Class Styles

 

ALIGNMENT BASED HATHA YOGA (IYENGAR INFLUENCED)

Verbal, precise and actively corrected, Iyengar Inspired Alignment classes will make you aware of misalignments and how to correct them, improve your posture, and encourage being in the present moment. You will explore basic poses more deeply, as well as practice intermediate and advanced poses. By repeating poses and staying in them longer, you have time to discover a deeper level of understanding of both basic and more refined levels of alignment: inner and outer, shape and direction, form and function. Being still in a pose will become effortless and joyful.

Iyengar is a precise and progressive method of Hatha Yoga based on the teachings of the brilliant B.K.S. Iyengar. He developed the use of props, to help students experience the maximum benefit of the poses.

Beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, intensity varies from gentle to moderate to vigorous.


ASHTANGA CLASSICAL VINYASA

This method of classical yoga practice involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive sequence of postures (Vinyasa or Flow) - a process producing internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. 

Starting with Sun Salutations, the sequence then moves into standing poses, which constitute the warm-up part of the practice. The Primary Series consists of seated forward bending poses and twists with a few backbends at the end. The sequence then moves to the cool down poses, consisting of inversions, cross-legged sitting poses and pranayama. Postures are held for 5 breaths and there is no rest in-between the poses. It is a moving meditatation coordinating breath with movement and meditating on breath in poses. Many more poses are practiced in both Ashtanga and Vinyasa, then in Hatha style classes.  This is a more vigorous practice than other traditional approaches.

Mysore Ashtanga means, the way it was taught in Mysore, India, by it's founder Pattabhi Jois, and now his grandson, Sharath.  The class is not led, but rather students slowly learn the sequence and move through it with phyisical and verbal assistance from the teacher.  People are moving at their own pace and practicing the poses that they can do (always in the same order) and come and leave at any time during the practice. M/T/W mornings are Mysore practice.  

Led Ashtanga means the teacher will talk you through the entire sequence of poses (or most of them) as a group.  Saturday mornings are always led and Thursdays as needed (mostly led). Tuesday evening is an introduction to Ashtanga and is always led (we don't do all the poses).

This class is appropriate for everyone who is ready to begin humbly and simply. It will be much easier if you have some level of physical fitness. There will be more need for propping, modifying and resting in the beginning, and if not physically fit, but it is entirely doable. Ashtanga is meant to be a 6 day a week practice, for life. That is how progress happens. Be prepared to sweat. Vigorous.

 

GENTLE YOGA


Gentle Yoga is for people who want a more restorative pace... those with overall stiffness or limiting physical conditions or seniors. We will practice seated positions on the floor combined with forward and side stretches, standing balance poses and breathing exercises. There will also be a short meditation to restore the body, release tension and rejuvenate from the inside out.

This class is appropriate for beginners, seniors, or just plain stiff students. Gentle and nurturing.

 

HANNA SOMATICS

Connecting to what we sense and feel in our body often gets lost as a result of chronic pain, physical or emotional trauma and stress throughout our life. Regaining control of movement, finding freedom and ease in the body deepens our feeling sense and self-awareness.  

Hanna Somatic Education, a neuroscience based movement practice, brings unconscious muscle contraction to the conscious level.

Learn simple, easy movements that teach you to trust what you feel, regain control and move with more freedom. It can be profoundly effective in supporting your yoga practice by freeing you from patterns that hold you in tension and away from a deeper practice.

This gentle but powerful work is open to all levels of practice.

 

HATHA YOGA

Hatha is a classical form of practice where there is longer holding of yoga poses. Most classes will include warm up exercises, sun salutations (a graceful series of poses performed as one fluid movement, coordinated with the breath), and postures to encourage flexibility, strength and balance. There will be varying levels of focus on alignment. Some classes may include breathing exercises. 

Students may experience new poses or explore familiar poses in more depth, learning how to listen to their body’s needs and respect it’s limitations.  A period of relaxation and perhaps some meditation concludes the session leaving you feeling balanced and rejuvenated.

There are many different styles under the general heading of Hatha Yoga. To learn more about the styles that a particular teacher is influenced by, please read their individual bios.

These classes can be for beginner, intermediate or advanced levels, and vary in intensity from gentle to moderate to vigorous.
 

INTEGRAL STYLE HATHA YOGA

This classical form of Hatha Yoga integrates the various components of traditional yoga - Asanas: physical postures and stretching;  Pranayama: breathing techniques; Yoga Nidra: deep relaxation;  and Dhyana: meditation. During the class, each student is encouraged to practice at his/her own level of strength, flexibility and endurance. This style of Yoga was developed by Swami Satchidananda of the Yogaville Ashram in Buckingham, VA and Integral Yoga Institute in NYC.

Beginner to intermediate levels, intensity varies from gentle to moderate.
 

IYENGAR YOGA

Iyengar Yoga emphasizes precise body alignment and follows a safe, systematic progression of learning. Developed by yoga master Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar, it is suitable for every age, body type, and fitness level.  Iyengar Certified Instructors are rigorously trained, demonstrate poses clearly, and give detailed instructions.

Poses are held longer and done one at a time to deepen the students’ experience and intelligence. Individual corrections and adjustments are made as needed, often by the use of props. Iyengar Yoga is a complete approach to life, intended to create and maintain physical health, mental clarity, and spiritual well-being.

Suitable for all levels, moderate intensity.


KIDS YOGA


KUNDALINI YOGA


Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., is a great way to recharge your body.  It stimulates the nervous and immune systems, improves strength and flexibility, centers the mind and opens the spirit.  Kundalini yoga develops your relationship with your mental potential.  You learn to use the neutral, intuitive, comprehensive mind.

From your very first class you'll start reaping the rewards, which include relief from back pain, stress, addiction, depression, insomnia, and weight control.  Plus, Kundalini Yoga can help keep you stay young.  Everyone can do it!! 

Kundalini Yoga differs from other traditional approaches, in that the focus is on rapid, repetitive movements (called Kriyas), coordinated with "breath of fire" breathing practice. 

All levels are welcome. Intensity level is moderate to vigorous.

Every First Saturday of the Month, join our Kundalini Community for Japji, the Song of the Soul, a morning kriya and chanting the Aquarian Sadhana as given by Yogi Bhajan to build wisdom, stamina, and self-awareness.  By donation to the studio. No prior knowledge of sadhana is necessary 
to take part in this transformative experience.
 


PRE & POSTNATAL YOGA


RESTORATIVE YOGA

Therapeutic and restful, this style of yoga utilizes props to make it easier for the body to get into certain poses, and thus, surrender to the pose. Practicing poses using props provides a completely supportive environment for total relaxation. The more your body is supported in the poses the deeper the sense of relaxation.

This practice soothes your nervous system, helps you quiet your mind and invites you to release deeply held tension.

All levels are welcome and encouraged. Intensity level is gentle, though some poses will provide a strong stretch, and your level of mental and physical relaxation will be significant.


SLOW FLOW VINYASA - Breath Centered

This class will slow down the more vigorous pace of a traditional vinyasa class. Suitable for all levels, we warm up the body to slowly increase flexibility and strength, transitioning from asana to asana with ease and grace. Pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation round out the practice, with a restoratiave savasana at the end.

The breath is the focus of the practice. Emphasis is placed on synchronizing breath with movement, with the breath pacing the movement and setting its tempo. 

All levels welcome. Intensity level is moderate to vigorous. Each student is encouraged to practice at their own level of strength, flexibility and endurance. Yogis can embrace modifications for poses, as well as explore advanced options as needed.

 

SUNRISE YOGA

A one-hour early morning yoga practice designed for yogins of all levels who want to get their yoga on, but have busy days ahead of them.  Typically, the Sunrise Yoga practice starts with a few moments of seated breath work, followed by sun salutations to warm up the body and an ever-changing sequence of postures including standing poses, hip openers, shoulder openers, inversions, twists, forwardbends, and/or backbends.

You will leave Sunrise Yoga feeling relaxed yet energized and ready to start your busy day with a clear and quiet mind and a spring in your step, ready to face the challenges of the day with a positive outlook that will improve your productivity, efficiency and concentration.   

All levels are welcome. Intensity level is moderate to vigorous.


VINYASA FLOW - Alignment Based

Vinyasa Flow is a fluid yoga practice based on the Ashtanga system of yoga, focusing on the integration of body movements with the breath in a continuous flow. Moving with the breath and mindful awareness through sun salutations and basic or more advanced postures, vinyasa is a dynamic practice emphasizing strength, flexibility and alignment.  Like a moving meditation, this class will help quiet the mind and leave you feeling calm, balanced and rejuvenated.

All levels are welcome. Intensity level is moderate to vigorous.
 

YIN YOGA


The stillness of Yin Yoga takes us deeper into our observing nature where we learn to find happiness, acceptance and more honesty with ourselves.  Poses are floor postures that are held longer to encourage energy flow into the denser tissues of our bodies, bringing movement and flexibility into our joints.  Following the Yin Yoga practice, we will enjoy a resting Yoga Nidra session that slows the brain waves while remaining awake, encouraging healing in the deep subconscious mind.  

 All levels are welcome. Intensity varies from gentle to moderate.



 



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