Shree’s Signature Gentle Therapeutic Yoga Classes

All the following classes are designed for beginners and students who need or want a gentle therapeutic and healing approach from yoga. The classes are generally small and taught by teachers trained and skilled in working with yoga to create healing and longevity.  While different classes may have a particular target, you can attend any of them for a gentle approach. If you would like to discuss your particular situation with the instructor, arrive a few minutes early. We’d like to learn about you and work with you to figure out how yoga can best help you.

Gentle Therapeutic Yoga

Our unique approach: Gentle Therapeutic Yoga is a class where people in almost any physical condition can move and do yoga safely. Geared towards those who need a very gentle yoga practice including seniors, people with physical challenges, cancer patients and survivors, and anyone looking for a careful and sensitive approach, these small classes include: gentle yoga poses, breathing, and stretching, as well as supported yoga poses done with a therapeutic approach that open the joints and safely stretch muscles, while also building strength. Our teachers are highly trained and will personally attend to each student’s individual needs.

If you thought you could never do yoga, this class will work for you. We welcome you in whatever physical condition you may be in and look forward to working with you. Call ahead if you’d like to discuss your situation with us before class: 201-822-1131.  A number of local chiropractors highly recommend our studio and this class was recently mentioned in the Bergen Record.

Restorative Yoga & Meditation

You will leave class with a sense of deep relaxation and calm on every level and with a feeling of balance in your mind and body.

Have you been wanting to learn to meditate? Do you want to release stress?  Then this approach is for you.  It is by far our gentlest class and specifically designed for those who wish to find healing and recovery physically and emotionally, and to learn to release chronic tension and stress.  It includes: slow gentle stretching, breathing exercises, and restorative yoga poses in which the body is supported with blankets and bolsters for deep relaxation, and finishes with a period of guided seated meditation.  The focus of this class is to create an experience for you of deep relaxation and mindfulness.  No prior meditation or yoga experience needed.

Slow Stretch & Restorative Yoga

This class is designed to help you relax and rejuvenate your body and mind. We will begin with a slow-paced yoga practice that focuses on stretching and releasing tension in the body. We will move through a variety of poses, holding each one for several breaths, allowing the muscles to lengthen and soften. This will help to improve your flexibility, reduce muscle tension, and improve your range of motion.

The class will then transition into a series of restorative poses. These poses are held for longer periods of time with the support of props, such as blocks, blankets, and bolsters. This will help you to relax even deeper and promote healing and regeneration.  The class will end with a period of final supine relaxation (Shavasana) to allow your body to integrate the benefits of the practice and fully relax.

This class is suitable for all levels. No prior yoga experience is necessary.

Benefits you may experience from slow stretch and restorative yoga:

  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Improves flexibility and range of motion
  • Relieves muscle tension
  • Improved range of motion
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Promotes overall well-being

Yoga for Strong Bones

“Forty-four million Americans suffer from low bone mass. Osteoporosis leads to painful fractures due to loss of bone mass; yoga strengthens bones without endangering joints: it stands to reason that yoga is the perfect therapy for osteoporosis. Drugs and surgeries can alleviate pain, but study after study has shown that exercise is the best treatment, specifically low-impact, bone-strengthening exercises―hence, yoga.” (Yoga for Osteoporosis by Fishman MD and Saltonstall)

This class teaches poses to strengthen bones, improves bone quality and increase bone mass. Studies show that with consistent careful yoga practice, Osteoporosis can be arrested and even reversed.  Even 10 seconds in a yoga pose can help trigger chemicals in the body that build bone mass.  With yoga, you can protect and lubricate your joints safely for an increased range of motion while building strong bones.  Let’s halt the aging process, and strengthen your bones while you are healthy and mobile.

If you are concerned about your bones and would also like to reduce stress and move with more freedom, this slow therapeutic class is for you.

Chair Yoga

In this class we will do modified gentle yoga poses while seated, standing and supported by a chair. The chair helps make yoga accessible to most people.  With the support of a chair, students can do versions of twists, hip stretches, standing poses, forward bends, and mild backbends. Students will build strength and stamina which may improve their overall balance.

In addition to a good stretch, chair yoga participants can also enjoy other health benefits of yoga, including improved muscle tone, better breathing habits, reduction of stress, improved proprioception, better sleep, and a sense of well-being.

Chair Yoga Plus

This slower paced class will be a combination of standing, seated and floor poses all with the support from either the chair, the wall or the floor. The class will focus on enhancing ease of movement, joint mobility, stretching, strengthening, and standing balance. It will end with a short meditation and Shavasana.
This class is suitable for any level of student able to get up and down off the floor once (the chair will be there for assistance) during each class.

In addition to a good stretch, chair yoga plus participants can also enjoy other health benefits of yoga, including improved muscle tone, better breathing habits, reduction of stress, improved proprioception, better sleep, and a sense of well-being.

Time to Unwind: Restorative Yoga by Candlelight

Take time and refresh your energy and your attitude with a mix of gentle stretches, supported postures, breathing and meditation.  We will guide you through a series of restorative yoga poses, using bolsters, blankets and belts.  Each pose will be held to encourage a safe, deep opening and a soothing release by candlelight.  See the workshops link for dates and times.  Bring your yoga mat and an eye pillow if you have one.

This class will calm and energize organs and muscles and heal the effects of chronic stress, leaving you with a greater sense of well-being, deep relaxation and balance. 

Click here for schedule.  Reservations required.