Welcome to StarFish Dance & Yoga. Below you will find class descriptions for all our weekly classes. We are devoted to creating beautiful experiences and sharing practices that will help you connect with more passion, peace and aliveness. We are located in the West Concord Village since 1995 and love this vibrant community we are surrounded by. We look forward to moving with you!
Dance (scroll down for Yoga & Energy Based Classes)
Come and get your brain food! 40 minutes of physical play for your brain; fun, new neuropathways and a workout too! Ageless Grace is a cutting-edge fitness program based on neuroplasticity that activates all 5 functions of the brain and simultaneously addresses all 21 physical skills needed for lifelong optimal fitness. Although the movements are designed to be performed seated in a chair, the class delivers a great cardio workout and core conditioning for all ages and abilities. To learn more about neurplasticity and why this class could radically change your life visit the Ageless Grace Website. Friday class alternately taught by Holly Kania, Lisa Pearl, Amy Podolsky & Maria Skinner
BeSoul™ Dance: Love In Motion
BeSoul™ is love in motion and it is a dance of awakening. BeSoul™ Dance provides an opportunity to connect to your deepest self through vibrant self-expression. Choreography is simple and enlivening, music is fantastic and varied. Each class is focused on cultivating awareness of your whole self in a loving, accepting and supportive environment. Join the BeSoul™ class and expand your spirit every time! We dance together to get fit in body, mind and soul.
BeSoul™ Experiences are retreats to strengthen the practices of awakening. They are places where we align ourselves to the universal evolution of life through movement, play and self inquiry. They are times to cultivate the connection to our true deep loving nature and to other beings, including our natural world.
For those that love the art of dance and want to practice their technique, increase their dance vocabulary, and become proficient at intricate movement combinations. This class will challenge you to explore new ways of moving while you master the basics and beyond. Each exercise is designed to strengthen and stretch your body while encouraging you to express your joy of dance. For active movers. Taught by Sheila Peters, professional dancer and former dance company owner and director.
Nia is an ecstatic yet deeply grounded body-mind-spirit fitness and lifestyle practice that empowers people to cultivate mental, emotional and spiritual health & fitness via joy and pleasure. Music and movement variety make each class a unique experience. To learn more about The Nia Technique go to Nianow website. All levels.
Yoga, Kids Karate & Energy Based Classes
Basics & Beyond: Yoga
A safe nurturing place to explore the fundamentals of Yoga, or bring depth to your practice. You’re in good hands and from this base you can explore our other offerings. “If you can breathe, you can do this Yoga."
FLOW MOTION classes, inspired by Continuum movement, explore our bodies as living processes unfolding moment by moment, breath by breath. Dropping beneath the level of cultural scripts about what function our bodies serve and how they move, Continuum investigates the movement of Life Force in its primary form of wave motion. Through various breaths, sounds and non-stylized movements, this practice awakens the fluidity in our systems. Our biological intelligence can then "choreograph" dances that renew a sense of wellness, spacious calm, and creative inquiry. Most explorations happen on yoga mats on the floor, with eyes open or closed. Beginning and advanced movers are welcome!
Here is a short video of senior teacher, Elaine Colandrea, demonstrating a floor-based Continuum-movement exploration. Class is taught by Elisabeth Osgood
For beginners and/or people with specific physical problems: Arthritis, soft-tissue injuries, stiffness, inflexibility. Breathing, stretching and strengthening are emphasized to augment healing. Good for beginners and those recovering from physical ailments.
This practice integrates movement, mindfulness, and breath in order to align body, mind, and spirit for a deeper experience of self-awareness. The pace is gentle to moderate with some restorative postures incorporated as well. All levels welcome as props are available and modifications will be offered.
Kid's Karate with Elite Karate
If you’re looking for Kids Karate classes, look no further than Elite Freestyle Karate! Our action-packed children's classes are a great way for kids to experience the wonderful world of the Martial Arts, all while learning the very best self-defense program for kids.
For the past 20+ years, Elite Freestyle Karate's Children's Martial Arts classes in Winchester, Bedford, Reading, Concord and Arlington have helped thousands of children improve their confidence, focus, self-discipline, respect, and leadership in addition to invaluable life skills.
Perfect for any child, our classes are a great introduction into the Martial Arts for children. Led by world-class black belt instructors, our Children's Martial Arts classes are guaranteed to get your children excited about physical fitness! In fact, they’ll be having so much fun on the mat that they won’t even realize they’re learning important safety lessons that could someday save their lives!
Sense Ryan will be teaching 2 Kids Karate classes this fall. 7 week sessions for $89. For more info or to register go to Elite Karate.
Kripalu Yoga : Gentle & Sunrise
Integrates the mind, body and spirit in a deeply transformational process based on classical yoga postures and breath work. Emphasis is placed on linking breath with movement and on attention to the present moment.
Developed by Maria Skinner, this is a class based on the premise that awareness of the body in movement and in stillness is a deeply healing experience. In this class we will scan the body, move gently and stay connected in order to open up the channels to our most relaxed selves so that we can live this way on and off the mat. Moga is open to all levels of experience.
Uplifting and Serene. Smooth transitions through nurturing postures relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Lots of breath, gentle encouragement, and introspection bring clarity. A good blend of Body, Mind, and Spirit. All levels welcome.
Qigong is an ancient system of exercise originating in China over 2000 years ago for the purpose of promoting health and healing. Qi, pronounced Chee refers to life force or vital energy. We cannot see the qi in the body, but we can feel it. The word Gong means to develop or cultivate, therefore qigong exercises cultivate one's internal vital energy. Qigong consists of breath awareness, focused concentration and gentle rhythmic movement. Qigong can be practiced by people of all ages and abilities.
Svaroopa yoga is particular style of hatha yoga that emphasizes the muscles at the tailbone and sacrum setting up a dynamic for tension release in the whole spine, back & body. Thursday morning Svaroopa: Contact Lissa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-624-7762 for info or to register. Drop-in for this class is $21. Not a coupon class.
Yoga and Meditation
Following a one hour mindful Yoga practice, We'll move into a Meditation Practice. You’ll move your body, calm your spirit deepen your practice to help you focus on what really matters and to walk in our world in a lighter - more joyful way. This is how Yoga was traditionally taught.