Class Descriptions

Kripalu Yoga with Diane

Kripalu Yoga with Diane is a warm, inviting, and accessible class that focuses on proper body alignment, breathing, and mindfulness to improve energy, strength, and flexibility.  It is suitable for every body, at every age, and at any level of experience:  beginners, returners, and/or experienced practitioners.  This class allows you the freedom to explore  your own body and choose your level of physical challenge.

Monday 5:30 - 7:00pm with Diane Fine

Thursday 5:30 - 7:00pm with Diane Fine

Friday 9:30 - 11:00am with Diane Fine

Prenatal Yoga

Diane Fine offers women in any stage of pregnancy the opportunity to help ease discomforts of pregnancy while gaining strength and flexibility in a safe and dynamic way. With gentle stretching, conscious use of breath, deep relaxation, and mindfulness techniques, women can enhance the quality of their pregnancy, prepare for an empowered birth process, and learn useful skills for life. The comfortable and friendly group atmosphere leads many women to connect with one another. They share stories, tips, laughter and understanding. Many have gone on to create baby play groups that last for years. Come experience Diane Fine's skillful leadership in the art of Prenatal Yoga.

Tuesday 5:30 - 7:00pm with Diane Fine

Iyengar Yoga – all levels, with Lisa

Iyengar yoga teaches us to listen deeply and attune our awareness. Participants are guided in the intelligent use of props to achieve balance and health in the body and internal state. Precise alignment and clarity of action are the foundation of each class. Standing & seated poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, inversions of shoulder and headstand according to individual capacity, and restorative poses will be taught. Together we deepen our curiosity for learning and enhance our capacity for individual and collective growth.

Monday 9:30 - 11:00am with Lisa Tsetse

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Iyengar Yoga - All Levels, with Kathy

In this mixed-levels evening class, new students will be given preparatory poses and continuing students will be challenged to take their practice to the next level. Standing poses, forward bends, seated poses, backbends, twists, and inversions will be explored, along with the skillful use of yoga props for safety, stability, and alignment. Whatever your body type or level of experience, expect to leave class feeling refreshed in body and mind--and two inches taller!

Wednesdays 5:30-7:00pm with Kathy Morris

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Hatha Yoga Slow Flow

An all-levels class for people of all ages and experience levels. This is a well rounded yoga class that begins with centering and attention to the breath. The class then proceeds into gentle warm up stretches to loosen the joints and warm up the body before moving into a series of flowing postures including sun salutations and other chosen poses tailored to the level of those in the room. Instruction of poses will be given as necessary. Attention is given throughout to mindful breathing and careful alignment. Classes may also incorporate some philosophical teachings and more subtle practices involving mudras or bandhas, for example. All classes end with restorative poses and a blissful savasana/relaxation pose.

Rates:
Drop-In: $20
6 class pass (valid for 8 weeks): $108
Payment can be cash, check or credit card

Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:00am with Astrid Jirka

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Ballet Flow

Do you miss those pliés and pirouettes? Or have you always wanted to try them? Ballet is for all ages and every body.This mixed level, advanced beginner/intermediate class accommodates a range of previous dance experience, honoring the individual needs and abilities of adult learners. Some prior experience with ballet is helpful, even if it was many years ago, but motivated beginners are also welcome.Through an integrated approach, we will focus on body alignment, classical technique at the ballet barre and center, and the joy of movement flow through the space. Exercises and combinations can be modified or enhanced to provide for various levels of experience. Ballet is a great way to move gracefully through all stages of life. It helps develop kinesthetic awareness, balance and coordination, strength and flexibility, posture, breathing, and stress relief through physical expression. All that, and it's fun, too!

Cost: $12/Single class; $50/ Five-class card.
College student discount: $11/Single class; $45/Five-class card

For questions or more information, contact Joyce:
jyccmpbll@aol.com; 610-334-4205

Sundays 1:45 - 3:00pm with Joyce Campbell

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Basic Adult Pointe/Foot Strengthening

Basic Adult Pointe/Foot Strengthening Class: This class can be taken with or without pointe shoes, but does require previous ballet experience. Contains strength and stretching exercises for the feet, legs and postural muscles, and slow basic movements at the barre, as well as walking and other very basic movements in the center, which can be performed on or off pointe. Suitable for those with intermediate-level ballet technique who have never danced on pointe but would like to try, those who danced on pointe long ago and want to refresh their skills, and those who have some previous ballet experience and would like to improve their foot strength, balance and alignment without using pointe shoes. Participation in the Ballet Flow class, immediately before the Pointe/Foot Strengthening class, is strongly recommended, and the teacher will evaluate readiness for participating on pointe.

Cost: $6/Single class.

For questions or more information, contact Joyce:
jyccmpbll@aol.com; 610-334-4205

Sundays* 3:00 - 3:30pm with Joyce Campbell

*Through July 29

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Soul Dance

Soul Dance is a small free movement dance community. At Soul Dance we give precedence to embodied expression and love each other while doing it. Dances are casually facilitated, creating a space for safe, playful, ecstatic and community centered movement.  Dancers are welcome to dance alone or with others.  Music is a variety of genres and  follows an intentional wave, starting quiet and slow, gradually building to intense fast rhythms and then quickly dropping into deep meditation.  All ages are welcome, please join us!

Cost: $10/dance or $45/five class package. Sliding scale options for those in need (don't let money prevent you from coming).

For more information, contact le.bananier@gmail.com.

Friday 7:30 - 9:00pm* with Doug Shire

*December Soul Dance will be on December 14 (not the 21st!). This will be the very last Soul Dance.

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Fourth Friday CircleSings with Ephemera

Come make some beautiful noise! Fourth Friday CircleSings with Ephemera is an enjoyable opportunity for singers of all levels to share in an ever-changing vocal experience. CircleSinging is a unique form of improvisational singing, and a powerful tool for building singing and listening skills, both individually and within a community. Participants will hold parts improvised by the leader and taught to a group of singers. The continual chant changes as parts are introduced and exchanged, supporting solos and duets that ride atop a wave of sound. "Both participating in and witnessing the creation of the music that emerges is often an exhilarating and joyful (many have said spiritual) experience." CircleSinging NYC.

Ephemera will facilitate a monthly CircleSing on the fourth Fridays of the month, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Donations will be gratefully accepted to cover the cost of the space and supplies. Suggested donation $5-$10. Spread the word...all are welcome! Hope to see you there!

Class held fourth Friday of each month.

Fridays 5:30 - 7:00pm with Ephemera

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Dance Church

Dance Church is Ithaca's home for free-movement expression and conscious dance, inspired by 5 Rhythms, Ecstatic Dance and similar traditions. Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome to come explore their inner and outer world through movement in a supportive, fun atmosphere. It's a blast! Experienced facilitation is by DJ Nataraj and occasional guest DJs. Come shake your groove thing!

Contact Doug Shire for questions at 339-7085, and 'like' Dance Church Ithaca on Facebook for up to date information or visit http://www.dancechurchithaca.com.

Cost: $Suggested donation $5 at the door, no one turned away.

Sundays 11:30am - 1:00pm with Doug Shire

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Meditation in Motion: Kripalu Yoga

Dive into a Complete Yoga Experience: This 90 minute class will include Asanas, Pranayama, Deep Relaxation, Meditation and Chanting. Build strength, find balance, relax and rejuvenate.

Be challenged, supported, inspired and nurtured. Together we will experience the heart and flow of the practice of yoga.

This class is appropriate for all levels.

Instructor: Lewis Freedman

Contact: Lewis can be reached at 607-342-4596 or LMF10@cornell.edu

Rates: $17/drop in, $60/4 classes.

Saturdays 9:30-11:00am* with Lewis Freedman

*last class on December 22nd

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Kripalu Yoga with Nicole

Kripalu Yoga is generally a gentle hatha yoga practice with a compassionate approach and emphasis on meditation, physical healing and spiritual transformation. Students are taught to observe their body and thoughts without judgment and to accept and respect themselves as they are. Each student learns to find his or her own level of practice on a given day by looking inward.

Each class will include: - Time for Centering - Pranayama (breathing practices) - Asanas (postures that support body awareness, optimal posture, balance, core strength, and flexibility) - Guided Meditation(s) & - Time for Deep Relaxation to revitalize and rejuvenate all major systems of the body.

Beginners and students experiencing health challenges or injuries are welcome.

Nicole is a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor and Advanced Instructor of Therapeutic Yoga.

Thursdays 9:30am - 11:00am with Nicole Stumpf

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Evening Yoga with Kate

Balance your days with these later-evening classes to stretch, strengthen, and soothe. These dynamic yoga classes blend vinyasa flow with Kripalu soul to engage the body, breath, and mind, building overall flexibility and inner power.

Evening Yoga is a practice, a way of life, and an invitation- can’t wait to see you at yoga in the evening!

Wednesdays 7:30 - 8:30pm with Kate Chesebrough

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Let Your Yoga Dance

Let Your Yoga Dance is a fun, off-the-mat celebration of joy and creativity through dance, inspired and informed by the philosophies and practices of Kripalu yoga. Connect and grow with yourself and others through this user-friendly dance exploration of body, mind and spirit!  Let Your Yoga Dance dances the wild, the wonderful, and the joyful -- offering fun, easy-to-follow guided movement with room for personal expression. We'll dance our energy, inviting it to flow upward from the base of the spine to the crown of the head and back down to the earth again, resulting in a blissful body, joyous heart, and quiet mind. An all-levels class: suitable for every body!  

See www.facebook.com/LetYourYogaDanceIthaca for more details. 

Fridays* 7:00am - 8:00am with Bea Nellenback

*September 14-November 16, 2018

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Freeing Your Voice; an 8-session class series led by Elisa Sciscioli

Join us in the celebratory spirit of song. Engage in exercises that increase vocal health and singing stamina. Explore toning and movement practices that unlock vibrant energy. Experience the uniting and uplifting nature of simple, soulful multicultural songs in a supportive environment. We'll tap into the exuberant nature of harmonies and guided improvisational singing.

Mondays* 7:30pm - 8:30pm with Elisa Sciscioli

*Next series:  Feb 4-Mar 25; April 8th - June 3rd (skipping memorial day)

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Introductory Bellydance with Farha

That voice saying 'you can't do this' is a liar. Farha’s classes start from the ground up-literally! Whether you’ve never danced sober in your life, or you’ve studied Western dances for years but are ready to make your first foray into Middle Eastern styles, this is the class for you!

Every class introduces a few of those fascinating isolations (yes, your body DOES move that way!) and different games to teach basic dance skills. Four mini sessions, of 4 weeks each, build to cover the beginning movement vocabulary and beginner dance skills. Come cut loose, meet some new friends, gain strength, and discover the amazing things your body can do!

  • Instructor: Farha

  • Cost:
    • $20 per class ~OR~
    • $60 per four week unit ~OR~
    • $224 entire introductory session (16 weeks)

  • To register: Contact raqFarha@gmail.com to register.

Tuesdays* 7:30pm - 8:30pm with Farha

*Starts January 1, 2019

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