Yoga Under the Stars
Yoga Under The Stars is returning for the 2020 North Carolina Science Festival!
Looking for an out-of-this-world experience? Enjoy the wonder of the night sky and practice mindfulness during Yoga Under The Stars, returning this April as an NCSciFest event.
Participants will be led in instruction by local yoga instructors. All levels of yoga experience are welcome. This program is for older teens and adults.
Remember to bring your own mat and a friend!
Yoga Under The Stars
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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the North Carolina Science Festival, we’ll be hosting a special series of Yoga Under The Stars on four Wednesdays in April. Each session is from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the GSK Fulldome Theater at Morehead Planetarium & Science Center.
April 8 – Laura Terry
April 15 – Lindsey Alexander
April 22 – Karen Shelley
April 29 – Laura Terry
A Physical Therapist for over 20 years and a yoga teacher for 12 years, Laura Terry teaches with a liberal sprinkling of (easily understandable) anatomical explanations of the benefits of yoga as a movement practice. Her classes offer modifications and adaptations to allow the practice to suit your body and energy level. She is passionate about using yoga to heal the body and to counteract the busyness of life, one breath at a time. Laura will teach sessions on April 8 and April 29.
At its core, Lindsey Alexander believes yoga is a practice of self-care that prepares us for community care. Being able to get up in an arm balance or twist yourself into a pretzel is one way to mark progress in yoga, but if this practice can help us treat each other with greater dignity, compassion, and respect, well, now we’re really getting somewhere. Students in Lindsey’s classes can look forward to an uplifting balance of centering meditation and invigorating asana. Her sequencing draws from Ashtanga, Jivamukti, and Power Yoga, with an emphasis on helping students feel strong and steady. She received her 200-hour certification from Carolina Yoga Company, and her 300-hour Advanced Studies certification at the Asheville Yoga Center. She is an RYT 500, registered with Yoga Alliance. Lindsey will teach the session on April 15.
Karen Shelley began practicing yoga in 2005 as a way to integrate a healthy balance of movement and stillness into her life. Today, she delivers this balance to her students through studio classes, global yoga retreats, and private lessons. Her initial training as a yoga teacher was at Kula Yoga Project in New York City. In addition to yoga as a moving meditation, Karen is passionate about the benefits of more therapeutic practices and is certified by San Francisco’s Judith Hanson Lasater to teach Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga. For more information about Karen’s schedule and offerings, visit karen.yoga. Karen will teach the session on April 22.
What should I wear?
We suggest layered, comfortable and flexible clothing. The theater will often start cold and then heat up.
Do I need to bring a mat?
We cannot provide mats for yoga participants. Please consider purchasing one beforehand, or bring a beach towel (or similar) to lie on the carpet.
What should I expect?
This is not your typical yoga class. Poses and flow are designed to encourage you to pause and look up at the beautiful images on the dome and reflect upon the beauty the theater provides.
What is the degree of difficulty?
This class is accessible to those who have never done yoga, but will still be enjoyable for experienced practitioners.
Will it be dark?
Yes, very! It is difficult to see the instructor (and your neighbors) so several poses are demonstrated before class begins. This also makes balance poses a unique challenge.
I get motion sickness—will this be okay for me?
While we try to limit too much movement of the sky during the session, images do move. If you are sensitive, we recommend that you sit down and close your eyes while the sky is moving.
Send an email to Malenia Swinton at email@example.com that includes a brief overview of your experience.