Class Descriptions

Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga is the physical practice of yoga. Through a combination of conscious breathing and a series of poses called asanas, Hatha yoga helps corrects the body’s alignment and is an accessible practice for everyone, from beginners to long-time practitioners. Iyengar taught us to emphasize precise alignment in each pose, so using supports such as blocks, straps, blankets, and bolsters can and will be used as needed. Most important is that you listen to your body and take this time to deepen your connection to yourself.

Hatha Yoga  Mornings, AM classes are a little more lively, with sun salutations and functional and dynamic movement to get you moving smoothly throughout your day.

Hatha Yoga EveningsPM Classes will help ease the stress and tension built up throughout your day. This is your wind-down class to let the day go and get a good night's sleep

Healthy Hips

 

Healthy Hips is a class designed to build strength and flexibility in the hips. Our hips affect how we move, walk, and sit; having balance in our hips can lead to harmony and happiness in the entire body, mind included. Healthier hips lead to a happier you. This class will apply various movements using flat bands and yoga balls and resistance bands (not all in the same class or all the time) and is accessible for everyone.

Gentle Yoga

 

A calming yoga class structured around rejuvenating and healing the body. Asanas are practiced at a slower pace with attention to alignment, stretching, and strengthening all areas of the body, while releasing stress and tension from joints and muscles. Great for all levels looking for a soothing, relaxing class. Wonderful for those newer to yoga or working with special concerns or injuries. Accessible for all.

Vinyasa

 

This class is a play on traditional vinyasa practice. Mindful movement with each breath, this class is a little more intense (in a good way), Sun salutations, standing postures (which you will hold), seated posture, and finishing postures. This class will be taught to be accessible for everyone. 

Yoga Nidra

 

Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, is a powerful meditation and relaxation practice that is intended to induce total physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. It is one of the easiest yoga practices to maintain. Resting comfortably in savasana, this systematic meditation takes you through the five layers of self, leaving you with a sense of wholeness. The benefits of yoga Nidra are, that anybody can do it. It’s an easy way to reduce stress. You cannot do it incorrectly. 

Yin Yang Yoga

 

Take our great Hatha classes and add some long holds on some of the poses.  Mindful dynamic movement, then settling into a posture for 3 to 5 minutes. long holds are floor postures and will be fully supported. Class is accessible for everyone!

Restorative Yoga

 


Restorative yoga is ideal for balancing our hectic, busy, and stressful modern lifestyles. Perfect for when you feel Stressed, weak, or fatigued from your daily life. With its roots in Iyengar yoga, he developed a practice that allows students to practice without any strain or pain. It is also designed to restore the nervous system and help release deeply held tensions from the body and the mind. You can practice the poses when not feeling so great and while injured.

The use of props to support the postures while gently stretching, relieving, and reviving the body. Restorative yoga is appropriate for all levels of practice and a must for keeping balance in our high-paced society.

Rise and Shine Yoga

 

This class is a perfect way to start your day, designed to wake up your body, mind, and soul.  Accessible for all. Sun Salutations, Dynamic movement, Agni Sara (abdominal squeeze, stimulates digestion and our fire within), and breath work to get you up and get you out the door feeling amazing.

Mindful Strength and Stretch

 

In our normal asana classes, we transition from pose to pose in this class we will play in our asanas, building and supporting better mobility and joint stability, and strength. At times we may utilize flat bands, resistance tubes, and physioballs to experience a different approach to our asanas. 

Abridged Primary Series

 

The Ashtanga style of yoga was developed by Krishnamacharya. The Maharaja of Mysore, India, hired Krishnamacharya in 1924 to open a yoga school and teach Ashtanga yoga to the royal family. Two of Krishnamacharya’s most knows Students were B.K.S. Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois.

 

B.K.S Iyengar is the father of yoga props, Beginners use the props for support and stability. Long-time practitioners use them to have a deeper understanding of their asanas. Iyengar yoga is the pillar of alignment, recovery, restorative, and Therapeutic Yoga practices. (Iyengar also taught and practiced ashtanga vinyasaa)

 

Pattabhi Jois further developed the Ashtanga (vinyasa) method of yoga. And became the modern guru of Ashtanga. His book "Yoga Mala." is considered the main handbook for students and teachers of Ashtanga.

 

So what is the primary series? To begin five rounds of Surya Namaskar (sun salutation) A and B, which we will guide you through, and like all our classes, we will invite you to take your vinyasa or step back to downward dog. Then we will progress to standing postures, seated postures, a finishing sequence, and The Final Three. This is an abridged class, the whole sequence will not be applied. This class will take 90 minutes, and will be taught as we teach every class; you do what you can and have a good time while doing it.

Asana Lab

 

Asana Labs are classes that take a deep dive into a certain part of the anatomy (back, shoulders, hips, knee) or poses/sequences like breaking down Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations). Some labs are in two, three, or four parts, others just one class. The labs are designed so that you can take just one of the classes or all parts.

 

Labs will be broken down into anatomy and kinesiology, the fascia and myofascial release, stretching the muscles, and strengthening the muscles. All sessions will include movement and asana work. 

 

Check the class schedule for lab offerings.

Yoga Lab

 

When we hear yoga, most think of physical postures and movement or even exercise.  Yoga is a system made up of eight limbs, 1) Yamas (outer ethics/restraints), 2) Niyamas (Inner ethics/observances), 3) Asana (this is your physical practice), 4) Pranayama (breathwork), 5) Pratyahara (withdrawal from the senses), 6) Dharana (concentration) 7) Dhyana (meditation) 8) Samadhi (bliss, enlightenment, oneness). 

 

Yoga labs are designed to take a deep dive into these philosophies and practices like meditation, mindfulness, pranayama, karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, and the like. 

 

Check the class schedule for lab offerings.

Yoga On The Ball

 

Yoga On The Ball is a class that uses a physioball (yoga ball, stability ball, the big ball) to add depth and support to our asana practice. It allows us to explore movement, and build strength in a fun and different way. Class is accessible for everyone.

Hatha Yoga For Restful Sleep

 

This class is online only for a reason, it is designed to settle and relax you to support a restful night's sleep. Having to get in your car in the cold to get back home will disrupt all the good we just did. So join us (in your PJ’s if you want) for light stretching and joint movements, pranayama (breathwork), extended systematic relaxation, and even a yoga nidra practice from time to time.

Hatha Yoga Container Series

 

The Hatha Yoga Container Series focuses on cultivating balance in the muscles from the pelvic floor to the diaphragm.  This work is essential for everyone!  Whether it is your first yoga class or you have been practicing for many years, everyone can benefit from the container series. You are learning to “tune in” to these areas of the body and applying these efforts throughout your yoga postures and daily life.  This work can help prepare the body for more advanced breathing, digestive, and meditation practices.  It can also help you feel more grounded and balanced

Yoga For Joints And Glands

 

This practice will help you maintain supple joints and a greater sense of well-being.  This class is perfect for people suffering from arthritis, or chronic stiffness in the body, it will also condition your body to move to more demanding asanas. Great class for blood flow and circulation. This class was taught by Swami Rama the founder of The Himalayan Institute.

Yoga For Neck And Shoulders And Back

 

This class will help release stress and tension in the shoulders, neck, and back. The focus will be on the upper torso working from the neck to the thoracic region. Great for chronic headache sufferers. This class is accessible for everyone.