anyone looking for a less vigorous, more soothing and restorative experience, this class focuses on: Breathing and relaxation practices that reduce stress and quiet the mind; Simple stretches and rhythmic exercises to warm-up the body; Foundational yoga postures—gently moving into and out of a variety of poses and how to adapt poses to your abilities.
Intro to Yoga Course
Welcome to the Intro to Yoga Course at Rising Sun Yoga. Intro to Yoga is designed to give you all the tools necessary to develop a life-long, healthy, rewarding yoga practice. The 4-week Course now includes a Bonus 5th Class to ease your transition into one of our Foundational, Gentle, or Hatha Yoga classes. In the Intro to Yoga Course you will be taught the fundamentals of proper alignment in key poses to help you develop a safe, sustainable practice. Instruction will include basic poses, breathing techniques, alignment principles, proper movement, philosophy, meditation, sound, and yoga terminology — everything you need to feel confident in continuing your yoga practice at Rising Sun Yoga! Intro to Yoga Includes: Four 75-minute Intro to Yoga classes, one per week; Bonus 5th Class! In the week following the end of your Intro Series, you may attend a yoga class at Rising Sun Yoga for no additional cost. This bonus class is only available during this 5th week. Pre-registration for Intro to Yoga is required. Payment of $60 must be received prior to the first class. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer refunds, extensions or trades. Unused classes will be forfeited. Attendance at every class is highly recommended for you to gain the full benefits of the course. (If you are interested in enhancing your yoga instruction one-on-one with one of our instructors, private sessions may be scheduled for an additional fee. Contact the studio for more information.) To further assist your transition into our other class offerings, students new to Rising Sun Yoga who complete all 4 classes of the Intro to Yoga Course are eligible for the 2-Week Unlimited or 30 Day Unlimited Class Passes!
Private Rope Wall Yoga Class
The Rope Wall Yoga Class is being offered to teach you how to perform the same poses on the wall that you perform on the mat. But, this class is going to teach you to 'sit' into your seat (asana) more deeply so that you may take the poses you learn on the wall and experience the depth of those poses and the boundaries of your expression while on the mat. And yes, there will be inversion poses on the rope wall for those who wish to address their back conditions. We will do poses with the ropes while standing, bending forward, bending backwards, and hanging upside down. You will learn safe and effective means to enter and exit the ropes so that you feel comfortable enough to use them. Limited to 16 people. This is a private class.
Warm Winter Power Hour
An hour of power and play strategically designed to refine your movements. A fun class that will help you improve your poses, build your strength, improve your stability and access the release found in each pose. All levels welcome. Bring along a towel for this class.
Designed to empower teenagers to become more self-aware and confident allowing each to gain a sense of well-being through the yoga postures emphasizing strength, flexibility and fun. Ages 9 - 13 years.
An authentic and beautiful yoga studio located in Western New York where community is as important as the postures you practice. In a warm, inviting atmosphere with positive energy, our classes provide you not only great exercise but something to think about...a complete yoga experience. From beginner to intermediate levels, we teach over 25 classes each week. Our classes are taught by very credentialed instructors. Whatever it is you are looking for, from body toning to weight loss, strengthening to lengthening, relaxing to invigorating, you will find a class and a teacher that fits your needs.