Yoga for Energy Classes at the JCC Indianapolis
Increase your energy and fight fatigue at the JCC Indianapolis with the yoga poses in this class which are designed for total relaxation. Certain yoga poses reduce fatigue and stimulate the blood flow through the body. Poses that gently stretch the spine can help combat fatigue and boost feelings of vitality and help to counter some of the effects of long periods of sitting.
Benefits of Yoga for Energy/All Levels Yoga
You’re moving the circulatory system and awakening the nervous system ̶ basically bringing new life into the body. The energy in the spine gets stuck and stagnant in a body sitting throughout the day. Elongating the spine energizes the nervous system.
Size and fitness levels do not matter because there are modifications for every yoga pose. The idea is to explore your limits, not strive for some pretzel-like perfection. It is a great way to get in tune with your body and your inner self.
Yoga increases flexibility and improves respiration. It also has been known to help lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia. Better, more restful sleep translates to increased energy in waking hours.
Who Is the Class For?
- Professional men and women, ages 25-38, with sedentary desk jobs.
- Those suffering from insomnia.
- Baby boomers, men and women, ages 55-73, who in the early stages of aging, benefit most from increased flexibility and activating their circulatory system.
Yoga classes appeal to all ages and abilities. This class is best suited for:
What to Expect in Yoga for Energy/All Levels Yoga
The Pescovitz Dance Studio is located in the north area of the facility.
Dress comfortably. The J has yoga mats available, but many people prefer to bring their own. Please bring your own water bottle.
$12 per class (purchase at Welcome Desk) or $42/month (as of Jan 1, 2024) for unlimited access to this and all yoga/Pilates classes.
Please note that Yoga/Pilates is a benefit of membership and is for JCC members only.
About the Instructor
In addition to teaching yoga, Ashley Kay Zeller teaches Pilates Reformer and is a Reiki Master. She is a certified yoga instructor (E-RYT® 200) with over 20 years of teaching experience. She formerly managed two wellness studios and was the Wellness School Manager at the JCC of Indianapolis for four years.
Her personal testimony of using the healing arts to ease anxiety, depression, and physical pain brings raw authenticity to her teaching style. Whether teaching Power Vinyasa or Restorative Yoga, Ashley’s classes always have a basis of healing, freedom, and play. Ashley’s students are often reminded to truly be still. She encourages students not to pass judgment on any challenges within or around the body—it is essential to accept contrast by asking what can be learned. Participants are encouraged to set their own pace and listen to their own bodies. All levels are welcome in every yoga class.
Ashley’s first formal training was with the founder of All People Yoga Center and creator of Heartland Yoga Therapy, Nancy Schalk, in 2005. She spent the next seven years mentoring and training with Master Yoga Teacher, Linda Marques, and Grand Master Yoga Teacher, Jean Pierre Marques, at Coronado Yoga and Wellness Center in Coronado, California. She later studied Reiki with Christine Eartheart in Bloomington, Indiana. Ashley also studied PHI Pilates with Susan Holewinski in Indianapolis, IN, and with Christine Romani-Ruby in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Ashley not only offers services onsite but can provide a yoga class, workshop, or Reiki session at your workplace, home, retreat or event.
Fitness Is a Core Jewish Value
At the JCC, fitness isn’t just something we do; it’s who we are. Although exercise is not mentioned in the Torah, taking care of one’s health is. In fact, while other belief systems advocate for the healing power of prayer, Judaism encourages people to look after their health and seek counsel from medical experts. In Judaism, good health is not a goal in itself. Rather, it is a means to an end – to serve the Creator.