The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step
~ Lao Tzu
Mondays at 5:30 pm
Beginner: Hatha & Deep Stretch
This is an excellent opportunity for newcomers to discover what yoga is all about, and for those seeking to refresh or deepen their practice. Drawing on several classical traditions, this class will offer a variety of asana and movements to guide students in a fully integrated Hatha practice. Classes will include deep stretching and exercises to enhance flexibility and range of motion, as well as practice transitions and holds to increase stability and strength. Classes will offer a variety of seated, prone, standing, balancing, inverted, and twisting postures, and may focus from time to time on a certain one for a better understanding of technique, alignment, modifications, and benefits. Sessions begin with centering, ends with guided meditation, and integrates pranayama throughout. This class is 75 minutes. You may bring a check or cash the day of class or pay with a card on the class rate page.
Tuesdays at 5:30 pm
All - Levels Gentle Vinyasa Flow
This delightful gentle vinyasa flow session offers an effortless sequence, avoiding prolonged periods in any single pose. It enables you to gradually generate warmth and smoothly transition, fostering an inward connection. Catering to all levels, it seamlessly allows you to enjoy the tranquility of a slow flow vinyasa, merging deliberate, unhurried sequences with a seamless flow. This class delivers a well-rounded and approachable practice.
Wednesdays at 5:30 pm
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom, and fluidity in the body and mind. As we ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This class moves from pose to pose with each held for no more than five to eight breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, and backbends with opportunities for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice! 75 minutes. You may bring a check or cash the day of class or pay with a card on the class rate page.
Thursdays at 5:30 pm
Beginner T’ai Chi Ch’uan
T’ai Chi Ch’uan is indeed an ancient Chinese martial art, yet one firmly rooted in relaxation and mindfulness, absolutely not the use of force (“using 4 oz. to deflect 1,000 lbs.”). The practice is therefore often referred to as “moving meditation,” a regular, slow-moving form involving a sequence of postures performed in a relaxed but very mindful manner. Most who practice, both in China and in the United States, are therefore more concerned with improved health, greater vitality and calmness, the release of stress and tension, and balanced strength. This will be the focus of this beginning Westport Island class. T’ai Chi does require regular attendance and regular practice, if only for a few minutes every day — “improving daily by the thickness of a sheet of paper,” which accumulates to a substantial volume. The form involves a sequence of 37 postures, which will be taught sequentially over time, each following from the ones preceding. Classes will meet weekly at Lulu’s Barn for 60 minutes on Thursdays at 5:30 pm, beginning on February 8th. The style of T’ai Chi Ch’uan we will follow is known as the Yang Short Form, developed by Professor Cheng Man Ch’ing, who learned the ancient art of T’ai Chi from the Yang family master Yang Cheng-fu in the 1920’s. A celebrated professor of Chinese Medicine in both mainland China and then Taiwan, Cheng Man Ch’ing (often referred to simply as The Professor) brought this form of T’ai Chi to New York City in the early 1960’s, leaving a senior student (Mr. Lu) in charge of the Taiwan School and bringing another senior student (Ben Lo) to teach T’ai Chi in San Francisco. All three now have senior students throughout the country, all from this same tradition. Within that tradition, Nick Pagon has practiced T’ai Chi for over 20 years, having initially learned the form from Maggie Newman, a senior student of the Professor in NYC, now in her late 90’s, along with some of her more senior students. He has also studied with Lenzie Williams, Ben Lo’s senior student in Berkeley, and Wei Ming, Mr. Lu’s senior student in Taiwan. This class offers a drop-in rate of $18 or the option to use a class card. You may bring payment in the form of a check or cash, use Venmo (Lulu's Barn), or pay with a card on the class rate page.
Saturdays at 9:00 am
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom, and fluidity in the body and mind. As we ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This class moves from pose to pose with each held for no more than five to eight breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, and backbends with opportunities for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice! 75 minutes.
Saturdays at 11:00 am
Gentle Yin Yoga
Led by Sara Lentz, this class seamlessly transitions into a series of slow, passive seated and laying postures held for 3 minutes. These poses target the connective tissues, promoting deep relaxation and increased flexibility. The focus on breath awareness guides you into a meditative state, encouraging a profound sense of introspection and self-discovery. The pace of the Gentle Saturday Yin Class is unhurried, fostering a sense of ease and allowing you to surrender to the gentle stretches. Throughout the session, props such as bolsters, blankets, and blocks are offered to support your body, ensuring maximum comfort and accessibility for practitioners of all levels. As you navigate through the carefully curated sequence of poses, you'll find a perfect balance between effort and surrender. This yin practice is a mindful pause in your week, a moment to nurture your well-being and restore your energy. The class concludes with a blissful savasana, leaving you with a profound sense of peace and a renewed connection to your inner self. Whether you're a seasoned yogi or a newcomer to the practice, the Gentle Saturday Yin Class is an opportunity to cultivate stillness, balance, and a deep sense of serenity. Join us as we gently guide you towards a weekend of relaxation, self-care, and inner harmony. This class offers a drop-in rate of $18 or the option to use a class card. You may bring payment in the form of a check or cash, use Venmo (Lulu's Barn), or pay with a card on the class rate page.
Sundays at 10:00 am
Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin
A thoughtful slow flow class with plenty of modifications offered to accommodate your body’s needs. A perfect class for beginners and all levels. 75 minutes. You may bring a check or cash the day of class or pay with a card on the class rate page.
Last Sunday of Each Month
from 12 pm - 2 pm
Paper Art in the Barn
$30 per person
Join Joelle from noon to 2 pm on the last Sunday of each month for a delightful afternoon of exploring paper arts. We'll be creating with easy paper sculpting and bookbinding methods alongside cheerful materials to craft seasonal creations. It's a delightful afternoon with alpacas, friendly conversations, and paper-based enjoyment. All necessary tools and materials will be provided. Recommended for kids aged 12 and above. All classes are priced at $30. Payment can be made on the day of the class using cash, check, or Venmo, ( Lulu's Barn), or you may use the Workshop Tab on the Class Rates page.
4 pm - 6:15 pm
The Elemental Body: An Introduction to Continuum somatics
$35 per person
This class is an opportunity to slow down, feel how your body wants to move, and improvise or find new movement possibilities within you. You may come to class with a desire to relax and unwind tension in your body and your mind. In Continuum, we explore the fluid nature of our bodies. Fluids are permeating and moving through every part of us. The pathways of movement in a Continuum class are often spirals and waves. In this way, the practice can feel like very gentle dancing, moving meditation or a self-powered bodywork session. Continuum is a practice for body, breath and voice. Along with movement, we use our voices to produce subtle and stimulating sounds. Sound waves create movement within fluids and can help us to feel contact with the many tissues and structures inside our bodies that we cannot otherwise touch. As autumn comes to a close, our attention often falls upon trees. These classes will explore how we breathe with plants, the branching patterns within the human body, and settling into the potency of winter. Dress comfortably and bring a mat or blanket. About Rori: Rori lives in Alna. She is a doctoral candidate at University of Maine, writing a dissertation on Continuum. Rori is a member of the Continuum Teachers Association and a certified Pilates instructor. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Temple University. You may pay the day of class with check, cash, or Venmo.
Sunday, March 10
Yin & Sound Healing
$30 per person
Where the more 'yang' styles of yoga tend to focus on steady movement, strengthening muscles and more active stretching, Yin encourages the practitioner to slow things down and spend a little more time in passive, and often supported, postures as a way to work with connective tissues like the fascia, ligaments, and bones. We live in a predominantly 'yang' society where being busy and always achieving are constantly being rewarded. Slowing down rarely is. And, being a recovering type-A personality, I gotta say that it feels really good to give yourself permission to not have to try so dang hard. If you have ever strived to be a straight A, or even a B, student, in Yin we are aiming to be average C students. Now, isn't that refreshing?! This slowing down is often easier said than done. Especially amongst the high-achievers, and elite athletes, and maybe even some of you that are regular Vinyasa, Ashtanga, or Power Yoga practitioners. I say all of this, because I have experienced this many times myself. Sometimes even us yogis can succumb to this high-achieving mentality where we may compare ourselves to others, push ourselves to do more than what our bodies really need, or even get caught up in the thought that going deeper into the posture is better or the ultimate goal. Now, please keep in mind, this article isn't intended to dissuade you from your regular Vinyasa yoga practice. Vinyasa yoga is my personal favorite style of yoga and the one I practice most regularly. But, like everything in life, too much of anything is never a good thing, and Yin yoga is a beautiful way to create some balance amongst all of the 'yang' in life. For your consideration, Jen Moclair and Dan Bodmer are offering a Yin with Sound Healing class on Sunday, November 5th at 9:00 AM. This is a 90-minute class that is suitable for all levels. This month, Jen will focus on the shoulders and hips; two large storage depots in the body that hold tension, stress and trauma. For the first 70 minutes, you will practice a sequence of postures that are held between 2 to 5 minutes. The last posture will be relaxing and restorative for an extra long savasana (about 20 minutes). In savasana, Dan will play the 7 crystal chakra bowls. This is where some of the most important work happens; as you are bathed in sound, the stuck energy in your shoulders and hips that was released while holding the yin postures, will flow with the vibration from the bowls, through and out of your body leaving you feeling lighter and freer. We hope you can join us! Namaste, Jen Please, no class cards. Payment may be made on the day of the class using cash, check, Venmo or the Workshop Tab on the Class Rates page.
October 5 & 6
18 hour certification
Silly Hearts Yoga for Kids
This 18-hour kids yoga teacher training will include information on child development, yoga poses and sequencing appropriate for children ages 2 and up, with a primary focus on early childhood and elementary aged students. This training also includes a focus on trauma-informed yoga for kids and inclusive yoga practices. Participants will learn games, music, and mindfulness exercises which can be used in a variety of settings to enhance a child's yoga practice. There will be time for discussion, practice, observation of a real kids yoga class, and application. Participants should come prepared to move, learn and have fun! Minimal yoga experience needed *prior knowledge of some yoga poses will be beneficial* More important is a desire to learn and a passion for working with children. There is an opportunity for Yoga Alliance members to receive 18 hours CE credit. Must be present for the full training to receive certification In this training you will learn: *yoga poses and how to modify them for kids *basic understanding of child development *how to sequence poses and a yoga class *how to incorporate books and music with yoga *games, activities, and partner poses for all ages *benefits of yoga for children *age appropriate mindfulness techniques and activities *trauma sensitive teaching tools *skills for sharing yoga with children of all abilities In this training you will receive: *support of Silly Hearts Yoga for Kids and other trainees in a private Facebook community *targeted instruction designed to meet your needs *tools and strategies that can be used right away in your very own yoga classes! *certification as a Kid's Yoga Instructor *continuing education credit (Yoga Alliance members) Saturday October 5, 2024 10am-7pm Sunday October 6, 2024 10am-7pm Cost: $425 Minimum of 4 enrolled by September 14 in order to avoid class cancelation. free kids yoga class for trainees to observe on Saturday, October 5 2024 from 1:30-2:00 Lulu's Barn is seeking to employ a Silly Hearts Yoga Teacher Program graduate for the position of instructing kids' yoga at Lulu's Barn.
$30 per person
Yoga with Alpacas
YOGA WITH ALPACAS is held in a pasture among 7 friendly alpacas with yoga instructor, Jen Moclair. Even if you have never taken a yoga class, Lulu's Barn welcomes you to experience yoga that is suitable for all levels and is geared towards beginners and having fun! Take delight in an enjoyable up-close-and-personal visit with the alpacas. Attendees can feed the alpacas right out of the palms of their hands and maybe sneak a few pats of their fluffy fur. Make sure to bring your camera; alpacas are no strangers to selfies. This is a 60-minute yoga class followed by a 15 minute alpaca meet & greet. To schedule a day and time for private classes, please contact Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org. The minimum requirement is 6 people and the cost is $30 per person.