You know that bit of the afternoon when time slows to an astonishing pace . . .
and the afternoon drags on and on . . . We have the perfect medicine: The Noon Class.
Namaste has a noon yoga class every weekday at each one of our studios. Our teachers bring their unique flavors, but the outcome of class will always be the same: you will not regret how you spent this hour moving and inspiring the rest of your afternoon. Here is a sneak peek, so you can choose just the right one for your day.
It’s a great re-set for body/mind/heart/spirit. My class highlights the way that yoga is part of Life and can fit into a full day of other tasks.
Focus is on strengthening and stabilizing.
I often pick one area of the body, or a category of poses to emphasize, so that the hour feels both deep and spacious.
We start with movement because i think most folks are coming in with some adrenaline and jittery monday energy. I like to work off a few layers of surface tension before slowing down. About halfway through, we pause to feel and notice the effects of our practice.
Go back into the day with a brighter energy in our bodies, and more spacious presence to engage with the fullness of Life.
In the noon class, I recently connected with a woman i hadn’t seen in 8 years! Her son and my son were in pre-school together, so it was a sweet little reunion, and she told me she’s been receiving my newsletters all that time.
Monday/Wednesday noon at Namaste Rockridge
I try my best to squeeze out every last drop of nectar in our short time together at noon.
We might sweat. We might chant.
Classes are designed so that you may build support and strength while flushing out heaviness and stagnation.
It is my intention that at the 61 minute mark we emerge brighter, clearer, more steady versions of ourselves. And spacious. So spacious. From this place, we greet the rest of our day.
Tuesday/ Thursday noon at Namaste Berkeley
My noon class is a joy. I respect that many of the students are doing a quick transition to and fro work, and I am delighted for the sake of humanity that they choose to spend the hour on the mat with their yoga community.
The class always takes on its own shape depending of the students and energy in the room, but we often start with legs up the wall, and I am careful to get people moving as well as give them time to be still.
We breath a lot, sweat a little, connect deeply.
Move consciously and on occasion giggle at the delight of being in the human form!
Tuesday noon at Namaste Rockridge
Kind and playful philosophy
Creative and precise alignment cues
Tuesday / Thursday noon at Namaste Grand Lake
The vital elements of a modern yoga class are all represented: Pranayama, sankalpa (intention), strong asana with plenty of uplevel/downlevel options, core work, and breath focus throughout.
When I can, I offer hands-on adjustments, and sometimes a little massage during savasana.
Common themes: mindfulness, acceptance, letting go, balance, self love, compassion, being with instead of avoiding… After all, love is not about what you can get, it’s about what you can offer.
Wednesday / Friday noon at Namaste Berkeley
The way I weave in flow, philosophy, biomechanics and fun is a unique combination.
I take people from fixed ideas about what they can and can’t do, towards life as a playful exploration of possibility.
I believe yoga is primarily for relieving the stress we carry as physical tension, so I watch out for it getting too serious and re-activating our habitual stress response.
I like to start slow, mindful and meditative, then build pace to create a mindful sweat, then go deep into whatever action or posture I am focusing on, then drop deeply into meditation.
I had someone come up after class, pointing at his hand, moving his thumb. He said something like “I haven’t been able to move my thumb since an elementary school injury, until today, in savasana, when you had us relax every joint in our body, and my hand just opened…”
Thursday noon at Namaste Rockridge
Friday noon at Namaste Grand Lake
High energy, great world music playlists, slow but vigorous.
Work hard, sweat, breathe, smile, get in a great mood and get ready to relax for your weekend.
Basic but hard, simple sequencing and poses with a focus on building muscular strength.
Full body flow/work out We hit all the major muscle groups to build strength, improve balance and then stretch out what we worked.