To ensure your success...
Please arrive to class on time especially if you are *new* to our studio. There are waivers to be read and signed and an important check in time with the teacher. Please note, there will be no late admittance.
It is advised that if you are new to yoga please start with the slower, gentler classes to become familiar with the new language, names of poses (asanas) and to become familiar with your body, breath and movement.
Yoga Basics, Hatha Flow and Gentle Vinyasa classes are open to ages 13 and up if accompanied by an adult.
Class descriptions: Please look over carefully to choose the right class for you and your current fitness level.
Gentle Vinyasa - Healthy beginners to experienced: In this class the body is given a long warm up that involves gentle movements that begin to cultivate the vinyasa element of coordinating the mind, movement of the body and breath. The pace of the class is slow enough so that weather you are a beginner or seasoned practitioner you have the opportunity to develop an understanding of what you are experiencing in your body and to adapt based on instruction and alignment guidelines, building strength and confidence.
Hatha Level 1-2 - Yoga experience suggested: This class begins to explores the more physically challenging postures of arm balances and handstands. The poses maybe held longer and props suggested to help develop proprioception in the body. Each class is well planned as each pose builds upon the previous to allow you the necessary time to develop the necessary skills and strength to advance to the next. Throughout the class you are encouraged to listen to your body and to never move beyond your physical capacity.
Hatha Flow - Healthy beginners to experienced: Hatha Flow offers more movement than Hatha while still honoring longer holds in poses so you can apply the instructions and alignment suggestions. Props are offered at times to help provide feedback or to assist you in a particular pose. A generous warm up of gentle movements prepare the body to advance in the practice and plenty of relaxation time to finish leaving you feeling amazing afterward.
Gentle Hatha - Healthy beginners to experienced: No fast pace here, just nice gentle yoga postures to build a little warmth then winding down with a long restorative finish to help release the tension from your day.
Kettle-Bell Flow - Healthy beginners to experienced: Looking for a little challenge to your weekly practice, then our Kettle-Bell Flow class is designed for you. All the same yoga asanas you know and love with a little added weight to spice things up. Why? Because your body is brilliant and will adapt to whatever you offer it. If you want to continue to challenge it, you need to offer a variety of movement and load (weight). Variety is the spice of life or in this case the spice of your yoga practice.
Mellow Flow - Healthy beginners to experienced: This class visits the gentler side of Vinyasa. Throughout the class the body is encouraged to release tension by gentle strengthening and stretching. A restorative/yin finish is the final touch that allows the stress from your day to dissolve. A perfect way to begin and end your week.
Prenatal Yoga - Healthy pregnancy: Prenatal Yoga helps prepare the mother-to-be for the physical and emotional demands of labor, deliver, and motherhood. You will practice pranayama (breathing techniques) to aid in relaxation and focus, and build strength and flexibility through asana (physical postures) all designed for the wellbeing of the pregnant mom.
Postnatal Yoga - Must be cleared by doctor for exercise: Postnatal Yoga allows the new mom to nurture herself both physically and emotionally. New moms have the opportunity to connect with others, while gently rebuilding abdominal strength, restoring tone to the pelvic floor and relieving tension in the neck, shoulders, and back. Mom and baby are set up in a way that baby can be part of the practice or nap, and comfortable positions with props are offered if baby needs to be fed. Moms are encouraged to welcome all experiences that their new baby brings.
Primal Flow Level 1-2 - Experience suggested: Before you could walk, run or do the activities you love, you spent a lot of time on the floor learning to mange the weight of your head, stabilizing and moving from your center mass (core) and navigating your limbs. Basically you had to earn your right to walk. Once this happened we were off and running! But then life stuff comes along, we sit for hours a day, little accidents or injuries occur, habituated muscular patterns set in and all of a sudden were not moving as well as we used to. Primal Flow get's you back to the floor and re-introduces you to your deepest musculature know as your stabilizers. You will explore your earliest movements from infancy such as rolling, sitting up and crawling then growing the movement and applying it to yoga asana. However, we are not the only primal movers here on earth, so we draw from the animal kingdom to create new movement possibilities. In Possibility lies choices! Each class you will re-connect with your deep core stabilizers, learn how to navigate your body on the floor. At times weights might be introduced to give you proprioceptive feedback, other times some fun ball work as we work toward finding new movement potential. You will begin to notice an improvement in your coordination, strength and balance as well as a deeper mind-body-awareness. Life is not lived on a rectangle and neither should your movement. Primal Flow helps you break free from what is linear and move beyond your mat. This class demands quite a bit out of the wrists, however modifications can be found as you learn to increase your wrists strength and mobility.
Primal Flow L1 - Healthy beginners to experienced: This class introduces you to the basics of primal movement patterns. Time is spent breaking down the pattern and integrating them into your body thereby increasing your coordination, balance and strength.
Primal Flow - Gentle - Healthy beginners to experienced: A gentle way to connect to the more primal movements of our earliest years and those of our animal friends. Learning to move our bodies in new and unusual ways not only improves our coordination but is also great for the brain.
Somatic Body Experience - In the tradition of Hanna Somatic Education: This class is for anyone who experiences occasional or chronic pain in their body or wanting to improve their posture. It is a very subtle but effective way of moving that re-educates your muscles at the level of your brain. The movements or exercises are called pandiculation, much like a yawn. During these mindful movements you are encourage to sense what is happening and learning to execute the movements in a fluid and controlled way. As your brain and muscles learn to communicate more efficiently, muscle tension that is causing you pain releases and balance and coordination is restored. Most of the practice is done lying on the floor, however a chair can be provided for you.
Vinyasa Level 1 - Yoga experience suggested: Vinyasa is a faster paced class where the poses are linked together in a series of movements that are synchronized with the breath. Instruction in alignment and how to navigate transitions is given throughout the class to help you establish a strong and solid foundation. There is also an exploration into the nuances of beginning arm balances and how to set up those important foundations. Due to the nature of this practice, there are some cardiovascular benefits as well, producing increased heart rate and sweat.
Vinyasa Level 1-2- Yoga experience suggested: Much like level 1- Vinyasa, the beginning of class is dedicated to setting a strong, solid foundation as you are guided towards the more playful and advanced poses of yoga, such as handstands or exploring the many arm balances of yoga. The pace is a bit quicker and transitions often more creative, providing an opportunity to build strength in various planes of motion. Instruction and alignment guidelines are given throughout class and you are encouraged to respect and listen to your body, moving only in a way that honors that.
Vinyasa L2 - Yoga experience strongly suggested: Bringing the intensity of Vinyasa up a notch as we spend less time in the level one piece so that we can explore the more advanced poses and navigating complex transitions. A strong practice is recommended along with a good sense of body awareness.
Wake me up Vinyasa L1-2 Yoga experience suggested: Please see description for Vinyasa 1-2
Yin/Restorative - Healthy individuals: Yin Yoga is the balancing practice for your Yang lifestyle. By holding the stretching poses of yoga you are targeting the connective tissue of joints and is said to bring about more flexibility. The Restorative piece of this practice offers you support with bolsters, blankets or blocks to support you and keeping you from moving beyond your limits. This will allow you to turn your focus inward cultivating your own little get-away. Most of our life is about "doing", this practice is about "undoing" the effects of stress, athletics and the busyness that life brings.
Yin-Yang Vinyasa L1-2 - Yoga experience suggested: Don't let the word Yin mislead you. This is a very active-Yang, heat building Vinyasa practice with a side of Yin and a whole lot of fun! Weather Yin is set at the beginning of the practice or at the end, this blend of Vinyasa and Yin is sure to deliver you the best of two worlds.
Yoga Basics - Healthy beginner to experienced: This is a great class for the beginner and those wanting a gentler practice. The class focuses on the breath along with gentle movement designed to reconnect the student back into the body. The class moves at a slower pace giving students an opportunity to explore how they feel in a pose and how the breath plays a part in that discovery.
Yoga 4 Optimal Movement - Healthy beginners to experienced: When you move better you feel better! Yoga for Optimal Movement is a blend of yoga and various movement modalities designed to increase strength, improve mobility, coordination and balance. A wide variety of props are introduced to help increase body awareness along with light weights and tension bands to improve strength. Every class you are invited into the exploration of your body while creating new movement pathways to improve your daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs or activities such as hiking, golfing or tennis. Because this class has a body-exploration emphasis, there will be discussions that arise between participants and the teacher and feedback is not only welcomed but encouraged.
Yoga Nidra - Offered as a workshop only. Yoga Nidra is guided meditation, practiced in a comfortable and supported reclined position. Yoga Nidra allows your body and mind to rest while you access inner wisdom and guidance, through a dreamlike journey, filled with soothing imagery, calming music, and long moments of silence. It facilitates a state of peace and joy at the deepest levels in a nurturing and supportive way leaving you feeling relaxed and refreshed. In Yoga Nidra, you can expect quiet moments of reflection and lots of time to simply be. This class includes gentle restorative postures done on the floor to prepare the body for the Yoga Nidra experience. No particular skill in yoga is necessary to enjoy and benefit.