Classes are designed for adults and for young people who are 13 years or older unless otherwise noted as a "child or teen" class/workshop.
Each class at our studio falls in one of several categories. The descriptions below may assist you in discovering the practices that are just right for you!
Yin Yoga: A joint and fascia focused practice - these classes are appropriate and accessible to most everyone, from those brand new to yoga to those with extensive yoga experience, from those with mobility challenges to athletes. If you have joint pain - this is your practice for support and relief. The only “requirement” is getting onto the floor at the beginning of class and getting back up afterwards.
Gentle Yoga: Focused on slow muscle strengthening, stretching, and balance, these classes are appropriate for all levels of yoga student who prefer a slower, detail-oriented pace, including beginners coming to yoga for the first time.
Mixed Level Yoga: Building on the basics, these practices increase the complexity of the practice while still offering multiple options and variations so each person can create the level of challenge and ease that is right for them. The practice is based on "salutations" and leads students from standing to being down on the floor many times in each class and thus is not recommended for those currently having mobility challenges. This class is perfect for physically active beginners and those with yoga experience.
Vinyasa Yoga: Moderate to dynamically paced practices that integrate intermediate to advanced yoga postures that is most suited for those with familiarity with the yoga poses or those who are relatively new to yoga but are looking to complement their existing physically active practices.
Restorative Yoga: Accessible to most everyone, Restorative yoga sequences utilize only a few poses per class and are held passively for 5-20 minutes. Postures are supported by props such as bolsters, blocks and blankets that allow participants to rest and reset in deep relaxation. This class differs from Yin Yoga as Yin is designed to stimulate and “exercise” joint tissue through modest tractions and compressions whereas Restorative Yoga wants to take all stress off the joints to induce a deep relaxation response for the nervous system.
Feldenkrais Method: A super gentle, therapeutic and simple movement modality, Feldenkrais stimulates neural pathways of the brain and thus the brain's communication with tissues in the body in order retrain out of patterns of pain or stress and bring ease and increased freedom of movement. This practice is perfect for those looking to increase range of motion, work through injury or pain and create healthy movement. Again, if one can get onto the floor at the beginning of practice and back up afterwards, this is great practice for most anyone.
Qi Gong: Gentle breath and movement meditation that is easy on the joints and calming for the mind. This practice does not require getting up and down from the floor. Qi Gong can be done standing or seated and both will be instructed.
Kids/Family/Teens: Specialized classes and workshops designed just for children, teens, and families. This portion of our studio offerings is in its beginning stages. Look for this area to grow in the coming months.
Joint, fascia, and connective tissue practice - Accessible to almost everyone!
Yin Yoga is practiced entirely on the floor and uniquely serves joints, multiple layers of connective tissues and fascia. This practice is characterized by its slow, meditative pace utilizing muscularly relaxed postures that are held for longer periods of time. The approach allows for the muscular body to soften in order to modestly stimulate ligaments, fascia, and joint capsules. Yin Yoga's simple repertoire is unique for the health of the low back, spine, hips, sacrum, and knees. The intentional and systematic activation of the connective tissues and fascia encourages long-term health, flexibility, mobility, and pain reduction/relief. Themes of nourishment, insight, wisdom, and subtle energy pathways are presented throughout the practice to soothe the nervous system thus naturally drawing the mind inward into a calm, relaxed, and meditative state.
This practice is appropriate for most people - from brand new beginners to those who are quite familiar with yoga practices. Yin Yoga is great for those experiencing joint pain due to lack of movement (degeneration) or those athletes who experience joint challenges due to muscular over-use (deterioration)... and all of us in between.
Classes meet: Mondays from 10:00-11:15am, Tuesdays from 7:30-7:45pm, Thursdays from 4:00-5:15pm, Thursdays from 6:00-7:15pm, Saturdays from 8:15-9:30am and 10:00-11:15am - See Schedule.
BEGINNER and GENTLE YOGA
Gentle muscle practices that are great for newbies as well as those who prefer a slower paced practice.
GENTLE YOGA with YIN and RESTORATIVES
This calming, stress-relieving yoga practice offers a gentle approach to stretching and strengthening the body gradually through poses that are practiced in a slower pace. Emphasis is given to breath and building foundational alignment. Restorative poses with gentle twists and prop-supported forward and back-bend poses will be included in each class to allow for deep relaxation and rest. This practice is recommended for all levels of students including those who are coming to yoga as beginners.
Class meets Mondays from 5:00-6:15pm - See Schedule
This class focuses on building a solid foundation in basic yoga poses and is appropriate for those who are brand new to yoga as well for students who prefer to practice on refining the subtle aspects of the poses. Emphasis is given to the quality of breath and how linking breath to conscious movement provides a depth of physical and emotional steadiness and calmness.
Class meets Wednesdays from 10:00-11:15am - See Schedule
GOODNIGHT MOON: GENTLE FLOW AND RESTORE FOR BETTER SLEEP
Allow evening yoga to become your new bed time ritual, preparing your mind and body for a peaceful night's sleep. In this practice, you will be guided through a gentle flow designed specifically to discharge the physical, mental, and emotional holdings of the day. Transitioning into restorative postures for the remainder of the class, you will sink into the comfort of props and the calming qualities of your breath so that you will return home ready for a restful slumber. This class is appropriate for those who are brand new to the yoga practice as well as experienced yogis.
Class meets Thursdays from 7:30-8:45pm - See Schedule
MIXED LEVEL YOGA
Balancing gentle poses with more challenging and heat building options, these practices are designed for those with yoga experience or beginners who are already otherwise physically active.
Slow Flow balances muscular movement and relaxation. This slow-paced vinyasa practice weaves poses that strengthen and stretch the body together with extra restful, centering, and meditative poses to support the nervous system and cultivate a calm state of being. This class is suitable for physically active beginners as well as yogis that enjoy the flow of Vinyasa but prefer the ease of mind and mediation that a slower, quieter practice can bring.
Classes meet Tuesdays from 10:00-11:15am and Fridays from 9:00-10:15am -See Schedule
TGI FRIDAY FLOW
End the week on your terms and set the foundation for your weekend by unwinding stress and cultivating joy in this playful Friday evening flow. During this hour-long, well-balanced practice, you will move with your breath through salutations and standing poses, balance postures and settle into long stretches that will get you out of your head and into your body. There is no better way to start a weekend than with Savasana!
Class meets Fridays from 6:00-7:00pm
These are moderately/dynamically paced classes and are best suited for those who are familiar with the foundational alignment of the poses and are looking for a more physically challenging practice.
The heart of vinyasa flow is the rhythmic connection between movement and breath. These creative sequences are moderate to dynamic in their pace, introduce intermediate/advanced poses and cater to those who prefer a more active and invigorating practice. Modifications are given throughout so that each participant has options to customize the practice to fit their individual needs. Muscular practice are excellent for aiding the body's detoxification process, strengthening muscle and bones, releasing physical/emotional tension, and lends well to building self-confidence. Because of the pace of this class, it is recommended for students have foundational familiarity with the yoga practice and are otherwise regularly active.
VINYASA FLOW WITH YIN (half class is Vinyasa and half class is Yin Yoga)
Classes meet Sundays from 10:00-11:30am and Thursdays from 10:00-11:15am -See Schedule
VINYASA FLOW (full Vinyasa class with warm up, salutations, standing postures, balance and floor poses)
Class meets Wednesday from 6:00-7:15pm -See Schedule
Yoga Sculpt is a dynamic, total body workout that uses Sun Salutation A and B as its base and supplements the practice with strength training through the use of three and five-pound weights. Boost your metabolism, build lean muscle mass, and strengthen bone density by adding weight resistance to your practice. Students can expect squats, planks, and cardio along with light weight lifting. Yoga Sculpt is a great mix of mind and body from which active beginners and those with more experienced fitness levels can benefit.
Class meets Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00pm - See Schedule
Accessible to most everyone, Restorative yoga sequences utilize only a few poses in each class. Each posture is supported by props such as bolsters, blocks and blankets that allow participants to rest and reset in deep relaxation. Held passively for 5-20 minutes, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends.
DEEP RELAXATION: RESTORATIVE YOGA AND SOUND BATH
In this restful practice, students will be guided through different restorative yoga poses using various props designed to support the body into deep relaxation. Accompanied by the playing of crystal and Tibetan brass singing bowls, students will experience a "bath" of sound waves while they rest, which calm and soothe the nervous system, help to quiet and balance the mind, and take the body deeper into restorative rest.
Appropriate for all!
Class meets Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30pm - See Schedule
A gentle, therapeutic and simple movement modality that stimulates neural pathways of the brain and thus the brain's communication with tissues in the body in order retrain out of patterns of pain or stress and bring ease and increased freedom of movement. This class is accessible to most everyone and is especially therapeutic for those looking to increase range of movement after underuse or injury.
Feldenkrais lessons consist of accessible, comfortable, and gentle movements, generally performed on a mat or floor, and gradually evolve into movements of more complexity. Through nurturing instruction, students become more aware of their habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities and learn new ways to expand their approach to accessing mobility. Within the Feldenkrais method, each series of exercise are used as means to re-engage the nervous system in a way that increased ease, range of motion, and improves flexibility and coordination. Within this group lessons, practices will be tailored to each individual's needs and ability in service of improving the quality of each person's life. After each practice, participants state that they leave feeling more energized, flexible, and feel their brain/nervous system are more awakened for possibilities. The goal of each lesson is to "make the impossible, possible; the possible, easy; and the easy, elegant."These classes are accessible to ALL levels of abilities.
Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30pm - See Schedule
Focused on gentle breath and movement meditation, Qi Gong is accessible to everyone. The practice is easy on the joints and calming for the mind and does not require getting up and down from the floor. Qi Gong can be done standing or seated and both will be instructed.
Qi Gong contains aspects of martial arts, moving meditation, visualization, and relaxation. Join your friendly neighborhood acupuncturist, Dr. Sam Francis, as she walks you through the gentle and basic stances and concepts of this useful form of movement for physical and emotional health.
This class is currently on break and will return soon
LITTLE OM YOGA: YOUNG CHILD (STRONG WALKERS-5 YEARS OLD) AND PARENT/CAREGIVER YOGA SERIES
Come play with us and learn yoga through song, movement, poses, and imagination. In this special parent and child practice, explore different ways that breath can be used to cultivate confidence and a state of inner ease. The benefits to children who practice yoga are numerous and long lasting! Yoga is not only great exercise but also gives children the tools they need to learn how to treat themselves and their bodies with respect and kindness. Studies on yoga for kids indicate that children who practice yoga are better able to regulate their emotions, manage stress, and self-soothe. Through yoga children can develop concentration, focus, flexibility, and coordination while strengthening the connection between the right and left sides of the brain. Most importantly, yoga helps children to view themselves with kindness and compassion. It encourages self confidence and boosts their self-esteem while engaging their imagination.
Class meets Fridays from 10:45-11:30am - Email email@example.com to be notified of next session or visit our workshop website.
YOGA FOR KIDS (ages 6-10 yrs)
Yoga for kids is a fantastic way for kids to learn at an early age how to connect with thoughts and feelings while building strong, confident bodies. This workshop provides an opportunity for children to explore the basics of breath (pranayama) and postures (asana) through song, games, and movement while forging bonds in their community. Yoga is not about how flexible one is but rather how present and plugged into life one is. Yoga for kids cultivates a sense of self-care, respect, and trust and offers children skills that ripple out into their every day life.
Class meet Fridays from 4:15-5:15pm - Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified of next session or visit our workshop website.
YOGA FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS (ages 11-13 yrs)
Yoga comes to life through creative yoga sequences, journaling, cooperative games, breath work, and meditative awareness. Yoga can be a valuable tool in bridging the gap between childhood and becoming a teenager through positive body imaging, communication, and self-expression. Led by Alison Kennedy, a yoga instructor and teacher with 17 years of experience specializing in childhood development, tweens will explore poses that build strength, balance, flexibility, and focus while cultivating useful day-to-day techniques for quieting their minds, moving held stress out of their body, and cultivating confidence in a non-competitive and emotionally supportive environment.
Please email machelle@rootsandriveryoga if you are interested in being notified when classes start again.