* Unless otherwise noted in the description, Firehouse Yoga classes are appropriate for all levels. Modifications can be offered for beginning practitioners, as well as those who would like more challenge.
Ashtanga – Ashtanga is often referred to as a modern-day form of classical Indian yoga and consists of 6 series. This class will focus on the first/primary series. Class will begin with sun salutations, followed by standing and seated asana (poses), including balancing poses, backbends and inversions. Ashtanga follows the same sequence of poses each time and links movement with breath. Modifications will be offered as needed. *Prior yoga experience is recommended.
Basics – This class is for those looking to begin their yoga practice or those looking to strengthen an existing practice. Postures are practiced with a focus on proper alignment and a goal of strengthening and increasing flexibility. Class will include standing and seated postures, including balancing, twists, hip openers, and restorative poses.
Kundalini – Introduced to the United States in 1969 by Yogi Bhajan, Kundalini Yoga and Meditation is a technology of the body-mind system that will optimize all aspects of your life. It is an ancient and royal yogic science uniquely constructed for this time on the planet. Practicing this yogic art will quickly change your vibration, providing greater clarity of mind, less stress and more energy. This yogic system works very quickly, balancing the mental, emotion, physical and energetic bodies. It is a powerful tool, providing the practitioner with operating instructions for the human system. Each Kundalini experience includes a physical yoga set, meditation, breath work and sound code activation. This yogic system is accessible to all. It will provide great benefits to every student, from the absolute beginner to the seasoned yogi. Often called the yoga of experience, a Kundalini session gives you a direct experience of your creativity and infinity. Plan to leave class feeling calm, energized and joyful.
Vinyasa Flow – Vinyasa combines flowing movement with breath. Inhales and exhales inform the transition from one asana (pose) to the next within a series or sequence. Class begins with centering, prnayama (breath work), and a brief warm-up before moving through sun salutations and both standing and seated postures to both challenge the body and quiet the mind. Attention is paid to alignment, and modifications/use of props will be offered for both increased and decreased intensity.
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.
Yin & Yoga Nidra – This 75-minute class includes 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.
Yoga Movement – In this class, students will learn to breathe and move effectively in their yoga practice, with the intention to improve lung capacity and stamina. Through creative sequences with a lot of transitions, each class focuses on a theme (e.g. forward bending or back bending), leading to a peak posture. Though there is a central theme, elements of twists, forward bends, backbends, strength, and balance posture will be present in every class. Patanjali instructs, ‘stiram sukham asanam’, which means to be firmly rooted in comfort in every posture. Through use of correct breathing techniques in asana practice, students will work to find the postures comfortable and minimize risk of injury. Additionally, incorporation of breath and bandhas (neuromuscular locks that bring about energy) assist the mind in remaining completely present and in the moment.
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 are 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.