Level 1. Classes marked as Level 1 are accessible for just about anyone. If you can climb a flight of stairs you can participate in these classes. In these classes you will be introduced to the basic principles of alignment in yoga postures, yogic breathing techniques, and the fundamental yoga postures.
Level 2. Some prior yoga experience is generally recommenced, but not required, for Level 2 classes. In these classes you will be introduced to new and more challenging postures and sequences. These postures will challenge your strength, balance, and flexibility. Many Level 2 classes have a strong focus on developing core strength and stability. Deeper backbends and some basic inversions and arm balances may be introduced.
Level 3. Prior yoga experience is recommended before joining a Level 3 class. In these classes you can expect to explore many of the more challenging arm balances, inversions, and backbends. In general, fewer verbal cues and modifications will be offered allowing the students explore the poses and experience the sequences with few external distractions. That being said, these classes are generally approachable for most people with a few months prior experience.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 75 Minutes (Levels 2 and 3)
This vinyasa flow based class will seek to incorporate the breath practice of pranayama with the physical practice of asana to turn the focus inward. Practice will typically begin with an easy warm up, sun salutations, and then progress to a series of poses including occasional balances and inversions, designed to energize, strengthen and relax mind and body . There will always be modifications, so you can work at the level best suited for you to enjoy a fulfilling yoga experience. Some classes are held in a heated room as noted on the class schedule. Hot yoga classes are not recommended for pregnant women, persons with high blood pressure or heart issues.
Morning Power- 60 Minutes (Level 2)
Skip the coffee and join us for an hour-long class that will kick start your mornings and rev up your metabolism for the entire day. This challenging workout will include sun salutations drawn from the Ashtanga yoga tradition, long holds in standing poses to build strength and endurance, and a double shot of core work!
Hatha Flow – 60 Minutes (Level 1)
A balanced combination of sustained poses as well as poses flowing in a mindful progression from one to another. Attention is always given to basic alignment & therapeutic principles. Mindfulness and observing breath and body are an integral part of class. Classes are balanced with energy, to give you a good physical work-out, and calm, to keep you balanced.
Introduction to Yoga – 75 Minutes (Level 1)
An on-going class for beginners and continuing beginners – everyone welcome! This class includes pranayama (breathing practices), basic asana (postures), tensegrity (gentle anatomical sequences), restorative yoga and meditation. What is practiced each week changes to provide ongoing learning and fun.
Yin/Restorative Yoga – 75 Minutes (Level 1)
This class will blend aspects of Yin yoga ,with its long, slow, deep stretches, and purely restorative poses that encourage total release and relaxation. Beginning with a breath/awareness practice and ending with a restorative savasana, we will often focus on areas of the body where we typically hold stress such as the shoulders, neck, lower back and hips. This practice is designed to restore the nervous system, relieve stress and anxiety, and help release deeply held tensions in tissues that can be more difficult to access otherwise. We use props to support the postures, while both gently stretching and strengthening. Class is accessible to all levels including beginners and those working with sensitivities or injuries.
Please follow these suggestions for a better yoga experience:
- Let your teacher know of any injuries or physical limitations that you might have or if you are pregnant or trying get pregnant.
- Always stay aware of what you are feeling and listen to your inner teacher.
- Feel free to ask questions or ask for an adjustment if a posture doesn’t feel right; always respect your intuition.
- Let your breath be a guide to your practice; take a break if the breath becomes ragged or uneven.
- Feel free to explore your edges in postures, but never to the point of feeling pain.
- We recommend that you practice with bare feet.
- Please avoid baggy clothes as we need to to see the alignment of your hips, knees, and ankles.
- Be aware that very loose fitting shirts might fall up in some poses.
- Please, don’t wear heavy perfume to class.
- For your comfort a nearly empty stomach is best.
- Feel free to bring a towel and drinking water to vinyasa flow yoga classes.
- If you arrive late, please enter quietly and join the class.
- Have fun, let’s not stress over yoga!