Monday - 9:30 to 10:30 AM: Chair Yoga with Nora

Chair Yoga:  (All levels) Returning to yoga after an injury or surgery may best be accomplished by the transitional stage of Chair Yoga.  Others with arthritis, bone issues, or a preference for staying off the floor may prefer yoga in a chair. Chair Yoga is a fine practice on its own or as a transitional stage between injuries and full mobility. As with any other yoga class, working with the breath, balance, posture, and core strength are an important part of the class.  Drop in rate:  $7.

Nora van Houten  is a 500-Hour Teacher, Graduate of Yoga Alliance and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, practicing 15 years.  She is a Registered Nurse serving 27 years in the Community as a Health & Wellness Educator.  Nora is passionate about teaching students who are new to Yoga or those who want to integrate their practice with the use of props to enhance and sustain healthy living of body, mind, spirit.

Tuesday - 5:45 to 6:45 PM: Hatha Yoga with Cynthia
Hatha Yoga:  (All levels)  Yoga originated in India, circa 3000 B.C.  Many scriptures detailing yoga positions have been found dating back to this time period.  Hatha yoga is the most practiced of Yoga in America.  This branch concentrates on physical health and mental well-being.  Hatha uses postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation (dhyana) with the goal of bringing Yoga (union) to a sound healthy body and a clear peaceful mind.  Yoga is practiced with mindfulness and meditative motions.  Benefits can permeate all facets of one’s life, raising self-esteem and self-understanding.  We know that acute tensions precipitate many of our physical ailments in modern life. Meditation has been adopted by medical schools and clinics as an effective stress management technique.  Hatha Yoga is also used by physical therapists to improve disabilities, fitness, and flexibility.  Suggested Donation:  $10

Cynthia Vander Wielen has been practicing yoga for more than half her life, and teaching yoga for over 15 years.   Before relocating to Naples in 2011, Cynthia was a studio owner of donation based Gateway Yoga in the Midwest.  She believes yoga classes from a skilled teacher should be available to everyone regardless of their financial situation, and not limited to those with financial freedom. With that being said, she is excited and honored to be a part of our Zen Center.  As a physical therapist, Cynthia’s no nonsense classes focus on Alignment and Safe, Intelligent transitions with respect for the skeletal and musculature.  Her ability to teach to the room and not just to a few is evident in her class.  She will deliver detailed instruction for asana, pranayama, and meditation without preaching about life’s difficulties or fruits.

Wednesday - 6:30 to 7:30 PM: Vinyasa Flow with Lauren
Vinyasa Flow with Essential Oils:  (All levels) This is a vinyasa flow class that ends with third eye massage paired with the calming and soothing aromatherapy of essential oils. Heighten your practice through this harmony of vinyasa yoga and essential oils accompany healing modalities, chakra balancing and emotional wellness.

Lauren Fox has been Yoga Alliance 200HR RYT since November 2012.  Her passion is connecting fellow yogis to one another, to the earth, and to the present moment, through yoga.  She loves learning and continues to grow through feedback from students and teachers.  She gives herself the title of Eternal Student and is always the first to admit, “I don’t know what I don’t know.”  In 2014 Lauren started Donation Yoga Naples to allow everyone the opportunity to practice asana and karma yoga.  She gives half of all donations raised in these classes to local non-profits.  The idea stemmed from hope that one day we will see peace signs over dollar signs.  Lokah Samastah.

Thursday - 9:30 to 10:30 AM: Chair Yoga with Nora
Chair Yoga:  (All levels) Returning to yoga after an injury or surgery may best be accomplished by the transitional stage of Chair Yoga.  Others with arthritis, bone issues, or a preference for staying off the floor may prefer yoga in a chair. Chair Yoga is a fine practice on its own or as a transitional stage between injuries and full mobility. As with any other yoga class, working with the breath, balance, posture, and core strength are an important part of the class.

Nora Van Houten

Nora is a Registered Nurse, 500-Hour Certified Kripalu Yoga and Meditation Teacher with 35 years experience dedicated to teaching safe and effective Fitness / Wellness programs in the community.  

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