YOGA 101 Series: An Introduction to Yoga
A great introduction to yoga! Learn the What, Why and How so that you can truly benfit and have a more enjoyable practice. Get a well rounded look and feel of: Yogic philosophy & theory; the Chakra system, pranayama-breath work, meditation, Sanskrit (the language of yoga) mudras, Ayurveda/nutrition, and of course, asanas-the physical practice along with proper alignment, and modifications.
-1st session - History, Philosophy,Etiquette, Some Sanskrit (Language of yoga), Principals of asana practice (postures) and the Vinyasa flow.
-2nd session - Meditation and Pranayama (art of breath work) .. plus more asanas
-3rd session - Chakara system .... and more asana
-4th session - Ayurveda; a sister science to yoga based in nutrition with a full Asana practice session.
Open Level Yoga: For every-body. Instructors will offer modifications where and when needed for varying levels of experience.
Level 1-2: A bit more experienced in the practice.
Level II: For the more advanced practitioner. Advanced asanas and/or class flow.
Vinyasa Yoga, of which most of our classes are founded upon has its roots in Hatha yoga, utilizing the breath to coordinate movement, flow, and focus. A Vinyasa practice will encourage the exploration of your physical body, while using the breath to connect the mind and body often referred to as a "moving meditation". This style allows for variety with each instructor adding their own uniqueness to the mix, and coupled with yours, each practice is sure to bring new discoveries. Expect movement, stretching, flexing, strengthening, and balancing in these Vinyasa-based classes. Enjoy!
Yoga en Español: Nivel Abierto -Una forma de Yoga donde se usa la respiración para fluir atravez de las asanas o posturas. Esta práctica libera toxinas del cuerpo, genera vitalidad, flexibilidad, fortaleza y relaja la mente.
Vigorous Yoga: Level II- Bring it! A vigorous approach to Vinyasa Yoga, with an emphasis on cardio and muscle conditioning. Build strength, flexibility, tone and get that awesome "yoga high"!
Graceful Flow: Level 1-2 -Balance between freedom and stability!
Founded upon the Anusara style of yoga, and keeping elements of a Vinyasa flow, this class calls upon the inner joy of the spirit while grounding the practice in the principles of alignment.
Beginner’s & Beyond: Level 1 - Where it all started!
Yoga's many benefits include a strong and flexible mind and body, as well as a joyful spirit. Practicing yoga brings about healing on all levels - within ourselves, and out into our world. That’s “taking it off the mat” as the benefits of our practice stays with us long after getting off our mat. Beginners will find this class helpful for learning the basic postures, developing concentration and building body awareness. If however, you’ve never done yoga before, we recommend starting with our 4 week Introduction to Yoga Series and begin your wonderful life-long journey with yoga.
The gentle approaches- Level 1
Yoga is excellent for nourishing the mind and body throughout the life span and at times we'll find that we need somehting challenging yet gentle to keep us young in mind, body and spirit.
This class uses a chair for additional support. Most of the exercises are done while sitting, leaning, or holding onto a chair. This makes it a great way to practice yoga for people that aren’t otherwise too active in their lives and/or have limited mobility. Gentle movement encourages better circulation, while weight bearing standing poses are a safe way to help build bone density. Awaken areas of the body that have been inactive, soothe aching joints, and strengthen muscles, while you calm your mind with this enjoyable practice. Any level of practitioner can benefit from this class. Be sure to tell your teacher about any physical limitations or illness so that modifications can be offered for a more comfortable experience. (Note: Our studio is located on the 2nd. flloor , a flight of stairs of approximately 20 steps need to be considered for those with limited mobilities.)
Gentle Yoga: This class consists of stretches, movement and postures that calm the sympathetic nervous system; helpful in de-stressing mind and body.
Restorative Yoga/Yoga Therapies: Treat your mind and body right
When supported by props (blocks, straps, chairs, etc.) the body relaxes and opens, releasing tension from the neck, shoulder, hips, legs, feet, and most importantly the back. Good for those with physical injuries, and/or conditions ranging from insomnia to migraines, to depression. Your body will be left feeling opened and refreshed.
*Pre-Natal Yoga:Yes it’s true, it's never too early to connect!
Many, doctors, mid-wives, and women have stated that Yoga helps better connect moms-to-be and their soon-to-arrive babies. Yoga also assists with a better transition into the months of pregnancy and helped prepare for the big day! Yoga Asanas, or poses are ways of moving or holding the body in different positions to gently stretch, and is a great way to keep the body active and supple while pregnant. You’ll practice postures that work on the reproductive organs and pelvis to allow for a smoother pregnancy and an easier more focused and enjoyable child birth. While concentrated breathing (prananyama) is a powerful way to ensure an abundant supply of oxygen is reaching the fetus, while infusing you with some extra “life force” as well! Yoga breathing will also condition a better mind and body connection, that’s going to help a great deal on that special day! A little meditation will offer a heightened state of awareness, a greater bonding with your baby to be, while helping address both on a psychological and an emotional level any fears or concerns moving forward. Lastly, but certainly not least, ahhhh...., deep relaxation learn it now, because you’ll need it later! The effects of a yoga practice during pregnancy can make for a smoother pregnancy, relatively easier childbirth and a quicker restoration of body post labor.
*A doctor’s clearance is required, and it is recommended that you follow yoga under expert guidance throughout your pregnancy.
Baby-Love Yoga: Baby is here! A class designed for caregivers of new borns to crawling aged babies. Designed so that baby can come along and participate, or just lie in rockers, strollers, or blankets while their caregiver gets in a good session of yoga. A welcoming enviornment open to everything babies bring- smelly diapers, occasional fussing, crying, etc.. Baby-fireindly because baby rules in this class!
Mat Pilates: Harness your power! A body conditioning routine primarily practiced on the mat, that seeks to build strentgh, felxibility, endurance, and control of the body in movement while sculpting the core (abdominal muscles) or "powerhouse", without adding muscle bulk. People who practice Pilates regulary feel they have better posture, are less prone to injury, have firmer abs, legs and buttocks.
Yogalates/Core Yoga: The Best of both Worlds. A blend of the meditative flow and the breathing techniques of yoga, with the controlled movements of Pilates will leave you feeling energized yet relaxed while you strengthen, tone, tighten, and firm the body.
Guided Meditation: Clear your mind.
Empty out the mind and rejuvinate your potential. Take a journey inward - body sweeping, possibly some chanting and light movement will assist in relaxation, and de-stressing, gaining improved self-awareness while tapping into and harnessing your Chi (energy) for an over all better
Zumba: Join the party!
This class formats fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body in an aerobic/fitness fashion. The cardio-based movements are easy to follow. It targets and creates a sexier abdomen, backside, legs, arms, all while working the heart!
Kid's Karma -
Gaining awareness through fun, friends and socialization
Kid's Karma: A great introduction to yoga! Kids gain physical awareness, strength, and flexibility in a fun, game-based environment. Movement and traditional yoga poses, breathing techniques, and stretching will be explored through games, group work, and most importantly, imagination!
Hip Hop: Learning the latest and coolest moves will assist in self-confidence while exploring and expressing feelings.
Pre-Pre Ballet for 2's,3's and 4's: Too cute for words. An introduction to sociability, and physical awareness through creative movement and focused attention.
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PLEASE NOTE: Class offerings may change from season to season, and therefore not always on the schedule. Please check the schedule page for present offerings. Thank you.