Class Descriptions, Levels & Trainings
Class Descriptions & Levels
Based on the teachings of B.K.S Iyengar, alignment-base classes address the precise way the body is positioned in each pose. The purpose of this approach is to help students practice safely while they explore the many gifts of a regular yoga practice. Classes include Sun Salutations (flow) to heat the body in preparation for standing postures. Sequences are designed to build toward a theme (e.g. backbends, twists, inversions). Unlike the continuous flow of a vinyasa class, the Iyengar tradition emphasizes longer holds in the poses. Also, students can expect to use props such as blocks, straps and blankets, in order to bring the body into alignment.
This class is for students brand new to yoga and is strongly recommended before exploring other yoga classes. Instruction is focused on helping students establish a safe and enjoyable practice. Each posture is explained with an emphasis on body alignment, so students can build strength and flexibility in their muscles while protecting their joints. Classes introduce students to several types of postures such as standing poses, backbends, forward bends and twists. At this level, students are introduced to “vinyasa,” coordinating movements with the breath. Students are also introduced to meditation.
This class is appropriate for those seeking a regular meditation practice or for those wishing to supplement an existing asana (postures) practice. Classes follow the iRest method, a research-based approach to transformation in a guided meditation format. Students can expect to lie down or sit comfortably during the practice. Props are used for comfort and support. Each session is comprised of one or more of the following elements: body sensitivity training, breath and energy awareness, development of intention and the releasing of negative thought patterns and emotions. This approach is intended to help participants experience peace amidst the changing circumstances of life. Room is heated to 80 degrees.
80 ° Hour of Power
Power Vinyasa is a physically demanding yoga practice that focuses on muscle strengthening and cardiovascular endurance. Classes follow sequences developed by Baron Baptiste, a modern-day vinyasa teacher and trainer. Classes are comprised of postures linked together in a flowing sequence and are designed to promote a balance between strength and flexibility. This athletic practice stimulates neuromuscular adaptation, that is, practicing this way aims to improve communication between the nervous system and muscle fibers, improving exercise performance. Room is heated to 80 degrees.
Pranayama & Meditation
This class begins with gentle movement, preparing the body to explore other limbs of yoga including Pranayama (breath control) and meditation. Students can expect to practice various Pranayama and meditation techniques including guided movement, mindfulness and mantra. Each session includes a short period of silent meditation to drop deeply into the physical body and allow self-inquiry. Classes end with a long Savasana. Overwhelming evidence indicates meditation is medicine for the mind. The breath is the bridge that connects the body with the mind. By integrating gentle movement and mindfulness, this class seeks to reduce stress and promote feelings of joy.
Restorative Yoga focuses on relaxing the body in restful postures. Note that ‘rest’ is different than sleep. Rest provides the body an opportunity to renew and heal. Restorative yoga, as well as other forms of yoga, help to trigger the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) or the body’s “relaxation response.” Triggering the PNS causes feel-good chemicals to be released which helps to decrease heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension. It helps strengthen the immune system and supports healthy endocrine function. Research indicates that, when our bodies experience a surge of stress chemicals, either in times of crisis or over periods of chronic stress, the incidence of illness is increased. Engaging in a regular asana practice, including restorative and meditation work, can help bring the body back into balance.
This class is the perfect complement to a more active yoga practice. It combines two styles of yoga, Yin and Restorative. Yin Yoga targets the body’s connective tissue (fascia) with a focus on stretching in a slow, controlled manner. Restorative yoga includes soothing, supported postures that allow the body to linger quietly, promoting maximum relaxation and rest. Most postures are done seated or supine. The use of props is encouraged for comfort, safety and support. Students can expect to hold postures from three to twenty minutes but are taught to practice according to their own limits and inner wisdom. Each session builds toward stilling the body in preparation for a lengthy Savasana (rest and meditation).
Teen Yoga Cross Training
It is becoming more and more popular for all athletes to use yoga as a training tool to stay on top of their game. Truly yoga is a perfect cross training technique complementing and expanding each athlete’s abilities.
This class is designed to work with 14-18 year old teen athletes who are looking to extend their training by increasing core strength, improving pulmonary efficiency, reducing performance anxiety, preventing sports injuries, improving concentration, increasing flexibility, enhancing range of motion, developing balance and focus, increasing endurance, teaching relaxation and relieving stress. By offering the class two times a week the athlete will see great shift in their overall conditioning and wellbeing.
This class carefully combines asanas (poses) in a graduated sequence of rhythmic movements of body and breath to create a dynamic, challenging, and meditative flow. The asanas, combined with body alignment, physical conditioning, and breathing exercises (pranayama) will help you discover many paths to strength, flexibility, healing, and mindfulness. This class is appropriate for advanced beginners to very experienced practitioners.
Vinyasa w/ Alignment
This class provides alignment instruction in a moderately-paced flow (vinyasa). Class sequences link movement with the breath to help students build a safe and solid foundation before moving on to more advanced vinyasa classes. Each class offers modifications in poses, strength and flexibility work, attention to mindfulness and a little playfulness. Room is heated to 80 degrees.
Yoga for Seniors
Come rejuvenate your body with gentle yoga adapted especially for seniors. This class uses props (e.g. chairs, blocks, blankets) and is designed to accommodate the needs of students of all levels, including those brand new to yoga and students who have done yoga before. This practice helps students stretch and strengthen their bodies while learning breathing and relaxation techniques. The class is designed to help students increase flexibility, release tense muscles, maintain balance and renew their energy.
Yoga for Strength
This class builds strength in the body and mind by focusing on slow controlled movements of yoga postures designed to effectively stretch and strengthen all the major muscle groups. Emphasis will be on proper alignment and repetition of key postures to develop strength and stamina needed to truly build a healthier body. Longer holds up to one minute will be explored with the option to release at any time. This class will help students build the fundamental core strength needed to master more advanced poses. By making this class a regular part of your overall health plan, you will steadily develop strong, flexible muscles and joints.
All Levels -Students of all levels and abilities can participate and enjoy these classes.
Beginners – For students new to yoga. These classes focus on basic yoga postures, alignment principles and breathing techniques. Also recommended for those who want to strengthen the foundation of their yoga practice or are recovering from injury.
Level I – For “advanced beginners” who are ready to learn more challenging poses and can manage a quicker teaching pace. Pose modifications and variations are taught.
Level I/II – Appropriate for more advanced beginners to intermediate-level students. Knowledge of basic standing poses is required. Students should be able to perform Sun Salutations and move more fluidly between postures.
Level II – For intermediate-level students with an established, ongoing yoga practice. A solid foundation of proper body alignment is required. Class sequences include Sun Salutations, inversions, arm balances, backbends and twists.
Level II/III -This is an advanced level for students with a solid foundation. Participants must have a dedicated, ongoing asana practice.