Ashtanga Mysore-style is supervised self-practice, the traditional method of learning and practicing Ashtanga Yoga. There are six series of āsanas and each series comprises a set sequence of poses that is followed exactly. Most students practice the first, or primary, series which comprises 30 poses. This is the most important series called “Yoga Chikitsa” or yoga therapy. The teacher introduces poses gradually as the student memorizes the sequence and becomes proficient in each asana. The ordering of the sequence to systematically unlock the body and the personal relationship that develops with the teacher keeps the practice safe and is the foundation for most traditional yoga practices. This class is mostly taught silently with physical adjustments.
ASHTANGA Led Class
Typically on Friday mornings, the Ashtanga Led Class is for students who already have an established Ashtanga Yoga practice. In this class, the student is expected to stop at the last pose in the primary series that they have been given (in the Mysore-style class) and then proceed to the closing sequence (which the student also learns in the Mysore-style class). The teacher will let you know when it is appropriate to attend a Led Class.
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 at its 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.
In only 60 minutes, our Power Hour classes offer more than a repetitive Vinyasa. Dive into the connection between linking poses and experience the profound intricacies of each sequence. Experience the power of dynamic movement and breathe. Focus on building strength and stability, creating space, while understanding the importance of the Vinyasa transitions. By the end of class, you may build a sweat, but instead of coming from a hot room, the heat will come from the deep work of an intelligent practice. A perfect gift for yourself at the end of your workday. Available every afternoon.
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 ongoing 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!
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.