Yoga, Relaxation, and Meditation Classes
with Kimberly LaMendola
New students are welcome at any time!
I warmly welcome and support students of all body sizes, capacities, ages, identity, and financial means. Private consultations and private yoga, relaxation, and meditation sessions in your home or on Zoom. Contact Kimberly for more information
Yoga Class Descriptions
Foundational Hatha Yoga
Think you can't do yoga or that you don't have a yoga body? Maybe you tried yoga before but didn't feel supported by the teacher? This class is for you! I'll introduce and demonstrate different approaches to each yoga pose that allow you to experience an enriching and accessible yoga practice. I meet you right where you are and support you in being to fully experience the benefits of yoga. Build your confidence and strength by mastering the basics as I facilitate your awareness on the three "A's" of Hatha yoga: postural alignment, pranic (energy) activation, and breath awareness. Sessions include guided relaxation and meditation basics. Hatha Level 1 - Level 2
Hatha Yoga with a Chair
Grab an armless chair and experience seated and standing chair-supported yoga poses and flowing sequences. A chair is an excellent prop to broaden your yoga experience no matter if you are a beginner or a long-time practitioner. The stability a chair offers creates the space for the student to more fully explore the elements of postural alignment, activation of energy, mindful awareness while building balance and strength. Hatha Level 1
Yoga for the Very Beginner
Curious about yoga but felt intimidated in joining a group class? Tried yoga before but weren't supported by the teacher? This class is designed to warmly welcome and introduce all people to the immeasurable benefits of a yoga practice. Offered as a multiple-week series of classes, each session builds on the previous session allowing students to explore their capacities through the use of props, modifications, and warm supportive instruction. Classes blend discussion on yoga philosophy and history with demonstration of all postures. Modifications and variations are always demonstrated to create accessible pathways to the practice for all bodies. Class size intentionally small to allow more teacher-student support.
Hatha Level 1
Gentle Morning Yoga
Awaken the day! This gentle yoga practice eases you through energizing movements and breath patterns that will awaken your physical self, your energetic self, and your mindful self. Featuring a variety of held postures and gently flowing sequences, each class will enliven the whole self. Sessions include guided relaxation, pranayama (breathwork), and meditation basics. Hatha Level 1 - Level 2
Yin yoga is a quiet, contemplative, and cooling practice that targets the deeper layers of fascia, ligaments, connective tissues, bones, and joints. Poses are done primarily on the floor and quietly held for lengths of time ranging from 1-5 minutes. Yin postures target the energy meridians of the subtle body, orient the student toward an inward meditative experience, and can provide pathways for release of stress and anxiety. Prior yoga experience is recommended; blanket, blocks, bolsters recommended for propping comfort and support. Yin Yoga (mixed levels)
Yoga for Strength & Stability
A hatha practice designed to build overall body strength with muscle-isolating poses and an emphasis on building the capacity of our core. This class features a blend of held postures and repetitive flowing sequences alternating between standing and floor-based practices. Advanced variations on postures will be offered, including balancing poses, inversions, and core activation. Sessions include pranayama, guided relaxation, and meditation basics. Hatha Level 3
Yoga is not a one-approach fits all practice nor is a person's cancer treatment journey and survivorship experience like any other person's. Oncology yoga is a research and science-based approach to movement that is beneficial to stimulate the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems that assist in recovery and long-term stability. Yoga can support the immune system, strengthen muscles and bones, and foster reduced anxiety through mindful awareness. Poses and vinyasa sequences are specifically tailored to be mindful of the side effects that cancer and treatments can have on decreased range of motion, bone fragility, lymphedema, and more and instruction is individualized and guided under supportive instruction.
Yoga Levels Descriptions
hatha level 1
Appropriate for non-experienced / very beginner / beginner/ emerging students. Poses will be introduced and demonstrated with modifications and variations offered to provide accessible options for all capacities. Props will be introduced and demonstrated and beginning level Vinyasa movement (breath-synchronized movement) will be introduced. This level offers a strong foundation on basic and classic yoga postures and is also a good refresher for more experienced students seeking to reconnect to Hatha yoga fundamentals.
hatha level 2
Appropriate for students with some previous experience with yoga experience (even if from way, way back!), an adventurous beginner student, or the continuing student practitioner. Postures will build on the basics from Hatha Level 1 for deeper exploration of the physical, energetic, and mindful elements of ourselves. Through a mix of comfortably held postures and gentle vinyasa flowing sequences, the student can explore increasing confidence, strength, and stability in their yoga practice.
hatha level 3
Practice new and more challenging postures to build strength, stability, balance, and flexibility. Expect longer Vinyasa flow sequences, additional emphasis on core awareness and strengthening, standing balance poses, breathwork, and mindful practices to increase energy and focus the mind. Not recommended for the very beginning student.
Yin is a style of contemplative yoga that is done primarily on the floor and is a wonderful complement to Hatha yoga (yang). Yin draws from traditional yogic philosophy, traditional Chinese meridian energy theories, and mindfulness. There are approximately 22 Yin poses that look similar to traditional Hatha poses, and poses are quietly held for lengths of time ranging between 1-5 minutes. Yin poses target the body's deeper layers including connective tissues, ligaments, fascia, fluid capsules, joints, and more to help increase deep layer flexibility. Props, such as blankets, bolsters, blocks, are routinely used for support and comfort. Yin yoga is generally considered a mixed-levels practice; previous yoga experience is recommended.
Themed Yoga Sessions & Workshops
Contact me for information on special sessions and workshops for groups, staff development sessions, or individual instruction