Basic: Introduction to basic yoga principles and foundation, including body awareness, breath and movement. Basic asanas paying attention to physical alignment in a number of postures.
Level 1: Yoga sequencing primarily based on basic and foundation poses. Build foundation of yogic breath.
Level 2: Familiar with Level 1 practice and can implement basic poses with proper alignment. More poses introduced to cultivate alignment, strength and flexibility.
Level 3: At least 3 years of yoga practice with basic knowledge of arm balances, inversions and deep back-bends; expect more intensity and advance poses. Practitioners 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 practitioners with basic knowledge of a yoga practice and asanas. Modifications and variations are provided in each class to address the needs of each students. *Not suitable for someone brand new to yoga.
Basic Yoga (beginners, coming soon):
Great place to begin for those new to yoga. Emphasis is placed on detailed instructions of basic yoga postures, breath work and meditation. Pace is mellow, but effective in removing blockages in the body and relieving one of stress and tension.
This is a rhythmic, energetic flow of yoga sequences based on a garland of asanas (poses) designed for individuals looking to cultivate strength and flexibility, as well as to improve breath control. With dedicated regular practice, one 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: warm up, strength/cardio, stretch, twist and finishing. Expect to build internal heat!
It is characterized by great attention to detail and body alignment. Postures 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.
Students 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 Restorative 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 practitioners 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.
Hatha-Vinyasa class gives the students enough time to feel and explore mindfully the breathe, the body and it’s proper alignment as well as the emotions that may develop when practicing while flowing gracefully vinyasa style in between asanas
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 other ashtanga classes.
Certified Iyengar teachers are trained to modify the classic asanas (yoga postures) for individual students. Often, modifications include the use of props such as blocks, blankets and belts. 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 0 mph. 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.
Ashtanga – Vinyasa Yoga:
Enjoy a yoga class that mixes ashtanga and vinyasa style by exploring the strong aspects of an 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 your practice out of your comfort zone allowing you to develop and discover the great potential within your body, your mind and your spirit.
Come challenge yourself with Franco in this Ashtanga-inspired, comfortably building your own body heated, and non-groovy class. Students will get a taste of the Ashtanga tradition at a mindful pace. Expect long holds and challenging asana while being exposed to some Iyengar yoga tricks to boost your awareness and refinement. Franco’s classes usually offer a focus/topic to explore in a progressive way. Also, students should expect significant core work throughout the class in order to build the much needed strength for their practices. This challenging class is best suited for experienced yogis.