Pilates & Yoga at The Aspen Hill Club

With a wide selection of classes to choose from, increase Balance, Flexibility and Strength with Yoga and Pilates at the Aspen Hill Club

The word yoga refers to an integration of physical and mental exercises designed to balance and unite the mind, body, and spirit. The most commonly practiced yoga (in Western societies) is Hatha (physical) Yoga.

In order to ensure all participants receive the best experience possible, arrive 15-minutes prior to class. If class is already in session, the instructor will reserve the right to admit anyone  five (5) minutes past the scheduled start time.

For more information on everything fitness, contact Heather Williams, Group Exercise Director

301-598-5200, ext. 126

Yoga Classes

Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement

Lessons are skillfully constructed sessions that let you explore and learn for yourself what others have been trying to teach you! You will learn to relieve pain and improve your movement and function in general. Sessions are designed to provide a gentle yet powerful approach to freeing yourself from physical limitations and mindsets that dominate your life.

Gentle Yoga

This class is for those new to Yoga and who prefer to work at a slower pace. Students move through a series of flow movements. Class will incorporate Yoga props to aid in performing each pose.

Hatha/Iyengar Yoga

This is an alignment-based class in which students of all levels practice the basic shape and muscular actions of classic hatha yoga asanas (poses). Students take time in the poses to develop an internal awareness of body symmetry and the resulting ental balance. The course provides a solid foundation of knowledge, strength, and flexibility that can be profitably applied to the practice of other yoga styles. This is a multi-level class but we encourage some Yoga (class) experience.

What is Iyengar?

The Sunday Hatha Yoga with Denise class will incorporate the principles of Iyengar. Iyengar Yoga was named after B.K S Iyengar. According to Iyengar, anyone can practice his 200 asanas (poses) 'regardless of age, body type or physical ability'. Iyengar yoga is a form of Hatha yoga with a focus on precise alignment, breath control and developing strength and mobility.

Stretch & Strength

The class is designed with those who have an interest in the mind/ body experience but have physical limitations that prohibit the practice of traditional Yoga and Pilates. The class will take a slower paced approach and focus on core awareness and development of proper breathing techniques. The instructor will introduce the use of light weights and resistance equipment.

Reebok Flexible Strength and Yoga with Becky and on the Ball with Becky

This is Reebok’s gym based Mind Body class. A great introduction to Yoga, this class is designed to increase your range of motion and stretch capacity. On the Ball incorporates the stability ball to challenge you while developing balance and core strength.

Restorative Yoga and Stretch

Perfect for all levels this class will begin with pranayama breathing, warming up with restorative poses and a vinyasa flow. The latter portion of the class will return to the floor for deep stretching and relaxation.

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa is a flowing, dynamic form of yoga, connecting and coordinating asana movement with breath inhalation and exhalation. This linking of breath with movement allows for a powerful energy building experience creating strength and flexibility through the body and a deep relaxed clarity for the mind. Participants of all levels are encouraged to join and work at a pace (fast or slow) that suits the individual. Candles are used to create "ambiance” and a relaxing atmosphere.

  • Monday 9:30am Slow Flow Vinyasa (All Levels) is a more slowly-paced Vinyasa class with an emphasis on slow, controlled transitions between the postures and longer holds in the postures after landing them. Slower movements require deeper muscle recruitment which will strengthen the body over time with regular practice. Rich, pranayama breathing is a key technique explored during practice. Stress reduction and mental clarity are additional benefits of the class.
  • Tuesday 6:30pm Power Vinyasa Flow is an athletic and fast-paced class with flowing postures designed to get you moving and sweating. The focus is placed on incorporating breath with movement, muscle strengthening and stretching, and proper body alignment. Balancing poses, inversions, and core work are offered in the last half of class. Meditation also is explored.
  • Thursday 9:30am Vinyasa Yoga (Intermediate/Advanced) is a fast-paced yoga class that will get you moving, breathing, and sweating. Set to energizing music, the class is taught in the dynamic Vinyasa style which matches movement with breath and offers a cardio effect. The focus is placed on muscle strengthening and proper body alignment. Deep twists, balancing postures, and inversions will be explored. Core work and stretching postures are offered in the last half of class. Each class begins and ends with a brief meditation.
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Pilates Classes

Pilates exercises focus on developing the core abdominal and back muscles that attach to the pelvic girdle. Pilates differs from Yoga because the repetition of exercise is used to develop breathing as well as core and muscular strength, whereas Yoga focuses on breathing, range of motion and relaxation. The Mat-based classes focus on 34 exercises done in a specific order to create a complete body workout.

The Pilates Reformer provides finely tuned resistance that allows one to develop good alignment, a strong core and increased range of motion. Our Sport Rehab classes will work to correct alignment and muscular imbalances.

Beginner Mat (FREE)

Introduces you to the Pilates method. The focus is on the fundamentals of the work, spinal and pelvic placement, and the special breathing technique used for the Pilates work.

Intermediate/Advanced Mat (FREE)

Now that you are familiar with the Pilates method, learn modified Pilates mat work. This session is geared towards the participant that has practiced for some time and would like a more challenging workout. Beginners should contact the director before participating at this level.

Pilates Mat with Props (FREE)

An Advanced Beginner to Intermediate class incorporating the Pilates ball and magic ring to add resistance work to traditional Pilates exercises.

Pilates Machine and Apparatus Classes

Pilates apparatus are the machines that Joseph Pilates created/used to accompany his method. Each apparatus designed to improve body alignment, increase range of motion and strengthen the core. Our Pilates Studio includes the following apparatus, stationary and portable reformers, wunda chair, and spine corrector.

Reformer Classes ($)

The Reformer is the main machine and is made up a system of springs, loops, a gliding carriage and a bar which provides resistance for each exercise.

Classes Schedule: Sunday 10:30 am, Thursday 10:30 am Reformer Class.
Cost: available upon request

Pilates Personal Training ($)

Our certified Pilates instructor/trainer safely guides you through a personalized workout that may include the use of the Reformer, the Cadillac, High Barrel, Spine Correction, Ped-a-Pull, and the Chair. You will be amazed by the changes you see in your body. For more information and registration, contact Heather Williams at ext. 126 or email: hwilliamsahc@gmail.com.

Cost: available upon request

What you should know: All Pilates and Yoga classes are practiced in bare feet. We encourage all participants to provide their own yoga mats. We provide yoga blocks, eye bags and straps. Participants should inform the instructor of any physical limitations.