As a little girl, I gained a strong reverence for yoga, practicing/playing on the floor with my mom, watching “Lilias, Yoga & You” on PBS in the early 1970’s. Later, as a lifelong headache sufferer and intense over-achiever stuck in an unsatisfying corporate career, I reached a crisis point at 30: I was out of touch with my body, my soul…my entire being. With help, I propelled myself out of the IT field to become a massage therapist; I discovered the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program, where I learned meditation and simple yoga moves that put my out-of-control emotions back into my own hands; and I randomly found bhakti music and began singing and chanting mantras. Stress-free moments became attainable on a daily basis – a miracle! Finally, in my 40’s, my search for tolerable exercise brought me to Bikram Yoga, Yin Yoga, and eventually Vinyasa (flow) Yoga. My amazing discovery was this: not only was yoga practice helping my body, but I could almost completely let go of my over-active mind while I was on the mat. In 2016, I completed my RYT-200 training at Perennial Yoga & Meditation. The classes I love to share are on the gentle side, appropriate for beginners and intermediate yogis, and full of grounding and nurturing. I have a deliberate and intentional teaching style, but still maintain plenty of fun-loving, grateful, musical, compassionate, not-too-serious attitude in my classes.
Maria Novak instructs the following:
BREATHE & FLOW: GENTLE
A class that incorporates creative vinyasa sequencing (breath-inspired movement), attention to alignment, breath awareness, meditation and chanting to build strength, increase flexibility, calm the mind and open the heart.
For students newer to yoga or who prefer a slower paced practice.
YOGA FOR BEGINNERS
If you're brand new to yoga we encourage you to take our Yoga For Beginners class. Use this time to "fall in love" with yoga, meditation, your teachers and new friends, and most importantly with yourSELF and your life. You'll learn yoga philosophy, yoga breathing and meditation, and of course the basic poses. Make a commitment to yourSELF to practice regularly (2-6 times/week) so you can experience what a difference yoga makes in your mind, body and spirit. Incorporate Yin and our Specialty Classes into your new practice schedule so you can experience the richness and depth of this ancient art/science. Specialty classes that are great for beginners include: Aroma Flow Happy Hour, Yin Aroma Flow, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Kundalini Yoga.
For students new to yoga. After you've been practicing 2-6 times per week for a month or two you'll be ready to venture into the other classes on our schedule.