All Skill Levels Welcome!
Client to provide their own mat (yoga mats are available for purchase in the Serenity retail store at cost $14.99).
Single Yoga Session: $12
10 Yoga Classes: $99
*Purchase 10 Yoga sessions for ONLY $99!*
Private Yoga Varies Based On The Number Of Participants
*Private Yoga also covers Prenatal Yoga, Rehabilitation Yoga, and Obesity Yoga*
Shauna Gilsdorf discovered her passion for the spiritual discipline of yoga and meditation at a young age. Born into a family who believed in the mind/body/spirit connection she was intrigued and compelled to learn all she could. Shauna became a yoga teacher over a decade ago and has since earned her 500hr certification from the Himalayan Institute. Dedicated to a life of service, Shauna is a Mental Health Professional and works on an inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit. This work led her to study extensively with the Himalayan Institute to become a certified Vishoka Meditation Teacher. She is one of only 90 in the world thus far! In addition, she is certified to teach prenatal/postnatal yoga, specializes in yoga for trauma, and is a Reiki Practitioner. Shauna leads yoga teacher trainings, workshops, and yoga classes, while teaching from her heart. She continues her advanced studies of yoga and believes the best teachers remain life long students.
Serenity offers yoga classes in our beautiful, wood floored, premier yoga studio. Our studio is complete with soothing music and a tranquil waterfall! Each of our qualified instructors utilizes a variety of techniques from Vinyasa to Yoga Fit and accommodates all skill levels by providing alternative moves. Participants are expected to bring their own yoga mats.
Our yoga studio can comfortably accommodate 8 participants while practicing social distancing. Walk-ins are welcome if room is available, so please call and schedule in advance. All scheduled yoga sessions are subject to Serenity Health & Wellness Center’s cancellation policy.
Benefits of Prenatal Yoga
Prenatal yoga is more popular than ever! At Serenity, you experience a one on one session with the instructor. After your initial consultation, the class is designed to fit your needs in the privacy and comfort of a personal session.
When paired with a cardiovascular exercise such as walking, yoga is an ideal way to maintain exercise during your pregnancy. This age-old practice keeps you limber, tones muscles, and improves balance and circulation with little, if any, impact on your joints.
Yoga is also beneficial by helping you learn deep breathing techniques, a valuable asset as you face the physical demands of labor. In fact, one of the first things you learn in a yoga class is how to breathe fully.
The breathing technique known as ujjayi requires you to take in air slowly through your nose, filling your lungs, and exhale completely until your stomach compresses.
Understanding ujjayi breathing primes you for labor and childbirth, keeping you calm when you need it most. When you’re in pain or afraid, your body produces adrenaline and may produce less Oxytocin, a hormone that makes labor progress.
Along these same lines, according to a report in the April 2009 issue of the Harvard Mental Health Letter, rigorous studies have found scientific proof that yoga helps the body deal with stress by slowing heart and breathing rates and lowering blood pressure — which benefits new moms after the baby’s born.
Physical Benefits of Yoga
Stretching your tight body in new ways improves flexibility, bringing greater range of motion to muscles and joints. Over time, you will experience greater flexibility in your hamstrings, back, shoulders, and hips.
Many yoga poses require supporting your body weight in new ways, including balancing on one leg (such as in the Tree Pose) or lifting yourself with your arms (such as in Downward Facing Dog). Some exercises require slow and steady transitions between poses, which also increases strength.
Muscles tone as a by-product of getting stronger. Yoga shapes long, lean muscles.
Increased flexibility and strength helps prevent some types of back pain. Many people suffering from back pain spend a lot of time sitting at a computer or driving a car. This causes tightness and spinal compression, which yoga addresses. Yoga also improves your alignment, both in and out of class, which helps prevent many other types of pain.
Most people breathe shallowly into their lungs without thinking about how they’re breathing. Yoga breathing exercises, called Pranayama, focus the attention on the breath teaching us how to better use our lungs, benefiting the entire body. Certain types of breathing also clears nasal passages and even calms the central nervous system, which has both physical and mental benefits.
Mental Benefits of Yoga
Yoga asana practice is intensely physical. Total concentration on your body brings a calmness to the mind. Yoga also introduces you to meditation techniques, such as watching how you breathe and disengagement from your thoughts, which helps calm the mind.
Physical activity is good for relieving stress, and this is particularly true of yoga. Because of the concentration required, your daily troubles melt away providing a much-needed break from your stressors. Yoga’s emphasis on being in the moment helps relieve stress as you learn not to dwell on past events, put things in perspective, and to anticipate the future. You will leave a yoga class feeling less stressed than when you started.
Performing yoga increases your awareness of your own body. You often make small, subtle movements improving your alignment. Over time, this increases your level of comfort within your own body leading to improved posture and greater self-confidence.
What is Nia (Non-Impact Aerobics)
Nia tones your mind and tunes your body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience, leaving you energized, mentally clear and emotionally balanced.
Nia cardi-dance workouts are a blend of 9 different movement forms from areas of martial arts, dance arts and healing arts to get you fit in 60 minutes – mind, body and spirit.
Nia is practiced barefoot (though you may wear supportive tennis shoes if desired), non-impact and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Each class includes mindful movement guidance and somatic education; class cycles include warm-up, sustained non-impact aerobic conditioning, strength training, cool down and stretching. Nia classes are taught to music, including pop, electronica, jazz, Latin, New Age, Indian and hip hop.
Deb Reis teaches Nia here at Serenity. She is an RN and certified Black Belt instructor.
What is DDP Yoga?
DDP Yoga is a mix of traditional yoga, rehabilitation and calisthenic moves designed by Diamond Dallas Page.
DDP Yoga is meant to increase flexibility and strength with almost no impact on your joints. This class uses high-energy alternative music. This class is appropriate for all skill levels.
Tony Binder teaches our DDP Yoga classes at Serenity and is also a licensed massage therapist at Serenity.