This slower-paced class guides students through introductory standing, seated and floor postures. Extra time is spent on positions and using props to ensure a safe and peaceful approach to the asana practice. Poses are adapted to meet the needs of individual students, so everyone can practice in a safe and supportive environment. This class is for all levels but especially beginners.
This class is a mid level Vinyasa Flow and combines affirmations with guided imagery to help transcend the body and heighten awareness. Vinyasa has both mental and physical benefits. Physically, sweat expels toxins and re-energizes your body. Mentally, the synchronized breathing relaxes your mind and helps to release any blockage of energy flow throughout your body. Be prepared to have a “moving experience” since most classes are themed and have a spiritual focus. All levels welcome.
Yoga is a great way to generate overall health, vitality, and joy in your life. Yoga for Strength and Flexibility offers total body conditioning with asanas that tone all major muscle groups, build endurance, cultivate mental focus, and increase energy levels. The gentle flexibility portion unravels tension patterns in both the body and the mind by linking the breath to simple movements that provide a total body stretch, increase range of motion, enhance agility and help reduce risk of injury. This class heats the body and the meditative movements allow for a deeper connection to your practice. Class begins and ends with breath awareness and a few moments of quiet reflection. A thorough knowledge of yoga is required.
This yoga class heats the body and the meditative movements allow for a deeper connection to your practice. It is also great to help you feel energized and motivated! Class begins with breath awareness and a few moments of quiet reflection. The routine practice of vinyasa yoga can increase muscle strength, endurance and flexibility, and reduce levels of stress. Vinyasa yoga offers much diversity. The pace can vary and there is no one particular sequence that instructors must follow. In fact, the name vinyasa is a Sanskrit word that translates as “variations within parameters.” This flexibility allows the teacher to tailor the sequences to the individual class. A thorough knowledge of yoga is required.
An intense, flowing style in which the same poses are always done in the same order. This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is a light and strong body and a calm mind. A thorough knowledge of yoga is required.
This class is perfect for beginners or students who want to refine their knowledge and practice of foundational poses. In Iyengar classes, teachers present one pose at a time offering detailed instructions about alignment. This methodical, unhurried approach allows students to learn to do each pose properly and safely, and to use props to effectively modify for injuries or limitations.
Standing poses are emphasized at the beginning to build strength and ease of movement, increase general vitality, and improve circulation, coordination, and balance. Postures for deep relaxation are introduced from the beginning. Gradually, seated postures, forward bends, inversions, introductory backbends and twists are introduced.
B.K.S. Iyengar introduced props into the modern practice of yoga to allow all practitioners access to the benefits of the postures regardless of physical condition, age, or length of study. Props help all practitioners (including the most advanced) gain sensitivity to the use of effort and receive the deep benefits of postures held over significant time periods. To learn more about who BKS Iyengar was and the Iyengar method click here:
The use of props and bolsters help you to fully relax in physically supported positions while stretching and opening the body. The emphasis is on release of muscle and joint tension rather than on development of strength and aerobic capacity. This class helps to reduce the effects of chronic physical, mental and emotional stress on the body by inducing a deep relaxation, allowing the parasympathetic nervous system to work properly. Positions can be varied according to the individual’s flexibility and modifications are readily made for individual differences. For All Levels.
Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures or asanas that are held for comparatively long periods of time–five minutes or longer per pose is typical.
Yin Yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. Yin Yoga poses are also designed to improve the flow of qi, the subtle energy said in Chinese medicine to run through the meridian pathways of the body. Improved flow of qi is hypothesized to improve organ health, immunity, and emotional well-being. Yin Yoga is not intended as a complete practice in itself, but rather as a complementary practice to balance the effects of more active forms of yoga and exercise. All levels welcome.