www.NorthernNeckYoga.com

Classes in Heathsville and Kilmarnock in the lower Northern Neck
Convenient to Reedville, Burgess, Lottsburg, Callao, Wicomico Church, White Stone and Lancaster Courthouse

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ABOUT

 

Total Yoga is for anyone who wants to enjoy the different sides of yoga.

If you'd like to start from the beginning or if you're a continuing enthusiast who likes variety in your practice, these classes are designed for you.

At the core are stretching and strengthening postures that can be done at whatever level of intensity you're comfortable with. We'll also do poses that improve your balance. Classes end with a period of deep relaxation, and, finally, a few moments of yoga meditation.

Yoga contributes to all-around fitness. It's a great way to get started taking better care of yourself and also a wonderful compliment to any other exercise you enjoy. You'll be encouraged to take your body in the condition you find it and go from there. Yoga will give you an opportunity to work towards the improvement you're looking for.

Yoga's stretches make it easier to stand for a length of time and safer to perform a task like lifting something off the floor. And it makes sports, gardening and other hobby activities more comfortable.
Breathing comfortably and efficiently does a lot to help us relax. We'll learn simple breathing techniques that we can apply throughout the class, so the total experience can encourage a sense of calm energy.

We practice at a relaxed pace, with a few moments between postures to give our bodies a chance to recover. There's time for instruction in how to get the most out of each pose, and opportunities for you to ask questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BIO

 

I moved to the Northern Neck in the early 70's. During my career as a boatbuilder I became interested in yoga as a way of keeping fit. Once I got started, I realized that it was helping keep me flexible and relaxed, too. That was more than 20 years ago. I was so taken with yoga I decided it would be fun to teach it to others. I took a one-month course in residence at "Yogaville" in Buckingham County in 1991, where I was certified to teach the Integral Yoga style.

A few years later I began studying Sanskrit, the ancient language of India and the language of yoga. I received the PhD from the University of Wales in the UK in 2003 in Religion and Theology. My dissertation included a study of the Bhagavad Gita, a classic writing on yoga.

I've been teaching yoga at different locations in Lancaster and Northumberland counties since 1991. Currently I teach at the Lancaster County Family YMCA and the Rehabilitation Center next to the Y, and at the Transportation Building in Heathville, under the auspices of the Northumberland County YMCA. I make regular trips back to Yogaville for additional training and to maintain my certification as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HEATHSVILLE: 5:00 p.m., Mondays - Intermediate - Classes in Heathsville are held in the new, modern, small gray building (Transportation Building) behind the old Courthouse and Hughlett's Tavern. We are not currently in the Northumberland Family YMCA building. The Monday intermediate class is for people who've taken some yoga before. If you're not sure about what level is right for you, try one of the other classes first. You can shift to this class any time you want a more challenging experience.

KILMARNOCK: 2:00 p.m., Tuesdays - Basic - If you're taking the class at the Y in Kilmarnock and are not a member of the Y, their system allows for you to pay for either 4 or 8 classes. If you can only do 4, please come to any 4 you like. Classes at the Y for non-members need to be paid for no later than the 1st week: their books don't allow them to accept payment after that time. (It's a little easier if you come to the first class a few minutes early.) The exception is that if you're taking only 4 classes of the Y session you can pay for them when you start. If you'd like to mail payment, be sure and write on the check what class it's for. The mailing address is: Northern Neck Family YMCA, P.O. Box 1809, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.

KILMARNOCK: 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays - Basic - At the RGH Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center, located between the YMCA and the Free Health Clinic, accessed from the same parking area. You enter the from the clinic side of the building, through the side door that will be to your right from the parking lot. The main entrance and other doors are usually locked by 5:30 in the evening.

HEATHSVILLE: 10:00 a.m., Thursdays - Basic - At the Transportation Building (behind the old Courthouse and Hughlett's Tavern). We are not currently in the Northumberland Family YMCA building.

 


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FAQ

 

How are the classes set up?

If you haven't taken yoga with me before or if you're new to yoga, you'll want to start at the beginning of an 8-week session (1st or 2nd week). Classes run most of the year-round. 

It's best to come to as many of the classes in your first session as you can. Yoga’s a little different from other exercise, and our bodies need time to get used to it. Also, we add a bit of new instruction in each class.

 

What do I need to take the class?

You'll need to bring your own mat except at the Northern Neck Family YMCA in Kilmarnock. You can buy a yoga mat at any box store or online. The cheaper ones tend to be a little thin. I bring loaners in case you haven't had time to buy one or forget to bring yours!

Please wear loose-fitting clothes or tights--jeans tend to bind.

 

How long are the sessions?

Each session runs an hour and fifteen minutes.

 

Do YMCA members have to pay?

All classes are now free to members of any YMCA on the Northern Neck. If you're taking a class at the YMCA in Kilmarnock, the Y still asks that you register at the desk, even if you are a member and you only plan to come occasionally during the 8 weeks. 

If you come to any of my other classes, just register with me when you join the class.

 

What if I’m not a member of the Y?

For those who are not members of a Y, the cost of an 8-week session is $64.00. If you're taking it at the Northern Neck Family YMCA in Kilmarnock, please pay them at the desk. At any other locations, please pay me directly, either by mail or when you first come to class. $8.00/class for those with utterly unpredictable schedules!

 

Which class is right for me?

The Monday class is intermediate. You’ll want to have some background in yoga for this dynamic series of stretches, strengtheners and balances.

The Tuesday and Thursday basic classes are for beginners and for those who want to continue taking yoga at a moderate level. The pacing is easy and the tone is relaxed, but you'll find yourself getting stronger and more limber.

 

Where and When do the classes take place?

HEATHSVILLE: 5:00 p.m., Mondays - Intermediate - Classes in Heathsville are held in the new, modern, small gray building (Transportation Building) at the end of Monument Place, behind the Northumberland County Planning Building (old Courthouse) and Hughlett's Tavern. We are not currently in the Northumberland Family YMCA building. The Monday intermediate class is for people who've taken some yoga before. If you're not sure about what level is right for you, try one of the other classes first. You can shift to this class any time you want a more challenging experience.

KILMARNOCK: 2:00 p.m., Tuesdays - Basic - At the YMCA in Kilmarnock. If you're taking the class at the Y in Kilmarnock and are not a member of the Y, their system allows for you to pay for either 4 or 8 classes. If you can only do 4, please come to any 4 you like. Classes at the Y for non-members need to be paid for no later than the 1st week: their books don't allow them to accept payment after that time. (It's a little easier if you come to the first class a few minutes early.) The exception is that if you're taking only 4 classes of the Y session you can pay for them when you start. If you'd like to mail payment, be sure and write on the check what class it's for. The mailing address is: Northern Neck Family YMCA, P.O. Box 1809, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.

KILMARNOCK: 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays - Basic - At the RGH Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center, located between the YMCA and the Free Health Clinic, accessed from the same parking area. You enter the from the clinic side of the building, through the side door that will be to your right from the parking lot. The main entrance and other doors are usually locked by 5:30 in the evening.

HEATHSVILLE: 10:00 a.m., Thursdays - Basic - At the Transportation Building (behind the old Courthouse and Hughlett's Tavern). We are not currently in the Northumberland Family YMCA building.


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Why do yoga?

In yoga we put our body into a position that stretches it. We hold it there for several moments. Parts of the body that don't normally get stretched have a chance to limber up. Other parts are put to work and get stronger. At first this may feel strange--it's not something our systems are used to. But stretching, holding, and then releasing allows the body to unload its tension, and when the body lets go, the mind can relax too. We can experience an inner core of silence and steady support that, although often hidden, is present for us all.

Yoga started in ancient India, but we often turn to it today for ideas about physical toning and relieving mental stress. Traditional yoga classes aren't the only place you'll encounter yoga. Yoga postures and yogic breathing techniques frequently turn up in exercise classes and in physical rehabilitation and stress management programs.

Yoga is especially good at strengthening the body's core, at helping us retain flexibility, at increasing the range of motion of our limbs--we do a lot with shoulders and hips--and at increasing our lung capacity.

As with a traditional exercise routine, you get the benefits of yoga by practicing it over a period of time and fairly regularly. Unlike some other kinds of exercise, yoga is non-competitive. There are no pre-determined standards, only participation at your own level.

 

 

 

 

 

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CONTACT

 

Please call or email if you want more information.

David Scarbrough, Ph.D., RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Phone: (804) 580-4505

eMail: descarbro@gmail.com

Address: P. O. Box 185, Burgess VA 22432