I started to practice yoga after I retired. I was searching for a way to repair 42 years of sitting behind a desk. However, I wanted something gentle because my knees never did like running. After a couple of years of practice I noticed one day that my perpetual back pain was not there! I lost 20 pounds and 3 inches off my waist. I felt better than I had in a number of years. I felt that perhaps I could help others to feel better also, so I took the time to become a certified yoga instructor. Age is just a number. It is never too late to start a yoga practice. Every improvement today is an improvement in your future life.
My classes are based on three underlying aims.
The class is designed to be inclusive. Yoga postures are adjusted to the individual not the other way around. Each of us has a unique body that moves or does not move in certain ways. Yoga can be modified to include each and everyone of us.
The class is approached to be mindful. By thinking about what we are doing with our body we shut out the other thoughts that intrude. Yoga is not an exercise program that requires endless repetitions performed without thought. Yoga is establishing a connection and awareness with our bodies.
The class is aimed at being restorative. Through the exercises, yoga in the long run, can help to re-establish strength and flexibility back into the body. This promotes health and improves our joy of living.
Gentle Chair Yoga – Thursdays from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
All yoga is flexible. But chair yoga is perhaps the most reachable for the widest population. It can be a good starting point for someone that has never done yoga. It can be used as a re-entry to yoga after an injury or a long layoff from practice. It is excellent for those that have concerns for getting down to or up from the floor. The yoga can be in a seated posture the entire time or the chair can be just a prop for entering comfortably and steadily into the various postures both standing and partially seated.
Chair yoga can be the start and the end of your practice or, as strength and confidence is achieved one can move to other forms of yoga. Some students do both. Also it is good to point out that chair practice teaches postures that would be beneficial to perform at work on a break easing the tensions of a desk bound job.
In short, “Chair practice is for all!”
Mixed Level Hatha – Mondays from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Hatha is one of the most commonly used terms to describe many levels and types of yoga class. Brian’s Hatha Yoga classes are gentle to moderately challenging. Brian also offers many modifications throughout their classes to help everyone avoid pain during any given pose.
Classes are $15 per session or $12 for weekly attendance.
Please inquire about weekly attendance discount upon registration.
Gentle Chair Yoga – Thursdays 2 p.m. – 3 p.m
Mixed Level Hatha – Mondays from 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
“Brian’s class is perfect for a beginner like me. I started with his chair yoga class and quickly moved on to the gentle yoga class. I am not flexible and he alleviated all of my fears that I might embarrass myself! Brian gives clear instructions and works with each of his students when modifications are needed. His class is relaxed and fun! Yoga is the best thing I have done for myself in a long time.”
– Glinda L.
“For the past several months I have been practicing yoga at Lakeside Wellness with instructor Brian McBride. I have attended both his Monday (All levels Hatha) and Thursday (Chair yoga) classes. Brian is always well-prepared for these classes but flexible enough to modify his plans to meet the special needs of the group at any time. He explains the movements and poses very well and is always encouraging, whatever our level may be on any given day. It is obvious that he truly believes in the practice of yoga, both personally and professionally. I cherish this time of mindfulness and ahimsa. (please reword this if it is not stated in correct syntax!)”
– Virginia M.