Yoga from the Heart

YOGA & wellness







Intro to Ashtanga Yoga
 
Ashtanga yoga binds together breath, posture, flow, gaze, and energy locks which makes our time together truly a meditation in motion. Known as ”yoga therapy” the practice consists of a sequential set of postures based on the Primary Series of yoga developed by K. Pattabi Jois of Mysore, India. The Ashtanga yoga therapy system facilitates a healing process for toning the body, mind and senses.
Our practice builds internal heat through breathing and posture and is suitable for those with some yoga experience to the fittest of athletes- that is anyone who wants to physically move better, think more clearly and invite physical and emotional balance into one’s life.  
Options and modifications are offered in every posture making this 75 minute practice available to everyone.
“Practice and all is coming” K. Pattabbi Jois


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.



Yoga Basics:


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.




Empowerment Yoga:



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




Sol Bliss Yoga:


Start your day with a connection to your most beautiful self!  Sun Salutations and a blissful flow coordinated with breath to open all aspects of your body.  Inspired by many different traditions of yoga movement including: Sivananda, Anusara, Dahn and Shiatsu Meridian Stretching.



YIN YOGA:


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.




Gentle Yoga:


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.