Basic: Introduction to basic yoga principles and foundation: Breath and 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 2 to 3 years of yoga practice; expect more intensity and advance poses, e.g. challenging inversions, arm balances, back bends, etc. Practitioners are expected to be disciplined and in control with the breath, physical maneuvers, energetic mechanisms, and alignment. Strong practice. All (Mixed) Levels: Suitable for all practitioners. Modifications and variations are provided in each class. Not suitable for someone brand new to yoga.
Prajna Vinyasa Flow:
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 heat and sweat!
Prajna Yin Flow:
Yin Flow Yoga combines a slow flow yoga with the meditative style of Yin yoga that encourages students to “find their edge” and go deep in each pose to strengthen tendons, fascia and ligaments. Yin Yoga holds each floor pose for up to five minutes and is designed to increase circulation and blood flow – or qi.
Ashtanga Inspired Flow (Strong Practice):
Inspired by the discipline and teachings of Ashtanga Yoga and guided by the collective energy of the Present, this energetic practice blends in playfulness, fluidity and creativity in asana sequencing. Dynamic movements are synchronized with breath, deepening into stillness. Practitioners can expect detail instructions on asanas, as well as guided pranayama and a short meditation in every class.
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.
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.
Pre-Natal & Post-Natal Yoga:
This flow class focuses on helping women safely build strength, improve flexibility and cultivate balance physically, mentally and emotionally on their prenatal and postnatal journeys. Moving through poses specifically chosen for their effectiveness in providing relief from the typical physical discomforts of pregnancy and parenting newborns, women will focus on linking breath with movement. Students will practice breath awareness to relax. This all-levels class is an excellent way to increase stamina and
prepare the whole body for the challenges of pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood. All women are welcome.
Journey Through Movement:
A new conscious movement practice that combines the grace of yoga, the power of martial arts, and the joy of free form dance into the stillness of meditation. Students are invited to a place where freedom reigns. Class starts with gentle Hatha yoga to connect the mind and body, then slowly soars into an exchange of energetic martial arts kicks & punches followed by exhilarating, flowing dance. Class ends with guided meditation that leaves one open-hearted, relaxed and smiling. Stretch, breathe, move and groove!
Yoga is a healing art form; it’s a science. Yet, without proper understanding of the body and it’s key functional and energy aspects, people do get injured either from exercise or from living a sedatary life. Yiwen designed this class to rehabilitate skeletal-muscular misalignment and to address anatomical as well as energetic issues. Practice key pressure points for stress relief and learn how to facilitate energy flow through the meridian system with yoga. (Note: This class is theme-based and includes lecture.)
Family Yoga (on hold):
“Doing the family thing?” This is it! This is the class for family fun, fitness and a chance to connect with other families in the community. Unlike a typical adult yoga class, this class is all about fun where we get really creative with our kids and explore the landscape of yoga poses in ways that is refreshing and full of childlike wonder.