The Mandala Center for Movement Arts
2965 Donnylane Blvd., Columbus, OH 43235
Find your Center and Be Moved
Class Descriptions​:

The Nia Technique is Neuromuscular Integrative Action, a unique fitness program that tones and conditions the body through pleasure, not pain. Nia is to exercise what holistic medicine is to health care. Nia is movement as joyful, healing medicine. Nia is the first and most advanced form of fusion fitness - the combining of classic movement forms. It encompasses the martial arts, the healing arts (including yoga), and dance. This combination creates a synergy that no isolated technique can match. Nia is a cardiovascular program that uses whole body, expressive, grounded movements, rather than repetitive jogging or lifting. Nia is adaptable to every level of fitness. Nia is the first fitness program that advocates doing things the easy way instead of the hard way.  Nia is a worldwide fitness movement with over 30 years of technical advancement. Nia is effective. Nia is fun.

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is known as the ‘Yoga of Awareness.’ Its focus is on enhancing self-awareness and delivering an experience of your highest consciousness. Kundalini Yoga is considered the most comprehensive of the yoga traditions, encompassing meditation, mantra, physical exercises (kriyas), and breathing techniques (pranayam).  ‘Kundalini ‘refers to the flow of energy that exists within each of us and lies dormant at the base of the spine. Awakening this energy through various practices, such as asana and meditation, ignites the creative potential of the individual. Participants will be guided to access their highest Selves in a safe and supportive environment. Each class will include a healthy balance of both challenge and relaxation through mantras, kriyas, and meditations. No prior experience is necessary to attend; everyone is welcome.

Hatha Yoga is a well-rounded practice that builds strength and increases flexibility, while helping to calm the mind and develop awareness of one's body. This is a great class for beginner and intermediate students alike, as most poses can be easily modified. A typical class can include warm-ups, slow flows, breathing techniques, various classical poses, and meditation. Principles of anatomy, optimal body alignment, and Yoga philosophy are often included to enhance the student's learning. If you want a class with balance and a feeling of relaxation at the end, try Hatha Yoga. 
The Pilates Method, developed by Joseph Pilates in the mid 1920's, was the first holistic approach to exercise used in the West. Pilates is more than exercise - it is a process that, through mindful movement, helps develop core body strength, flexibility and balance while utilizing the breath, controlled movement and mental focus. Some of the benefits of Pilates include: improved balance on and off the mat, correct utilization of the deeper core muscles to help support the back, body awareness to improve posture, reduction of stress and tension - mentally and physically, relief of back and joint stress, learning proper body mechanics so you will feel and look better. Mat Pilates is suitable for everyone regardless of age or fitness level. Begin your Pilates journey today - it is the best gift you can give yourself.

Beginners' Yoga Want to make a healthy start to the New Year? Do you think you need to be a “pretzel” to participate in a yoga class? Wives, do you want your husband to try yoga? Husbands, do you wonder why your wife enjoys yoga? No matter who you are, this yoga class is for you. No prior experience or “pretzel flexibility” required. Adults of all ages welcome. We will cover the basics of Pranayama (breathing), Asanas (poses), mindfulness practices and daily applications, introductions to several varieties of yoga, and the Eight Limbs of Yoga (philosophy). Looking forward to starting a healthy practice with you!

Community "Mixed" Yoga This is a mixed style yoga class that combines a variety of traditions, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Kundalini, and Restorative. Every week will be a little different, and suggestions are accepted. There is no charge for this class, but a free-will donation is greatly appreciated. Bring your mat, a blanket, and an open mind.