Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, also known as Ashtanga Yoga, is a style of yoga which is a modern-day form of classical Indian yoga. Pattabhi Jois began his yoga studies in 1927 at the age of 12, and by 1948 had established an institute for teaching the specific yoga practice known as Ashtanga (Sanskrit for “eight-limbed”) Vinyasa Yoga. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is named after the eight limbs of yoga mentioned in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Power Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga & Iyengar Yoga are all derived from the Ashtanga Yoga lineage. In the “Mysore Style” method of practice you follow your own breath and movement through a set sequence. Named “Mysore” after the city called Mysore in southern India where the Guru of Ashtanga Yoga, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, lived and taught for his entire life, this method of practice is the safest and best way for students to practice Ashtanga Yoga. Memorizing the postures allows students to focus internally, which is the real goal of yoga. This class is a fantastic base for all yoga students.
COMMUNITY HATHA 101
Hatha 101 is focused on reeducating the neuromuscular system by teaching precise actions of specific muscles and muscle groups in each yoga pose. The intention is to realign the body to its natural posture.When in alignment the body performs atits maximum capacity, allowing you to deal elegantly with stress and tension, relieve chronic pain and injury, enhance flexibility and movement, increase energy and vitality, and improve organ function and metabolism. In this class you will learn to feel and observe misalignment in your body, how yoga poses support symmetry, how seated poses teach actions of standing poses, the intention of each pose, human anatomy, and how to build your personal practice. This community class meets every Tuesday at 12:00pm.
Designed for individuals who are interested in using breath, movement and mindfulness to encourage circulation, build strength, improve flexibility, balance, and promote deep relaxation. Students will learn the fundamental principles for a healthy yoga practice and how these principles may be applied in their everyday life.
Based in the tradition of BKS Iyengar, the Student will develop deep insight in both his/her mind and body. In this style of yoga, Iyengar Teachers will use specific timing, sequencing, and alignment to penetrate the body and mind. Props such as blocks, belts, and chairs are often used to help the Student support and build strength while detailed instruction informs the Student how to safely move in and out of a posture (asana). An Ideal Moving Meditation
A specific sequence of supported postures (asana) are practiced to prepare the body for pranayama (breathing). You will use many props to experience the restorative benefits postures (asana) bring to the mind and body. Regular practice will penetrate the deepest layers (koshas) of the body to help restore strength, stamina and maintain clarity of mind, while reducing stress and insomnia.
KUNDALINI AND MEDITATION I
Kundalini Yoga consists of a number of bodily postures, expressive movements and utterances, sound current, breathing patterns, and degrees of concentration to relax and heal your mind and body and bring a greater feeling of well-being. This powerful and effective form of Yoga, follows the linage taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D. With a growing interest in the medical community and clinical medical studies, Kundalini Yoga is a great way to recharge your body. Open to all levels.
KUNDALINI AND MEDITATION I I
In this class you will delve deep in the teachings of Kundalini Yoga. This class will focus on advanced Kriyas (moving postures with pranayama, mudras, chanting & singing), deep meditations for healing and growth, and a discussion of how to apply these teachings into your daily life! Yogi Bhajan reminds us: Yoga is about about merging your finite consciousness with your infinite consciousness.
PRANAYAMA BREATH MEDITATION
Pranayama is a way of observing your thoughts, emotions and Self. Through an instructed practice, using props such as blankets, blocks, straps and chairs, you will be guided through a variety of breathing practices. Many of us who practice yoga have heard of Ujjayi breathing, but how many of us know that there are over 13 Ujjayi breaths. We will explore all the breaths associated with Ujjayi, Viloma, Bhramari, Murchha, Plavini, Bhastrika, Kapalabhati, Sitali, Sitakari and many, many more. Each class will introduce a creative way to prepare for pranayama, understand the philosophy behind breath work, the physiology of pranayama and most importantly enjoy the wonderful deep meditation that provides countless heath benefits.
Relaxation is an important goal of yoga practice. The class begins with gentle warm-ups for the body and mind. Supported backbends and twists are offered to open, unwind, and de-stress the body, followed by supported forward bends and resting poses to replenish your immune system. This class produces a harmonious and beneficial completion of your yoga practice or can stand on its own to manage on going stress.
STRONG AND CALM
In addition to precise alignment, targeted warm-up and deep slow stretching this class incorporates props, yoga philosophy and long holds to create an ideal environment for growth and healing. But, don’t be surprised if you find yourself very slowly getting your butt kicked along the way!
VINYASA FLOW / POWER HOUR
Incorporating the eastern principles of moving inward and the western need for physical activity, this class offers a physical workout while developing the skill of meditation. Expect to build strength and stamina with an emphasis on body alignment and breath to protect and awaken the body while you flow through a strong vinyasa rhythm. A refreshing practice, walk away with an inner quality of peace to keep with you.
YOGA FOR BEGINNERS
This class intelligently introduces you to the basics of yoga. Our Beginner and Level 1 Teachers are rigorously trained to give you the expertise expected in a yoga class. Our teachers provide you a safe environment to learn. In a fun and rewarding method, you will safely learn how to do standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists and inversions. An empowering and fulfilling way for true beginners to begin a yoga practice.