Beginners Yoga – For those new to yoga or who just want to refine their practice. This class builds upon the foundational elements of yoga and includes instruction on proper alignment and breathing.
Chair Yoga: builds physical and mental strength, flexibility, and balance while seated in a chair or using a chair for support when standing. Appropriate for beginners and all practitioners who appreciate a deep, effective and gentle practice without getting up and down from the floor.
Community Yoga: Classes vary from week to week depending on the instructor. This is a great way to experience different types of yoga and different styles of teaching. This is a donation-based, pay-what-you-can class. Classes can vary from gentle to strenuous.
Gentle Yoga: Gentle Yoga is for everybody. It focuses on breath, alignment and core integrity. Options are available for everybody, with special attention to safety and deep body intelligence. Appropriate for beginners and all practitioners who appreciate a deep and gentle approach to reducing stress and building strength and flexibility.
Gentle Flow & Restore – This is a slower paced class designed to release tension and oil the joints. Gentle movements with breath rejuvenate mind and body. Appropriate for beginners, athletes wanting to recover from overworked muscles, and yogis wanting a deep, mindful practice.
Hatha – Practice will include sun salutations (surya namaskar), breathing exercises (pranayama), postures (asana), relaxation (savasana), and end with silent seated meditation.
Sivananda Yoga 1 A six week introduction to this traditional hatha yoga practice includes: breathing exercises (pranayama), sun salutations (surya namaskar), yoga postures (asanas), and relaxation (savasana). Emphasis is placed on rhythmic breathing within postures held still, making smooth transitions, and quiet inward focus to observe the mind and body while calming the nervous system. Appropriate for beginners to yoga or beginners to the Sivananda hatha yoga practice. Attendance at all 6 sessions is highly encouraged as each session builds on what was introduced the prior week.
Sivananda Yoga 2 This course builds on the foundation laid in our Sivananda Yoga 1 course to prepare students for a full Sivananda hatha yoga practice. By the end of the course the practice will include: kapalabhati & aunuloma viloma (pranayama), 6 rounds of sun salutations (surya namaskar), a basic structure of 12 poses held for 3-5 minutes (asanas), and 15 minutes final relaxation (savasana). Emphasis is placed on rhythmic breathing within postures held still, making smooth transitions, and quiet inward focus to observe the mind and body while calming the nervous system. Class opens and closes with Sanskrit mantras. When possible, to experience the deeper benefits of hatha yoga, class will close with 10 minute seated mediation. This course is ideal for experienced hatha yoga practitioners who are new to the Sivananda practice and for those who have completed the Sivananda Yoga 1 course who are ready to go deeper. Attendance at all 6 sessions is highly encouraged as each session builds on what was introduced the prior week.
Stretch & Strengthen –In this class, we will focus on core stability. strengthening and alignment mixed with energizing, yoga poses. We will use a mix of tools including kettle bells, bands, and rings. Not a class for the faint of heart.
Tai Chi – an ancient Chinese art form that embraces body, mind and spirit. It is one of the most effective and easily accessible exercises for physical and mental health. The meditative flowing sequence of movements (or forms), are integrated with the breath to generate internal energy, your Chi, also known as prana, or life force. (Think of a river with a beautiful, gently flowing smooth surface, with a strong, unstoppable undercurrent.) Numerous studies have shown tai chi facilitates muscular strength, flexibility, fitness, improved immunity, and may relieve joint pain. The emphasized weight transference improves balance and mental clarity. It’s easy to learn and becomes a way of life for many practitioners!
Vinyasa Flow – An invigorating, mindful class that connects our breath to a series of poses intended to strengthen our core and deepen our practice. The pace of this class is brisk as we flow from one pose into the next.
Yin & Flow: A mixed level class appropriate for all levels. This class will combine breath-work, static stretches and flowing yoga poses. Movements are designed to help open the body and prepare it to begin the day. The class will draw from Yin yoga, helping to release the body’s deepest tissues.
Yin Yoga uses long-held, gravity-driven poses to stress our connective tissues. When we sit for long periods of time, whether in meditation or at desks and in cars, the connective tissue of the legs, pelvis, and spine become chronically contracted and tight, causing low back pain, reduced mobility, poor digestion, restless legs, sciatica, and many other energy blocks and health issues. Yin Yoga works to open connective tissue and restore a healthful flow of energy. Although most of our practice is floor work, this is not a restorative practice. We will not heat up our bodies as we do in an energetic Vinyasa practice. Yin yoga is simple, but it is not easy. It is a challenging practice that is a good balance for our predominantly Yang life-styles
Yoga Nidra: Nidra translates in English as sleep. But yogic sleep is different from a normal night’s sleep. It is a state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleep. It is said that an hour of Nidra is the equivalent of at least 3 hours of deep REM sleep. Plus there’s been research showing how the practice of yoga nidra can help with many physical and emotional struggles. A weekly practice can have many positive benefits in your life.