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Class Descriptions

Ashtanga Yoga is known to not only contribute to overall physical strength, endurance and lightness, but also to calm the mind and bring a greater concentration and heightened awareness. Rooted in ancient India, the physical practice of Ashtanga yoga has developed over the ages into a science of the human body. Using the breath as a vehicle, the student is guided through a series of poses specifically designed to cultivate balance, strength, and flexibility while detoxing the body from the inside out – physically, mentally and spiritually. Ashtanga is a tool for self observation and nurtures peace of mind. We will go through the first half of the primary series of Ashtanga yoga in a group, instructor-led class that focuses on breath and the foundational postures. We encourage anyone to try it out and hope to inspire those who do come, to commit to this Sunday regularly. Intermediate to advanced level class. Not intended for beginning students.

Barre Sculpt ignites and burns the muscles to their maximum potential while yoga lengthens, elongates and tones them. During this class you will move, stretch and tone your whole body using a ballet barre. This class will begin with a yoga infused barre toning session, incorporate arm and core work and end with stretches to add more flexibility. This class will complement your regular yoga practice, while boosting your metabolism and incorporating balance, flexibility, isolated muscle contraction and intelligent movement. No experience necessary. All our sculpt classes end with stretching and a final relaxation.

Basics Yoga is appropriate for the beginner who wants to build a strong foundation of basic Yoga postures and breathing techniques, as well as for the practitioner who wants to refine and master the fundamentals. We break down the basics of individual movements and teach basic yoga fundamentals to help you develop a solid yoga foundation. It is our intention to get you moving so that you can feel the effect of the yoga, but provide extra instruction at a slightly slower pace to help you build your yoga foundation.

Candlelight Restorative Yoga is described as a supported, conscious body/mind relaxation practice. Students will be situated in simple, comfortable poses on the floor supported with bolsters, blankets, straps or blocks. We stay in these poses for longer periods of time (5 to 10 minutes each) and allow gravity to create the releases and openings for the body. Restorative poses offer benefits to both the body and mind, for conditions ranging from insomnia to asthma to chronic pain to migraines to depression. This class is perfect for all levels including anyone with no yoga experience. Class is done by candlelight.

Chakra Flow Yoga (WARM) – Warm Chakra Flow: Our chakras are the gateway where our emotions and physical bodies intersect – thus producing how we react, feel, live and interact with others. As life happens day-to-day, we take on so much emotional and mental garbage that we store away in these various chakras, leaving us bogged down, overwhelmed and exhausted by the end of the week. In this class, we will take a specific focus toward cleansing, detoxing and empowering the chakras needing our attention on that particular day, leaving us feeling more clear, relaxed, balanced and peaceful. Class is similar in format to a traditional vinyasa yoga class, just with a more specific intention. Class is heated to approximately 80 degrees.

Flow Yoga classes maintain awareness and focus on the breath while moving through a series of postures. The sequence of postures may be different from class to class, but always follow an intelligent progression that moves from basic to complex. This style of yoga builds heat, flexibility and strength, while maintaining focus on good alignment and sound structure. Postures may be held for longer periods of time, and will flow together to unite the body to the breath and mind. These classes are at a faster pace so some knowledge of yoga is recommended.

Gentle Yoga is designed for those who prefer a class less vigorous. It includes gentle stretches and breathing as well as simple movements designed to systematically increase the range of motion of every major joint and increase energy. This class is ideal for students with chronic symptoms such as muscle/joint pain, stiffness, weakness, or fatigue. This class  is ideal for beginners but all levels are welcome.

Power Yoga is more challenging vinyasa flow class that combines the alignment and deep focus of Iyengar with the fluidity and energy of Ashtanga, using breath as the vehicle. This form of yoga challenges the mind, the body, and the spirit to work as one to detox, heal, and open the individual physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Restorative Yin Yoga is the best of both worlds alternating between restorative poses and Yin poses. What’s the difference? Restorative poses are seated poses using the support of props and are held at least 5 minutes. Yin poses are seated poses without props held 3-5 minutes. Restorative poses are great for opening the back, calming the mind and even good for chronic fatigue. Yin offers the deep stretching to increase flexibility and rehabilitate the joints and muscles.

Slow Flow Yoga is a flowing sequence of movements, in which the asanas (poses) and prana (energy/breath) are inter-connected. In a slow flow class, some of the poses are held for several breath cycles to refine the posture of the body, mind and heart. Classical yoga poses are taught, along with variations and a few “twists”, to help keep the mind attentive and the body and mind interested. In each class, we will practice being present, while building strength and flexibility along with resilience of the mind, body and spirit.

Tweens & Teens Yoga is for people ages 11-18 who wish to learn more about Yoga and the ways in which a healthy yoga practice can help improve their overall fitness, flexibility, mood, concentration, self-acceptance as well as their ability to cope with stress and anxiety even off the yoga mat. We will develop postures using mindful movements and focus on proper form and alignment combining full, deep breathing to help promote a calm state even when faced with challenging situations. Modifications will be offered to make the poses accessible to all ability levels. Each session will end with a guided relaxation/meditation to quietly absorb the benefits of the practice. No previous experience is needed. Please bring a mat and dress comfortably. See the Class Etiquette page for more details.

Vin Yin Yoga is the perfect combination of Yang and Yin. For the first half of class will begin with a warming Vinyasa sequence (Yang) of sun salutes and standing poses that work the muscles bringing heat, strength, and awareness into the body. For the 2nd half of class, we will move into a more quiet, still space. Staying on the floor, we will hold postures for 3-5 minutes (which can be very meditative and calming), activating and working the connective tissue in our joints, and in doing so, increase flexibility and mobility in the spine, hips and shoulders. This class will challenge you and awaken your senses. Vin Yin provides the best of both worlds.

Yin Yoga is a gentle and mindful practice in which passive postures are held for 3-5 minutes. The practice of yin yoga provides the perfect balance to your active (yang) yoga practices and your busy life. Focusing on long-held floor poses combined with breath work and meditation, yin yoga goes beneath the superficial muscles to target the dense connective tissues of the body which are difficult to open and can result in both limited flexibility and stagnant energy. This deep practice is gentle, yet intense, helping students not only to open the body, but also to cultivate the ability to observe and stay with sensation. Appropriate for students of all levels.

Yoga Flow Express will start your day off with a 50 minute flow-style class that will help move your body and increase metabolism. We will warm up the body and start moving for 45 minutes and then end with a 5 minute Savasana. Out the door by 6:50 to get you to work on time! This class is designed to provide you with that extra energy to get you through that morning drag and keep you invigorated throughout the day!

** Heated classes are heated to 90-95 degrees**