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Schedule & Class Descriptions
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This slower paced class is perfect for beginners, people recovering from injury and athletes looking to enhance their performance. Yoga Basics will focus on basic mindfulness techniques, safe alignment in poses, and building strength, range of motion and confidence. Poses will included those on the floor and standing, so ability to get up and down from the floor necessary.
Candlelight Yoga is a great way to release and relax and most gentle class. Restorative yoga is a practice that is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching. During the long holds of this practice your muscles are allowed to relax deeply. All postures are done on the floor and are held for longer durations with an emphasis on support and comfort. Relaxing breath techniques and meditations can be used. The class uses bolsters, blankets, and blocks to prop students in the passive poses.
Chair Yoga students perform postures and breathing exercises with the aid of a chair. Poses include seated and standing poses and can be modified as needed. Experience the many benefits of yoga without having to get up or down from the floor. Benefits include increased balance, strength, flexibility, range of motion, and stress reduction.
Easy Does It Yoga
In this class yogis will review and reinforce basic yoga movements and shapes through 60mins of gentle yoga to help relax, stretch, and breathe. A typical class will include a review of the basic shapes for standing and seated poses, as well as a review of the movement for Sun Salutation A. This class will involve some up-and-down from sitting to standing but always at a gentle pace.
Gentle Yoga focuses on releasing tension, connecting with the breath and helping students gain strength and flexibility. We will incorporate simple flowing sequences to warm up the body, as well as slower paced movements using traditional postures with slight variations to accommodate all levels of yoga students. This class will have some poses on the floor and standing.
This class will begin with a short guided meditation before beginning a flow of gentle, fundamental yoga postures to build strength and warmth while relieving stress and tension by connecting breath with mindful movements. Class finishes with yin (or passive yoga) to create flexibility, mindfulness and softness to release the connective tissues, create space and integrity in the joints and remove blockages to internal energy flow. This class includes poses on the floor and standing.
Mixed Levels Flow
Our Mixed Flow classes build on the basics, linking breath and movement together while still offering multiple options and variations so each person can create the level of challenge and ease that is right for them. The practice is based on sun salutations and leads students from standing to being on the floor in each class and thus is not recommended for those currently having mobility challenges. This class is perfect for physically active beginners and those with some yoga experience.
Intro to Ashtanga
This class will expose new and present yogis to Ashtanga philosophy and physical practice including breath, bandhas, fundamental poses, sequences, terminology and concepts. Students will be guided through poses in the Primary Series with additional instruction and modifications provided so the practice is accessible to most abilities; Yogis will be asked to get up and down off the floor as a part of this practice. Class is 60 minutes.
Ashtanga Led Primary
This practice is a traditional, 90 minute Led Primary Series. We follow the traditional five breath count and move through the series in a steady, uninterrupted, rhythmic and meditative flow. Yogis will be guided through the series including sun salutations, standing poses, primary series, and closing. You do not need to know the whole Primary Series as instruction and options will be given for all postures. Most yogis with previous vinyasa flow experience will be familiar with all the asana in the series; yogis will be asked to get up and down off the floor as a part of this practice.
Fusion 75 is a 75 minute, fun fast paced vinyasa flow style class where the poses are linked together using the breath and flow from one into the next. F75 is designed to ignite the inner fire and build strength and stamina, but also find alignment that works in individual bodies. Often includes challenging poses like arm balances, inversions and core work.
Yoga Basics 9-10am
Mixed Flow 6-7pm
Intro to Ashtanga 5:30-6:30pm
YinYasa Yoga 7-8pm
Mixed Flow 5:30-6:30pm
Easy Does It Yoga 7-8pm
Chair Yoga 10-10:45am
Gentle Flow 6-7pm
Gentle Yoga 8:30-9:30am
Fusion 75 10-11:15am
Ashtanga Led Primary 10-11:30am
Candlelight Restorative 5-6pm