• A Retreat & Conference Center

  • 318 West Main Street
    Chester, CT 06412

  • Phone (860) 322-5770
    Fax (860) 322-5744

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  • Gentle Yoga for Every Body

  • With Lisa Uihlein

  • A Class Open to the Community

  • Wednesdays February 1 through March 21, 2012:
    8:00 – 9:30 AM

  • Suggested Donation: $5

  • Class Description: This gentle yoga class is open to everyone. Beginners will be able to try a new practice while more experienced practitioners can expect to receive additional instruction to help build energy and awareness in the body and mind.

    The goals of the class include:

    • To stretch and strengthen the body, increasing flexibility and tone.
    • To cultivate relaxation and create an environment that supports the student to release tension and stress from the body.
    • To quiet the mind and cultivate an awareness of the connectivity between the body, mind, and spirit.
    • Relaxation and contact can open up the space to allow students to connect with an inner sense of presence and guidance.
  • The teacher, Lisa Uihlein, is certified by the Kripalu School of Yoga, and describes this meditative yoga’s intention:

    “Yoga is not simply geared towards self improvement-though that can happen-but rather a way for its practitioners to access self-acceptance. Although yoga certainly presents a challenge for the student at times, the point isn’t to strive to fit the body into some idea of the ‘perfect’ alignment or pose. The compassionate thing to do is to accept the body as it is, and to be with whatever experience the body’s interpretation of the posture brings. In other words, let the body find the posture, not the other way around."

    “This approach allows individuals to bring their attention to whatever their experience is in the moment and let them be with that. Thus, yoga amounts to a practice of inquiry into what is happening in the body, encouraging students to examine their relationships with their bodies. Often, people come to yoga simply for exercise and to relieve stress in their lives, to release tension from their bodies, and for a workout. People sometimes stay for the deeper connection to themselves. Students with a regular practice have found that they are capable of relaxing in a way that wasn’t known to them before, and they can connect with themselves in a deeper way through this process of relaxation. They can take that with them as they move through the world.”

    About the teacher: Lisa Uihlein has been practicing yoga for 17 years. She opened Yogaworks LLC in Killingworth after completing her teacher training in 1998 with Kripalu Teacher Training, and currently owns and operates Turning Point Yoga as a professional-level certified yoga instructor. Her work with students at alternative high schools has given her the opportunity to watch the transformative power of yoga up close. She has provided workshops and in-service trainings to educators and other professional groups. Lisa is a licensed family therapist and lives in Killingworth.

    Schedule: We will meet Wednesdays February 1, 2012 to March 21, from 8:00 to 9:30 AM.

    Availability: While all classes are completely free of charge, there will be a five dollar suggested donation with each class. Space will be limited, so best to arrive 20 minutes early to ensure a spot.

    What to expect in our class: Classes begin with deep breathing to cultivate awareness of the breath, and with warm-up movements to encourage the flexibility of the body. Following this, Lisa will guide students through the sequence of postures that have been practiced for thousands of years and are known to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. These will be done at a moderate pace, offering new students or those healing from injuries modifications to the poses that are suitable for their body’s range. Each class ends with deep relaxation and meditation. Guest House will provide yoga mats, support blocks, and straps free of charge.

    Location: These classes will be held at Guest House Retreat and Conference Center, located at 318 West Main Street in Chester, Connecticut. Guest House is a not-for-profit, educational facility founded by students of the Diamond Approach. The Diamond Approach is a modern spiritual path that involves open inquiry into one’s experience using meditation, psychological exploration, and other methods. The aim of Guest House is to provide an environment that will allow individuals to develop their human potential, and bring their personal development into the world.

    For more information: Contact Michael at Michael@GuestHouseCenter.org, or call 860-322-5770.