Classes at Uniontown YMCA, 1 YMCA Dr., Uniontown, Pa. 15401
This all-levels flow (vinyasa) yoga class links breath with movement in a light and creative way. Moving at a slow, steady pace allows time for students to fully experience each posture, building strength and coordination in standing and balancing poses and deepening flexibility and relaxation in seated and supine stretches. Slow Flow increases mind-body awareness and total-body strength and provides a healthy challenge through graceful sequencing. This is a soul-soothing class perfect for new to advanced practitioners. 50 minutes.
Yin Yoga - 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 7 & 28
Yin Yoga, an all-levels practice, was developed as a means to improve hip and spinal health. Students hold seated and supine poses for two to 10 minutes in an effort to decompress the joints and remove blockages from the connective tissue (ligaments, tendons and fascia) with attention to breathing. Yin Yoga can provide a sense of therapeutic healing to the physical body and nervous system. This is an excellent, complementary practice to balance an active lifestyle, high impact sports, a busy work life and stress affecting the mind and soul. 30 minutes.
Classes are free for YMCA members. Non-members can purchase punch cards at the front desk. $40 for 6 classes and $75 for 15 classes.
Classes at Mountain Yoga Shala, 2944 National Pike, Chalk Hill, Pa.
Join me for September’s Full Harvest Moon Flow & Yin class. Pay what you can - cash only. All levels welcome!
Acupuncture & Yin Yoga for Autumn - 6-7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28
Join Melissa Murtha, LAc, MSTOM, and Brynn Cunningham, RYT-200, for a unique acupuncture and yoga event to usher in the autumn season. Brynn will guide students through yin yoga poses targeting the joints and connective tissue of the hips, pelvis and low back on the physical level and the Lung and Large Intestine meridians on the energetic level. While students are holding the still, grounding Yinpostures for two to 10 minutes, Melissa will insert acupuncture beads or seeds into the ears with the intention of clearing the pathways of the late summer organ meridians, the Spleen/Pancreas and Stomach, while strengthening the autumn organ meridians of the Lung and Large Intestine. According to Chinese Medicine, autumn is the time of Metal, associated with air and the lungs. Likewise, the YinYoga Meridian Theory states that when we practice certain poses we facilitate healing and balance energy through the compression and stretching of meridians with deep, diaphragmatic breathing. Melissa and Brynn will lead students in meditation as they recline in complete surrender and attune themselves with the transition of the seasons. Class will end with an extended supported Svasana and Yoga Nidra.
About Melissa: Melissa Murtha, LAc., is a Uniontown native who had always been interested in the self-healing power of the human body. She developed her desire to be an acupuncturist as early as her sophomore year of high school. After earning a BA in psychology from LaSalle University, she and her husband moved to Chicago so she could attend the renowned Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she received her Master's of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine. Upon passing her National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine board exams, she moved back to her hometown, where she has had a practice since then with Braun Chiropractic PC. Two years ago, she expanded her practice, forming Red Lily Acupuncture LLC and opened a second location in Greensburg, PA. She and her husband have three amazing daughters.
Cost: $30 per person