Monday at 7:15 PM: Yin Yoga with Reiki, Aromatherapy, and Sound Healing with Lynda Ferrara and Jason Wood, at Pandora Healing, 274 Lafayette Ave, Hawthorne, NJ – $15
Yin Yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. Other yin-yang polarities include cold-hot, down-up, calm-excited. In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang. A Yin Yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body—the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. The poses are held for up to five minutes, sometimes longer.
[My review: I’ve attended a few times, and I loved it! The combination of yin yoga (a series of long held, passive floor poses) and crystal bowls makes for a very relaxing, empowering session.]
Friday at 7:15 PM: Ongoing Friday Yoga Class with Reiki with Amanda at Clifton Yoga Center (In-Step Fitness), 819 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton, NJ – $10
This is a yoga class, all levels (beginners welcome), where Reiki is given to each person individually in the beginning and end of class, with the channel remaining open throughout the whole class. (Also on Meetup: The Reiki & Yoga Meetup Group of Clifton, NJ)
[My review: Some poses were a bit challenging, but Amanda offers alternatives to accommodate both beginners and more experienced yogis. I love the combination of yoga and Reiki. Empowering!]
Saturday, 9:00 AM: Spirit Yoga in Madison, NJ with Lou Redmond, at Mind Your Body, 4 Park Ave, 2nd Floor, Madison, NJ – First class is free
This accessible, yet challenging vinyasa-inspired yoga class is aimed to sculpt your body and your mind. With empowering messages and alignment focused teaching, you will be guided along a transformational series that’s as much of a work-in as it is a work-out.
The room is heated to 85 degrees to help detoxify your body and deepen your connection to your true center. You will leave strong, motivated, and rejuvenated. The class is open to all, and modifications will be made based on experience levels.