Stuart is a Yoga Teacher.

Stuart teaches three styles of yoga, as appropriate to the class attendees.

Kundalini Yoga (typically for more advanced students, but open to all ages and levels of ability – very active and anaerobic)

Hatha Yoga (traditional yoga, open to all ages and levels of ability – typically less active and very focused on stretching and slower movements)

Easy-Does-It Yoga (designed for those challenged by age, illness, injury or inactivity)

Detailed descriptions of these three yoga types are at the end of this page. Stuart provides public and/or private instruction in each of these three types of yoga. Stuart also conducts workshops on specific topics of interest. At the end of each class, Stuart may combine music of the Native American flute, use Tibetan Singing Bowls, and/or play music from appropriate CDs, during the relaxation period.

In these challanging times, I will be teaching on-line classes using a product named ZOOM. You will be able to sign up for classes further down this page.

Information for all on-line classes:

1) You will receive an email telling how to join the on-line class after registering.

2) You should have a yoga mat, block, strap, blanket or cushion, drink, and eye-cover nearby.

3) You can join the class up to 10 minutes early.  The teacher will join the class just before it starts.

4) Each class will end with a relaxation period of about 5 minutes.

5) If you want feedback during the class, you should point the camera of your laptop or phone at the mat so I can see you. The size of the class may limit the amount of feedback you receive. Class participants' mics are muted at start of the class. Mannually unmute your mic to ask questions during the class.

6) Class will end on-time, you can socialize after the class for 10 minutes. Please email any comments to me(sjhhill@aol.com).

7) If you want an individual class/session, please email me for details and to discuss your goals.

8) I offer six different classes  as described below. Most classes are offered several times each week.

Hatha Yoga: Beginner

This class introduces and highlights the basic poses of Hatha Yoga. After a stretching warm-up, I lead students though a range of postures moving from various positions (standing, seated, reclined) emphasizing proper alignment, breathing, and postures. Each class incorporates different sequences and pose variations.

Hatha Yoga: Intermediate

This class is for students with at least several classes of Yoga experience. After a stretching warm-up, this class assumes you understand the basic 15-25 poses of yoga, and leads you through a range of sequences. Each class is different, focusing on one or more fundamental or more advanced concepts of yoga.

Relaxing and Restorative Hatha Yoga

This class is for students with some or no Yoga experience. After a stretching warm-up, this class will slowly step you through several basic yoga poses. Poses will be held for 30-90 seconds, and be slowly trasition to the next pose.

Advanced Hatha Flow

This class builds strength, endurance, flexibility, and your connection with yoga poses and breathing sequences! You will be taught and use basic and advanced yoga poses in a flow to generate a energizing workout. After a stretching warm-up, in addition to basic yoga pose flows, you will work on 1-2 advanced poses to round out the class. This class is a more advanced workout, and you can start with less repetitions or slower movements as your strength and endurance build in subsequent classes.

Senior Yoga I (with or without a chair)

This class is for Seniors, and those with limiting conditions. Some days we conduct the class using chairs; other days the class starts on the Yoga mat. This is a slow moving and gentle class, I offer modifications to accommodate you if needed. After a stretching warm-up, the class starts on the chair or mat and works there for 15-20 minutes. Next, we move to standing for balance work, standing poses, breath-work, and some gentle movements. Finally, we will transition to a restful relaxation, which is meditative and create feeling of well-being and rejuvenation.

Senior Yoga II

This is a more advanced class for Seniors. After a stretching warm-up, this class assumes basic understanding of the basic 15-25 poses of yoga, leading you though a range of postures moving from various positions (standing, seated, reclined) emphasizing proper alignment, breathing, and postures. Each class is different, focusing on one or more fundamental or more advanced concepts of yoga.

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga is also known as the Yoga of Awarenes. It’s focus is to awaken vital energies within you. Each class uses postures, movement, breath-work, and mantra (chanting) designed to strengthen specific physical, emotional, psychic, and spiritual outcomes and objectives. Be prepared to work hard and be rewarded! All levels of practice are welcome. This is a 90 minute class with a 15 minute rest period at the end of class.

Monthly Concert

I am an experienced Native American Indian Flute player. I am offering a free monthly concert (my playing or other musicians) to all students on the first Saturday at Noon.

WEEKLY SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

Stuart offers seventeen (17) yoga classes each week including the following:

Sunday

9am to 10am Hatha Yoga: Intermediate

10:30am to Noon Kundalini Yoga

Monday

9am to 10am Senior Yoga I - Chair

10:30am to 11:30am Senior Yoga II

5pm to 6pm Hatha Yoga: Intermediate

Tuesday

9am to 10am Hatha Yoga: Intermediate

5:30pm to 6:45pm Kundalini Yoga

7pm to 8pm Relaxing and Restorative Hatha

Wednesday

9am to 10am Senior Yoga I - Chair

10:30am to 11:30am Senior Yoga II

Thursday

9am to 10am Hatha Yoga: Intermediate

5:30pm to 6:45pm Kundalini Yoga

7pm to 8pm Advanced Hatha Flow

Friday

9am to 10am Senior Yoga I

10:30am to 11:30am Senior Yoga II

Saturday

9am to 10am Hatha Yoga: Beginner

10:30am to 11:30am Advanced Hatha Flow

12:30pm - 1:00pm - Monthly Concert (first week of the month)

HOW TO ENROLL

Classes can be purchased by the month. The price is for any classes you want to take, and the pass lasts to the end of the month (no partial months are available)

Individual classes are not currently available. If you want to sample a class for free, please send me your name and the date and class you want to be invited to my email (sjhhill@aol.com) to arrange the class access.

December classes are $50 per month - please send me your name with the payment, and you will be invited to all classes in that month, using Paypal below (or send an email (sjhhill@aol.com) to arrange payment terms)

January classes are $50 - please send me your name with the payment, and you will be invited to all classes in that month, using Paypal below (or send an email (sjhhill@aol.com) to arrange payment terms).

February classes are $50 - please send me your name with the payment, and you will be invited to all classes in that month, using Paypal below (or send an email (sjhhill@aol.com) to arrange payment terms)

********* Detailed descriptions of Kundalini, Hatha, and Easy-Does-It Yoga types follow **********

Kundalini Yoga: According to yogic philosophy, the kundalini is a spiritual energy or life force located at the base of the spine. Kundalini yoga is called the yoga of awareness because it directly affects ones consciousness, develops intuition, increases self knowledge, and unleashes the unlimited creative potential that exists within every human being. Mainstream traditions have shown that kundalini energy can be awakened and enlightenment attained by practicing a combination of yogic techniques—ideally following the guidance of a certified teacher—including the use of mantra (chanted or sung sounds), prana (breath) and breathing techniques, sadhana (daily practice), asana(postures) practice, meditation, or purely through devotion and prayer.

A Kundalini Yoga class consists of (1) a warm-up, (2) the main Kriyaof set of Kriyas (a series of postures with specific breathing techniques body movements (and stillness) and sometimes, chanted or sung sounds), (3) period of Meditation, and (4) a period of relaxation. A class typically runs 45-60 minutes. Each class is usually different from all other classes because the Kriyas number in the thousands. Typically, a Kundalini Yoga class is physically aerobic, including a variety of repetitive motions and focused breathing practices.

Hatha Yoga means the "science of hatha" yoga. The word hatha comes from combining the two Sanskrit terms "ha" meaning sun and "tha" meaning moon. The word "ha" refers to the solar nadi (pingala) in the subtle body and "tha" the lunar channel (ida). However, when the two components of the word are placed together, "hatha" means "forceful", implying that powerful work must be done to purify the body. Yoga means to yoke, or to join two things together, hence hatha yoga is meant to join together sun (masculine, active) energy with the moon (feminine, receptive) energy, thus producing balance and greater power in an individual. Hatha represents opposing energies: hot and cold (fire and water, following similar concept as yin-yang), male and female, positive and negative. Hatha yoga attempts to balance mind and body via physical postures or "asanas", purification practices, controlled breathing, and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation. Asanas teach poise, balance and strength and are practiced to improve the body's physical health and clear the mind in preparation for meditation.

If you see a class described as Hatha, it will likely be a slow-paced stretching class with some simple breathing exercises and perhaps seated meditation. Students typically “flow” between postures, holding them for shorted periods of time (e.g., less than 30-60 seconds per posture). This is a good place to learn basic poses, relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with yoga. A Hatha Yoga class starts with a warm-up, the main portion of the practice, a cool down, and period of relaxation.

Easy Does-It Yoga is a complete fitness program for those challenged by age, illness, injury or inactivity. The program was developed by Alice Christensen in the 1960’s: and is documented in her book “Easy Does It Yoga,” as published by the American Yoga Association. The program consists of five major parts (21) Exercises, (2) Breathing Techniques, (3) Relaxation and Meditation, (4) Nutrition, and (5) Philosophy.

• Exercises: Gentle stretching, strengthening, and balancing movements that can be done in a chair, in bed, in a pool, in a wheelchair, or on the floor.

• Breathing Techniques: Slow, diaphragmatic breathing techniques that strengthen the respiratory and circulatory systems.

• Relaxation and Meditation: Step-by step procedures that release tension throughout the body, improve concentration, increase circulation to the heart, and brighten mood.

• Nutrition: Suggestions for building health by gradually improving diet.

• Philosophy: Ideas from Yoga philosophy that enhance creative thought, promote inner growth, and stimulate intuition.

An Easy Does It yoga class consists of a warm-up, a series of exercises, and a period of meditation/relaxation. It can be tailored to the students in duration and level of activity, based on their capabilities and constraints.






© 2004 Stuart Hill