Classes are listed in order from gentle to higher physical energy.
Yoga Nidra (1 hour)
This class is held once a month on the 2nd Sunday.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient meditation technique that systematically induces complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. The term Nidra means sleep.
During the practice of yoga nidra, one may appear to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness. The technique is composed of a series of body, breath, and awareness techniques designed to effortlessly guide you into a state of complete relaxation.
Yoga Nidra can alleviate stress, improve sleep, heighten energy levels, and provide a greater sense of peace and well-being. This 60 minute class invites you to explore a state of deep relaxation and non-doing.
Laughter Yoga (1 hour)
This class is held once a month on the 4th Sunday. This class is donation based - pay what you can or what you feel is fair. Money received goes to the instructor and a portion to the studio to keep the lights on.
Laughter Yoga combines laughter exercises with yoga breathing (Pranayama) making one feel more energetic and healthy.
We will laugh without relying on comedy; instead laughter will be simulated through group exercises.
You will be given instructions for different laughter and breathing exercises. Class ends lying down with 5 minutes of laughter meditation followed by 5 minutes of guided relaxation. So bring your mat. You are also welcome to participate while sitting in a chair.
Laughter Yoga is an exercise that deals with physical, mental and emotional stress simultaneously. It is a low intensity cardio workout that stimulates the release of endorphins and brings more oxygen into the body. This strengthens the immune system and lowers blood pressure.
Stretch & Relax (1 hour)
This class is perfect for anyone looking for a relaxing, calming and soothing experience. You will relax in the postures, soften the muscles to stretch into connective tissues, hold the postures, and practice deeper conscious breathing.
Breathing and mindfulness exercises are gently woven in to help release long-held mental and physical stress to cultivate a feeling of inner peace, and lead to a natural state of well being.
Use of bolsters and blankets will support the body in restful postures. Sandbags may be used to enable muscles to relax and your energy to ground. Bring a small towel to place over the bolster during those times when your face and head will be resting on it. There are no standing poses in this class. Perfect for beginners and those that need time to turn within and recharge.
Chair Yoga (1 hour)
This gentle form of yoga is practiced sitting on a chair, or possibly standing using a chair for support. Chair yoga is a great practice for everyone, as it deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness. It is perfect for anyone that has difficulty descending to and ascending from the floor or whose balance is compromised.
Using a chair reduces strain on limbs and joints. This practice promotes stability and flexibility of the body, self-awareness and clarity at the level of the mind, a sense of calm and balance at the level of the emotions, and overall wellness. Wheelchair confined individuals are welcomed.
Gentle Yoga (1 hour)
Gentle yoga focuses on basic yoga poses and emphasizes stretching, coordination of breath with movement and attention to alignment. This class is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance, and increases flexibility. This class is taught on a rotational basis; the instructor is listed on the calendar here. Each instructor brings their individual style to the class. Note: April uses aromatherapy in her class.
Yoga for All (1 hour)
This class is for Every Body. Expect an emphasis on breath and slow movement, using appropriate poses for the differences each body has in structure and limitations, allowing everyone regardless of their ability or body type to benefit from yoga. This class guides you through poses and breathing to assist you on your journey to increasing strength, enhancing flexibility and calming the mind. This class includes an extended period of relaxation and meditation.
Slow Flow (1 hour)
This meditative flow allows yogis to use a mindfully slow pace to synchronize breath and movement. The pace allows practitioners to deepen their mind/body connection by listening to their bodies and respecting when and how poses may need to be modified. Poses can be refined and strengthened, without feeling rushed into the next move, next breath, or next pose. All levels of Yoga practitioners can find their personal challenges, as they slowly and mindfully move through a series.
Yoga Sculpt (1 hour)
Yoga Sculpt is a Vinyasa style class with the optional use of free weights. This class moves you through a warm up and gently progresses toward a rhythmic flow of traditional yoga poses. You will build strength and stamina while toning the entire body. Use of weights can intensify the building of muscle mass and strengthening of bones. Class ends in meditation and or breath work to calm and quiet your mind and body.
All levels of yoga practitioners can find their personal challenges as they slowly and mindfully flow through their poses with or without weights. 2 and 3 pound dumbbells are provided. Bring your own if you prefer.
Vinyasa - All Levels (75 minutes)
Whether you are relatively new to yoga or experienced, Vinyasa – All Levels is for everyone. This class links body movement with breath and emphasizes strengthening the core. Pose modifications and challenges are offered to fit the participant’s experience level. Initially starting with three part breathing and warm up stretches, the music takes you to a progressively higher energy level about midway into the class and concludes with a relaxation period taking you to your place of peace.
Some benefits for you are improved posture, flexibility, balance, and strength as well as calming of your mind and lessening of stress!
Happy Hour at the Barre (1 hour)
Barre is a fusion class with elements of ballet, pilates, yoga, and strength training using both body weight and lightweight dumbbells, taught at a moderate to high intensity level. Prepare to sweat, but having fun while doing it is highly encouraged! Sticky socks are recommended as well as a non-slip mat. Bring a towel, water, and a smile.
Inner Strength Yoga (75 minutes)
This class is designed to challenge you where you are at in your practice. Commencing with stretches and sun salutations, the class progresses to a warrior series to improve your strength and balance. There is an energetic flow punctuated by core poses with optional arm balances and inversions.
Each class has a unique play list from rock and roll to mantra. Clear robust cues will motivate you forward on your powerful yogic path. You may work up a sweat so bring a towel.
Warm Victorious Vinyasa (1 hour)
This class is practiced in a warm environment allowing you to go a little deeper and safely into postures. It is intended for those that have practiced for some time and know the basic poses, can control their breathing, are seeking to be challenged and break a sweat. Bring a towel.
Class begins by getting centered, then moves you through a steady flow focusing on mindfulness and the muscles. There are many down dogs, planks, sun salutations and some inversions. The pace is fast and the posture combinations are more dynamic. This class concludes with a short relaxation period.