They sat facing the ceiling, kind of, with their feet on the wall, their necks on the floor, their backs on metal folding chairs, and their shoulders and arms stretched out along the hardwood floor.
Music played softly in the yoga studio while the eight students held their position for minute after minute after minute.
"Whatever the ability, we can enjoy the flexibility of the spine," Elyse Briggs told her students. "If you can relax in a position that's theoretically frightening, then you can relax when someone cuts you off at a stop sign.
"It's the same training."
But Yoga at the Village's training is a blend of yoga and muscle therapy, as Briggs, the studio owner and instructor, said her exercises are designed to isolate and ameliorate body pains.
"We hold poses for longer and get them to think about what's working in their bodies," she said after class. "It's about the interaction of what's going on and how breathing can help you."