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Offering daily open studio yoga classes, individual & group private instruction, and specialty workshops.

 

 

 

 

Welcome to

Nature Studio

East Aurora, NY’s Premiere Open Air Yoga & Healing Arts Studio

OUR CLASS SCHEDULE

Open Studio Offerings

Please note: Registration closes 60 minutes prior to class.

Class Descriptions

Yin/Nidra (Sacred Stillness) –  A practice focused on the slow, patient, opening of the fascial layer of the body. The fascia is the connective tissue (shrink wrap) that underlies the skin, wraps the muscles, holds the bones together and is the conduit for the meridians through which energy flows. Chronic tightness can cause inflexibility and restriction of movement. The fascia responds to this slow opening approach, with each pose held for 3-6 minutes at the edge of the passive stretch. Leave the class experiencing release of tension and improved energy movement in the body.  No prior yoga experience required and an excellent compliment to any physical or athletic pursuits.

Restorative/Meditation – In this class, you will calm the body from the constant fight and flight mode of our busy lives. The teacher will help you find supported poses, using props, that are held for several minutes as you release your mind-body tension and calm the nervous system. Gentle attention will be brought to your breath and body as we stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system for relaxation. As your body embraces the calm of the restorative poses, you will be led through a guided meditation based on a new weekly theme to leave you with an uplifted mindset and a restored state of harmonious wellness.  This class is perfect for all practitioners, regardless of experience.

Gentle/Restorative (Gentle & Kind) – This healing practice alleviates stress, quiets the mind, and brings awareness to the body. Props are used to help support the body in postures, gradually increasing flexibility and releasing tension. There is a strong focus on breath work (to help activate and calm the nervous system) and an extended relaxation. This class is perfect for all practitioners, regardless of experience and those looking to heal from injury.

Hatha Yoga (Enlighten Within / Align & Explore / Rise & Align) – Hatha Yoga is defined as movement that develops strength, flexibility, bodily relaxation, and mental concentration. Hatha classes are designed for mixed-level participants and provide a balanced combination of sustained poses with attention to basic alignment and therapeutic principles.

Power Yoga (Grace & Grit) – A class to guide you through energetic and quick flowing sequences. With a dynamic mix of postures, it will allow you to reduce stress while building strength and flexibility. Prior yoga experience recommended.

Slow Flow (Rise & Rest / Glowing & Growing) – Learn to combine breathing, flowing postures and meditation in this gentle, but deep approach to Vinyasa yoga. This slower-paced flow class allows time to explore the postures while cultivating strength, flexibility, balance, and calm. Yoga poses are linked to breath to help reveal body awareness, inner strength and easeful opening.

Vinyasa Flow (Mindful Flow) – Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic system of practicing asanas (poses). This practice focuses on the synchronization of breath & the continuous flow of movement. Vinyasa is a strong practice that builds heat, endurance, flexibility, strength and mental focus. This class can be challenging; but is appropriate for all levels. You will be encouraged to go at your own pace.

Adaptive Yoga – In this class, students will explore traditional postures using chairs and yoga props to find the inner experience of a pose. Breathwork, gentle movement and focused alignment can make yoga accessible for people of all abilities. “The principles of yoga and asana do not discriminate”-Matthew Sanford

YOGA COURSES:

Introduction to Hatha

In this six-week course, you will learn the fundamentals of Hatha Yoga, including asana (poses), pranayama (breathing techniques) and basic meditation. You will be taught variations and modifications that will allow you to personalize the practice.

This course is appropriate for anyone new to yoga, as well as those who are interested in re-exploring the basics.

Introduction to Vinyasa Yoga

This designed for beginner yoga students interested in this dynamic flowing practice. Vinyasa yoga emphasizes the connections between breath and movement, mind and body, strength and flexibility, effort and ease.

We will explore the basics of Vinyasa Yoga, including sun salutations, that build heat and serve as a link between the postures, connecting them into a moving mediation. We focus on proper alignment in all poses; including standing poses, forward folds, backbends, twists, and balances. We emphasize the importance of warm ups, progressions, modifications, and the use of props that make Vinyasa yoga safe and effective.

If you have mobility issues that prevent you from easily getting up from and down to the floor, or are looking for a consistently slower paced instructional practice, please check out Hatha Yoga.

Studio Class Passes

NEW Student Pass (30 Days) : $40

Single Drop in Class: $16

Single Drop-in Class (Student/Veteran/Senior 63+): $14 – (Ask in studio or email/call Nature Studio to process this pass)

10 Class Pass (Good for 12 Months): $140

10 Class Pass (Good for 12 Months – Student/Vet/Snr 63+): $120 – (Ask in studio or email/call Nature Studio to process this pass)

1 Month Unlimited Class Pass :  $100

Private Offerings

Individual & Group Private Classes and Specialty Workshops available by appointment. To schedule, send inquiries to naturestudio@cardeahealthywny.com.

ABOUT NATURE STUDIO YOGA

Our Goal

was to create a space like no other, with evidence based healing modalities woven directly into the design. Our guests often state they feel different energy as they walk through the beautiful, wooden arched doors. If you study closely, you will see the attention to detail, eco-friendly materials, and repurposing of items from the stable's past. You may feel calmer simply by being here, immersed in nature.

The design is based on the concepts of 'Biophilic Design'

which draws in nature, resets your circadian rhythm, and studies show can elevate your mood, and even lower you heart rate and blood pressure. In our fast paced world, we wanted to offer a space to slow down and be present, grounded, and in touch with Mother Earth. From heated cork floors, healing crystals, halotherapy (salt lamp) panels, plants, and therapeutic grade essential oils, the Studio utilizes an array of healing modalities. The natural light and forest views invite us to quiet the noise of life and turn our attention inward.

During temperate weather (Spring and Summer) times, the Studio adds another dimension to your practice- transforming into a truly unique, open-air Yoga experience.

Meet Our Teachers

Erin Szwajda – Yoga Lead

Erin’s yoga journey began with a quest to help her mother who was diagnosed with MS.  She began researching the disease and almost every article spoke of the benefits of yoga for MS patients.  That was when she began studying yoga and began a practice of her own.  Before long, she was reaching out to local instructors who were interested in teaching her and her mother privately.

It didn’t take long before she fell in love with the practice.  Within that same yea, she started her official studies at The Himalayan Institute.  Erin received her RYT200 in May, 2017.

She has been teaching since and brings her empathetic nature to each class.  Her students are able to focus on awareness, intention and unconditional love for themselves and others.  Her goal is for her students to feel mindful & present as much as they feel relaxed, leaving them feeling empowered and with a peace within.

Nikki Wallace

Nikki is a Certified Personal Trainer through NCSF.   For the last five years she has been involved in training at various Western New York health clubs, working with clients ranging from age 15 to 75.

Nikki specializes in strength and mobility training, emphasizing functional exercises to improve balance, muscular endurance, and overall quality of life.  She also has a 200Hr RYT Yoga Certification.

Kristie Stephens

KristieKristie Stephens is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS).

Kristie brings with her years of experience, knowledge, a deep passion for yoga and a love for all her students. She will be offering an All Levels Flow class every Sunday at 9:30am and a Gentle/Restorative on Thursday mornings at 9:30am.

Carley Buck

Carley has been practicing yoga for 15 years, using the physical asana portion of the practice to stay fit, flexible and feeling good. It wasn’t until attending teacher training in 2014/15, that she fell in love and dove deeper into philosophy, pranayama and meditation.

Yoga has helped Carley navigate her mental health and infertility struggles with a bit more grace and now allows Carley to stay sane through being a momma to twin boys!

When attending Carley’s class, be prepared to listen to your body and experiment with intuitive movement. Also, each class will contain a little bit of core work and a little bit of mobility to ensure longevity in our physical practice!

Elizabeth Graham

Elizabeth is a RYT-500Hr level yoga teacher.  She has been practicing yoga for nearly 26 years and was drawn to how the practice helped calm her nervous system.  She is certified in many different styles of yoga including Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Mindfulness Meditation, among others.

Yoga was a grounding practice for Elizabeth when she moved coast to coast, then north, south and back up the East Coast.  Yoga also helped her navigate her healing journey while battling chronic illnesses and all the physical/mental stressors that surfaced during that period of her life.  Her passion for yoga has extended to her family; her husband is in the process of becoming a yoga teacher himself and their beautiful 5 year old daughter loves to practice and “teach” yoga and meditation.  

She enjoys helping people feel comfortable in their own bodies, encouraging them to slow down and go inward, as well as teaching them to move their bodies in ways they didn’t think they were capable of.  Throughout each class, she encourages students to bring awareness to their breath and become more aware of how their mind, body and soul are feeling in the present moment, without judgement or a need to change.  

Erin Verhoef

Erin cannot touch her toes without bending her knees. Growing up, she fell down a lot; and she was convinced that she could make herself invisible.  When she developed a regular yoga and meditation practice, her life changed significantly. Now she falls more skillfully and is content to fully occupy the space of a body. She completed the 200 hr (2021) and 300 hr (2023) teacher trainings at the Himalayan Institute in Buffalo.

Since moving to the Buffalo area in 2001, she has held various occupational labels: bookseller, archivist, librarian, beekeeper, dog-walker, bookkeeper, and farmer, to name a few. As it turns out, everything is yoga. And flexibility is—first and foremost—in the mind.

Maria Pelow

Maria discovered the benefits of yoga practice over 15 years ago while working as full-time member of the NY Air National Guard and raising her young daughter.  Maria fell in love with the idea of her and her daughter being able to find peace on their mats and learning skills to maintain a healthy physical and mental balance.

In 2018, Maria’s yoga journey changed when her daughter moved away.  This shift led to her becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance, and a NASM Certified Wellness Coach and participatation in the Veteran Yoga Project (VYP) Mindfulness Resilience for Trauma Recovery training, and Warriors at Ease – Level 1 training.

Maria applies what she learned in her training to share a deeper understanding of the yogic philosophies, the benefits of a proper mediation practice, and positive effects of mindful breathing exercises. She also uses these skills to aid others in their personal life through stress reduction, relaxation, and recharging.

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We look forward to practicing with you in our beautiful nature-based space!

Cancellation Policy: Students must be registered for class using the MindBody app. Class registration closes 1 hour before class time.

Questions?  Email us at Info@CardeaHealthWNY.com