For over a decade, we've been providing the community a quiet place to take a deep breath and peaceful reprieve from daily activity. At Yoga Center, our focus is on traditional yoga for the modern world. We offer classes, workshops, and programs in a variety of yogic traditions that not only teach the asana (poses) of hatha yoga, but also incorporate meditation, pranayama (breathing), and centering techniques to bring about holistic health and personal growth.
Yoga Centerís mission is to make yoga accessible to everyone at every stage of life. Our highly experienced instructors provide personal attention to every participant in class, ensuring the yoga practice is performed safely and correctly to enhance results for body, mind and soul. While many come to yoga for the physical practice, they are often pleasantly surprised at the wealth of lifestyle benefits that arise (less stress, better sleep, fuller breaths, greater joy), in addition to building stronger, more flexible bodies. We look forward to guiding you through your journey.
Each quarter YCM offers a (recycled newsprint) publication featuring yoga articles and all the events and workshops and are happening for the season. Pick one up from either studio, or click to view online. As these are printed once quarterly, the most up-to-date version of our class and workshops schedules can be found via the navigation bar menus above.
Yoga was birthed out of an oral tradition where teaching was transmitted directly from teacher to student. The Indian sage Patanjali is credited with the summation of this oral tradition into his classical work, the Yoga Sutra, a 2,000-year-old treatise on yogic philosophy. Containing a collection of 195 sutra (or statements), the Yoga Sutra provides a kind of philosophical guidebook for dealing with the challenges of being human.
The word "yoga" is from the Sanskrit language and has several translations and interpretations. Stemming from the root "yug" and originally meaning "to hitch up" (as in attaching horses to a vehicle), other translations include "to yoke, join, or concentrate." Essentially, yoga has come to describe a means of uniting, or a method of discipline. A male who practices this discipline is called a yogi or yogin; a female practitioner, a yogini.
The discipline of hatha yoga—the physical aspect of yoga—was originally developed as a vehicle for meditation. This system of hatha yoga prepared the body, particularly the nervous system, for stillness, creating the necessary physical strength and stamina that allowed the mind to remain calm during meditation.