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Meditation + Yoga

 

Private Yoga Sessions

Whether you are new to yoga or looking to deepen your asana or meditation practice, one on one private sessions are a beautiful place to begin. Learn more with one on one or small group yoga classes in our lower level Wellness Lounge. Also offering themed events of your choosing in our space (birthday party, bachelorette, mom's groups, etc.).

Instructor, Kaleigh Atkinson, will collaborate with you to meet your goals when it comes to your yoga practice. Enhancing flexibility, gaining strength, and reducing stress are just a few benefits to name from practicing yoga. Contact Kaleigh at info@kaleighatkinson.com in order to book your private session at mke MindBody wellness.

5 people max

Private Yoga session | $40-60 sliding scale

Small group session | 2-5 people | $20-40 sliding scale per person

Why Restorative Yoga?

Restorative Yoga has been such a saving grace for my yoga practice. I never thought I’d look at a yoga bolster with the same affection as I would my yoga mat! My mat and I have such a connection, it’s that safe place that is just for me, my movement, my breath, my focus. Sweat drips, hands grip, feet hop, turn and curl. 

A restorative practice is practically the opposite of a vinyasa flow class. One begins with a few moments of mindful breathing and scanning the body up and down, simply to check in with oneself and become grounded into the practice space. The main difference between restorative postures and a flow sequence is that we hold each asana for 5-10 minutes versus 5-10 breaths! We must first get our minds and bodies prepared for relaxation before attempting to rest in a posture (mind chatter free) for minutes at a time. We live in a time where we are always in our heads, buzzing off caffeine rather than seeing the world clearly and peacefully - insert restorative yoga as your medication.

At the MKE MindBody Wellness lounge you will find small, intimate class sizes maxing out at 5 yoga mats. Our room is lit with candlelight, comforted by an oversized rug and inspiring with imagery of tropical palms and plenty of green potted plants. Aromatherapy is an amazing asset to the center as we have custom blended oils that enhance the restful experience. Light, hands on adjustments will be used from the instructor, but only at the students approval.

We maintain our restorative practice in order to rest and digest our body, tapping into the parasympathetic nervous system is our goal with these long relaxing poses. As previously mentioned, we’re living in a time of high stress, typically keeping our sympathetic nervous system active and firing the fight or flight mode regardless if we find a lion in our living room or get a dirty look from our boss. 

Your body will feel warm and supported with blankets, bolsters, folding chairs, blocks and straps along with gentle encouragement from the instructor. Allowing yourself to surrender to relaxation, aromatherapy and let go of ruminating thoughts are just a few benefits of joining us for a restorative yoga class. We hope to see you soon!

Every Sunday Evening

Restorative Yoga 7 - 8:15pm

$15, 4 people max

 

A Beginner's Guide to Meditation

Find your comfortable. We want to limit as many distractions as possible. Dress appropriately, wear socks, keep a blanket nearby if you get cold.

Turn your phone off or put it in a separate room on silent. If your device is also your timer or meditation app then use the 'do not disturb' silence option while practicing meditation so you don't get vibrate or light up notifications or a phone call.

In order to keep proper posture it's best if our hips are elevated above our knees. To do this sit cross-legged, in lotus or half lotus position on a cushion, pillow(s) or even folded blankets stacked on top of one another. Did you know over 80% of people meditate in a chair? If this is your preference try not to slump and keep a straight spine as you're seated on the edge of your chair. A pillow or blanket folded to support your low back would be nice, if using a chair.

Now that we are dressed properly and have found our seat we are can close our eyes, and begin to relax the muscles in our body. Pay special attention to your brow, jaw, shoulders and hips. Allow your body to soften while keeping a straight spine.

Begin to breathe a little deeper than normal in order to feel the sensation of your inhale naturally rising your chest, and with the exhale lowering your chest and belly softening slightly inwards. If it helps, place one hand on your heart center and one hand on your low belly to feel this movement. 

Simply continue to focus on your breath, heightening your body awareness. As you become distracted or your mind begins to ruminate or create lists... gently remind yourself you have gotten lost in your thoughts and return to that deepening of your inhales and exhales.

As a beginner I'd suggest a 5 minute practice every day for a week. Then adjust to 8 minutes, then to 10 minutes. Keep adjusting your time as you see the benefits begin to flow into your life.

In times of stress or when emotions rise, remember you can always come back to your breath. Why do you think we've been taught to 'just breathe' or 'take a deep breath' since we were little? Our breath is so important, so overlooked and very much taken for granted. 

Take a moment to focus on just 5 slow inhales and exhales wherever you are right now. Feel yourself calm down, even if it's just for a minute. 

Be thankful. Practice gratitude for your breath and for your body that keeps you functioning without you even trying.

First Sunday of the month

Meditation 6 - 6:30pm

by donation

 

Chair Yoga

Chair yoga proves that practicing yoga is suitable for ANY body. Perhaps you have limited mobility, are recovering from an injury, are elderly or want to learn how to relieve stress from behind your desk. 

In this class we will practice an hour long sequence from a chair! We will begin by learning breathing techniques to enhance our seated postures and flow gently in and out of poses in order to improve flexibility, reduce stress and enhance mental clarity.=

Expect to leave class feeling more grounded and open in the shoulders, hips and spine. All props readily available, please wear comfortable clothing and do not hesitate to contact instructor, Kaleigh, with any questions or concerns:

First Saturday of the month

Chair Yoga 10 - 11am

$10, 5 people max