Class descriptions

Align Your Spine

"Align Your Spine" - a class based on Critical Alignment Therapy developed by Gert Van Leeuwen. Certified teachers will guide you through a practice to renew your spine! When our spines are pulled out of alignment from daily life we can often experience pain and strain. This class teaches you how to relax your spine, neck, and shoulders relieving tension in a gentle way. We then focus on building awareness of the back body and hips to create proper alignment of the spine and the strength to maintain it; building a strong and healthy back body. If you have a back, this class is for you.

 

Ashtanga Foundations

Ashtanga is one of the foundations for all Vinyasa yoga. It has 6 set sequences from Primary to Advanced. Learning a set sequence helps students become fully immersed in their own practice. By moving through each posture with your breath, this practice is sure to build sweat, strength, mobility, and help still your mind. In our Ashtanga Foundations class, we will explore the fundamentals of the primary series. Although the primary series is a set sequence, the basics class will have some flexibility in the postures that are offered.

 

Flow

In this Flow class, you will synchronize breath with movement. Students will focus on linking conscious breath with a mindful flow using strength, energy, and flexibility.

Slow Flow

Simple poses suitable for beginners will be explored thoroughly In this slow-paced class, beginners learn to move through the poses with awareness to build strength and avoid injuries. Come and enjoy learning beginner-friendly poses at a relaxed, easy to follow pace. We will introduce the basics of yoga in a non-competitive, pressure-free environment. This class is suitable for both beginners and those who have a regular practice who wish to gain a greater understanding of Yoga and deepen their practice.

 

Hatha

Hatha explores the fundamentals of Yoga. Asanas (postures) are held for a longer time with attention to details of alignment. Some inversion poses may be included, as well as elements of classic Sun Salutation and breathwork. All classes include deep relaxation (savasana) at the end of class. This is an all-levels class.

 

Kid's Yoga (pre-registered)

Yoga comes naturally to children; many start doing poses at a very young age. Yoga has many great benefits for kids, it helps them regulate emotions, find focus, relaxation, self-awareness and inner fulfillment. It also promotes connectivity and self-esteem in a safe and non-competitive environment. Physically it can help them with their balance, strength, flexibility, coordination, and body awareness. Each week class will begin with a theme, breath-work, and setting of intentions. We will move through sun salutations and various postures, followed by fun yoga-inspired games that promote creativity, listening to the body, and learning to follow intuition. We will then move through meditation, chanting, and relaxation. We will also take a few minutes to draw and/or journal our experiences in class. Closing class with a friendship and sharing circle.

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Myofascial Release & Yin

This class will start with a variety of myofascial release techniques and then move into a Yin yoga practice. This class is intended to 'get at' those tender spots in the body and then to move into a slower-paced Yin practice. Come and experience the deep benefits of myofascial release for yourself. 

 

Outdoor (free class)

An all-levels class taught outdoors, July through August. The class will be held at Rotary Park, unless otherwise posted on Facebook or website. This class is free and open to everyone of any age or level. Weather permitting.

 

Power Flow

Power Flow is a fluid, powerful, style of yoga that links movement and breath together. This class is for all levels of practice. 

Restorative

Restorative Yoga allows the body to relax and rest deeply. The foundation of this style of yoga is deliberate stillness. By supporting the body with props in various postures, we move towards deep relaxation, therefore calming the sympathetic nervous system. This stillness helps to reduce the effects of daily stress - a great way to balance out an active lifestyle.

Sunrise Flow

This early morning class is a great way to start your day and set the tone. Class starts slow, but builds to create a little heat, then finishes with a good stretch to get you through the day. Wake up your body and spend time connecting with yourself before the day even begins! This class is for all levels. 

 

Yang/Yin

This class begins by strengthening the whole body with mobility in mind and tapers for the second half to offer a more relaxed and rejuvenating experience. The first half of the class is dedicated to activating yang energy. Yang is said to represent the more vigorous, active energy within us-we challenge ourselves in the first half of the class by holding strengthening asanas. The second half is dedicated to yin energy. Yin is said to represent the softer and more passive energy within us- we get deeper into our connective tissues; joints, ligaments, and tendons. By holding yin asanas for a longer period of time, we may increase our flexibility of body and mind, and settle the nervous system to activate the parasympathetic system. By the end of this class, you will feel energetically balanced in your mind and body.

Yin

This class is a meditative, reflective practice that requires receptivity with little pushing or strain. Yin Yoga applies long, passive holds (no standing poses) to deeply penetrate the body's bones and connective tissue. It raises one’s vitality, increases flexibility and mental energy, and is calming for the mind and spirit. The Yin style of practice targets the connective tissue of the hips, pelvis, lower belly and spine. The essence of Yin is yielding - learning how to let go of struggle and how to allow things to unfold naturally.

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