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

 

Yin/Yang Workshops

These workshops will mix the wonderful worlds of Yin, long-slow supported holds, with Yang, more active poses and movements. Previous yoga experience recommended.

Location: Morton Center, Room 200
Instructor: Shari Gass
Time: Wednesdays, 10:00 - 12:00 PM
Fee: $20/workshop
Ages 14+

July 9 Hip Hip Hooray

This practice is dedicated to our hips. We'll make nice with the hips by beginning with gentle hip openers. We'll build strength and find space in the standing poses and then ease off and get in deeper with yin poses. This practice can soothe your mind and your hips!

July 23 Shoulder Love

Yes, Yin for the shoulders! Tight shoulders plague almost everyone and can limit us in so many ways. We'll open up and strengthen the front, side and back of the shoulders. This practice will help open your shoulders allowing you to feel more calm, spacious and renewed.

 

 

 

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.

 

Summer 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.

 

Day

Times

Cost

Instructor

May 7 - June 25 (no class May 28)

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)

Day

Times

Cost

Instructor

May 21 - June 25 (no class June 4)

Wed

10:00 - 11:15 AM

$50

Gass

Aug 6 - Aug 27

Wed

10:00 - 11:15 AM

$40

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)

 

Day

Times

Cost

Instructor

May 7 - June 25 (no class May 28)

Wed

5:30-6:45 PM

$70

McConville

May 20 - June 24 (no class June 3)

Tue

5:30 - 6:45 PM

$50

Gass

May 21 - June 25 (no class June 4)

Wed

1:00 - 2:15 PM

$50

Gass

May 6 - June 3 Tue 7:15 - 8:30 PM $50 Royer
May 8 - June 5

Thu

5:30 - 6:45 PM

$50

Royer

July 29 - Aug 19

Tue

7:15 - 8:30 PM

$40

Royer

July 31 - Aug 21

Thu

5:30-6:45 PM

$40

Royer

Aug 5 - Aug 26

Tue

5:30 - 6:45 PM

$40

Gass

Aug 6 - Aug 27 Wed 1:00 - 2:15 PM $40 Gass

 

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

May 8 - June 26 (no class 5/29)

Thu

10:00-11:15 AM

$70

McConville

 

Yoga for a Better Back

Yoga asanas are 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

May 12 - June 30 (no class May 26)

Mon

10:00-11:15 AM

$70

McConville

  

 

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.