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Meditation is a Specialty Here

Meditation and Mindfulness

Comfort first.

Yogic meditation is the process of going beyond Buddhist tradition of Mindfulness. We will carefully and naturally place you into the mindfulness zone , but ultimately guided beyond. This process can provide life-changing experiences. Regular practice is needed.

Breath & Meditation

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  • No experience needed! 
  • Please be sure you can attend all 4 sessions – the breathwork will not be fully repeated each week so that we can build upon them.
  • Dress comfy! Bring mat or rent for $2. All other props provided by GBY
  • Sign in at the window sill. 
  • Shoes off and personal items remain in car or lobby. 
  • Online price $85 (or $55 for just Breathe/Meditate). Cash discounts by ______($72/$45).  You may drop off at the studio in the white lock box at the top of the stairs.

Meditation 4 Week Series

  • Offered in Bloomfield.
  • Next Session: July 16th 7:00-7:35ish pm
  • All 4 weeks highly encouraged, if missing more than 1 week you may be asked to withdraw.
  • A program designed for comfort, relaxation, and union.
  • All are welcome, however please email us for the next date as we will limit to 10 – 12  beings of light.
  • No experience required, just the desire to learn lifelong tools
  • $39 Early Bird before July 6th (Reg $55)
  • SIGN UP: CLICK HERE

Meditation is for Everyone

Explore our more contemplative practices below by going to the Offerings page and filtering for Meditative/Contemplative.  

 

Over 2 Hours Restorative Yoga and Meditation

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga by Candlelight (2.25 Hours)

More than a class,this is an experience! A GBY signature program by offered by certified restorative yoga teachers.

Restorative yoga poses require no muscular exertion.  Supported by blankets, bolsters of all shapes and sizes. Each pose and each breath serves to lead you further up the ladder of expanded awareness.

Each posture provides a floating affect and carefully placed positioning of the bodies enhances receptors within that assist in your experience. How is this different than Yin Yoga? Yin Yoga provides deep stretching activating the sympathetic nervous system, Restorative Yoga, nothing is stretching, therefore activating the parasympathetic nervous system.

Teachers may incorporate guided imagery and journeys, meditation, aromatherapy , gentle grounding touch as well as a few surprises. No yoga or meditation experience is needed.

Offered 1-2 times per month ($40). Fills fast. Please see our event calendar to book or our live calendar.

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Tai Chi Finger Lakes

Tai Chi

SERIES 1: TAI CHI for Beginners, Balance, Stress Relief and Arthritis
Your teacher will introduce the background, warm-ups plus 6 specific forms for you to learn.

Health facilities worldwide have implanted this program. A super modality to assist in balance and over all wellness. Why is it great for arthritis?The slow, fluid movements draw the synovial fluid build away from the inflamed joints. You should experience a noticeable difference at the end (and before) of this 8 week session.

This is an all-standing program (no floor work). Student may also sit in a chair to do Tai Chi. Clean indoor shoes only (or barefoot). Dress for comfort.

SERIES 1-2: TAI CHI for Continuing Practitioners
Perfect for those who are reasonably comfortable with the Part I forms, OR have some other Sun style Tai Chi experience. Too challenging for first timers

In this class you will learn new forms that continue the 6 forms learned in Part 1.

The first half hour will be practicing our warm ups and Part 1 forms

The second half hour will be learning new forms and gradually putting them all together.

Wonderful for balance , arthritis, stress relief, and a general feeling of well being

 

Any questions regarding Tai chi – please contact Sandy Helfand direct.

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Raja Yoga

Raja Yoga - Yoga of Meditation

The most popular sacred text of yoga is called Pantajali Sutras. Maharishi Patanjali incorporated a 8-limbed system to achieve liberation, or samadhi. the yoga practice referred to is raja yoga – the yoga of meditation. In a group or private setting we will discuss and practice the 8 limbs of yoga. Please note, there are no physical postures other than a posture comfortable for you for meditation.

GBY hosts approximately 4 Meditation classes per week –

Drop in as needed.

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Yoga Breathing

Breath & You...

A practice of quiet & controlled power. Bring insight into each breath and what it’s benefit is. Offered as a series, to create a habitual practice in and away from the studio.

2-3 hours of no food prior to coming to class.

 

 

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Meditation

Meditation

Meditation is a different experience studying with the same teacher on a continued basis. Various bodily positions offered to suit YOU – yet effective for a meditative experience. Several meditation practices offered (Healing Meditations, Meditation for de-stressing, Meditation for Transcendence).  Give Meditation a chance to arrive, it can take several sessions, we are here to help.

Meditation with Ease and Meditation & YOU series are offered quarterly. Please see THIS PAGE or our calendar

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Relax into peace Yoga

Yoga Restore

Gentler than our other gentle yoga classes. We will passively stretch with the use of props and guided breath work. VERY calming and soothing. Regular practice creates a new way we view, perceive and accept daily life events. Expect some extra nurturing in this class.

Please note: This is not a Restorative Yoga class. Our Restorative Yoga sessions are over 2 hours long with no stretching and held monthly in Bloomfield.

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Move, Breathe, Meditate

Move, Breathe & Meditate

Namaste! Two-thirds of the class will be geared toward awakening the energy within us through a series of postures and breath work to better focus the body-mind for the stillness we lack in our lives. We will then anchor into a brief guided meditation (20 mins). This class is a great intro to many aspects of a yoga practice, creating a more rounded experience with your mind and body and spirit. Great class for family, friends, partners!

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Yoga teacher Training in the Finger Lakes

Yin Yoga

A deeper experience in postures with long generous holds. Targeting the connective tissue, joints, organs & meridians inviting astral, causal and physical awareness. Students remain close to the floor. You decide how challenging you want to make the pose, tap into various edges and observe how the breath speaks to you. Props are used to deepen and/or nurture the pose. Wendy is a Yin Yoga Certified Teacher.

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Gentle Body Gentle Mind Yoga and Meditation

Gentle Body, Gentle Mind

A Grounded By Yoga Signature class! Soft purposeful postures to prepare the body and mind for meditation. Students stay close to the mat, often supporting the body with props to release and restore energy. We will methodically prepare the mind and body for meditation, creating an ease-ful and satisfying experience. Your guide will create a variety of focuses, breath practices and guided meditations to connect with consciousness, ourselves and the Universe. For beginner’s, we suggest a minimum of 10 classes with the same guide for effective manifestation of the practice. It takes time.

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Sweet Surrender Yoga

Sweet Surrender

Surrender into long sweetly held stretches. This class can be as challenging as you make it – yet available to all. Held at 9:30am on the 3rd Wednesday of the month – much like Relax and Renew with some Deep Release options. Great for flexibility! It’s YOUR edge to play with! Student chooses how deep and how sweet you want to surrender. For beginner’s, we suggest a minimum of 10 classes with the same guide for proper delivery of yoga foundations.

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Yin and Restore

Yin & Restorative (stretch & relax) 90 Mins

To the outside eye, both look like long stretching sessions with assorted use of props. As yin styles of practice, they do share a common theme: to soften and yield towards gravity, while releasing muscular activity.

But the inner experience can be much more intricate, and ever-changing.

We’re excited now offer both of these – TWO chances for cultivating space:

YIN & RESTORATIVE: TWO DIFFERENT APPROACHES


YIN YOGA challenges our willingness to be present.
With gravity as your guide, there is never a pushing or pulling of the body, but there is potential discomfort. Each pose gives the chance to move towards our sensory ‘edge’. Props are used where necessary, sometimes to ensure the body is safe but often to deepen the sensations.

Think of it as a training ground for understanding yourself: through the physical experience, Yin yoga can help us broaden our capacity to stay with uncomfortable, or unexpected experiences. We choose how we meet challenge, and how we treat ourselves.

RESTORATIVE YOGA, in contrast, seeks to nurture, in the most effortless way possible. This often involves using a variety of props to support the body in relinquishing muscular activity. It guides the body towards a state of relaxation, and this in turn seeps into the mind. Postures are held for longer , and there is plenty of space for cultivating smooth, easeful breaths to stimulate the body’s natural healing process.

Return to the natural rhythm of the body, one breath at a time.

To move towards optimal health, we need to shift and transform our perspective, habits and choices with the changes of days and seasons. Both approaches will offer space for deep nourishment beyond the physical body. How you practice depends on your intention.

Let each experience on the mat be a pathway towards more self-knowing, so you can find the resonance that balances and rejuvenates your state of being.

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