Class Descriptions

 

 

All-Levels Flow – Vinyasa (or “Flow) combines flowing movement with breath. Inhales and exhales inform the transition from one pose to the next within a series or sequence. After centering and a brief warm up, class will move through sun salutations and multiple dynamic asana types to allow for exploration and connection to breath: standing and seated postures, forward folds, back bends, balance postures, and inversions.  This is a mixed pace Vinyasa practice that will offer both challenge and rest.  Attention will be given to alignment, and props and variations will be offered for both increased and decreased intensity. Prior yoga experience recommended but not required.

 

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 breath work 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. 

 

Chair Yoga – This accessible class is suitable for all bodies and levels of experience. Poses are performed seated in a chair and/or standing and using the chair for support. This is a wonderful class for seniors and folks with limited mobility, people who may be new to yoga or would like to incorporate yoga into their workday, or anyone desiring a gentle practice. No prior yoga experience needed.

 

Downward Facing Doom – Join Katie Clair (CYT 200) for a slow Vinyasa Yoga flow set to an ethereal mix of metal, doom, drone, and ambient music. We will explore traditional yoga poses, sun salutations, and breath work (Pranayama). All levels and abilities are welcome and encouraged to join. 

 

Forest Moon Yoga – Forest Moon Yoga is a peaceful class intended to help students discover bliss, balance the mind-body, and learn how to tap powerful inspiration. The pace is gentle enough for beginners and also engrossing enough for experienced students. People are invited to come to class in their wholeness, complete with joys and sorrows, agitation and curiosity. The class begins with breath work, visualization, and meditation. Next, students are guided to feel into their bodies and allow their breath to lead them through gentle movements that bring ease and sensation to embodiment before returning to meditation. By alternating between movement and meditation, people can find peace and clarity in their thinking and feeling selves. Nature is an important element of the class. Forest imagery in harmony with the cycles of the moon is weaved throughout the practice. Students can use these methods in their lives to help ride out anxiety or cultivate their artistic power. Forest Moon Yoga is a holistic experience that leaves the body, energy and mood glowing with loving awareness. 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 breath work 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.

 

La Mer Yoga – La Mer Yoga is an all-levels class composed of small waves of movement, stillness, and meditation. Cycling through repetitions of dynamic asanas, static asanas, and inward practice allows a comprehensive massage of the body and mind. Returning again and again to brief periods of meditation allows greater access to this state of mind in daily life. Visualization and music are used to inspire the inner life. Stillness and silence bring us to a blissful state of truth in being. Students may at times feel as if they are gently swimming on their mats. Sensing into the body and breath, students are free to experience and digest whatever feelings arise, and hopefully come to a residing place of joy. No prior yoga experience needed. 

 

Powerful Flow – Combining flowing movement with breath, this is a faster paced, physically challenging Vinyasa practice that offers space to focus on alignment, exploration, and attention to breath. After centering and a brief warm-up, the class sequence will include 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. Variations and props will be offered for both increased and decreased intensity, and the student is always encouraged to listen to, trust, and honor their own body. Power through or allow yourself moments of rest. This is your practice, and ALL choices are powerful. Prior yoga experience recommended but not required.

 

Restorative Yoga – Relax deeply in longer held poses, fully supported by props such as blocks, blankets, bolsters, straps, and chairs. Restorative Yoga activates the parasympathetic nervous system, also called the rest and digest system, slowing the heart rate, increasing blood flow, and allowing the body to relax, promoting stress relief and healing. This class is all about slowing down, connecting to the breath, and finding rest.

 

Slow Flow – Slow Flow is a mindfully-paced Vinyasa practice, combining movement with breath while allowing time in each pose to focus on alignment and exploration. 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, breath work, 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) yoga 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. No prior yoga experience needed.

 

Yin & Yoga Nidra – This 75-minute class includes 50-55 minutes of long held Yin poses, 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. 

 

Yoga Exploration – This all-levels class is simple yet comprehensive. Yoga Exploration includes essential asanas (poses) to expand range of motion, strength. and flexibility in both body and mind, as well as a guided meditation. Each week one yoga practice or concept will be investigated in depth. Our focus is on curiosity, kindness, and awareness. No prior yoga experience needed.

 

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