ASHTANGA PRIMARY SERIES
Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. The sequence is the same every time with Surya Namaskar A & B (Sun Salutations) practiced between each side though out the standing and sitting postures. You can start your yoga journey here but please honor yourself and rest in Balasana (Child’s Pose) when the need arises.
BASICS and BEYOND
Everyone had a 1st class! Come learn the basics of yoga; how to breathe, Ujjayi Pranayama, the most common “starter” asana (postures), align, stabilize and extend. This class will teach you enough that you can continue in this class or move into more advanced classes.
FLOOR, CORE and MORE
Stretch, strengthen and tone abdominal, spinal and pelvic floor muscles in this class that perfectly compliments your Yoga practice. We’ll work all areas from the shoulders down and you will leave with increased awareness of body alignment and posture. Suitable for all levels with variations offered.
This classical yoga class cultivates deeper awareness of the poses, attention to alignment, understanding of breathing techniques, and exploration of the mind as well as of the body. Hatha Yoga is the most widely practiced form of yoga in the world. Hatha Yoga uses postures (asana) and conscious breathing (Pranayama) in combination with mental focus to develop awareness, strength and flexibility, relaxation, mindfulness, and joy in the yoga poses.
Suitable for all students
A fun, yet challenging class providing you with a stronger, leaner and more flexible body, mind and spirit. Power Yoga will transform your body through strengthening flowing poses. Great for athletes and anyone looking to improve their health both inside and outside!
More challenging, moderate- advanced
Heat class is a Power Yoga class with increased heat and humidity, seeking to replicate the climate of India. This class can increase flexibility and deepening of postures – not recommended for students with certain health conditions or pregnancy. Previous yoga experience recommended.
Average temp. 86-90 degrees
More challenging, moderate – advanced
VINYASA / FLOW
Vinyasa is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. The Sanskrit word Vinyasa means “to place in a special way” and is generally used to describe yoga practices which focus on breath-synchronized movement. In most classes, the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. This technique is also called Vinyasa Flow, or just Flow because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance.
Moderate level, can be modified for most students.
SLOW FLOW VINYASA and YINYASA
Very similar to VINYASA style yoga with awareness to participants. The teacher will give modifications to those that may not be ready for the full extent of the asana as well as deeper expressions of the posture allowing the student to feel rather than force.
Suitable for all students.
Chair yoga is a general term for practices that modify yoga poses so that they can be done while seated in a chair. These modifications make yoga accessible to people who cannot stand or lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions. Many of the basic body mechanics of the individual postures are retained, no matter the stance of the practitioner. While seated on chairs, students can do versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends, and mild backbends. In addition to a good stretch, chair yoga participants can enjoy other health benefits from yoga, including improved muscle tone, better breathing habits, reduction of stress, better sleep, and a sense of well-being. Beginners to yoga that are more mobile are welcome to start here; the poses are adaptable to those that wish to sit or those that are starting a practice but need to start from the beginning rather that jumping into Power and regretting it later. (Yoga 101 in the am.)
Nice and easy! Suitable for all students
This class explores the foundations of yoga, including asana/poses, pranayama/breath work, meditation, and various styles of yoga and associated terminology. Students are encouraged to come with questions and requests as we expand our knowledge of yoga as physically and beyond.
Suitable for all students.YIN
Yin yoga is a quiet practice full of deep long held stretches designed to nourish the bones, joints, vital organs and meridians (or nadis, energy channels). This hold will allow a deeper stretch which reaches the fascia, releasing tightness and tension. Breathing is essential to allow the mind not to give up!
RESTORATIVE (R&R) Restore and Renew
This class embraces stillness, passive asanas (poses) and breath lengthening practices. Focusing on the fundamentals of Yin Yoga, poses are held for several minutes allowing the body to fully open and “load” the connective tissues. This class encourages patience and allows deeper release on a physical level and beyond. Recommended for all levels and to encourage balance of a Yang or more active yoga practice.
Suitable for all students.
Our community class is offered every Sunday at 4 pm. Our goal is to provide a yoga class that is available to anyone regardless of payment ability. The class is donation based, $5.00 minimum (barter works too :)) and we rotate teachers. All proceeds are dedicated to a charitable organization close to our teacher’s hearts.
Suitable for students of all levels.
PRENATAL YOGA – SERIES STARTING 3/12/2017 for 6 weeks; Also again on 5/14/2017. Sign up online or at the Mat.
We recommend coming to the classes listed and be sure to tell the instructor that you are pregnant. Mon. 10am or 5:30pm Wed. 5:30pm and Fri. 10am.
If you’re pregnant and looking for ways to relax or stay fit, you might be considering prenatal yoga. But did you know that prenatal yoga might also help you prepare for labor and promote your baby’s health.
Research suggests that prenatal yoga can:
- Improve sleep
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
- Decrease lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, headaches and shortness of breath
CHILDREN/FAMILY YOGA – (CURRENTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)
Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that’s noncompetitive and fun. Just like their parents, kids can receive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances flexibility, strength, coordination, and a deeper connection to their bodies. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. Parents are welcome !
Children 2 years+ ( younger children with parent accompaniment)