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PDP MB 100: T'ai Chi, Beginning
A classical system of martial arts and exercise developed in China 700 years ago. It is characterized by fluid and slow movements designed to cultivate internal energy, balance yin and yang, develop body flexibility, and promote efficient and healthful body movement.
PDP MB 101: Hatha Yoga, Beginning
This slow, fluid, graceful exercise helps develop muscle tone, flexibility, coordination, balance, slow deep breathing, and deep relaxation.
PDP MB 102: Ashtanga Yoga
The Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga is a beginner level sequence of yoga postures linked with movement and breath, designed to bring strength, flexibility and stamina to the body and tranquility to the mind. The class features a warm-up sequence including sun salutations, the first half of Primary Series, relaxation techniques and meditation.
PDP MB 103: Mindful Zen Meditation
Includes sitting, breathing exercises and interactive exercise to gain insight into ourselves and be more relaxed and awake for our day-to-day life.
PDP MB 104: Sivananda Yoga
This Hatha Yoga class follows the teachings of Swami Sivananda which revolve around frequent relaxation and full yogic breathing. A typical class starts with relaxation, follows with various breathing exercises, warming up the body with rounds of sun salutations before beginning the standard program of 12 basic asanas which then may be expanded upon in different ways depending upon the class. This is a traditional, slow paced, meditative class that helps encourage proper breathing, flexibility, strength and vitality in the body while calming the mind.
PDP MB 105: Gentle Restorative Yoga
This is a hatha/kripalu style class with the focus on breathing, long periods of holding postures, and variations of posture flows that are gentler on the neck, wrists, knees, and back. Each class will focus on posture options to protect students that have chronic pain or are working through an injury and using breathing techniques to ease into a meditative mindset. The end of class concludes with a 10 minute savasana.
PDP MB 106: Guided Yoga Meditation
Meditation is a technique for making the mind more stable, peaceful and clear and for developing insight and good qualities. Learn and practice a variety of guided meditations from the yoga tradition including meditation on the breath, visualization, mantra meditation and mindfulness meditation.
PDP MB 110: Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga
Often called "Flow" yoga, Vinyasa Yoga links breath and movement while "flowing" through a series of poses. These classes will move through poses more quickly than Hatha Yoga, but are less strenuous than Power Yoga. Classes will work to improve strength, flexibility and balance while promoting relaxation and stress release.
PDP MB 112: Mysore Style Yoga
Mysore Style Yoga is the traditional way of practicing Ashtanga Yoga, named after the city in India where the method was developed. At the beginning of the course, students will review the warm-up and finishing postures of the Primary Series, then each student is taught additional postures according to their level of ability, through one-on-one instruction. As students gain strength, flexibility, and focus, more poses are gradually added onto their sequence in a step-by-step process, allowing time to practice and memorize the sequence. Students are then able to practice independently, at their own pace, assisted individually by the teacher and surrounded by the inspiration and energy of the group.
PDP MB 113: Mindfulness
The Mindfulness course will explore the practice and benefits of paying attention, on purpose and without judgment, to the present moment. Moment- by-moment awareness of our breath, thoughts, feelings, body sensations and surrounding environment will be included. A variety of mindfulness forms and meditation practices will be taught. Each class includes a variety of activities: formal and informal practices in class, information for home practice, experiential learnings, group discussion, dyad sharing and tips to integrate mindfulness in daily life.
PDP MB 201: Hatha Yoga, Low Intermediate
Undergraduate Prerequisites: PDP MB 101.
Prereq: PDP MB 101 or the equivalent. Deepen harmony of mind and body through gradual perfection of postures and increased attentiveness to breathing. Stress, stiffness, and weakness transform into deep relaxation.
PDP MB 202: Ashtanga Yoga, Intermediate
Undergraduate Prerequisites: PDP MB 102.
Prereq: PDP MB 102 or prior yoga experience and ability. Students will be guided through the energizing and flowing sequence of postures that comprise the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga, including intermediate backbends, arm balances, and inversions. For those who wish to experience new potentials of strength and flexibility.
PDP MB 203: Hatha Yoga, High Intermediate
Undergraduate Prerequisites: PDP MB 201.
Prereq: PDP MB 201. For dedicated intermediates who wish to perfect the more difficult moves and increase their understanding of the mechanisms of the human body.
PDP MB 204: Sivananda Yoga, Intermediate
Undergraduate Prerequisites: PDP MB 104.
Prereq:(PDPMB104) *Prereq: MB 104 or equivalent yoga training. In addition to a typical class with breathing exercises, sun salutations, 12 basic asanas and deep relaxation, the focus is on mastery of the asanas from which variations are then added to further deepen the practice. These asanas allow for the systematic movement of every major part of the body in a balanced way that enhances prana or life force energy, keeping the mind quiet. Additional variations may also be taught.