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- Beginner Vinyasa
- Bhava Vinyasa
- Kripalu Yoga
- Kundalini Yoga
- Noontime Hour of Power
- Mindful Strengthening
- Restorative Yoga
- Yin Yoga
- Yin Yasa
In this 60 minute class we will explore in detail some foundational postures that create a well rounded vinyasa practice. Ideal for new students and/or seasoned practitioners that like to move very mindfully, the pace of this class will be slow and steady with special attention given to alignment, movement on the breath, pranayama and basic meditation techniques.
The challenging experience of Bhava Vinyasa practice strengthens and stretches the body, helps to quiet the mind, and uplifts the heart.
A typical Bhava Vinyasa class begins with the chanting of OM and sometimes Kapalabhati breathing, which is a Kriya, or purifying practice. Ujjayi breathing is emphasized throughout the class.
We then move into sun salutations and standing poses for 30-45 minutes, to warm the body and establish a centered mood. We focus on deep breathing, in a Vinyasa flow, and on proper alignment.
The rest of the class is devoted to Asana on the floor: a well-rounded blend of twists, forward bends, backward bends, balances, inversions and rests, carefully sequenced so as to access the inner grace in the more “difficult postures.”
The class closes with a substantial final relaxation sequence.
As we practice imbuing our efforts with grace, this approach becomes habitual and intrinsic to our nature on and off the yoga mat. Through the flow of our Vinyasa practice, we unfold toward greater self-awareness and acceptance, increased resilience and compassion, a healthier, calmer way of being.
Kripalu Yoga is an empowering practice of postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques that deepen awareness, compassion, and mental clarity. Each class in this series will begin with a breath exercise, develop into asana flow, and conclude with relaxation and meditation. Over the course of the 6 classes, you will learn four pranayamas and twelve asanas in depth. All are welcome to arrive on the mat as they are and leave with increased strength, flexibility, and balance. Drop-ins welcome.
Duration: 1 hour and 30 min.
Kundalini yoga is a stress-reducing, meditative experience, that produces physical, emotional and mental stamina and endurance. This is achieved by combining Asana (postures), Pranayam (breathwork), Mudras (hand positions), Bhandas (body locks), Dristhi (eye focus), Mantra (sound current), Kriya (set of exercises), Meditation & Deep Relaxation
Kundalini yoga builds our physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual capacity. This practice helps us to better connect with our own inner wisdom. In doing so our life experience is enhanced and we are more able to meet life's challenges with great inner strength and develop a natural sense of well-being.
Kundalini yoga and Meditation offers many benefits to all who practice this powerful technology. The benefits of practicing Kundalini Yoga include:
- An affordable holistic practice for body, mind and soul
- Can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age, physical condition or flexibility.
- Effective and quick in its results
- Reduces stress
- Increases vitality and work productivity
- Enhances your general feeling of well-being
- Strengthens the muscles, joints and spine
- Removes toxins from the body
- Enhances the functioning of organs, glands, blood circulation, nervous system and immune system.
- Develops and balances both brain hemispheres, giving you a stronger focus and increasing your efficiency
- Deepens a spiritual awareness and sense of oneness with everything around you
Hour of Power is an intensely crystallized class, all wheat and no chaff. Students have the opportunity to work deeply through major aspects of sun salutes and standing, forward bending, backward bending, twisting, inversions, and a 5 minute restorative to close. Abandon all precepts about what a one hour class is, and have a deeply refreshing prana lunch.
A one-hour class combining yoga asana and pilates methods. Emphasis in this practice will be on the importance of patterning correctness into our structures as well as the ease of motion that can result from movement with intention based on the seeking out and strengthening not only the large muscle groups, but the smaller stabilizing muscles that surround them. Overall we will strengthen and increase awareness of what will best support us in moving through the physical aspects of life.
Restorative Yoga is a gentle, slow-paced practice that uses props (bolsters, blocks, blankets and straps) to support the body in passive stretches that are held for several minutes at a time. This active relaxation within a passive yoga practice alternately stimulates and relaxes the body, countering stress and naturally moving it towards healing and balance. This class is appropriate for new students, those recovering from injury and surgery, or for anyone that is interested in a very gentle practice.
Yin Yoga is a practice that is primarily done on the floor. Postures are held for three to five minutes, allowing time for connective tissues to receive benefit. The main principle of yin is to just be… allowing time and space for acceptance and reflection. In this class we hold space for loving kindness by leaving the practice of striving at the door. This is a time to accept and love who we are and where we are. It is best to wear clothes that are both comfortable and warm as yin is a practice that cools the body.
Yin-Yasa Yoga classes can help one to understand the value of acceptance at a deeper level. In this class we begin to focus on bringing a balance between yin (being) and yang (doing). You will be guided through sun and/or moon salutes as well as standing postures. There will be time to release and surrender in yin postures (3-5 minutes) bringing your focus inward, then countering with yang (active) movement.
Assists and Modifications
Please speak to your teacher if you have any special needs or concerns or if you are uncomfortable being touched during the traditional posture assists we offer. All yoga practices can be modified—by the use of props, modification of pace or posture, or alternative postures—to suit any individual student.