Self massage using therapeutic balls
November 4, 2018
Self massage helps address many systems of the body including the fascia, muscles, nerves, skin and blood vessels. The basic idea is that through the assistance of tools, an individual can self-massage and help break up and dissipate knots or restrictions in the fascia and muscle tissue surrounding it. It is theorized that by breaking up these restrictions, the muscle fibers are positioned in better alignment along the natural lines of the muscle fibers, allowing the gliding surface of the fascia to move freely.
Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra Meditation
December 2, 2018
This class will be split in 2 parts: in the first 45 min we will practice Yin Yoga. Yin Yoga is a more meditative approach with a physical focus much deeper than Yang like practices. Here the practitioner is trying to access the deeper tissues such as the connective tissue and fascia and many of the postures focus on areas that encompass a joint (hips, sacrum, spine). The second half of the class will focus on Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra is proven to induce sleep, reduce insomnia, stress and PMS symptoms, helps with chronic pain, and healing of trauma, among other emotions.
Go "Old/New School"
Total Body Conditioning "Old/New School" is a fitness class that's completely accessible to everyone. We crank-up music from the 80's to today's "Top 40" as we move through 30-45 second intervals of cardio mixed with bouts of weight training. There are options that will work for all fitness levels, so if you can walk up our stairs at Yoga Toka then you can do this class. Try something new; you'll feel like a rock star afterwards!
Yoga Toka’s in-studio boutique has a sense of style all its own. We offer high-end yoga mats and workout gear in addition to a carefully curated selection of fashionable fitness clothing. Come to class and, afterwards, pick-up a unique card and thoughtful gift for someone special without having to make an extra stop on your way home. We have a selection of handmade, semi-precious jewelry along with leading organic skincare & essential oil company Neal's Yard Remedies, and everything else you might need to create your own happy place outside of our studio.
Make an appointment for a one-on-one session with the instructor of your choice to focus on your individual needs and goals. Private instruction will deepen and expand your practice, whether you are looking to target certain body parts, want to focus on pain relief & stress reduction, or would like time to develop confidence before joining a group class. We create a comfortable, non-judgemental environment while providing expert guidance to help you achieve your fitness & wellness goals.
Blake has studied Taiji and Qigong for over 20 years. He is fully endorsed to teach all aspects of the arts by his teacher, a formally recognized Qigong Master vetted by the former Minister of Sport in Beijing. Blake has led his own classes and seminars around the mid-Atlantic region since 2004. Through this experience, he has honed his methods to deliver the deeper benefits of Taiji and Qigong to people of all experience levels and walks of life. Having enhanced his life in many ways through these arts, he endeavors to bring that transformational experience to others.
Join Our Community
Yoga Toka is more than just a bright, beautiful space in which to practice yoga and fitness. We are a community of caring people who connect positively with each other. We offer an inclusive, judgment-free environment where you will benefit from unique "extras" like essential oils and hot stone therapy in addition to having your goals heard and supported.