Basics: A beginning yoga class that touches on the fundamentals of all forms of traditional yoga. Control over the breath, body, and mind will begin. Meant for the beginning student but all levels are welcome.
Slow Flow: We need to slow down! We all rush through our lives so quickly we often miss what is right in front of us. This is the energy we often bring to the mat. In this class we take pause. We slow down the flow to the subtle muscle actions in each posture to give them time to work us from the inside out. We deal deeply with breath as well as different techniques on meditation to find stillness, and peace within our heads and our hearts. All levels are welcome.
Yin Restorative Flow: Our lives our very yang-dominant – the pace of life is fast, challenging and can be stressful emotionally, mentally and spiritually. This yin restorative flow class will include a relaxing seated sequence ending with restorative postures. Using long, passive holds to work on the deep, dense connective tissues of the body, this deep, passive, internally-focused practice settles you into poses that can increase flexibility, restore and rehabilitate the joints and muscles, and teach the body to surrender and the mind to quiet. The body is completely supported in each pose mirroring the stretches in an active vinyasa yoga class but in a passive and relaxing manner. All levels welcome.
Yin Yoga: While yang yoga incorporates strength, fitness, and flow through movement, rhythm, and repetition, yin creates flexibility, mindfulness, and softness through longer holds of postures meant to dig into the deeper, denser tissues of the body — the joints and connective tissues. Often practitioners will be assisted with props such as blocks, blankets, straps, or bolsters to help encourage enough comfort and relaxation in the external body so that the connective tissue can begin to release. This class is appropriate for all levels of practitioners, including those with a very strong yang practice, as the balance yin brings will increase flexibility and openness in traditional yoga asanas.
Meditation: This class is an experiential journey into the various aspects of meditation, and all students from the curious to the adept are welcome. Yoga students are encouraged to bring their own mat for sitting, however this is not a “physical practice” class. Instead, emphasis will be on meditative methods that encourage a greater internal focus or self-awareness and cultivate a more peaceful state of being. Instruction is intuitively guided, meaning each class will offer a varying set of techniques and suggestions.
Pranyama, Chanting & Meditation: This class will include 60 minutes of pranyama and chanting and will conclude with 30 minutes of guided meditation. When the breath (our unique, individual vital life force) is present in practice, we create a clean, clear “through-line” for energy to move through the body, and for energy that’s stuck in any particular place to move, which in turn opens and frees the physical body. Without the breath, there is no practice. It is the conduit for healing. Just the same, using sound vibration, we heal the body and move energy by using the voice unique to us to chant. Develop a well-rounded, holistic yoga practice in this healing class as we dig into the other limbs of this practice beyond physical asana. We will explore a variety of the traditional pranyama and chanting practices with yogic roots from over 3,000 years ago. All levels welcome, no experience necessary.
Intro to Primary Series/Mysore: This class will introduce students to the fundamentals of Ashtanga primary series. Students who may not feel quite ready for a regular ashtanga primary series or Mysore class will enjoy the slower, more broken down aspect of this class to learn the ins and outs of the postures and the transitions in between. Beginner/intermediate level class.