~ Your body exists in the past and your mind exists in the future. In yoga, they come together in the present. ~
Branches of Yoga is a small yoga studio nestled in the heart of Sykesville, MD. Our mission is to invite others to join this small community and for each student to reach their full potential. We offer a variety of classes and levels throughout the week and will continue to add classes as needed.
There are many different reasons that people adopt the practice of yoga. Often they start doing yoga to help battle chronic pain, injuries, illness, anxiety and depression or they are just looking for something different. I believe that no matter what reason has brought us to the practice of yoga, we are all seeking a deeper connection within ourselves so that we can live a full and happy life.
Ideal for beginners or continuing practioners who prefer a slower paced class. Emphasis will be on basic breathwork and alignment in basic seated and standing postures.
Recommended for practioners who have previous yoga experience. Emphasis will be on refining basic poses introduce more advanced postures, deeper breath awareness and build stamina, strength and flexability.
This class is open to all levels of yoga. Clear instruction is given in breathing technique, warm-ups and postures. New students will develop body awareness, posture alignment and core strength in basic poses, while experienced students are encouraged to explore advanced variations in familiar postures. Everyone works to his or her own ability and comfort level.
Yin yoga is often referred to as “the quiet practice” which allows students to move more inward and into a meditative state. Yin poses are a series of long held passive floor poses that mainly work the hips pelvis, thighs and lower lumbar spine. The opposite of a muscle engaged yoga practice we soften all of our muscles in each pose to allow all the fascia (connective tissue), ligaments, tendons and joints to modestly simulate. Yin brings a calm and balancing affect to the mind and body and can help you sit longer more comfortably for meditation.
This class is a challenging and flowing form of yoga that will torch calories, tone your body, and relax your mind. Prior yoga experience is required.
Not a yoga 1, not a yoga 2 but somewhere in between. Ideal for beginners and continuing practioner's who prefer more of a yoga 1 experience.
This class will consist of both a muscular (Yang) practice and a meditative (Yin) practice. We will begin with 45 minutes of slow flow and holding postures to build some heat, stamina and strength ending with 30 minutes of passive seated long held postures.
It is best to practice yoga on an empty stomach. Two hours after you eat it’s okay to practice. If you do need to eat before eat something light such as a banana or yogurt.
This is probably the most asked question. The answer is no. Yoga is more about calming the mind, a spiritual and healing practice. Flexibility is only one part and practicing yoga regularly will help to gain flexblity over time.
Private sessions available upon request.
Class cancellations will be posted on Branches of Yoga website two hours prior to class. You may take another class that is offered at any time during the session to make up cancelled classes.
Class passes expire four months from the date of purchase.
Refunds are considered on a case by case basis. Administrative fee may be applied in the amount of $25.00.
Please inform your instructor of any medical conditions or if you are pregnant.
I've wanted to take yoga for years and finally got up the "courage" to do it when I went to a community class taught by Stacey. Branches of Yoga is the ideal place to start or continue your yoga practice. Smaller classes and the intimate, peaceful setting make it the perfect spot to relax and just concentrate on yoga!! Stacey is a gifted and thoughtful teacher who is tuned in to the needs of her students and is always willing to help in any way you might need. I can't say enough about Stacey and this wonderful studio.Susan
We started taking classes at Branches of Yoga in February with no experience and we're definitely hooked! Stacey's classes are fun and challenging in a relaxing atmosphere. In the four months we've been going, no two classes have been the same. We love the variety. We also love how Stacey makes sure we're doing the poses correctly and that we're comfortable doing them. We never worry about how we look doing the poses either thanks to Stacey's encouragement. We highly recommend Branches of Yoga!Jeremy & Tracy