NEW LOCATION for ALL classes. Join us at Amsa Yoga at 140 Pelham Dr. Columbia, SC 292
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.
Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Chair yoga gently and safely increases strength, balance, and range of motion while supporting the body safely through yoga poses. A consistent practice in this class can can help to relieve pain, enhance the ability to manage stress, improve concentration, and deepen a sense of connection with others. Chair yoga is an excellent option for individuals who are recovering from an injury, experience chronic pain, mobility limitations, or issues with balance. Our Chair Yoga & Meditation classes incorporate a 20-minute meditation after a gentle sequence of seated poses.
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, meditation and relaxation practices. Open to beginning and continuing students, this class is basic but not always easy and will introduce or return you to the fundamentals.
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.
This class is designed for all levels of practitioners: new students to intermediate ones. The instructor gears the class sequence to the participants that day and will teach modifications (bus stops) to either make the poses easier or more challenging as you want. Get off the posture or rest when you need to. Each class ends with a well earned relaxation.
The Experienced Beginner class will deepen your yoga by emphasizing greater endurance, flexibility, and understanding of proper biomechanics in your body within an expanded syllabus of postures. This level is intended for those who are looking to take a basic practice to the next level or for those who are already physically active without previous yoga experience. Within class, we will practice a wide variety of poses in creative and fun sequences which includes breath, relaxation, and meditation instruction.
In this intermediate class you will be guided by alignment principles that refine your practice and 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 steadiness within it. A wide variety of poses will be taught over the course of several weeks, from standing postures to backbends and arm balances. The class will end with deep relaxation and meditation. Open to all levels of practitioners, however, it is recommended that you have attended several Basic Yoga or Experienced Beginner classes first.
This is a full-spectrum, two-hour practice designed to be challenging, but not crazy. Less instructional than other classes, this is a chance to use the alignment and modification knowledge you have learned in lower-level classes. You will develop stamina, focus, and discipline in a supportive and fun-loving environment. The longer format provides plenty of time for deeper pranayama and meditation practices. All levels are welcome if you can make good choices for yourself and ask for help when you need it. First Sunday of each month