Winter 2015 Class Schedule
Yoga on the Mat
January 6th- March 31st
Thursdays, 9:30am-10:45am, January 8th- April 2nd
Parish Hall of Christ Episcopal Church, 64 South Country
Cost: $150 for entire 12 week session,
or $15 per drop-in class.
Chair Yoga for
Health & Wellness
January 5th - March 30th
January 8th- April 2nd
Location: Parish Hall of Christ Episcopal Church, 64 South Country
Cost: $150* for entire 12 week session, or $15 per drop-in class.
*Village Yoga has received
a grant from Suffolk County! Seniors who register for Chair
Yoga will receive a $25 discount on the 12-week session
Yoga, led by Nancy Norman of Village Yoga, has been a tremendous success and
service to people with limited mobility who know the importance of keeping
the body moving. We are now beginning our fourth year of practice.
In addition to the adapted yoga postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama),
the Fall series of classes will include teachings on health and wellness.
Each week there will be a brief teaching about a specific health issue or
medical condition, along with yoga postures and breathing techniques that
address these issues. Some of those to be included are: Enhancing and
Strengthening the Immune System, Blood Pressure, Stress Transformation,
Heart Health, Joint Safety, Chronic Pain Relief, Emotional Health,
Maintaining Bone Mass, and Balance.
To Register For A Class
Send a check made payable
to "Nancy Norman" to:
2 Woodland Park Rd.
Bellport, NY 11713
Please specify for which class you are registering.
If you have any questions or concerns you'd like to discuss,
please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail at
or phone at (631) 286-0035.
Nancy Norman Accepted into Duke University Program
I am very excited to announce
that I have been accepted into a program at Duke
University's Integrative Medicine Department. Major medical
schools throughout the country have been conducting amazing
research on specific health benefits of yoga and how yoga
addresses specific medical conditions and promotes healing.
In conjunction with its research, Duke is offering a
training for a limited number of certified yoga teachers in
"Yoga Therapy for Seniors." This is the next exciting step
in my education.
About Village Yoga and
Village Yoga is
owned and taught by Nancy Norman, a professional-level
certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor since 1995. Nancy
believes that (re)discovering "new" territory within the
self leads to a larger experience of life. In all of her
classes and workshops, her intention is to create and
hold a safe and inspiring space in which to explore and
expand the Self.
Nancy’s passion is teaching. A high school English
teacher for 30 years and a New York State Teacher of
Excellence, she began teaching yoga to faculty and staff
in Smithtown School District in 1995. Having earned her
Kripalu Yoga Teacher Certification in 1995, she
continued (and continues) her inquiry and study of yoga
leading to her 500-hour, professional level Kripalu
Besides teaching in the Graduate School of Education at
Dowling College, Nancy has developed and taught many
workshops, including a SCOPE course weaving yoga,
writing and psychology in Writing from the Core,
Releasing Stress through Yoga, Understanding the Chakra
System, Breathing Techniques to Enhance the Quality of
Life, The Art of Excellent Listening, Pranayama and Yoga
as Meditation Practices. Some of the many organizations
for which she has led presentations include the Critical
Incident Response Team of Suffolk County Probation
Officers, Suffolk County Girl Scouts, Integrative Health
and Healing Committee of St Charles and Mather
Hospitals, Hampton Bays Superintendent Conference Day,
North Shore Hematology/ Oncology Cancer Survivors
Support Group, National Education Assoc. Summer
Leadership Conference, Baha’i Faith Leadership Training.
Since 2003 Nancy has been operating and teaching Village
Yoga, offering three classes a week in the Parish Hall
of Christ Episcopal Church, So. Country Rd., Bellport,
as well as, “Yoga on the Bay” at Mothers Beach in July
and August. She also teaches private clients by
The hallmarks of Nancy’s teaching are her depth of
knowledge and gentle approach, creating safe and sacred
space for each individual practitioner.
What people are saying about
Village Yoga Classes
"I am truly amazed
by the process and results of each class. It provided a
format for a total experience --- body, mind and soul.
Wonderful (full of wonder) is perhaps the best word to
describe it . . . One of the greatest gifts I have
received is of affirmation, connection and joy.”
“I especially appreciate the tone you set for the whole
class . . . your attention to details provided a loving,
caring and safe environment.” - Harriet P
“Thanks for having so much patience and for introducing
me to one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.
I hope I’m able to keep practicing for a long time.”
- Debbie S.
Chair Yoga Classes
Chair Yoga is
ideal for people of all ages with limited mobility.
Whether as a result of injury, surgery, disability,
aging, sedentary lifestyle or simply sitting at a desk
or at a computer for long hours, one may discover loss
of flexibility and the gradual, but profound, negative
impact of that loss.
Most people these days know that practicing yoga is a
highly effective antidote with multiple benefits...
emotional and spiritual, as well as physical. But many
folks also believe that yoga means being able to put
your body into the shape of a pretzel or at least being
able to get down onto the floor and back up again with
ease. Therefore, those who cannot move from posture to
posture, getting down and up again from the floor, may
hold a false and personally limiting belief that yoga is
just not for them. Because as a child I was not
naturally flexible as my playmates, for many years I
believed I was not a “yoga-type person” (whatever that
Based on 16 years of teaching Kripalu Yoga, I now know
that yoga is perfect for every body and every body is
perfect for yoga.
According to Wikipedia, “Chair Yoga is the term
generally used to describe a gentle form of yoga that is
practiced sitting in a chair, or standing using a chair
for support.” In Chair Yoga traditional yoga postures
known as “asanas,” are adapted so that all areas and
systems of the body can experience the benefits of yoga.
These asanas help stretch, or open, the neck, shoulders,
arms, wrists, hands, rib cage, the entire spine, hips,
knees, ankles and feet. This opening releases tensions
stored in various parts of the body and creates
spaciousness, allowing the healing power of “prana,” the
life force, to move freely throughout the body.
Incorporated into the practice of asanas is “pranayama,”
or breathing techniques which enhance and deepen the
effectiveness of each pose. The key to gaining the full
benefit of a yoga session is to make sure you breathe
deeply, fully, and in coordination with the movement of
the limbs. Combining yoga postures with the breath
benefits you at the core level of physical functioning:
cellular metabolism. This is because the yogic breath
delivers increased oxygen to your cells while the
movement and holding of postures improve circulation,
removing waste materials that impair efficiency.
In addition to improving metabolic exchange that each
cell depends on for optimal functioning, the muscular
stretching and rhythmic pressure caused by the breath
have a profound impact on the detoxifying mechanisms of
the body, including the lymph system, kidneys, lungs,
skin, and elimination components of the digestive
system. This explains the feeling of freshness after
yoga and the light or clarity you see in people’s faces
following a class.
Finally, the heart, as the largest involuntary muscle of
the body, greatly benefits from yogic breathing
practices and from the relaxation experienced in the
muscles during yoga, allowing the whole cardiopulmonary
system to reset to a healthier rhythm.
In addition, whenever the head is lower than the heart
--- in postures like seated forward bend and
chair-supported downward dog --- the whole circulatory
system gets a rest. The walls of every fluid-containing
tube in the body gain a reprieve from the constant fight
We haven’t even begun a discussion of the benefits
beyond the physical. Neurobiologists have been studying
the interaction between the body and the mind, and their
findings show what yogis have been saying for thousands
of years: functionally, the body and mind are
inextricably bound together. The mind is a subtle body
and the body is a gross mind. You can think of it like
fingers in a glove; when you move your fingers, the
glove moves; if you move the glove, your fingers must
move also. This insight is the basis for the revolution
in psychiatry over the last two decades and the reason
why the standard treatment of mental disorders now
consists of tinkering with the organic blood chemistry
system rather than the psychological and emotional
constructs; more often than not, when you go to a
psychiatrist, you get a prescription rather than a
dialogue. This interweaving of body and mind also helps
explain yoga’s effectiveness.
Other benefits include:
- Increased flexibility and ease of movement
- Improved circulation
- Improved balance, stability and focus
- Strengthened immune system
- Reduced possibility of blood-clot formation in blood
- Increased energy level, awareness and alertness
- Deep relaxation for mind and body
- Self-confidence and self-esteem
Many people in chair yoga classes have health issues,
and are there because a health care professional that
knows about their problems recommended it. A good chair
yoga teacher will ask about, and be aware of any
limitations the student might have. Chair yoga has
helped people with the symptoms of many health issues
including: COPD, hypertension (high blood pressure),
anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, vertigo
(medical), multiple sclerosis, carpal tunnel syndrome,
clinical depression, and chronic pain.
Chair Yoga is a gentle, accessible approach to learning
yoga, an ancient science of well-being. Although
complicated maneuvers and complex movements are not
present in a chair yoga class, it is not a
“watered-down” form of yoga.
What is present is an atmosphere of unconditional
acceptance and care, creating safe and sacred space for
each individual practitioner.
Chair Yoga Classes are held on Mondays from
6:00pm-7:00pm and Thursdays from 11:15am-12:15pm
in the Parish Hall of Christ Episcopal Church, 64 So.
Country Rd., Bellport.
are also available by appointment. Call 631-286-0035 for
Nancy Norman, Village