Mon 6:00-7:30pm for experienced yoga students
Mon 7:45-9:00pm for beginners and anyone wishing for a slower-paced, gentler yoga
All props provided.
90 min: $16/$15
75 min beginner/ gentler: $15/$14
Discount for a block of classes.
IF YOU HAVE LOST YOUR JOB AND ARE LOOKING FOR WORK, any class for you is $10 - you likely need yoga now more than ever!
Private Yoga Classes:
You can choose general yoga, classes to help you deal with a particular physical limitation, instruction to help prepare you to join a mainstream yoga class, or a 'concept' class like yoga for relaxation, knees, strength, better posture, yoga for runners, golfers, etc.
60-minute class is $80. 75-minute is $95, and 90-minute class is $110. You are welcome to bring one other student at no additional charge.
If the drive is longer than 15 min each way from Watertown, there is a small additional charge. We can arrange a time/day that suits your schedule. We can also rent a private yoga room at CHA for an additional $18 or Art & Soul for $15 if you'd rather not have class at your home.
Cancellation Policy: 50% if you cancel within 24 hours of class, 100% if you cancel within 2 hours.
Please send me an email for more info.
Map and directions to Cambridge Health Associates at 335 Broadway.
Free parking lot in back, short walk from Central Sq Red Line T, and all props provided at no charge.
"Barbara is the most wonderful
yoga teacher ever--she will support and guide you, affirm and smile
you. Every time I do yoga and even when I am just walking around, I hear
her in my head and I am grateful.
As we (all of us) get older, this is
the most valuable thing we can do to enhance our quality of life and
health. She's the person who can take us there, with wisdom and joy and
"What a healing journey began for me when I joined your class, Barbara. I just wanted to thank you once again. It has changed my life. Honestly. ¡¡¡Muchas gracias!!!" -GS
Monday evenings in summer: Chakra Yoga. Chakras are centers of vital energy, or life force. They can be open and in balance, or they can have too much or too little energy flowing through. We will explore a different chakra each week and, hopefully, help balance each (see descriptions below). During the restorative at the start of class, I will read to you about the chakra of the day, how it presents itself when its energy is excessive or deficient and which poses and other things (breathing exercises, visualizations, etc.) help balance it. That way you can relate it to your own life and personality.
July 14 - First Chakra, the Root Chakra
is at the base
of the spine and
involves the legs and feet. It has to do with feeling secure, solid,
grounded; letting go of fear. We'll do strong standing poses and lots
of stretches. Deficient
in the 1st chakra: you might feel fearful, shy, unloved, spacey or
you may be greedy, domineering, egotistical, tend to hoard things or
gain weight. It's important to get the 1st chakra into balance before
moving on to the others.
Mon, July 21 - Second Chakra in the pelvis and hips is the source of creativity and inspiration, and is associated with all the fluids in the body. It influences our sexuality and sensuality, open-mindedness, and ability to feel emotions and sensations. Deficient energy: shy, overly sensitive, mistrusting, confused, aimless. Excessive energy: self-centered, jealous, distrusting, cold, overly ambitious. When the 2nd chakra is in balance, a person will feel healthy, open, friendly, imaginative and creative, patient, and able to focus.
Mon, July 28 - Third is the Power Chakra in the solar plexus and is involved with self-esteem, warrior energy, trust in others, the power of transformation, assuming responsibility for our life, ability to express feeling honestly. Deficient energy: low self-esteem, overly sensitive to criticism, poor digestion, shame, feeling disempowered. Excessive energy: anger, perfectionism, inflated sense of power, bullying. Come to class to open and balance this chakra.
Mon, Aug 4 - Fourth is the Heart Chakra, governing the heart, chest, lungs, shoulders. In the heart chakra we learn to get in touch deeply with our core being and our core truth. Learning to love ourself is a powerful step in securing a healthy fourth chakra. The 'wounded child' resides in the heart chakra. Deficient energy: shyness, loneliness, an inability to forgive or a lack of empathy. Excessive energy: possessiveness, jealousy, petulance, high blood pressure.
Mon, Aug 11 - Fifth is the Throat Chakra, governing the throat, neck, shoulders and has to do with expression, harmony, communication and creativity. It is about speaking our truth, expressing our passions, and listening to our heart and to others. When out of balance there can be throat and neck problems, jaw and shoulder tension, and a fear of speaking. Excessive energy can result in inflexible or dominating attitudes, excessive talking and an inability to listen; deficient energy in introversion, resistance to change, keeping our thoughts to ourselves. Balancing this chakra helps us feel centered and happy.
Mon, Aug 18 - Sixth Chakra - the 'third eye' governs imagination, intuitive wisdom and visualization. Sixth chakra in balance moves us toward insight, peace of mind, clairvoyance, wisdom. Excessive energy here could cause difficulty concentrating, headaches, nightmares; deficient energy could mean poor memory, fear, inability to visualize. In addition to doing yoga that involves the head, we will do hip openers and work on lower spine flexibility, as the 2nd chakra is complementary to the 6th chakra.
Mon, Aug 25 - Seventh Chakra is the Crown Chakra at the top of the head. We will do some meditation and poses to open this chakra as well as grounding yoga for its complementary 1st chakra, rooting you deeply on the earth while the 7th extends into the heavens. Excessive energy could show up as being overly intellectual, while deficient energy could manifest as apathy, uncertainty, materialism or difficulty thinking for yourself. Opening and balancing the 7th chakra can lead to feelings of wholeness, abundance, connection to the divine or your spiritual source.