The Gentle Yoga class was inspired by David Roche MSc., a certified Ashtanga instructor in his mid-70’s with a professional background in Modern Dance and Hatha Yoga as well as a variety of other psycho/physical disciplines. It is based on Ashtanga Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga, with numerous references to the writings of Tom Myers’ “Anatomy Trains” (myofascial connections within the body). It is appropriate for beginners and intermediate practitioners, and for those who are injured, pregnant, older, or otherwise physically stressed, or who find other forms of yoga too challenging as a daily practice, whether temporarily or longer term.
Gentle Yoga loosens the joints of the body from your toes to your nose, with gentle stretches and strengthening exercises for gradually increasing one’s range of motion. It incorporates the use of props (bolsters, straps, blankets), and coordinates breath with movement. It is intended to encourage one to recognize their daily physical needs and limitations. It thereby helps one to find greater proprioceptive awareness in order to modify their personal yoga practice as desired.