Stretch Studio is the first of its kind in Harrison – a Wellness Center dedicated to the health and well being of the community offering yoga and meditation classes for all levels, massage and freshly squeezed juices including organically farmed local wheat grass, salads and smoothies. It is also a place for artists, musicians and movements to collaborate and innovate as we move into the future together.
We plan to develop our offerings over time, so be sure to check in with us periodically as we expand our Yoga classes, host workshops and feature a “Speaker Series” on an variety of topics that impact us locally, regionally and world-wide.
Hatha Yoga is the most widely practiced form of yoga in the world. Hatha Yoga uses postures (asanas) and conscious breathing (Pranayama) in combination with mental focus to develop awareness, strength, flexibility and relaxation. A Hatha Yoga class is a slow-paced stretching class with some simple breathing exercises with no flow between poses. This is a good place to learn beginners' poses, breathing and relaxation techniques and become comfortable with yoga.
Vinyasa Yoga is a series of poses that will move you through the power of inhaling and exhaling. Vinyasa means "breath-synchronized movement" and these movements are smoothly flowing and almost dance-like, which explains why it is sometimes referred to as Vinyasa Flow or just Flow.
Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic practice which focuses on accessing and activating the core during yoga poses. It goes beyond the core in a purely physical sense by also working on the energetic core of the pose. Core Strength Vinyasa yoga concentrates not just on abdominal work but on the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and energetic “core” of yoga poses. Specific poses and sequences are designed to help students access and understand their core which improves alignment and stability as well as connecting the mind and body.
Gentle Yoga is a class appropriate for all levels, for those that want to take it slow or who have physical limitations. Classes focus on releasing tension, connecting the breath and working the joints. The class works at a slow pace and stretches all areas of the body and may use props to allow the body to achieve each position comfortably.
Restorative Yoga is also a class appropriate for all levels, for those that want to take it slow or who have physical limitations. It is designed to restore the nervous system and help release deeply held tensions from the body and mind. Props and blankets are used to support the passive, lengthier postures to gently stretch and strengthen the body while creating the foundation to “let go”. Restorative Yoga helps kick in the body’s relaxation response, so let gravity take over and engage your parasympathetic nervous system to reduce stress and heal.
Chair Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga that is practiced sitting in a chair or standing using a chair for support. The poses are often adaptations of Hatha Yoga poses modified to meet the needs of the student. Regardless of your age, level of activity and physical challenge, Chair Yoga offers you the ability to improve your health through an amazing form of adaptive exercise.
Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep. It is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. In meditation, you remain in the waking state of consciousness, and gently focus the mind, while allowing thought patterns, emotions, sensations and images to arise and go on. However, in Yoga Nidra, you leave the waking state, go past the dreaming state, and go to deep sleep, yet remain awake. Yoga Nidra brings an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity. Yoga Nidra is one of the deepest of all meditations, leading awareness through many levels of mental process to a state of supreme stillness and insight.