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Urban Oasis Yoga & Wellness Class Descriptions
Based on the teachings of B.K.S Iyengar, alignment-based classes address proper body positioning in each pose. Students learn to practice safely while they explore the many gifts of a regular yoga practice. Classes include Sun Salutations (flow) as a warm-up 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 basic 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.
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.
This is an alignment-based (Iyengar inspired) class focused on yoga therapeutics, the use of props and The Great Yoga Wall. It is taught in a warmer room with a workshop feel, allowing for open dialog between the students and teacher. The focus is to restore balance in the body in areas where students have experienced injuries, imbalances, major stiffness and medical challenges. Students receive individualized instruction that is not possible in a typical yoga class setting. Students are taught more complex alignment concepts, such as which muscles should be firing off to support the skeletal structure.
Tibetan Rites w/ Alignment
This class begins with a thorough warm-up, including 12 Tibetan Rites (yoga “calisthenics”) and 12 Sun Salutations. The remainder of each class addresses the specific needs of students in attendance. Class sequences involve the use of props as well as The Great Yoga Wall. These tools help students access proper alignment in the poses in order to strengthen, lengthen and relieve tension in the hips, shoulders and hamstrings.
Vinyasa Flow is a dynamic yoga practice which connects breath, movement and mindfulness. Each class is a moving meditation intended to cultivate inner and outer strength, flexibility and harmony in the body and mind. Sequences vary and build toward peak poses such as arm balances and inversions. Modifications are taught so students are able to individualize their practice. These flow classes may include themes, visualization, music and readings intended to inspire students toward positive growth.
Vinyasa w/ Alignment
This class provides alignment instruction in a moderately-paced flow (vinyasa). Class sequences link movement with the breath. The alignment focus helps 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.
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).
This class integrates the postures of Hatha yoga by weaving slow, flowing movements (Yang) with opportunities for deliberate, controlled stretching (Yin). Each session allows time and space to move a little deeper into the mind/body to relieve physical tension and quiet the mind, promote self-inquiry and deep relaxation. As the physical body settles, the chatter of the mind settles as well, allowing students to work in a deep, spiritual way. Students are challenged to surrender to sensations in the body and encouraged to trust their inner knowledge to guide and individualize their practice. Props are used for proper alignment, comfort, safety and support.
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.
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.