Class Styles


Hatha is a classical form of practice where there is longer holding of yoga poses. 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, as well as relaxation. There will be a strong focus on alignment inspired by teachings from Iyengar Yoga.

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.

Beginner to advanced, moderate to vigorous intensity.


This practice is a unique and creative integration of somatics and yoga.

Moving through a yoga practice with a balance of effort and ease to feel efficient, functional and powerful in our lives.
Along the way we will consider patterns that might interfere with movement, flow of energy and no longer serve us.
You will learn how to move functionally, safely and with a new sense of freedom and awareness in your yoga practice.
Appropriate for ALL Levels of Practitioner. Gentle to Moderate Intensity.




This method of classical yoga 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 moves into standing poses, which constitute the warm-up part of the practice. The Primary Series consists of seated forward bending poses, twists and 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 poses. It is a moving meditatation coordinating breath with movement and meditating on breath in poses. 

This practice is a moving meditation, coordinating breath with movement, and meditating on the breath while holding the poses. A vigorous practice, it may require a certain amount of physical fitness and caution. Be prepared to sweat. 


BEGINNER YOGA (or Begin Again)

Learn the fundamentals of basic yoga poses to start a new yoga practice or strengthen an existing practice. The classes focus on good alignment and muscle engagement to get strong and flexible and to get the most out of your practice safely.

Beginner or Beginning Again, gentle to moderate intensity.



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.  

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.



This gentle class introduces the fundamental principles of alignment and breath work in a flow of postures linked together by the breath.  

Students will be invited into yoga postures through step-by-step verbal description and demonstration.  Emphasis is placed on student safety and stability within each pose. 

Hatha Yoga is a classical form of practice where there is longer holding of poses than in a vinyasa style. This gives time for students to learn and understand how to get into and out of poses safely and hold them more comfortably, with stability.
Students are encouraged to practice at their own level of strength, flexibility and endurance. Classes can be geared towards beginners to advanced students.



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 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.



Kundalini Yoga 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. 

Kundalini Yoga is highly accessible to All levels of practitioner, including complete beginners. Intensity level is moderate to vigorous.

Every Third Saturday of the Month, join our Kundalini Community for Japji, the Song of the Soul, a morning kriya and chanting the Aquarian Sadhana to build wisdom, stamina, and self-awarenessThis is a free class. Donations are welcome. No prior knowledge of sadhana is necessary 
to take part in this transformative experience.
Early Morning Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Practice with Shirley Matthews
Sadhana is a self-discipline by which we energize and balance the body, and clear the mind and subconscious. It is a disciple I continuously work to develop because I feel better and perform better when I do.
If you need a little help with developing the discipline needed to start your own regular Yoga & meditation practice, let me help you make this commitment to yourself.

Join me Tuesday and Thursday mornings 6:00-6:50am where you will find me engaged in my regular morning practice before work. Class card or donation




This Meditation and Sound Healing is led by Tory Trujillo, Licensed Massage Therapist, Energy Worker and Professional Vocalist.  Energize and infuse a personal intention for healing and manifestation or just relax and tune up your energy body.

Participants will receive a singing bowl vibrational sound healing meditation along with improvised vocal toning.



2020 is a year of anchoring the dreams of 2019,  bringing them to full view, clarity and enjoyment.

As we grow into this new kind of stability we need to bring all aspects of ourselves onboard. We cannot linger in doubt, we cannot afford a past tense centered vision, we need to be vigilant and orient forward toward the future.

In each session there will be guided meditations, tailored to the individual and to the group as a whole. With these practices we will clear and cleanse our energy field and chakras. All participants will receive individual Reiki healing.

All are welcome, complete beginners and Reiki practitioners alike. Drop-in or use your class card. Classes are held one Thursday a month.



In this class we will create an environment which is optimal for relaxation. Hence, we will learn to use props to support or body so it can completely let go and relax, the breath can settle and the mind can quiet down. The supported poses are held for a long time allowing our parasympathetic nervous system that provides “rest & digest” to become dominant. At the same time our body enjoys physical benefits, such as openings of the chest and pelvic area promoting better flow of our breath. We will further explore breath awareness to help the mind tune in and become aware of our inner space and as we progress and become more familiar with these exercises and our body, we can include some pranayama techniques.

This is an excellent class if you feel stressed, fatigued or perhaps mentally a little down due to Covid-19 that has affected our lives in so many unforeseen ways.


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. Some restoratiave poses may be practiced as well.

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.



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.



Class begins with 30 minutes of Qigong warm-ups, followed by the 24 Movement Yang Form and then the 40 Movement Yang Form. We're currently learning a new Sword Form, after that.

Students of all levels are welcome to join, but we do recommend coming to at least 3 consecutive classes in order to gain a basic understanding of the practice. 
If you decide you want to continue, one of the teachers will give you more personal guidance to bring you up to speed with the rest of the group.
This is where Ancient Wisdom can ease the effects of contemporary stress. Once you sign in, make yourself as comfortable as possible. Lay on a yoga mat, sit up in a chair, or lay on your bed. Dim the lights in your room. The use of blankets and bolsters help create a cocoon to physically support the experience. Earbuds or noise cancelling headphones can be used. You will be introduced to the vibrations and sounds as they wash over and through your body touching you at a cellular level.
At the end of the session, you are invited to sit up, return to your evening, continue with your meditation, or drift off to sleep.

VINYASA FLOW (Breath Centered & 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.



Please join us for a Shakti
Community Gathering at

Maplewood's Memorial Park
on Sunday,
November 1, 3-4:30pm

Rain Cancels
Hope to see you there!

NOW more than ever
is a great time to
establish a home practice
Schedule a 
Private Zoom Session
(asana, pranayama, meditation)
with Anna Winkler

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