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Class Descriptions

Vinyasa Flow (Intermediate)

These classes incorporate an eclectic mix of core work, breath awareness, yogic philosophy, and vinyasa flow - a moving meditation to access the mind-body-spirit connection and to energize and enliven the body.

Kundalini Flow Yoga (All Levels)

"Kundalini Yoga is the science to unite the finite with Infinity, and it's the art to experience Infinity in the finite." 
-Yogi Bhajan, 10/27/88

Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul. It is practiced through a series of ‘Kriyas’. The word kriya means action. It is an action that leads to a complete manifestation like a seed leads to a bloom, a thought into actuality, a desire to commitment. In Kundalini Yoga a kriya is a series of postures, breath, and sound that work toward a specific outcome. Practicing a kriya initiates a sequence of physical and mental changes that affect the body, mind, and spirit simultaneously. There are kriyas that support the liver, balance the glandular system, make you radiant, stimulate the pituitary, increase the flexibility of the spine, and many more. Each kriya has a different effect, but all work on all levels of your being. When we apply the technology of Kundalini Yoga to our bodies and minds, it has the effect of uplifting the spirit. It is for everyone. It is universal and nondenominational.

Iyengar Yoga (All Levels)

This all-levels class is based on the teachings of the late B.K.S Iyengar, and includes an integrated approach to poses, pranayama, and philosophy. Students will learn the fundamentals of each pose and hold poses for longer durations to help them experience and develop a refined understanding of alignment and action. The classes will follow intelligent sequencing where each pose will help prepare the body and mind for subsequent poses. The class will also teach students the use of props, allowing them to go deeper in their poses and practice poses that may not otherwise be possible.

Yoga Basics (Beginning)

This class is appropriate for young adults and adults of all ages. Classes introduce the student to the basic principles of alignment and technique, while slowly stretching and strengthening the body. We emphasis stretching the hamstrings, hips, shoulders and spine, with focus on the standing poses.

Yoga for 50+ (Beginning)

This class is designed for the aging body. We will stretch and breathe while learning about key muscles involved in the postures and how we can engage them to create a deeper and more stable practice. Using props whenever necessary, we will open areas of the body that modern life does not access (or in fact tightens), leading to better physiological health, i.e. practicing passive backbends improves breathing and circulation to the heart. Using Yoga we will maintain strength and flexibility, along with dignity and grace! This is a level one class but all levels are welcome.

Yin Yoga Series (All Levels)

Yin yoga is a restorative style of yoga. It focuses on the intersection of body, mind, and spirit, and the balancing of energies. The class features easy postures, the use of props, gentle meditative exercises, and relaxed breathing. Yin yoga utlilizes Yin asanas (restful postures held for long periods of time to facilitate the release of muscles and connective tissue) in contrast to Yang asanas (more energetic poses designed to stimulate the energy in the body.) Because of this, many practitioners who find themselves utilizing Yang energy throughout the day find Yin yoga to be the perfect rebalancing practice. Yin is designed to be quiet, restful, and rejuvenating. This class is suitable for practitioners of every level, including those with no prior yoga experience.

Gentle Yoga (Gentle Beginning)

Gentle Yoga is a class structured around rejuvenating and healing the body. Yoga props such as blankets, blocks, bolsters, chairs and straps are often used for safe practice, and to allow the body to fully achieve each position comfortably. This class is held at a slower pace and focuses on stretching all areas of the body, while releasing stress and tension from joints and muscles. Those with medical conditions, please check with your physician if you have any concerns about attending yoga.

Stretch & Restore (All Levels)

Gentle yoga, at a slow pace to release stress and tension from joints and muscles, will focus on improving flexibility and movement. Restorative poses will calm the nervous system and aid in the release of deeply held tensions from the body and mind.  Props are used as needed to support posture, while gently strengthening and stretching the body.

Restorative Yoga (All Levels)

This practice is designed to restore the nervous system and help release deeply held tensions from the body and mind. We use props to support the postures, while gently stretching and strengthening the body. This class is appropriate for students of all levels.

Prenatal & Birth Prep (All Levels)

The practice of Yoga, linked with the breath will bring awareness to your body, mind and spirit, and help you connect with your growing baby. The postures help to strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles, improve circulation, aid in digestion, exercise the spine and increase overall comfort. They will also alleviate many of the discomforts of pregnancy such as nausea, constipation, varicose veins, swelling, back pain and sciatica.

Inside you is an innate wisdom that intuitively understands the natural process of birth. We help you reconnect with this wisdom, guiding you through a class specifically designed for the ever-evolving journey through pregnancy, to the birth of your child.A safe, open community with your instructor and other pregnant women, allows you to freely discuss any issues, from discomforts and concerns, to the wonderful new changes your body and baby are experiencing. No prior yoga experience necessary.

Pilates (All Levels)

Pilates mat class is a series of precise movements originating from your core, moving with focused breathing, to engage the deepest layers of muscle. This unique method of core strengthening will enhance spinal stability, alignment & support providing crosstraining for yoga.

 

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