* 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.
Additional teacher-specific class information may be found on the MindBody schedule.
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 – New students can become familiar with the basics of Vinyasa yoga in this slower paced, flowing class. Heat is built during a fluid Vinyasa practice, combining breath work and movement. Students of any level are welcome to revisit basics and flow with their breath. Modifications and embellishment will be offered, so come try something new or celebrate where your body is right now.
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.
Vinyasa Krama – “Vinyasa” means synchronizing movement with breath, and “krama” means stages or steps. In this class, students will work in a progressive/step-by-step manner, tailored for each individual to work toward self-improvement. Through creative sequences with a lot of transitions, each class will focus on a theme (e.g. forward bending or back bending) with a peak posture at the end of class. Though there is a central theme, elements of twists, forward bends, backbends, strength, and balance posture will be present in every class.
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.
Power Yoga Fusion – This class combines attributes of yoga, Pilates, dance, and functional fitness training. We incorporate small isolated movements to fatigue the muscles, large range of motion to elevate the heart rate, and sequencing that incorporates upper and lower body to make every minute count. This results in a total body workout that leaves you mentally strong and feeling accomplished. An upbeat instructor and music provide the fuel needed for not only an intense but fun workout.