Classes in Heathsville and Kilmarnock in the lower Northern Neck
Total Yoga is for anyone who wants to enjoy the different sides of yoga.
If you'd like to start from the beginning or if you're a continuing enthusiast who likes variety in your practice, these classes are designed for you.
At the core are stretching and strengthening postures that can be done at whatever level of intensity you're comfortable with. We'll also do poses that improve your balance. Classes end with a period of deep relaxation, and, finally, a few moments of yoga meditation.
Yoga contributes to all-around fitness. It's a great way to get started taking better care of yourself and also a wonderful compliment to any other exercise you enjoy. You'll be encouraged to take your body in the condition you find it and go from there. Yoga will give you an opportunity to work towards the improvement you're looking for.
Yoga's stretches make it easier to stand for a length of time and safer to perform a task like lifting something off the floor. And it makes sports, gardening and other hobby activities more comfortable.
We practice at a relaxed pace, with a few moments between postures to give our bodies a chance to recover. There's time for instruction in how to get the most out of each pose, and opportunities for you to ask questions.
You no longer need to reserve your place for a yoga class in Heathsville or at the NN Family YMCA in Kilmarnock. Face masks are optional if you’ve been vaccinated. If you haven’t been vaccinated, please wear one.
Bring your own yoga mat, and any props you like. We can offer foam blocks and straps.
I moved to the Northern Neck in the early 70's. During my career as a boatbuilder I became interested in yoga as a way of keeping fit. Once I got started, I realized that it was helping keep me flexible and relaxed, too. That was more than 20 years ago. I was so taken with yoga I decided it would be fun to teach it to others. I took a one-month course in residence at "Yogaville" in Buckingham County in 1991, where I was certified to teach the Integral Yoga style.
A few years later I began studying Sanskrit, the ancient language of India and the language of yoga. I received the PhD from the University of Wales in the UK in 2003 in Religion and Theology. My dissertation included a study of the Bhagavad Gita, a classic writing on yoga.
I've been teaching yoga at different locations in Lancaster and Northumberland counties since 1991. Currently I teach at the Northern Neck Family YMCA in Kilmarnock and at the Tavern Meeting Building in Heathsville, under the auspices of the Northumberland Family YMCA. I make regular trips back to Yogaville for additional training and to maintain my certification as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).
All classes are free to members of any YMCA on the Northern Neck.
HEATHSVILLE: 5:00 p.m., Mondays - Intermediate - Classes in Heathsville are held in the new, modern, small gray building (Tavern Meeting Building) behind the old Courthouse and Hughlett’s Tavern. We are not currently in the Northumberland Family YMCA building. The Monday intermediate class is for people who've taken some yoga before. If you're not sure about what level is right for you, try one of the other classes first. You can shift to this class any time you want a more challenging experience.
KILMARNOCK: 2:00 p.m., Tuesdays - Basic - For beginners and for those who like to practice yoga at a moderate level.
HEATHSVILLE: 10:00 a.m., Thursdays - Basic - At the Tavern Meeting Building (behind the old Courthouse and Hughlett’s Tavern). We are not currently in the Northumberland Family YMCA building. For beginners and for those who like to practice yoga at a moderate level.
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How are the classes set up?
It’s best to come to as many of the classes as you can after you start. Yoga’s a little different from other exercise, and our bodies need time to get used to it. Also, we add a bit of new instruction in each class. Classes run most of the year-round.
What do I need to take the class?
You'll need to bring your own mat. You can buy a yoga mat at any box store or online. The cheaper ones tend to be a little thin.
Please wear loose-fitting clothes or tights--jeans tend to bind.
How long are the sessions?
Each session runs an hour and fifteen minutes, enough time for a variety of postures and a brief relaxation at the end.
What about payment?
All classes are free to members of any YMCA in the Northern Neck. For those who are not members, each class is 8.00. You can pay by the class or ahead of time for several classes.
Which class is right for me?
The Monday class is intermediate. You’ll want to have some background in yoga for this dynamic series of stretches, strengtheners and balances.
The Tuesday and Thursday basic classes are for beginners and for those who want to continue taking yoga at a moderate level. The pacing is easy and the tone is relaxed, but you'll find yourself getting stronger and more limber.
Where and When do the classes take place?
HEATHSVILLE: 5:00 p.m., Mondays - Intermediate - Classes in Heathsville are held in the new, modern, small gray building (Tavern Meeting Building) at the end of Monument Place, behind the Northumberland County Planning Building (old Courthouse) and Hughlett's Tavern. We are not currently in the Northumberland Family YMCA building. The Monday intermediate class is for people who've taken some yoga before. If you're not sure about what level is right for you, try one of the other classes first. You can shift to this class any time you want a more challenging experience.
KILMARNOCK: 2:00 p.m., Tuesdays - Basic - At the Northern Neck Family YMCA in Kilmarnock at Harris Rd. off Rte. 200.
HEATHSVILLE: 10:00 a.m., Thursdays - Basic - At the Tavern Meeting Building (behind the old Courthouse and Hughlett's Tavern). We are not currently in the Northumberland Family YMCA building.
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Why do yoga?
In yoga we put our body into a position that stretches it. We hold it there for several moments. Parts of the body that don't normally get stretched have a chance to limber up. Other parts are put to work and get stronger. At first this may feel strange--it's not something our systems are used to. But stretching, holding, and then releasing allows the body to unload its tension, and when the body lets go, the mind can relax too. We can experience an inner core of silence and steady support that, although often hidden, is present for us all.
Yoga started in ancient India, but we often turn to it today for ideas about physical toning and relieving mental stress. Traditional yoga classes aren't the only place you'll encounter yoga. Yoga postures and yogic breathing techniques frequently turn up in exercise classes and in physical rehabilitation and stress management programs.
Yoga is especially good at strengthening the body's core, at helping us retain flexibility, at increasing the range of motion of our limbs--we do a lot with shoulders and hips--and at helping us breathe more efficiently.
As with a traditional exercise routine, you get the benefits of yoga by practicing it over a period of time and fairly regularly. Unlike some other kinds of exercise, yoga is non-competitive. There are no pre-determined standards, only participation at your own level.
Please call or email if you want more information.
David Scarbrough, Ph.D., RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)
Phone: (804) 580-4505
Address: P. O. Box 185, Burgess VA 22432