Take a yoga class at the Hunterdon Art Museum. The Ahimsa School offers a variety of classes in the museum’s galleries. The Ahimsa School was founded by Gist Finley for the main purpose of making yoga (and all the benefits that come with it) available to everyone.
All yoga classes are “Pay What You Can” (suggested donation is $10). If you can’t afford to pay anything, then it’s free. Well-being should never be a luxury. Come when you can and pay what you can.
A description of the different yoga classes offered is below.
Spectrum Yoga with Leah
This class is specifically for youth with ASD or any neurodiversity. The ages range from toddlers to early-20s. Please spread the word about this program with anyone who may benefit. The results have been amazing. Friends and family are welcome to practice alongside, observe, or drop off. This is our most important class. Other Ahimsa School instructors join Leah to assist, as we aim to have a ratio of 1:1 or better.
Chair Yoga with Durga
Practice with Durga for this gentle, mindful Yoga adapted for those who would prefer a class where you aren’t getting up and down on the mat. Perfect for those who are encouraged to do Yoga but have an injury, those who get light-headed easily, or those who find Yoga better suited for them from a seated position. Any pose can be modified for your level of strength and flexibility. Everything is provided, all you have to do is show up.
Yoga Basics with Lakshmi
Yoga Basics is an opportunity to participate in an unhurried Yoga practice while learning the proper form of the Asanas (poses). As with all classes at the Museum, Yoga Basics promotes the five-point philosophy that proper breathing, relaxation, diet, exercise, and positive thinking work together to form a healthy yogic lifestyle.
What is Hatha Yoga?
Hatha translates from Sanskrit as “force” and is the physical practice of Yoga. All other styles originated with Hatha: Ashtanga, Iyengar, Integral, “hot” Yoga, Jivamukti… this list goes on and on. We specify Hatha Yoga because The Ahimsa School is committed to the propagation of traditional, Classical Yoga. For us, Hatha Yoga is but one component of our practice; a subset of Raja Yoga, which is basically our user manual for leading a life of virtue and harmony. We hope to honor the teachings of Swami Vivekananda, Swami Sivananda Saraswati, and Swami Vishnudevananda.
The Sunday Yoga Shindig
We perform our own individual modifications and levels of exertion. Beginners to advanced practice side by side in an environment of encouragement, free from comparison, competition, and judgement. We begin with a clearly instructed sun salutation, then progress through a series of eleven Asanas (poses), concluding with guided relaxation.
Meditation with Satya
Join Dr. Satya Murthy for Heartfulness Sahaj Marg Meditation – now twice a week! This is a simple and effective way to integrate meditation into our daily routine. You don’t need to know how to meditate or to believe in a particular system or philosophy. To learn more about this Heartfulness Sahaj Marg Meditation, click here.
Mantra Motion with Annalise & Gist
Practicing to Bhakti music, this class is a little more exertive than the Sunday Shindig. Abs a-plenty.
Intermediate with Sarasvati
For those who know the Surya Namaskara and proper form for the basic Asana sequence, and wish to continue deepening their practice. Safety is always our paramount concern, therefore you must have an established practice. This class focuses on strengthening the path of Raja Yoga, as directed by the Sutras of Patanjali.