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.
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.
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.
While not definitively Iyengar (a system of alignment-informed hatha yoga facilitated by props as created by Mr. BKS Iyengar), Iyengar-inspired yoga pulls from the Iyengar tradition and fuses common yoga postures (with the use of props and breath techniques) with simple, playful movements – from other modalities (e.g., pilates and somatic awareness techniques).
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.
Yoga Therapeutics (on hold):
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.