Introduction to basic yoga principles and foundation, including body awareness, breath and movement. Students will enjoy basic asanas with attention to physical alignment in a number of postures.
Yoga sequencing primarily based on basic and foundation poses. Build foundation of yogic breath.
Familiar with Level 1 practice and can implement basic poses with proper alignment. More complex poses with variations are introduced to cultivate alignment, strength and flexibility.
At least 2 years of yoga regular constant practice with basic knowledge of arm balances, inversions and deep back-bends; expect more intensity and advanced poses. Students are expected to be disciplined and in control with the breath, physical maneuvers, energetic mechanisms, and alignment. Strong practice.
*All Levels (1, 2 and 3):
Suitable for all students with basic knowledge of a yoga practice and asanas. Modifications and variations are provided in each class to address the needs of all students. *Not suitable for someone brand new to yoga.
Welcome to Yoga! This class is a great place to begin for those who are new to yoga as the emphasis is placed on detailed instructions of basic yoga principles and foundation, including body awareness through basic yoga postures also known as asanas, breath work and movement, and meditation. Students will enjoy basic asanas with attention to physical alignment in a number of postures. Pace is mellow, but effective in removing blockages in the body and relieving one of stress and tension. Students will also be gently introduce to the philosophy of yoga as well as mindful state of being. Everyone is welcome to come to this class and learn the foundations of a yoga practice.
Students will enjoy a yoga class that mixes Ashtanga and Vinyasa style by exploring the strong aspects of a traditional ashtanga practice that focuses in developing inner strength and flexibility, while enjoying the mindful alignment aspects of a Vinyasa flow between asanas. This class will take the student’s practice out of their comfort zone allowing them to develop and discover the great potential within their bodies, minds and spirits. Feeling more into with their inner worth, increasing self-esteem and sense of ease.
This style of yoga is characterized by great attention to detail and body alignment. Students in this class will enjoy holding postures for 3-5 breath in order to develop stability, and improve circulation, coordination, balance and concentration. Each class will be infused with a theme, woven into the asana practice giving more potency and meaning to each pose. Emphasis is placed on core strength, flexibility, and balance, as well as breath awareness.
In addition to the description of Hatha Yoga above, the students in this class will be guided through a period of meditation, intention setting, and a gentle warm-up practice that flows and slows down into a deeply healing practice. Restorative Yoga postures are held for extended periods of time to facilitate a gentle opening of the body and a fuller emotional experience of the present moment. Regular students often rediscover and embody their innate state of equilibrium and emotional balance. Students will learn breathing and relaxation practices that aim to lower the heart rate and blood pressure as well as disrupt habitual patterns of thought.
This class gives students the opportunity to enjoy, to feel, and to mindfully explore the breath, the body and its proper alignment while holding poses for 3 to 4 breaths in order to develop greater body awareness as they flow gracefully Vinyasa style between asanas. This class is ideal for those students that enjoy the slow pace of an Hatha Yoga class, but also enjoy the flow of a Vinyasa class. Students will learn to practice with mindfulness as they feel focus and energetic.
Time is spent on the development and proper alignment of each asana. Precisely guided verbal instruction and visual demonstration helps reinforce the relationship of all parts of the body to the asana, and the asana to the breath and yoga philosophy. Sometimes, poses are held for longer periods of time, and fewer asanas may covered in one class period than in a Vinyasa or Ashtanga classes. Certified Iyengar teachers are trained to modify the classic asanas for individual students. Often, modifications include the use of props such as chairs, blocks, blankets and straps. Props can allow for a deeper understanding of the posture and comfort level.
A restorative yoga sequence typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends. Restorative yoga is an excellent opportunity to disconnect from the frenetic activity of daily life and let your speedometer return to zero. It offers a welcome respite among all the turbulence of life and helps to prepare the mind and body for the inward stroke of meditation and deepened awareness. Moving slowly through the poses allows practitioners to explore mind and body at a steady and natural tempo.
Students will be mentally and physically challenge as we move slowly thorough the shakiness and the burn. Students will deepen their body awareness, by feeling the engagement of their entire body working as a whole on each transition, rather than isolated parts. We will learn to keep the Ujjayi Breathe actively engage throughout the entire practice. Students will learn to observe with compassion and without judgement their inner monologue, the thoughts coming into their minds and the emotions, by allowing them to simply be as we dive deeper into the healing nourishing aspect of their yoga practice. Suitable for students who are looking to deepen their mental and physical strength. Experienced yogis will be challenged to cultivate stability. This challenging class is best suited for yogis with more than 2 years of regular practice.
The word Vinyasa simply means “moving with the breath” Therefore, a Vinyasa yoga class is a rhythmic, energetic flow of yoga sequences based on a garland of asanas designed for students looking to cultivate strength and flexibility, as well as to improve breath control. With a dedicated regular practice, students will feel energized, stronger and more limber. While each teacher offers their own unique style and sequencing, format of a typical class consists of the following: sun salutations warm up, strength/cardio, stretch, twist, back bend, inversion and cool down. Expect to build internal heat and squeeze out all negative vibes from the body!
Kundalini yoga is an uplifting blend of dynamic movement, pranayama or breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras to build physical vitality and increase consciousness. Often referred to as the “Yoga of Awareness” this practice goes beyond physical performance alone — in other words, poses are relatively easy to get in and out of but the work is in the mental challenge to move beyond self imposed blocks. Each class consists of a different kriya, or set of poses that are designed for a specific purpose, such as opening the heart, fighting off illness, or nurturing creativity. Each ends with deep relaxation facilitated by the mystical sounds of a gong.
Students enjoy a 75 min yoga flow that will start with settling the mind at the beginning of the practice, followed by a gentle warm-up that flows into a slow pace practice that builds up heat through a series of sun salutations, balancing poses, twits, back bends, and core work before slowing down at the end with a few deeply relaxing and healing restorative poses. Once students come back from Shavasana, they are given the choice to leave or stay for a 10 minute guided meditation practice. Regular students often rediscover and embody their innate state of equilibrium and emotional balance. Students will learn breathing and relaxation practices that aim to lower the heart rate and blood pressure as well as disrupt habitual patterns of thought.
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