We offer a variety of weekly classes to support the physical body & promote mental well being.
Join one of our multi-level yoga classes or a fitness class taught by experienced, trained and certified instructors to expand, stretch, learn, open, surrender, accept and explore in a community based center that welcomes all.
DANCE & MOVEMENT
We offer a variety of dance and movement classes for participants to maintain health, wholeness and physical fitness. Our classes are non-competitive and offered in a community based environment where instructors and students support classes equally.
How might your day, your week or your life shift if you could begin to see yourself as capable, as strong, as gentle, as beautiful, as enough? What would happen if you took the time to feel the connection between loving thoughts and the body’s reaction to positive self-talk and acceptance? In Movement Therapy we explore questions like these as well as the inner world through movement, intention, guided meditation and imagination, play, breath and dance. During this class, we will gently explore opening our hearts, minds and bodies through different movement forms and inner wisdom.
Movement Therapy…adding the good things to your life, one song, one breath, and one movement at a time. The music is powerful and the welcome is gentle, so come wander, play, find yourself and unlock the healing that lies inside of you. All bodies, all levels welcome, no experience needed. Drop-ins and Lotus class cards apply. (Insurance may cover this class. Contact Jamie at 465-6845 for more info)
“If we begin to get in touch with whatever we feel with some kind of kindness, our protective shells will melt, and we’ll find that more areas of our lives are workable.”
OULA Fitness combines the depth and soulfulness of a mind-body practice with the carefree playfulness of a living room dance
party. By integrating the mind, body and heart, our focus is on full-being health and wellness in a fun and community-centered atmosphere.
OULA gives you a chance to feel. To feel sexy, to feel silly, to feel sad, to feel free. But most importantly, OULA gives you a chance to feel human. It is in these shared moments that we feel truly connected to one another.
In OULA, whether you need to feel free, empowered, or rejuvenated, all you have to do is show up and be present for yourself. Through OULA, you will discover that your mind and body want to dance together, you will learn to trust yourself and those around you and you will begin to believe that you deserve to take up space, to be seen and heard, and you will know that your story matters.
Oula.One is a heart-based, musically-inspired yoga dance fusion class. This 55-minute session is done barefoot on the mat, with no jumping or impact, making it accessible to nearly all. Completely choreographed to beautiful music, you will journey through spinal warming and activation, balancing and strengthening, core work, stretching and relaxation. Through breath and heart opening movements and music, you will feel the stress and stuck emotion leave your body, as you become grounded in your sense of self and one-ness.
OULA-Power is a 45 minute conditioning class that begins with an empowering warm up, followed some high energy cardio tracks to get the heart pumping, and then transitions into a series of conditioning tracks that focus on strengthening and toning using just our own body weight. This class features moves from HIIT formats, pilates, yoga and dance conditioning classes, and is equally challenging and rewarding. The music is carefully selected to inspire you to be bigger, better, faster, stronger!
OULA power express
PowerExpress is a 30 minute all mat conditioning class. Warm up, strengthen your lower body, upper body, core, and then cool down. Zero cardio, all conditioning. Get in, get it done, and get out.
Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Chi for balance, strength, and mindfulness. We will be exploring the Thirteen Kinetic Movements of Tai Chi Chuan as well as simple Chigong exercises. Everybody is welcome!
YOGA & MEDITATION
Join us to experience a yoga practice to help cultivate compassion through self-acceptance, as you meet yourself in your limitations and strength, and develop peace within yourself.
emPOWERED Yoga Conditioning
emPOWERED yoga conditioning is 50 minutes filled with movements built on a foundation of yoga poses that will build strength and stamina to carry you through life and benefit your yoga practice. This class is an eclectic blend of yoga poses, strengthening exercises, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), plyometrics, and deep core work to build strength from the inside out. A fun and playful take on strength training this class will benefit functional mobility, physical recovery, agility, and aerobic capacity. Many modifications will be given and all skill levels will leave feeling accomplished and strong .
emPOWERED Yoga Flow
emPOWERED yoga flow is an energetic practice through a unique and ever evolving sequence of poses designed for all levels to link powerful breath with powerful movements. Using the groundwork of a vinyasa flow each practice will incorporate poses and movements to integrate your deep core, benefit balance and stability, strengthen lesser used muscle groups , and ultimately help relieve tension in the body. Not always pretty and sometimes sweaty this class with cultivate strength and leave you with a deeper awareness and connection to the power your body is capable of.
Embodied Yoga Flow
Embodied Yoga Flow is an integrative practice that creates a sacred space to witness our natural rhythms by quieting the thinking mind through challenging, mindful and creative yoga tools. This combination of physical challenge, breath work, intention setting and tracking of the inner landscape leads us to inhabit our most whole selves fully in the moment. Class starts with gentle supine movements, builds awareness of your inner landscape, introduces sneaky strength building through variety of movement and then challenges a shift in perspective as we flow through a yoga sequence around our mats. While there is plenty of cues to witness, there’s also lots of playfulness all set to a vibrant playlist and closed with a gentle body scan. It’s our own recipe here at The Lotus, and we hope you’ll come check it out and let me know what you think!
In this style, we practice the physical postures of yoga in a moving meditation – linking poses with the flow of the breath, music, mantra and yoga philosophy. A practice of effort and ease we move at a steady pace building heat, endurance, flexibility and strength and ultimately, inner stillness.
This is a great class to regain balance, flexibility and strength. This class blends gentle yoga postures, breath work and guided meditation for a whole body approach to movement and your yoga practice.
This class is focused on mindfulness and alignment as a means to build strength, balance and flexibility. In a Hatha class, poses are often held for a longer period of time and attention is paid to breath, detail, and subtlety. This class is a strong yet grounded practice, a rooted pace provides opportunities for introspection, breath and deepening movements while giving opportunities to practice where you are as well as discover new teachings. This class is for someone looking for an active yoga practice at a bit slower pace.
A gentle yoga practice for women in any stage of pregnancy with care and attention to individual needs. Each class incorporates poses to build strength, flexibility, breath awareness and confidence that will benefit moms during pregnancy, birth, and beyond.
Yoga can be a supportive practice that helps trauma survivors recalibrate the nervous system especially when taught in an intentional and trauma-informed fashion.
What makes Trauma-Informed Embodied yoga different from a traditional yoga class? Trauma-informed yoga is an approach to creating a safe, sensitive space in which students can learn nervous system regulation skills through movement, gentle tracking of sensations in the body, mindfulness techniques and play.
This approach acknowledges that any student coming to a class may have experienced trauma – but in reality, it’s less about the trauma and more about the impact on our body and nervous system. Even if you don’t consider yourself a trauma survivor, you may experience anxiety, hypervigilence, insomnia or in general, a lack of a sense of safety in your being or an inability to rest. This yoga class has that expression of your nervous system in mind. If your fear response is activated and you’d like to take a yoga class that is sensitive to that, this is the one to check out.
Principles of Trauma-Informed Embodied Yoga:
+ I teach from an awareness that you may be coming in and not feeling safe in your body.
+ I honor that you are the expert on your body and experiences.
+ My intention is to create a safe, playful, comfortable space that is empowering for all students.
+ I provide options and modifications for yoga poses recognizing that there is no “ideal” shape.
+ I am conscious of stimulation and let it inform music, keep lighting soft, and limit scents and objects in the room, etc.
+ I acknowledge that some poses and yoga props might make students feel vulnerable and always give permission to find your own shape.
+ I use language of inquiry instead of rigid statements.
+ I refrain from “hands-on assists” or apply them cautiously and only with explicit permission.
+ I share tools to provide a sensation of grounding and safety that can then be taken out of the studio, and into life.
+ I celebrate imperfection and foster curiosity through play.
How is this class different from the Trauma-informed Embodied Yoga series?
The series provides more psycho-education in conjunction with movement and is a great opportunity to dive deeper into the why Trauma-Informed Embodied Yoga can provide some relief from the suffering that happens with our nervous system gets highjacked.
This class will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7pm. So, come wander, play, find yourself and unlock the healing that lies inside of you. All bodies, all levels welcome, no experience needed. Drop-ins and Lotus class cards apply.
Have questions? Give Caitlin a call 406.210.4979
A yoga flow practice is the framework to refine movement through the exploration of functional movement, actual ranges of motion, compensatory behaviors, movement patterns, and movement blindspots. Barbara uses current and relevant movement research to challenge the traditional yoga script creating a unique and sustainable practice. The class includes somatics, vinyasa, supported poses, mobility and myofascial work, and meditation. Expect to find a challenging class for both body and mind.
This class begins with a variety of tools to access the present moment through breath, gentle movement or something in between. This is followed by a systematic method (yoga nidra) of inducing complete mental, emotional and physical relaxation. This guided meditation focuses on body & breath awareness to witness the present moment and create space between thoughts. This powerful practice is done lying comfortably on blankets and bolsters and is for everyone. Come as you are, no special clothing or abilities required.
Join LuAnn for a FREE weekly 40-minute mid-day mediation class. Located in the private and peaceful downstairs studio, you will have the opportunity to let go, relax and allow her to guide and teach you new ways of working with the mind, body and spirit. This class is designed to open the heart, to clear the mind and to rejuvenate the body for increased over all well-being. Guided meditation assists in stress relief and improves focus and concentration and inspires creativity. In this class we will use the breath and guided visualization to energize the body, and to calm and clarify the mind.
The Lotus hosts an array of community classes and groups for all ages. Some meet weekly, some meet monthly. Visit our Groups page to learn more.