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Class Descriptions

Beginners

 

A beginner's yoga class is designed to introduce newcomers to the practice of yoga in a welcoming and accessible way. It typically covers basic yoga poses (asanas), fundamental breathing techniques (pranayama), and foundational concepts of yoga philosophy. The pace is usually slower, with clear instructions and modifications provided to accommodate varying levels of flexibility and strength. Emphasis is placed on proper alignment, breath awareness, and relaxation. Beginner's classes aim to build confidence, promote physical well-being, and cultivate a sense of calm and mindfulness on the mat.

Hatha

 

Hatha yoga is a branch of yoga that focuses on physical postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayama) to promote physical health and mental well-being. It emphasizes balance, strength, flexibility, and relaxation. Hatha yoga classes typically include a series of postures performed in a slow and controlled manner, often with a focus on alignment and mindful breathing. It is suitable for practitioners of all levels, from beginners to advanced, and can be adapted to individual needs and abilities. Regular practice of hatha yoga is believed to enhance physical fitness, reduce stress, improve concentration, and promote overall harmony between body and mind.

Hatha Vinyasa (Flow)

 

Hatha Vinyasa yoga blends the elements of traditional Hatha yoga with the dynamic flow of Vinyasa. This style combines the precise alignment and structured postures of Hatha with the fluid transitions and breath-centered movement of Vinyasa. Practitioners can expect a balanced practice that integrates strength, flexibility, and mindfulness. It offers the opportunity to explore both static poses and flowing sequences, providing a comprehensive experience that nurtures the body and calms the mind.

Slow Vinyasa (Flow)

​A slow Vinyasa yoga class offers a gentle and mindful approach to the dynamic Vinyasa practice. Participants move through a series of postures with intentional, slow-paced transitions, allowing ample time to focus on breath awareness, alignment, and inner exploration. This class emphasizes the connection between movement and breath, promoting a meditative state and encouraging practitioners to move with presence and intention. The slower pace allows for deeper exploration of each pose, fostering relaxation, flexibility, and a sense of inner calm. It's suitable for practitioners of all levels looking to cultivate a balanced and nurturing yoga practice.

Taoist Vinyasa (Flow)

A Taoist Vinyasa yoga class integrates the principles of Taoism, an ancient Chinese philosophy, with the fluid movement and breath synchronization of Vinyasa yoga. This class combines dynamic sequences of postures with the philosophy of balance, harmony, and flow. Inspired by Taoist teachings, practitioners are encouraged to cultivate a deep connection to nature, to move with grace and ease, and to honor the natural rhythms of the body and the universe. Taoist Vinyasa yoga emphasizes the balance between yin and yang energies, promoting strength, flexibility, and inner peace. Through mindful movement, breathwork, and meditation, students are guided on a journey of self-discovery and alignment with the Taoist principles of living in harmony with the world around them.

Yin

 

Yin yoga is a gentle and meditative style that focuses on long-held, passive poses, typically targeting the deep connective tissues of the body. These poses are held for several minutes, allowing for a deep release and stretch. Yin yoga emphasizes relaxation and surrender, encouraging practitioners to let go of tension and find stillness both in body and mind. It complements more active styles of yoga by providing a counterbalance to the dynamic movements, promoting flexibility, joint health, and inner peace.​

Vinyasa Yin

 

A Vinyasa Yin yoga class blends the dynamic flow of Vinyasa with the deep, meditative stretches of Yin yoga. The class typically begins with a series of flowing movements synchronized with the breath, building heat and energy in the body. This is followed by a transition into longer-held Yin poses, targeting the connective tissues and promoting deep release and relaxation. The combination of dynamic movement and passive stretching offers a balanced practice that cultivates both strength and flexibility while fostering inner calm and mindfulness. It provides an opportunity to explore the complementary aspects of both Vinyasa and Yin yoga in a single session.

Kundalini

 

A Kundalini yoga class is a unique and dynamic practice that combines movement, breathwork, chanting, and meditation to awaken the Kundalini energy believed to reside at the base of the spine. The class typically begins with tuning in with a mantra, followed by a series of dynamic movements called kriyas, which are specific sequences of poses, breathwork, and sound designed to stimulate energy flow and balance the chakras. Kundalini yoga also incorporates chanting of mantras and meditation techniques to deepen awareness and facilitate spiritual growth. It's known for its transformative effects on both the body and mind, promoting vitality, clarity, and inner peace.

Yoga Nidra

A yoga nidra class offers a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience that guides participants into a state of profound relaxation while remaining conscious and aware. Also known as "yogic sleep," yoga nidra involves lying down in a comfortable position and following verbal instructions from the teacher, which typically include body scanning, breath awareness, visualization, and guided relaxation techniques. The practice aims to induce a state of deep relaxation in both the body and mind, allowing practitioners to access the subconscious and release tension, stress, and emotional blockages. Despite its name, yoga nidra is not about falling asleep; rather, it's about reaching a state of deep rest and inner awareness. A yoga nidra class offers a sanctuary for rest, healing, and self-discovery, leaving participants feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and deeply connected to themselves.

Ecstatic Dance

Ecstatic dance is a form of freeform movement and expression that emphasizes uninhibited, spontaneous dance in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Unlike traditional dance forms, there are no set choreographies or structured sequences to follow. Instead, participants are encouraged to let go of inhibitions, connect with the music, and move in whatever way feels natural to them.

Y12SR

Y12SR is a 12-step based discussion and yoga practice open to anyone and everyone dealing with their own addictive behavior or affected by the addictive behavior of others. This is an open and inclusive group. All A’s are welcome. In this group, we weave together the ancient wisdom of yoga and the practical tools of 12-step programs. We recognize that the “issues live in our tissues” and through our intentional, themed yoga practice, guided by our breath, we invoke the Higher Power of our understanding to help us release tension, stress, anxiety, fear, shame or any other pent-up emotion held in the body that no longer serves us.​

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