Yoga from the Heart
YOGA & wellness
Intro to Ashtanga Yoga
Half Primary Series Ashtanga Yoga designed to introduce the student to Ashtanga yoga postures and breath. Open to everyone with prior yoga experience. This class is physically challenging as we progressively build heat in the body through a sequence of progressive postures as sequenced by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. Props and modifications are offered to meet y0u where you are in your practice.
Passage to Discovery
This class is designed to practice the physical postures of yoga as well as the traditional philosophy of yoga. Each class will have a theme based on the ancient teachings of yoga. This class is appropriate for all levels.
Yoga for Your Soul
All Levels Yoga class with a fun and playful atmosphere. This class includes aromatherapy and reiki during savasana.
Deep Relaxation and Meditation:
The art of deep complete relaxation (also called progressive relaxation) is one of the safest and most effective ways to manage stress, relieve pain, regain and maintain health and attain peace of mind. This might seem like a strong claim for something to do. The proof is in the doing. As our stress level decreases through the practice of relaxation, our digestion improves, productivity increases, and we then experience an all-pervasive sense of health and peace. Many have reported that their sleep became deeper; and if they awakened in the middle of the night with anxiety (50% of Americans report doing just that) these simple techniques allowed them to return to a deep sleep. The calmness of the body then leads to calmness of the mind. (Yoga of the Heart, Cardiac and Cancer Ceritification)
In this class we will start with a few gentle movements, we will move on to deep relaxation, pranayama (movement of prana (energy) with breath, and meditation.
Sivananda Style Yoga:
Sivananda Style Yoga focuses on preserving the health and expanding the vitality of the practitioner. Each class focuses on full yogic breathing (pranayama), frequent relaxation (sivasana) and a gradual, gentle, introduction to the basic posture (asana) sequence.
Nothing But Flow:
A more athletic style of class set to current, popular music for those looking to check their mind chatter at the door and breath, sweat and flow for an hour. This class puts a fun twist the traditional yoga class, come get your flow on.
Balance and peacefulness result from attention to breath as we move through physical “asana” yoga practice. The basic postures introduced in Beginning Yoga will serve as our foundation for each class sequence. We will focus on the basics of a yoga practice that works for each individual. Whether you are a first timer, been practicing at home , or want the next step from Beginner series this class will center on slow movement with plenty of instruction but also leave space for breath and body awareness. Props will be available and suggested to assist in each student’s practice.
Alignment based yoga focused on cultivating a dynamic balance of strength and flexibility with the intention of revealing the ecstatic embodiment of your own divine nature through the practice of asana with the utilization of breath and strength. Most suitable for students with some basic yoga experience (and an adventurous spirit) that have a desire to explore and expand the boundaries of the practice both on and off the mat while inspiring (and sometimes surprising) themselves and others
This form of Japanese yoga opens all twelve meridian channels used in acupuncture and other Asian healing modalities. The sequence can be easily mastered and performed at home in 15 minutes. We will extend the sequence to include a joint opening series and “tapping” on the body to facilitate blood flow. Breathing techniques will create an opening of the body, rather than “forcing” a stretch. You will experience greater clarity of mind and ease of movement after this stretch class. The meridian sequence is as follows: Lung/Large Intestine: opens the chest and the lungs, facilitates breath Stomach/Spleen: Opens the front body, increases digestive activity, decreases worry Heart/Small Intestine: opens the heart and small intestine meridians, increases circulation in shoulders and elbows Bladder/Kidney: Opens the back body from the crown of the head to the toes, strengthens will power, Kidney and Bladder functions Pericardium/Triple Warmer: opens arms and shoulders, improves circulation, improves forearm tendonitis, helps anxiety Gallbladder/Liver: Improves circulation to whole body, decreases stress and frustration, improves decision-making, lightens depression
Yin Yoga is a complementary yoga practice to more dynamic and active yoga styles. In Yin Yoga, floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive ‘stress’ on the deeper layers of connective tissue in the body. Physically, Yin Yoga restores and maintains the natural mobility of the joints, primarily between the navel and the knees. Energetically, Yin Yoga opens the body’s meridian system, which enhances the body’s energetic flow and supports emotional equilibrium. Yin Yoga emphasizes stillness and silence. The practice prepares both the body and mind for deeper experiences in meditation.
All Levels Flow:
Flow yoga, in which movement is synchronized to the breath, is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. This style is sometimes also called vinyasa flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath becomes an important component because the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. In terms of yoga asana, we can interpret this as a connection between movement and breath.
Yoga for Every Body: Pre-Registration Required for this class
Yoga for EveryBody is a practice which moves from the chair to the mat and teaches poses in all categories, utilizing props and pose modifications. The class focuses on building strength and maintaining flexibility while observing healthy alignment. It is designed for students who may feel overly challenged in a traditional yoga class and ideal for seniors, those recovering from surgery or illness or have certain special needs. This is not a drop-in class.
Pre-registration is required.
The Gentle Yoga class offers a full, yogic practice which moves through a range of postures in an unhurried yet progressive tempo. We focus on finding our optimal alignment and creating movement from that place. Enhanced by breath work, props and relaxation each class will also work on strengthening, lengthening and release. This is an ideal class for beginners, students with physical challenges who are uncomfortable in an all level class or anyone desiring to calm the pace of their practice.
All Level Hatha Yoga:
The All Level Hatha Yoga class is a joyful experience which encompasses pranayama and centering, brief meditation, asanas and ends with deep relaxation. Postures range from gentle to more advanced with some moderate flow. Points of alignment are usually introduced and incorporated. In each class students are offered challenges but also encouraged to request variations or modifications when needed.
Yoga for Core Strength:
A series of yoga poses and Pilates exercises that will help develop core strength. A strong core can assist in one's yoga practice as well as many other physical activities.