classes at băl'•ance yoga lounge


balance yoga lounge of Ankeny offers a wide range of classes ranging from vigorous vinyasa and strength training to restorative yoga and meditation led by experienced instructors.

Integrate earth, water, fire, wood & metal into your practice with a holistic yoga style that incorporates elements of Qigong and Tai Chi. As meridians are activated through mindful movement, body systems and subtle energies connected to each element are balanced. All levels of ability welcome.
Practice basic yoga postures, the art and benefits of breathing, gentle stretching and basic flowing movement. Modification of poses and use of props are encouraged to enhance alignment and energy within asana. Beginners welcome!
Increase your flexibility and strength with this vinyasa flow class. Move mindfully through sequences that connect the breath to the body and mind. Look within to observe the life force flowing through the body with each asana. All bodies are welcomed and invited to quiet the mind, move with the breath, and take the journey within.
A moderately paced class appropriate for beginner through intermediate students. Our mixed level class incorporates fluid movement as well as attention to alignment and breathing. Modifications permit each student to customize the practice according to their needs.
Mudra & Mantra for Awakening Subtle Energy in Your Yoga Practice. October 10 & 24 (7-9PM) 4 classroom hours of study. $85 
Each area of the hand has a reflex reaction in a specific part of the brain. A mudra locks and guides energy flow and reflexes to the brain. Learn the history/psychology and application of mudra to enhance your yoga practice. "Mudras for Healing and Transformation" by Joseph Le Page included in registration fee (value $30). 6 Yoga Alliance CE credits available to yoga instructors. 
Mantra embodies the Divine power of words. Experience the power of sound as vibration vs sound as waves, which are sometimes organized and expressed as music.
When mudra and mantra are practiced simultaneously, the subtle body vibrates with energy! Mudra and mantra can be utilized as a stand-alone practice, OR, added to your asana and pranayama practice to activate all levels of being.
Please pre-register by Sept 20 to ensure the text is available to all participants at the first class. Minimum: 6 participants required for workshop to be held.

Led by Sandy Eimers and Mary St Onge
Schedule a midday break to reset the breath and stretch the body. 45 minutes of asana flow and attention to the breath to balance your day.
Schedule ME time before evening activities begin to reset the breath and body. 45 minutes of asana flow and attention to the breath to balance your day.
Restorative yoga offers an opportunity for the body to remember stillness. With the physical body supported using blocks, straps, bolsters and blankets the mind slows and we reconnect with our true nature of relaxation. The practice often includes gentle breath work, aromatherapy, sound vibration, guided imagery, mudra, or yoga nidra.  
We can’t strengthen muscles we don’t have control over… somatic movement is inner guided and embraces a small range of motion, using the deepest muscles of the body to move, feel, and reset the resting length of muscles. All levels of physical ability can overcome muscular reactions to stress through somatic movement.
Struggling to quiet the mind in meditation? You're not alone! Sound has been used in various cultures for thousands of years as a tool for healing and balancing mind and body. Connect to the breath and enjoy the sound of symphonic gong, singing bowls, chimes, drums and ting-sha bells. Relax and receive the vibration or join in the creation of sound.
When anxiety becomes chronic, the protective mechanisms of the nervous system get stuck! This clinic targets the roots of anxiety with tools for self-regulation. Plan to attend all four sessions to build a foundation for changing habitual patterns of response to stress and anxiety (10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14) 7-9:30pm. All classes led by Sandy Eimers, pharmacist and certified trauma yoga therapist. 
Registration includes a 75 page printed manual with self-regulation tools, physical postures, breathing exercises, mudra, deep relaxation techniques, affirmations, tools for meditation, nutritional tips, insomnia busters and an introduction to yoga.
Preregistration required. Maximum ten participants. No yoga experience required. 
Therapeutic slow-flow yoga. Moderate heat softens muscles and untangles knots of tension without interrupting the effortless flow of the breath. Explore the edges of strength, flexibility, balance and endurance through mindful movement and breath.
A mixed level practice combining rhythmic movements to alternately lengthen and strengthen muscles (Yang) with slower paced, longer static stretches to soften connective tissue (Yin). A holistic Yin/Yang practice that supports patience and observation while giving the mind and nervous system a much needed opportunity to re-balance and relax.
Zen is direct pointing to your own wisdom and understanding. Yoga asanas – back bends, forward bends, twists, inversions, balancing, and hip openers – facilitate Zen meditation. The foundation of practice is acceptance of your body-as-it-is. All levels welcome.

At balance yoga lounge all yoga instructors are Yoga Alliance certified to ensure a traditional yoga experience.

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