Canton's Yoga Loft announces several new classes including Afro-Brazilian dance, Asian martial arts
Monday, August 30, 2010 - 3:30 am

CANTON – The Yoga Loft has announced several new classes that explore everything from Afro-Brazilian dance, to Asian martial arts, to African drumming at its 107½ Main St. location.

For more information, go to www.yoga-loft.org, call 347-3040 or email rebecca@mindseyefarm.com.

The Class lineup includes:

• Community yoga, The Yoga Loft, 107½ Main St., Canton, basic hatha class for all levels of ability. If you are new to yoga, this is a great opportunity to try it out. Saturdays 9-10 a.m. Beginning Sept. 4 then ongoing. Drop in only, special price just $5/class. No pre-registration required. Ellen Beeler, 347-2401, ebeeler@tds.net or Alison Brant, 386-3040, aemcginn@gmail.com.

• Tai Chi: Beginners & Advanced Beginners, The Yoga Loft, 107½ Main St., Canton, in the Beginners class, learn the postures and transitions of the first section of the Yang-style short form; in Advanced Beginners learn the second section. Intermediate students learn the third part of the form. Beginners. Wednesdays 5-6 p.m. Sept 22-Dec 1. 10wks/$100. No Drop Ins. Advanced Beginners, Thursdays 1-2 p.m. Sept 23-Dec 2. 10wks/$100. No Drop Ins. Intermediate. Thursdays 12-1 p.m. Sept. 23-Dec 2. 10wks/$100. No drop-ins. Ann Heidenreich. 315-379-0959. heidenreichann@gmail.com.

• Prananyama (Somendra) Yoga, The Yoga Loft, 107½ Main St., Canton, the ancient Indian Meditation Technique, is based upon breath regulation. It gives participants many benefits like relaxation & concentration; lowered blood pressure & cholesterol; and an enduring sense of peace, calm, & tranquility. Wednesdays 7-8 p.m. Sept. 15-Nov. 17, 10 weeks $80, drop-in $10. Dr. Somendra Pant, 261-4750, somendrapant@yahoo.com.

•Yoga Dance-Kripalu, The Yoga Loft, 107½ Main St., Canton, combination of moving yoga and dancing grooves that fit any body, age, or fitness level, and facilitates the healing of the emotions, the physical body, and the soul. Sundays 2-3 p.m. Ongoing. Saturdays 9-10 a.m. Ongoing. $5-20 donation suggested. Len Mackey 585-317-6370, len@songofthespheres.com.

• Beginning African Drumming, The Yoga Loft, 107½ Main St., Canton, learn traditional West African hand drumming, check it out, you have nothing to lose! Sundays 3:15-4:15 p.m. Beginning Sept. 29 then ongoing. $5-20 donation suggested. Len Mackey 585-317-6370. len@songofthespheres.com.

• Advanced African Drumming, The Yoga Loft, 107½ Main St., Canton, come celebrate life with natural rhythm Sundays 4:30-5:30 p.m. Beginning Sept. 29 then ongoing. $5-20 donation suggested. Len Mackey 585-317-6370. len@songofthespheres.com.

• Dance Maculelê, The Yoga Loft, 107½ Main St., Canton, (pronounced mah-ku-leh-LAY) is a traditional Afro-Brazilian folk dance using sticks and machetes. This class is intensely aerobic and interactive and will stimulate your mind, body, and spirit. Wear loose fitting pants or shorts and a t-shirt or tank top. This class is welcome to people ages 13 and up of all fitness levels, no previous experience necessary. Sundays 5:45-6:45 p.m. Sept 19-Oct 24, 6wks/$66. Drop-in $15. Relani at 854-1292.

• Play Capoeira, The Yoga Loft, 107½ Main St., Canton, ages 13 and up, get an intense cardio and strength-building workout (pronounced ka-poo-EYH-da) is a dance-like ritual martial art game that incorporates acrobatics, circular kicks, sweeps, dance moves, percussion, songs, and even a little theater. Basic movements, rhythms, songs, and principles of the art of capoeira will be introduced in this six-week session. Practiced in bare feet. Wear loose-fitting pants (preferably white) and a white t-shirt or tank top. This class is welcome to people ages 13 and up. Sundays 7-8:15 p.m. Sept 19-Oct 24, 6wks/$66. Drop-in $15. Relani at 854-1292.