online yoga with suzanne

Online Yoga with Suzanne

These classes are being given by Suzanne, independent of Akasha's Journey.  We adore her and I encourage you to support her.  

 

Monday- Barre at 1pm (we use two or three pound weights for about 10 minutes, but they can be optional). This is a challenging class which uses low impact, high repetition and your own body weight to strength train. 


Tuesday- Vinyasa at 5:30pm (intermediate-advanced practice, but you can modify as well)


Wednesday- Hatha/Kundalini Mix at 9:30am


Thursday- Restorative Yoga at 5:30pm-True restorative class-no standing series. Bringing meditation into the body through gentle postures supported by props (we can make shift if you don't have yoga props).


Friday- Barre at 4:15pm


Saturday- Kundalini Yoga at 8am


Sunday- Vinyasa at 8:00 am (intermediate/advanced practice, but you can modify as well)

Classes are via Zoom 


Topic: Suzanne Kaphan's Personal Meeting Room

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/6933179046


I encourage you to email, call, or text Suzanne for more information and/or to get on her mailing list.  

sbkaphan@gmail.com

(917) 763-2985

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Yoga and Barre Classes at Akasha's Journey

Something for Everyone

We offer different levels of Yoga from Beginner to Advanced to Private lessons.  We have morning, afternoon, and evening classes; restorative, chair Yoga, family classes and much more!  We also offer Barre classes. 


Benefits to Yoga include:

  • Increase strength and flexibility
  • Improves balance
  • Prevent injury
  • Improve posture
  • Improve breathing
  • Increase blood flow
  • Decrease stress and tension
  • Improves sleep
  • Helps with digestive problems
  • Decrease blood pressure
  • Improved cardio vascular health
  • Regulates adrenal glands
  • Drains lymphs and boosts immunity
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Develop body and self-awareness
  • Improved mood and emotional regulation
  • Increased attention, focus, and cognition
  • Improves relaxation
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • Helps manage pain
  • Develops spiritual connection
  • Promotes overall healing and self-care
  • Promotes other healthy lifestyle choices
  • Develops stress management skills
  • Increased mindfulness

Amazing Instructors!

We carefully select instructors who will work with you on your level and help guide you to your goals

Multi-class Discounts

The more you buy, the lower you pay!  We have rates for single class drop-ins, 5 packs, and 10 packs.  We also offer reduced rates for new students. 

Class Descriptions

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Foundational Yoga

This class is designed for those new to yoga or for those who want to focus on their foundational technique. Learn to connect to your body through classic Hatha yoga poses. Explore the flow of prana with an introduction to sun salutations. Your breath will become your guide as you learn to practice asana safely, energetically and spiritually. 

Vinyasa Yoga

Through the anchor of your breath, flow through this moving meditation. We will begin by connecting to our essence with breath work, followed by finding our center with core engagement. Building heat with functional movement, sun salutations and hatha yoga poses, we will move energetic blocks and develop strength, balance and fluidity. 

Slow Flow

Through mindful awareness and intention, find grace through the balance of effort and ease. Steep through postures as you delve deeper into the connection between your breath, movement, and stillness. Relieve tension, develop body awareness, and activate your body’s innate ability to heal. 

Restorative Yoga

Relax and unwind in presence with your being. Let your body activate its parasympathetic nervous system to bring you into a state of rest. Open up energy channels through extended engagement and exploration of supported postures. Hold the space for the wisdom of your body to surrender in acceptance and release. Class concludes with a guided meditation.  

Own Your Power Hour-Strength, Lengthen, & Flow

Find your power to inform your yoga practice through exercises which utilize your own body weight to develop stability and strength. Then allow your muscles to lengthen and your energy to flow as we move through our asana practice. A great practice to connect to your body and focus on specific muscle groups to enhance your practice’s form, stability, and depth. 

Young Yogis

Give your child the gift of yoga. Through breathing, balancing, and stretching through poses, children will learn body awareness and develop self-regulation. Children will also develop their attention, self-awareness and self-care through the exploration of yogic principles. Classes with a family member will help foster connection, communication and support. 

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Chair Yoga

Utilizing the structure of a chair, explore seated and supported poses to gently yet effectively stretch your body and expand your breath.  Through the chair's stability, create fluidity and feel your body's energy.  A great Yoga option for those seeking a gentler and supported technique to move through asana.

Zen Yoga

Fully connect to your mind, body, and spirit through different yoga techniques.  Beginning with breath work we will move through Hatha poses, sun/moon salutations, and close with restorative poses and a meditation.  Crystals and/or aromatherapy are often incorporated to enhance your self-care experience.  Enhance your energetic balance and fluidity, relieve tension, manage stress, develop body awareness, and connect to your highest self.  Appropriate for all levels.

Yin Yoga

 A slower paced more meditative version of yoga, using passive floor poses. It targets the deep connective tissues of the body by holding the poses for a longer period of time. 


Possible benefits of Yin Yoga: improve blood pressure and lower the heart rate, improve digestion, lessen inflammation and improve the immune system. Yin Yoga brings more awareness to the body, breath and mind. 

All Level Vinyasa Yoga

Appropriate for beginners and all levels!  This class is designed for those new to yoga or for those who want to focus on their foundational technique. Learn to connect to your body through classic Hatha yoga poses. Explore the flow of prana with an introduction to sun salutations. Your breath will become your guide as you learn to practice asana safely, energetically and spiritually. 

Private Lessons

Whether you want to work on some techniques we haven't listed or have an injury that you would like to work on therapeutically, or just prefer a one-on-one lesson, our studio and instructors are available for private training sessions.  Contact us for more information.

Senior & Veteran discounts available

Semi-private and small group lessons available.


Birthday parties available!


Make sure you complete a registration form and waiver. 

Barre

Barre Classes with Lele (now online through Zoom)

Tone your entire body with a low impact, high intensity Barre class! 

Barre combines movements from ballet and Hatha yoga to develop strength, flexibility, as well as improve posture and body alignment. Movements are designed to build strong, long and lean muscles through small range of motion, isometric strength training. Using primarily your own body weight as well as hand weights, blocks, balls, and a ballet barre, training targets the arms, thighs, seat and abdominals, and your entire body benefits. This method is highly effective and results are seen quickly, including weight loss, increased strength, confidence and self-esteem. 

¨ Develop strength and flexibility

¨ Lose weight and tone your body

¨ Improve posture and body alignment

¨ Build strong, long and lean muscles through small range of motion, isometric strength training

¨ Training targets the arms, thighs, seat and abdominals, and your entire body benefits

¨ Develop confidence and self-esteem

¨ Highly effective and results are seen quickly

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Silver Sneakers (TM) Classes

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Akasha's Journey is an approved Silver Sneakers (TM) FLEX Location

SilverSneakers® is a health and fitness program designed for adults 65+ that’s included with many Medicare Plans. 


Silver Sneakers classes are open to anyone at our regular class prices (we DO have senior rates), but Silver Sneakers members attend for free as part of their benefits.  We are happy to check your eligibility. 


At Akasha's Journey, we strive to bring you programs to help you live your best life.  That's why we have chosen to bring the Silver Sneakers programs to our community.


Deb Proscher is our Silver Sneakers Certified FLEX Instructor.  She will be teaching these classes, and we will be adding more classes as she receives credentialed training.

SilverSneakers (TM) Stability

Stability is a group exercise class designed specifically to keep participants “safe on their feet”. Understanding the primary risk factors associated with falling and knowing what exercises will be beneficial in decreasing the risk for a fall provides substantial knowledge and practical work for class members to increase function and long-term independence. 


Stability is the newest class designed to help you become stronger and improve balance. The movements taught in class focus on specific exercises to improve strength and power around the ankle, knee and hip joints, while improving your reaction time. This class is designed for fall prevention and is suitable for nearly every fitness level. It can be adapted depending on the skill of individual participants. A chair may be used for balance and support. 


EnerChi

EnerChi is a class format incorporating tai chi and qigong principles to improve physical and mental well-being. SilverSneakers EnerChi introduces modified tai chi forms. Linking forms together in a guided flow increases strength and vitality. In EnerChi you will teach participants the foundations of weight transfer and rhythmic movement along with awareness and focused breathing. 

Gentle Yin Restorative Yoga

A slower paced more meditative version of yoga, using passive floor poses. It targets the deep connective tissues of the body by holding the poses for a longer period of time. 

Possible benefits of Yin Yoga: improve blood pressure and lower the heart rate, improve digestion, lessen inflammation and improve the immune system. Yin Yoga brings more awareness to the body, breath and mind.

Yoga

 All Level Vinyasa Yoga (with Deb)
Appropriate for beginners and all levels!  This class is designed for those new to yoga or for those who want to focus on their foundational technique. Learn to connect to your body through classic Hatha yoga poses. Explore the flow of prana with an introduction to sun salutations. Your breath will become your guide as you learn to practice asana safely, energetically and spiritually.

Chair modifications and others are offered for those who require different levels of assistance.

SilverSneakers BOOM Mind

COMING SOON

 

Strength. Confidence. Flexibility. Mind takes the best from yoga and Pilates and combines them into one fusion class. Designed to relax the body and mind with peaceful music and invigorating movements. The focus of this class is on core muscles, lower body strength and balance.

 

Instructor Bios

Deb Proscher, RN, CYT-500

Deb is a motivated Yoga Instructor with a foundation in Hatha Yoga, with her lineage in Iyengar. She teaches all levels of students and different styles of yoga, such as Vinyasa, restorative, yin yoga, and alignment based classes. 


As a professional Registered Nurse she understands the body on a physical level and as a yoga instructor and student she understands the body on a spiritual level. Combining these two healing modalities she enjoys inspiring others to improve wellness and fitness. 


Deb is a 500 hour Certified Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, and a Certified Credentialed SilverSneakers FLEX Instructor!


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Lele Needham, CPT, GFI, CBI

Lele is a Certified Fitness Professional with an extensive dance background who is passionate about helping others lead happy, healthy, and active lives.

Although her love of dance began with ballet, that love has grown to encompass all forms of dance, movement and fitness. Through her dedication to the art of dance as a student, she was introduced to several mind and body classes. Yoga, pilates, and barre quickly became a central pillar in her own training. In college, Lele joined the dance team and was encouraged to continue to branch out by cross-training in the gym. She was fascinated by how much that cross-training was able to help her improve her athleticism as a dancer, which continued to develop her love of dance and moment and include fitness.

Lele started teaching dance in high school, although her excitement for helping others in both dance and fitness grew exponentially while coaching a high school dance team in Massachusetts. Her dedication to the team as a coach, mentor, and cheerleader led her to develop a well-rounded, respected, and successful dance team program. That experience became the inspiration and foundation for her career.

After over 15 years of professional performance experience and more than 10 years of teaching, Lele’s intertwined passions sparked the development of her career in the health & wellness industry. Lele strongly believes that being healthy reaches beyond physical fitness to include mental and spiritual health. She uniquely blends her passion for dance, movement and fitness with her desire to inspire and help others live healthy, balanced, and wholesome lives.

Lele is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Group Fitness Instructor, and most recently became a Certified Barre Instructor. She is thrilled to be teaching barre at Akasha’s Journey and looking forward to being part of your health and wellness journey! 


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Steve Proscher, RYT-200 (Substitute Instructor)

Steve has worked as a carpenter for more than half his life. The many hours of climbing up and down a ladder, lifting heavy objects and taking the time to make sure every detail was just perfect as his clients safety was always his first priority. Working as a carpenter had put a toll on his body. Steve found Yoga and noticed that consistent practice assisted him in overcoming and lessening those aches and pains. Steve has always had the desire to help others, and found this was true in yoga as well. Steve completed his 200 hr yoga teacher training and has also become certified in Yin Yoga (a type of restorative practice).  His foundation is in Hatha Yoga, with his linage in Iyengar yoga. He teaches all levels of students and different styles of yoga such as Hatha alignment based classes, Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin Yoga. 


Since discovering yoga it has become a very important part of his life both mental and physical. Steve had a total hip replacement in 2018 and practicing yoga before and after the surgery, which helped reduce his recovery time. He can also be found teaching Partner yoga with his wife Deb. 

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Suzanne Kaphan, MA, LMSW, RYT-200 (Substitute Instructor)

  

Suzanne was first introduced to yoga as a teenager and has been practicing and studying yoga throughout her life. She studied elementary education at Boston University and taught inner city youth as well as children with special needs. She then completed a dual masters degree in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Social Work from Sarah Lawrence College and New York University. 


Following working with dually diagnosed children and young adults in residential care, Suzanne pursued learning about mind/body modalities to healing. With a strong desire to incorporate the physical body into cognitive work, wellness education and human development, Suzanne completed her yoga teacher training. Other mind/body practices she has studied include therapeutic horseback riding, barre, the Alexander technique, and somatic experiencing.


Suzanne’s goal in teaching yoga is to create a safe, open space for people to inhabit their bodies fully, experience the vast expansion possible through breath, share tools to develop strength physically and therefore mentally, and support others as they move through the journey of the embodied self. 

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This Month's Schedule

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March 2020 Yoga Schedule Chart (pdf)

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Yoga Waiver & Release Form Akasha's Journey (pdf)

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