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Class Descriptions

Why class levels?

Our classes are grounded in alignment, exploring elegant bio-mechanics of the body and incorporating a life-affirming philosophy which helps a student develop a strong body with a soft heart. Our classes combine flowing sequences of poses with poses that are held longer to encourage refined alignment awareness. Since each of our teachers is highly trained in the same style of teaching our classes offer a consistent structure and focus helping you to go deeper more quickly. Our instructors, however, also teach from their own experience so every class is a delightful creative expression of their personal practice & exploration.

We work from an established syllabi of poses so our instruction provides a sequential framework for developing and supporting an understanding of a truly complete yoga practice over time. Each day, each week you can choose which level best serves your needs. “If you wish to strike water, dig a deep hole.” To help you obtain your highest form of practice we offer detailed verbal cues and hands on assistance throughout class.

 

Gentle Yoga + Meditation

Create a healthy body and a peaceful mind in our slowest and gentlest class, perfect for those who enjoy a softer practice or are recovering from injury, illness, or have special physical needs. Our 90-minute Gentle Yoga & Meditation classes incorporate a 20-minute meditation after a gentle sequence of poses followed by a delicious relaxation period. 

Yoga Hour

For those needing a shorter class or a brief pick-me-up, this hour-long class accommodates all levels of experience and physical capabilities. The instructor gears the class sequence to the participants that day and will teach modifications to either make the poses easier or more challenging as necessary. Each class ends with a well earned relaxation period.

Basic Yoga...the Fundamentals

Designed for students new to yoga, for those wishing to move more slowly, or for those who want to refine their alignment, Basic Yoga explores optimal alignment in a variety of foundational yoga poses, basic breathing techniques, and meditation and relaxation practices. Open to beginning and continuing students, this class is basic but not easy and will introduce or return you to the fundamentals.

Experienced Beginner

Experienced Beginner classes bridge Basic Yoga and our intermediate classes like Align & Flow to deepen your practice by expanding your repertoire of poses and emphasizing greater endurance and flexibility in the body. This level is intended for those who are looking to expand their practice gradually or those without previous yoga experience but who are already physically active. A wide variety of poses with be covered.

Align & Flow

In this intermediate class you will be guided by alignment principles to refine your practice and to optimize its effects. The class will begin with a brief period of centering followed by an active warm-up. The class will intersperse sections of vinyasa flow (movement with breath) with longer held poses, creating an opportunity to go deeper into that pose and to cultivate more awareness within it. A wide variety of poses will be taught over the course of several weeks. The class will end with deep relaxation and meditation. Open to all levels of practitioners, however, it is recommended that you have attended some Basic Yoga or Advanced Beginner classes first.

Advanced Practice..a yoga lab

THIS CLASS ROCKS! Expand the edges of your practice in a playful and physically challenging ADVANCED two-hour class where the instructor practices with you. With its focus on deeper and longer held poses and sequences, this class is designed for those who have a strong practice of hand balances, can kick to the wall with ease in handstand, and maintain Urdhva Dhanurasana with straight arms (shoulders over wrists). Regular practice outside of class is expected, and we recommend that you complete at least two years of regular class instruction before attending. Held on the 1st Sunday of each month only.

Hips & Restorative Yoga

Modern life can be stressful so we need to give our body and mind a time to rest and restore. This one-hour class is designed to unlock our most resistant parts - your lower body and your mind. For the first part of class we will focus on postures to unwind the hips, legs, and low back so you can experience new freedom in your body. This will be followed by gentle restorative yoga & deep relaxation. Complete your "re-set" with a very brief meditation to leave feeling calm and at peace. Open to all students.

Yoga for Strong Abs & a Happy Back

Many people come to yoga searching for relief from their low back pain.  Poor posture, too much sitting, and other back problems can lead to tight hips and hamstrings, overstretched low back muscles, and weak abdominals.  Yoga for Strong Abs and a Happy Back is designed to guide you through a series of poses that strengthen and stretch the muscles that support your pelvis and spine.  The class format will consist of standing poses, hip and hamstring openers, and back and abdominal strengtheners.  This class is appropriate for beginners, but if you have major limitations or a recent back surgery please check with your doctor before attending.

Slow Flow & Yin Yoga

This class is a slow vinyasa style class with yin postures sprinkled in at the end. We will synchronize movement with breath in a smooth flowing way for the first 40 minutes of class. Throughout class you will be calmly challenged to your edge to build strength and concentration since this class will move at a slower pace than our regular flow classes. The final 20 minutes will be yin yoga. Yin yoga is deep stretching. Yin yoga encourages your nervous system to relax preparing you for a calming and well-deserved Savasana. Perfect for those who want a slower and softer practice. Excellent for beginners, the elderly and pregnant women and for professionals who don't want a sweaty class at midday.

Yin Yoga 

Modern life can be stressful so we need to give our body and mind a time to rest and restore. This one-hour class is designed to unlock our most resistant parts - your lower body and your mind. For the first part of class we will focus on postures to unwind the hips, legs, and low back so you can experience new freedom in your body. This will be followed by gentle restorative yoga & deep relaxation. Complete your "re-set" with a very brief meditation to leave feeling calm and at peace. Open to all students.

Vinyasa Flow

A flowing style of yoga characterized by sequences of poses linked together by the breath, where the breath orchestrates the movement between each posture. Vinyasa means moment to moment awareness, and our Vinyasa Flow classes integrate alignment, strength, and fluidity with meditation and action. A strong working knowledge of alignment and how to work intelligently within your limits is recommended to get the most pleasure out of this class.

Ashtanga Primary Series

The Primary Series class is the complete first series of Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. This flowing, set, sequence of postures utilizes ujjayi breath and bandhas (energy locks) to increase muscular strength, flexibility, and concentration. Posture names and vinyasa counts will be given in Sanskrit, accompanied by several helpful tips with alternative and transitional postures provided when needed. This instructor-led practice is an advanced practice class, so please no major injuries. Held on the 3rd Sunday of each month only.
 

Yoga for Men

This class is designed especially for men’s bodies and common physical activities. As an ALL LEVELS class we will focus on fundamental poses primarily targeting the hamstrings, quads, hips and shoulders. This practice is sequenced to create more flexibility while maintaining overall strength and endurance which enhance other activities like golf, cycling, tennis, running, etc. No previous experience necessary.

Yoga Tune Up®

Yoga Tune Up® is a well-rounded practice that incorporates movement from classical yoga and corrective exercise, along with self-massage using The Roll Model® Method therapy balls.  Classes focus on increasing range of motion, eliminating pain, strengthening musculature around the joints, improving posture, and enhancing athletic performance to prepare your body for optimum performance. Techniques taught will identify and target your “body blind spots”; areas that are overused, underused, or misused.  Expect to explore and move your body in new ways that open, energize, and inform your tissues.  For more information on this style of practice, visit www.tuneupfitness.com.  This class is open to all students.  No previous yoga experience is required. Begins June 4th.

Kids' Yoga Classes (ages 4-12)

Our kids’ yoga classes have all the elements of an adults’ yoga class: philosophical teachings, alignment, asana, and savasana. But whereas adult classes are often called “playfully serious,” these kids’ yoga classes might be more seriously playful! There are animal noises, dancing and drumming, art projects, inventing poses, kids teaching, and frequent bouts of giggling - but all with the intention to empower these young yogis to live the teachings of yoga. The space is kids only, allowing them to explore their practice as their own. And at the heart of each class is an open conversation, one that connects students more fully to each other, their loved ones, the world around them, and their own hearts. Held on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month (10:30-11:15am).

Private Yoga Sessions (one-on-one or semi-private)

This is an opportunity to have private yoga instruction with the teacher of your choice. We will evaluate where you are in your practice and provide personalized instruction and refinements to help you make a quantum shift in your practice. For beginning students, this is an optimal way to learn the basic elements of yoga at your own pace and to get all your questions answered. For those with physical challenges or therapeutic needs, like back pain or shoulder injuries, this private lesson will tailor poses to your body's abilities and teach you how to modify your practice in a group class situation. "Homework" will be provided so you can learn to optimally align on your own and heal faster. A private session can also be scheduled to deepen your meditation and breathing practices. Arranged at a mutually agreeable time. To arrange a private, please contact Stacey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or your favorite instructor after class. A one-hour private session costs $90.

 

ALL classes cost $10 ONLY!

Our classes are attended and paid for on a simple drop-in basis.

**No pre-registration, class packages, or online sign-in**

 We accept cash, checks, debit & credit cards.

 Plan arrive 15-10 minutes early for your first class to get settled and to complete a short release form.

 

Gift Certificates can be purchased for individual classes or private sessions. Gift Certificates must be presented at time of class, no exceptions. Gift Certificates will be treated as cash, no refunds for lost certificates.

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