Hatha Yoga for all levels of practitioners Morton Center, West Lafayette, Indiana

 

Hatha Yoga

There are many physical benefits to practicing Yoga. However, Yoga is more than a form of exercise. Yoga is an ancient Indian art, science, and philosophy. The word “Yoga” comes from Sanskrit and is usually translated to mean union because Yoga unites the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga is a spiritual practice, but it is not a religion. Yoga can be practiced by anyone regardless of religious beliefs, or physical limitations.

In the first written account of yogic philosophy, The Yoga Sutra, Indian sage Patanjali defines Yoga as a vehicle for stilling the mind. Focusing on a single point can silence our thoughts and calm the mind. One of the most common focal points is the breath. Patanjali describes “eight limbs” of Yoga. Hatha Yoga traditionally focuses on only two of these: Asana, or the physical postures, and Pranayama, or yogic breathing.

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Lending Library: The yoga instructors at the Morton Center have established a lending library of materials that students may be interested in. The library is located in the classroom and if you are interested in checking out the materials in the library, please ask your instructor for details.

Yoga Workshops and Special Classes

Free Yoga Classes

Are you curious about yoga? Here is your chance to try a class FREE. This will be an introductory class for new students. Please call the Morton office at 775-5120 to leave your name, phone number, and e-mail address if interested since space is limited.

Wednesday, January 15, 7:15-8:45 PM (age 14 or older) (McConville)

Monday, March 31, 5:30 - 6:45 PM (Nail)

Saturday Drop-In Classes

Everyone is welcome to attend these classes! In response to the many requests we've had for Saturday classes, we have created our "Saturday Drop-In Class for All Levels". $10.00 fee will be collected the day of the class and can be made by cash or check only. Make checks out to 'City of West Lafayette.'

Location: Morton Center, Room 200

 

Instructor Ages Day Date Time
Sam Royer
16+ Sat Jan 25 10:00-11:15 AM
Susanne McConville
14+ Sat Feb 1 10:00-11:15 AM
Shari Gass
14+ Sat Feb 15 10:00-11:15 AM
Sam Royer
14+ Sat Feb 22 10:00-11:15 AM
Lisa Nail
14+ Sat Mar 1 10:00-11:15 AM
Susanne McConville
14+ Sat Mar 8 10:00-11:15 AM
Manju Jarori
14+ Sat Mar 22 10:00-11:15 AM
Manju Jarori
14+ Sat Mar 29 10:00-11:15 AM

 

Getting Off to a Good Start

Let's start the new year with a practice that can shed any lingering holiday stress and welcome breath, movement, and peace. Previous yoga experience recommended.

Saturday,January 18,10:00-Noon (age 14 or older), $20.00 (Gass)

Location: Morton Center, Room 200

 

 

Hatha Yoga

The breathing techniques and postures of yoga increase strength and flexibility, essential for both a healthy body and mind. Discover a profound sense of relaxation and wholeness unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. 

Classes offered at the Morton Community Center in West Lafayette

Location: Morton Center Room 200
Ages: 14 & older (*Instructor permission required for those under age 14. Instructor Royer's students should be age 16 and older. Susanne McConville students should be age 18 or older).

 

Registration

Registration for classes is easy! All registrations are done through West Lafayette Parks and Recreation. Call (765) 775-5120 for more information.

 

Winter 2014 Class Schedule

Most class periods are one hour and fifteen minutes.

Class sessions are generally five or six weeks per session.

Beginning Yoga

This class is for the novice, or students interested in a review of the fundamentals.

Session 1

Day

Times

Cost

Instructor

Jan 20-Mar 3 (no class 2/17)

Mon

5:30-6:45 PM

$60

Nail

Jan 22-Mar 5 Wed 7:15-8:30 PM $70 McConville
Session 2        
Apr 7-May 5 Mon 5:30-6:45 PM $50 Nail
Mar 19-Apr 30 Wed 7:15-8:30 PM $70 McConville

 

Continuing Yoga

Prior experience is preferred.

Location: Morton Center, Room 200
Ages: 14 & older (Instructor permission required for those under age 14)

Session 1

Day

Times

Cost

Instructor

Jan 20-Mar 3 (no class 2/17)

Mon

7:15-8:30 PM

$60

Nail

Jan 21-Mar 4 (no class 2/18)

Tue

5:30 - 6:45 pm

$60

Nail

Jan 15-Mar 12 (no class 2/26 and 3/5) Wed 10:00-11:15 AM $70 Gass

Session 2

       

Mar 31-May 5

Mon

7:15-8:30 PM

$60

Nail

Apr 1-May 6

Tue

5:30-6:45 PM

$60

Nail

Mar 19-Apr 30 Wed 10:00-11:15 AM $70 Gass

All Levels

This class is appropriate for all levels of experience.

Location: Morton Center, Room 200
Ages: 14 & older (Instructor permission required for those under age 14)

Session 1

Day

Times

Cost

Instructor

Jan 21-Mar 4 (no class 2/18)

Tue

10:00-11:15 AM

$60

Nail

Jan 15-Mar 12 (no class 2/26 and 3/5)

Wed

1:00-2:15 PM

$70

Gass

Jan 15-Mar 5

Wed

5:30-6:45 PM

$80

McConville

Jan 16-Feb 20 Thu 5:30-6:45 PM $60 Royer

Session 2

 

 

 

 

Apr 1-May 6

Tue

10:00-11:15 AM

$60

Nail

Mar 19-Apr 30

Wed

5:30-6:45 PM

$70

McConville

Mar 19-Apr 30

Wed

1:00-2:15 PM

$70

Gass

Mar 13-Apr 24 Thu 5:30-6:45 PM $60 Royer

 

Gentle Yoga

This class will use mindfulness in stretches and postures to increase your body awareness, increase your range of motion, and improve your overall health. Deep relaxation will be used to rejuvenate and rebalance your body, mind and spirit.

Location: Morton Center , Room 200
Ages: Age 18 or older.

Day

Times

Cost

Instructor

Jan 16-Mar 6

Thu

10:00-11:15 AM

$80

McConville

Mar 20-May 1

Thu

10:00-11:15 AM

$70

McConville

 

Yoga for a Better Back

Yoga asanas adapted to help cultivate more comfort, flexibility, and strength in your back. Appropriate for all levels. Ages 18 or older.

Session 1

Day

Times

Cost

Instructor

Jan 13-Mar 3 (no class 2/17)

Mon

10:00-11:15 AM

$70

McConville

Mar 17-Apr 28

Mon

10:00-11:15 am

$70

McConville

  

Inner Peace Yoga & Meditation

Learn traditional yoga asana with inner awareness of body and mind. Meditation with pranayama (deep breathing) improves your immunity and overall health. Class ends with deep relaxation to rejuvenate and relax your whole body, mind and spirit.

Session 1

Day

Times

Cost

Instructor

Jan 16-Feb 13

Thu

7:15-8:30 PM

$50

Jarori

Feb 20-Mar 27 (no class 3/13) Thu 7:15-8:30 PM $50 Jarori
Apr 3-May 1 Thu 7:15-8:30 PM $50 Jarori

Spiritual Sun Salutation

Get spiritual experience with this Sun Salutation class. Learn Suriya Namaskar with awakening of Chakras, Mantras and Deep Breathing. Class ends with deep relaxation to rejuvenate and relax your whole body, mind and spirit.

Day

Times

Cost

Instructor

Jan 17-Feb 14

Fri

5:30-6:45 PM

$50

Jarori

Feb 21-Mar 28 (no class 3/14) Fri 5:30-6:45 PM $50 Jarori
Apr 4-May 2 (no class 4/18) Fri 5:30-6:45 PM $40 Jarori

 

Flow Yoga

Experience preferred. This class will move at a faster pace.

Day

Times

Cost

Instructor

Jan 16-Mar 13 (no class 2/27 and 3/6)

Thu

12:00-1:15 PM

$70

Gass

Mar 20-May 1 Thu 12:00-1:15 PM $70 Gass

Hatha Yoga for Men

Class for men wanting more flexibility and strength for sports.

Day

Times

Cost

Instructor

Jan 14-Feb 18

Tue

7:15-8:30 PM

$60

Royer

Mar 11-Apr 22 TUE 7:15-8:30 PM $60 Royer

 

 

Class Policies

  • Make-Ups are encouraged. If you miss a class, you may make it up within the current session at one of the other regular classes. Or a friend could come in your place or join you for another class. You may attend any of the current yoga classes offered. Check with the instructor of the class you wish to attend for space availability. Guests under age 13 need instructor permission to attend.
  • Show consideration for the other students. Should you be late please come in quietly. Should you have to leave early please leave before final relaxation (approximately the last ten minutes of class.) Turn off cell phones.
  • Yoga should not be practiced on a full stomach.
  • Wear layers and be able to have bare feet.
  • Yoga is not competitive. Be patient and compassionate with yourself.

Class Registration

Registration for all Yoga Balance classes is easy! Classes are held at the Morton Community Center, part of West Lafayette Parks and Recreation. All registrations are done through West Lafayette Parks and Recreation. Call (765) 775-5120 for more information. Mail-in registrations are given first priority each session.

 

Instructors

Yoga instructors photo

Lisa Nail photoLisa Nail

Lisa began studying and practicing Yoga in 1986. She apprenticed for three years with her principal teacher, Janet Bhuyan, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, before becoming a Yoga teacher. Lisa continued to study with Janet while teaching in Kalamazoo, until 1991 when her family moved to West Lafayette.

She taught Yoga at the YWCA for one year and then began teaching at Morton Community Center, where she remains. Lisa also studied teacher training with Erich Schiffmann and Judith Lasater. She belongs to both the Indiana and Michigan Associations, and continues her education by attending several workshops a year. She describes her style as an eclectic blend of all her wonderful teachers combined with her personal practice.

Lisa obtained a Bachelors degree in Biology from Purdue University and her Masters degree in Science Education from Western Michigan University. She was a high school Chemistry teacher and a Research Assistant before pursuing teaching Yoga as her true vocation.

Susanne Mcconville photoSusanne McConville

Susanne is a certified yoga instructor from the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago and a registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, and is also a Certified Massage Therapist.   She strives to help students cultivate an awareness of the body, thoughts in the mind, feelings in the heart, and freedom of the spirit.  The goal of her practice is to integrate the Brennan Healing Science with the Spiritual Science of Kriya Yoga.

Here is what she has to say:  "What I love most about yoga is its adaptability and it’s wide range of purpose.  It can be practiced in order to improve the health or appearance of your physical body, to clear blocked emotions and help balance your emotional state, or to cultivate mental clarity.  But the highest form of hatha yoga is a spiritual path: in it’s most pure form, it connects us with the Divine.  In my teaching I strive to create an ever-deepening awareness of the dimensions of our being, the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels.  Through asana and the breath, we can experience our own inner essence, and our creativity can come forth, from our inner source, through the levels of our being, into the physical."

Shari Gass photoShari Gass

I look at yoga as a journey to be approached in a joyful way. I like to teach in a light-hearted style. My approach is an eclectic blend of Hatha yoga influenced by a variety of styles and teachers.

I love the people drawn to yoga. Sharing and experiencing the transforming effects of yoga asanas (postures), with others provides the motivation for my teaching and continued study.

I love introducing yoga to new students and sharing the journey of continuing students as we discover the benefits for each individual. I continue to devote myself to the study of yoga, both physical and spiritual, by attending workshops and teacher trainings.

When I began taking classes in 1997, I loved learning the asanas and moving my body in different ways. I was attracted to the physicality of yoga. As I have moved along my yoga path, I have also learned to love the wonderful benefits of working with pranayama (breathing exercises) and the value of creating awareness about my body, my mind, and my feelings.

I began teaching in 2002 and started the yoga program at McAllister Center in 2004. Currently I am teaching at the Morton Center and McAllister Center. I also teach private classes to corporations and individuals.

I have earned certification as a Certified Yoga Teacher through the Living Yoga Program. This is a 200 hour teacher training program. This program has helped to shape my philosophy and style of teaching and has exposed me to many styles of yoga. It also has given me an in-depth knowledge of the technical aspects of yoga and its physical benefits. During the program, I met some great people who share my love of yoga! Through the Living Yoga Program Network, I now have the experience of a whole yoga community at my fingertips.

Whether you take classes with me or anyone else, I would encourage you to develop the practice of yoga in your daily life. I am convinced of the positive spiritual and physical benefits of yoga. Yoga has enriched my life beyond expectations and can do the same for you.

Sam photoSam Royer

Sam took his first yoga class in January 2000 and was amazed at the demands the postures required both mentally and physically. For a year he attended student/teacher training sessions with Jyoti Hansa in Indianapolis, IN.

In November 2002 he completed YogaFit Level 1 Certification. He has also attended workshops with Gary Kraftsow, Steve Jacobsen, and Kriota Wilberg. He has taught beginning yoga for the past 5 1/2 years.

The body awareness from practicing yoga has carried over into his everyday living. He has realized that yoga is about being more aware of yourself with regard to what you do to your body (mentally and physically).

ManjuManju Jarori

I began studying and practicing yoga in 1996 from Yoga Vidya Niketan, in Mumbai, India. Over the past year, I have been conducting Yoga and Meditation classes at Purdue. I have attended many yoga workshops and studied Sudarshan Kriya through the Art of Living and Integrated Meditation Techniques from IAM (Integrated Amrita Ma Meditation). I believe in providing a comfortable and noncompetitive environment for learning different techniques. Students can explore the connection of the mind, body and spirit through learning yoga postures, pranayama and meditation. Various Yoga techniques have been proven to improve physical health, mental well being and reduce stress. Meditation helps improve clear thinking and concentration. I have personally experienced that regular practice of yoga and meditation has greatly improved my lifestyle and helped me achieve my career goals as well as improved my interpersonal relationships. My goal is to provide my students with these tools so they can lead a more satisfying, fulfilling and healthier life. I obtained my master’s degree in resource management from India. I taught undergraduate classes at Mumbai University, Mumbai, India for 10 years before moving to West Lafayette.

Morton Community Center

Morton Community Center
West Lafayette Parks and Recreation
222 North Chauncey Ave
West Lafayette, IN 47906

(765)775-5120

The Morton Community Center is conveniently located in the heart of the Chauncey Village neighborhood adjacent to the Purdue University Campus. On the National Register of Historic Places, the two story red-brick building was the site of West Lafayette's first public school. The school remained in use until 1976 until town's population outgrew the building. Sold to West Lafayette Parks & Recreation in the 1980's, the Center has gradually become a focus point for recreational activities in the community. Yoga is one of the many classes offered in recreational wellness classes. Art and dance classes, along with community club meetings and low-cost meeting spaces are all offered to the public.

Directions

The Morton Center , located at 222 Chauncey Ave. West Lafayette , IN. 47906 can be reached easily from either Salisbury Street, Northwestern Avenue , or State Street .

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Links

Indiana Yoga Association
West Lafayette Parks and Recreation/Morton Center

Contact

Please contact us through the Morton Community Center at (765)775-5120.