CLASS DESCRIPTIONS  

Most classes are designed for adults and for young people who are 12 or older unless otherwise noted.

We will be offering special classes for elementary and middle school aged kids soon - as well as family classes to build on our already beloved Little Om Yoga class for 1-5 year old and their parent/caregiver.


YIN YOGA

Yin Yoga is practiced entirely on the floor and uniquely serves joints 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 support of low back, spine, hips, sacrum, knees and ankles. 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 pathway 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 most all people from brand new beginners to those who are quite experienced in the practices. Yin Yoga is great for those experiencing joint pain due to lack of movement (degeneration) or those serious athletes who experience joint challenges due to over use (deterioration).... and all of us in between.

The only "requirement" for Yin Yoga is to be able to get down onto the floor at the beginning of class and get back up at the end. If getting on the floor is an issue, consider looking for a gentle chair yoga practice - class or video.



 GENTLE/BEGINNER YOGA

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 cultivating awareness the quality of breath and how linking breath to conscious movement provides a depth of physical and emotional steadiness and calmness.  

This class is appropriate for those who want to try yoga for the first time or are getting back into a practice.


GENTLE YOGA 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 while emphasis is given to breath and building foundational alignment. Restorative poses with gentle twists, forward and backbend poses that are supported by props 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. 


SLOW VINYASA FLOW AND RESTORE

Slow Flow and Restore balances gentle muscular movement and relaxation. The 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 most beginners and those who enjoy the flow of Vinyasa but prefer the ease of mind that a slower, quieter practice can bring.   


GOODNIGHT MOON FLOW AND RESTORE

Allow evening yoga to become your new bed time story, 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 those experienced yogis.


FLOWING HATHA

Flowing Hatha weaves longer held active postures that cultivate stillness, focus and resilience with gentle flowing transitions to boost circulation and joint mobility. Along with the posture (asana) practice, each class will also incorporate element of pranayama (yogic breathing) and meditation. This practice is designed to invigorate the body, calm the mind and nervous system and foster a deeper connection with life and Self. 



VINYASA FLOW

The heart of vinyasa flow is the rhythmic connection between movement and breath. These creative sequences are moderate to dynamic in their pace 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. This class is appropriate for beginners who are relatively active normally and more experienced yoga practitioners.


MIXED LEVEL VINYASA

Breath and movement are synchronized to build heat, balance the nervous system and revitalize the body and mind. Variations to poses are offered throughout for each person to find the level of challenge or ease. This class is appropriate for beginners who are relatively active normally and more experienced yoga practitioners.


RISE AND SHINE VINYASA

This early morning Vinyasa, the practice will begin nice and slow to wake up the body and mind, then gradually build into a warming flow, matching the transitions of the postures with the pace of the breath. Participants will leave the studio feeling simultaneously energized and relaxed, ready to move into the day ahead. This class is appropriate for those who are brand new to the yoga practice as well as those experienced yogis that enjoy a decadently balanced, slow practice to start the day. 


KRAMA VINYASA - a donation based "pay what you can" practice

Krama Vinyasa offers students a chance to explore the progression of an asana, by moving from simplier versions of a pose to more complex variations. This allows the student to be in a practice that is suitable for her/him, yet  is challenging when the time is right. This type of practice will prepare the body by activating muscles and opening areas of the body that are required for the asanas. Prepare to breathe, move with your breath, and use your internal fire to expand the possibilities in your practice. This class is appropriate for beginners who are relatively active normally to more experienced yoga practitioners.


LITTLE OM YOGA: YOUNG CHILD 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 around yoga for kids indicate that children who practice yoga are better able to regulate their emotions, manage stress, and self-soothe to calm themselves.  Through yoga they can develop concentration, focus, flexibility, and coordination while strengthening 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, boosting self-esteem, while engaging their imaginations.


Below is more in-depth information about Vinyasa and Yin Yoga: 

VINYASA (aka: FLOW)

Vinyasa is a combination of two Sanskrit words. Nyasa implies "to place" and vi denotes "in a special way".   Vinyasa is an ever evolving form of Hatha yoga that synchronizes breath and movement into a dynamic flow of postures. 

This fluid practice is often referred to as the "creative little sister" of Ashtanga yoga. Ashtanga was formed out of the teachings of the yogic sage Krishnamacharya and carried on by his student Pattabhi Jois. Vinyasa evolved in the 1990's out of the creative and playful vision of several dedicated Ashtanga students such as Beryl Bender BirchRod StrykerShiva ReaBaron Baptiste and others.  The practice is rooted in the classic Surya Namaskara (sun salutations) and frequently links a creative flow of poses through chutterunga, updog, downdog transitions.

Vinyasa is an active or "yang" practice  relying on muscularly rhythmic movements that lend nicely to storytelling around themes of heroine and hero journeys, as well as tales of  warriors and lovers.  Bringing these myths into the practice allows us mimic these stories through the body, creating confidence and assuredness from the inside out.


YIN YOGA

Yin Yoga is a contemplative practice that utilizes muscularly relaxed poses performed on the floor that are held for 3-5+ minutes each. This approach stimulates  connective tissue throughout the body utilizing modest traction and compression to benefit fascia throughout and ligaments in and around joint capsules. Yin Yoga is especially effective for the densely wrapped joints such as the hips, sacrum, low spine, and knees.  The Yin repertoire of poses is based of ancient Yogic and Taoist principles to support the body tissues for health and meditation.  Paul Grilley expanded upon these concepts and made more accessible an understanding of the structural, chemical,  and energetic  qualities of these poses that have endured through the ages.  He and long time friend  Sarah Powers coined the term "Yin Yoga"  to describe this practice that tends to the deep layers of the human body and psyche. 

Unlike Vinyasa (and muscular forms of movements including most forms of yoga, exercise, and sports) that dynamically move energy through muscular rhythm and repetition, Yin Yoga addresses areas where energy and circulation can easily stagnate  - in connective tissue such as fascia,  ligaments and joint disc spaces.  Muscle responds best to brief but repetitive movement, while connective tissue like ligaments rehabilitate when they are provided a steady, static, moderate stress over a period of time (like traction).  Yin Yoga is an excellent modality for long-term health and mobility of joints.  This approach simultaneously calms and recharges the nervous system while naturally drawing the mind inward into relaxed and meditative states. 

Yin Yoga is also characterized by the way it tends the most subtle energies of the body via connective tissues, meridian lines, and in-depth work in the psyche. Yin Yoga blends modern medical research of joint health with the ancient health teachings of Chinese Acupuncture. This approach provides a means of self-acupressue to stimulate meridian pathways, rebalancing chaotic movement of energy and activating deficient energy that leads not only to a sense of physical ease, but also psycho-emotional retraining and well-being.  

 Yin Yoga's stillness lends well to storytelling around the archetypes of benevolent leaders, sages, and caretakers. Like alchemy that alters base metal into gold, Yin Yoga stimulates is a process of transformation - reconstructing a physical or mental state, tending it at the most profound levels, and restoring it with greater complexity and value.  The themes of cultivating insight, nourishment, and wisdom are explored in the physical and psychological depth of the Yin Yoga practice.