Come To Yoga with Barbara Lyon
at Cambridge Health Associates
335 Broadway
(between Prospect & Inman streets
free parking lot in back!)

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Welcome! 
Class Times, Cost, and Private Yoga Sessions

YOGA FOR SENIORS & BEGINNERS and anyone else wishing for an extremely gentle class. on Tuesdays  3:30-4:30, at Art & Soul Yoga Studio, 91 Hampshire St, Camb (at corner of Windsor St). $15 drop in, $13 age 62+. Chairs and all props provided.

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Two classes Mon evenings at Camb Health Assoc:

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.

Pricing:

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.

Looking for additional information about the yoga classes? Try the FAQ or contact me!


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"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 reality."  -CC

"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

* Summer Classes*
-Camb Health Assoc Mondays thru Aug 25
-Art & Soul Yoga Tuesdays thru Aug 19
No Art & Soul class Tues, Aug 26

We are doing our summer "Chakra Crawl" - opening and balancing each chakra, one a week. See below for the dates and descriptions of each - fascinating! 

You are welcome to drop in to any class any time, or sign up for a block of classes for a discount. All listed classes are open to the public.

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About the classes:
Each class has a theme. Classes this semester will include: Break Out of your Slump (better posture); Hamstrings and Hips; Cultivating Joy; Stress-Busting Yoga; Yoga for Knee Health; then other classes will focus on specific body therapies, like loosening tight shoulders, releasing the neck, lower back, hips, etc. Come to yoga class and feel great!

Or choose PRIVATE YOGA LESSONS at your home or in a private room at Cambridge Health Associates; see column to right for details.   

            
PHOTOS MILTON BEVINGTON 

Summer Semester at a glance

-Mondays 6:00-7:30 pm Yoga for experienced students at Camb Health Assoc
-Mondays 7:45-9:00
pm Yoga I Beginners/slower pace at Camb Health Assoc
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Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm Gentle Joint Yoga for Seniors at Art & Soul Yoga

I teach 12-14 classes every week
- most of them are private, corporate, or senior residence classes. Please contact me to schedule one for you or your company. Some weekend days also available for private classes. 

PUBLIC CLASSES:
* "GENTLE JOINT YOGA FOR SENIORS & BEGINNERS" (and anyone else).
Tuesdays 3:30-4:30, $15 drop in ($13 for students 62+).

At Art & Soul Yoga, 91 Hampshire St, Cambridge (corner of Windsor St).
Anyone seeking an extremely gentle approach to yoga is welcome, regardless of age, weight, stiffness, or speed. We spend the first 15-20 min sitting on a chair and stretching all over, then make our way to the floor for more stretching, strengthening, and yoga, then to standing gentle yoga (you can use a chair or the wall for steadying if needed). There are modifications for all moves and poses.

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-Mondays 6:00-7:30 pm for experienced students, $16 drop in, $15 for 4 or more classes
-Mondays 7:45-9:00 pm beginner/slower pace, $15 drop in, $14 for 4 or more classes

At Cambridge Health Associates, 335 Broadway
 
(free parking lot in back, short walk from Central Red Line T; all props provided, do yoga in soft lighting on our lovely new bamboo floor!)

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.

Mon, 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 energy in the 1st chakra: you might feel fearful, shy, unloved, spacey or weak; excessive energy: 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. 

$NEW STUDENT SPECIAL at Camb Health Assoc $
$20 for any two classes within the semester  
$40 for any four classes within the semester  

Check this website for future workshops, or email me to be added to the mailing list (no-spam) for workshop announcements.

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NEWS! I have launched a new branch of yoga called "Gentle Joint Yoga" for seniors and those wishing for a very gentle yoga experience. There are two levels: one is Chair Yoga, done sitting the whole time, for people who have difficulty getting up and down from the floor, or whose sense of balance isn't stable enough for standing yoga; the other is a more advanced version which includes yoga on the floor, sitting and standing. In that version we still use chairs quite a bit - to sit and do stretches and twists, and also as a prop for standing poses like forward bends, downward facing dogs, warriors, standing balances, and many more.  In 2011 I enrolled in the Silver Age Yoga program, which has given me a much deeper knowledge of how to modify poses for different conditions.  In 2012 I took the exams and earned the Silver Age Yoga Teacher Certificate.

Currently I am teaching the more advanced Senior Yoga at Art & Soul Yoga in Cambridge (open to the public), and the Chair Yoga version at the Brigham House in Watertown, Youville House in Cambridge, Youville Place in Lexington, and another place in Arlington.
But I am seeking studios or community rooms where I can teach public Gentle Joint Yoga classes. Do you know of one? Also, if you would like me to teach Gentle Joint Yoga at your facility, or as private lessons,
please send me an email

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A Yoga Tips page. Click here (or on"Yoga Tips & FAQ" above) to find out how to hand or machine wash and dry your yoga mat, how long to wait after eating to do yoga, and a neat trick to keep your mat more germ-free. I'll add more to this over time. Any questions you'd like me to address?

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To find out the theme of
any particular class
, click on the Facebook icon on the right column of this page or visit www.Facebook.com/Come To Yoga.  While you're there, click 'like', and you'll receive a brief email describing the class theme each week.

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A favorite quote from "Senses" by Franz Kafka:

You do not need to leave the house.  Just sit at your table and listen.  Do not even listen, only wait.  Do not even wait, become wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking.  It can do no other; in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet.

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ADVANCED TRAINING:
  In 2011, after teaching yoga for 16 years, I decided to deepen my knowledge by embarking on a 200-hour certificate program, and earned an Advanced
Teacher Training Certificate in The Art of Teaching, at The Yoga Studio Barbara Benagh).  Illuminating!

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YOGA AT A YOGA STUDIO VS. YOGA AT A HEALTH CLUB or GYM
I’ve been thinking about why anyone should go to a yoga studio if they already have a health club membership that includes yoga.  I belong to a gym and often take a pick-up yoga class on the weekend. I find myself feeling sorry for the students. The classes are repetitive with no build, and usually offer no adjustments. I look around at people doing Downward-Facing Dog with rounded spines and domed knuckles and Warrior II with heads thrust forward and front knee dropping inward, uncorrected. How will they ever learn the right form? And how much damage will they do to their bodies in the meantime?

They never get to experience the release and joy of a well-crafted shoulder stand or some of the more esoteric poses and they certainly get no experimental or partner poses at all.  In my classes I not only walk around and make adjustments so that everyone learns the proper shape of each pose, but offer a build over the semester – classes start with a focus on stretching and slowly build in strength and balance.  I offer simpler alternative poses for students who need them, or encourage them to stop and take a rest when that's appropriate, and more advanced versions for the students who are ready for them.  Every week the theme or focus changes so that each body part gets special attention across the months. And the variety is endless!

If you haven't been to a yoga studio in awhile, I hope you'll try mine. It's quite a different and possibly more rewarding experience than the same old same old at the gym. Treat yourself! Experience the relief - and exhilaration - of proper alignment, and learn something new every week.

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A favorite stanza, from Last Night as I Was Sleeping by Antonio Machado

Last night, as I was sleeping, I dreamt that I had a beehive here inside my heart.
And the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures
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We do a "Chakra Crawl"
during SUMMER semesters - each class we use yoga and breath work to open and balance a different chakra.  We learn what each chakra represents and how a balanced or unbalanced chakra shows up in our personality and body, the way that we perceive ourselves and relate to others.  Fascinating! 

- A sampling of class topics in 2014 -


Some by my design, some by request, we had classes in:
-Yoga to ease shoveling muscles
-Spring Cleaning

-stress-busting yoga
-reducing pain in the sacrum and tail bone
-building a shoulderstand
-chair yoga (backbend, twists, shoulderstand using chair)
-yoga to reduce allergy reaction
-yoga for sciatica

-cultivating joy!
-yoga for golfers
-yoga to ease pain in tailbone area

-neck, shoulder, upper back, chest release
-and more!

Do you have a request? Let me know!


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