Class Descriptions

Firehouse Yin Class

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended all in-studio classes. We are offering a selection of online classes each week. Schedule and offerings may vary. Please refer to our Class Schedule page for up-to-date information.

Basics – This class is for those looking to begin their yoga practice, as well as those looking to deepen an existing practice. Postures will be practiced in combination with breathwork and meditation, with the goal of nurturing a mind/body connection and encouraging strength, balance, and flexibility. Attention will be paid to safe alignment, and lots of pose variations and props will be offered for exploration, as well as to either increase or decrease intensity. Various styles of yoga will be introduced, and multiple asana (pose) types will be included: standing and seated postures, forward folds, back bends, balance postures, twists, inversions, and restorative postures. No prior yoga experience needed.

Hatha/Vinyasa – The term “hatha” refers to any practice of postural yoga and is the basis for most styles of modern, physical yoga (Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, etc.). A Hatha-style class includes the practice of poses combined with breathwork and meditation to nurture both body and mind and encourage strength, balance, and flexibility. Vinyasa combines flowing movement with breath, with inhales and exhales informing the transition from one pose to the next within a series or sequence. This class combines a little of both styles, some poses being practiced individually, as well as the occasional sequence of poses linked together with coordinated breath. Class will include centering, warm-up, and movement through the seven dynamic asana (pose) types:  standing and seated postures, forward folds, back bends, balance postures, twists, and inversions. Attention is paid to alignment, and props and variations will be offered for both increased and decreased intensity. No prior yoga experience needed.

Slow Flow Vinyasa – Vinyasa combines flowing movement with breath. Inhales and exhales inform the transition from one pose to the next within a series or sequence. Slow Flow is a mindfully-paced Vinyasa practice, allowing time in each pose to focus on alignment, exploration, and attention to breath. This approach allows newer practitioners to build confidence and familiarity, while giving seasoned yogis space to refine and deepen their practice, providing everyone an opportunity to forge a deeper mind/body connection. Class will begin with centering, breathwork, and a brief warm-up before moving through sun salutations and multiple dynamic asana types to both challenge the body and quiet the mind:  standing and seated postures, forward folds, back bends, balance postures, and inversions. Props and variations will be offered for both increased and decreased intensity. No prior yoga experience needed.  

Yin – Yin is the practice of stilling both the body and mind through long held, passive stretches (usually 2-5 minutes), mostly practiced on the floor. Yin targets the connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia), opening up parts of the body that are not often the focus of a more active (or yang) practice. Emphasis will be placed on deep breathing, and various meditation techniques may be used in class. Use of props and modifications will also be offered. The studio currently offers two different Yin-style classes:

  • Yin & Yoga Nidra – This 75-minute class includes 45-50 minutes of Yin, followed by the practice of Yoga Nidra. Sometimes called yogic sleep, Yoga Nidra involves total body relaxation paired with a deep meditative state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. Lying in Savasana (resting pose), the student simply follows the voice of the instructor, while meditation techniques such as intention setting, guided imagery, body scan, and counting breaths are used to move through this ancient practice. Yoga Nidra has been known to reduce stress, improve sleep, and leave the practitioner feeling restored and refreshed. No prior yoga experience needed.
  • Restorative & Yin – Restorative & Yin yoga are both deeply healing practices. They allow the physical and energetic bodies time to tap into their innate ability to restore and heal on many levels. During this 60-minute class, you will experience gentle movement, restorative & yin yoga postures, yoga therapeutics, soft music, light meditation, pranayama (breath work), aromatherapy, and deep relaxation. The instructor will guide you into fully supported yoga postures with the aid of blocks, bolsters, and blankets. Reiki, a soft and sweet hands-on modality that amplifies the healing process, will also be offered. You will leave class feeling energetically, physically and emotionally recharged, restored, and renewed. No prior yoga experience needed.

Zen Barre® – Zen Barre® follows along the principles of barre, yoga, and Pilates with an emphasis on ballet and strength training. The class designed by The Zen Barre® provides a challenging and unique workout designed to sculpt and strengthen your entire body as well as increase flexibility. This class will provide the ultimate workout using a combination of barre and pilates moves connecting with the mind, body, spirit philosophies of yoga. During class you will experience a feeling of grounding and calming. You will learn to connect with your breath using proper alignment to develop the body you dream of. Please note that shoes are not worn during class. Barre socks recommended. Essential oils may be used during class. (www.thezenbarre.com.)  Also note that there are no barres installed in the Firehouse Yoga studio. Instructor will adjust the class to incorporate ballet moves that can be performed without a barre.