Classes are designed for adults and for young people who are 12 years or older unless otherwise noted as a "child or teen" class/workshop.
To assist you in finding the classes that just right for you, below you will find that each class falls into one of five (6) categories:
- 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.
- Gentle and Beginner Yoga: Focused on slow muscle strengthening, stretching, and balance, these classes are appropriate for all levels of yoga students who prefer a slower, detail-oriented pace, including those 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 lead 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.
- Feldenkrais: 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.
- 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 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 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 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 at 10:00am, Tuesdays at 7:30pm, Thursdays at 4pm, Thursdays at 6:00pm and Saturdays at 8:15am and 10:00am - See Schedule.
- 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 up and down from the floor is an issue, consider looking for a gentle chair yoga practice - class or video. We intend to offer chair yoga in the near future.
BEGINNER and GENTLE YOGA
Gentle muscle practices that are great for newbies as well as those who prefer a slower paced practice.
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.
Classes meet Wednesdays at 10:00am and Wednesdays at 7:30pm - See Schedule.
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 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.
Class meets Mondays at 5:00pm - 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 those experienced yogis.
Class meets Thursdays at 7:30pm - 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.
Fascia Release, Slow Flow and Restoration
Fascia is the largest sensory organ - a vast living fabric matrix that wraps, holds together, and communicates throughout all structures in the body. Celebrating the essential role that fascia plays in easeful range of motion, this class will begin with gentle fascial release techniques by ultizing specialized tools, props and postures. This will aid ease of movement as the class processes into gentle/mixed level sequences of yoga postures that are inspired by seasonal rhythms and support physical and emotional well-being. Each class will wind down into a restful and mindful experience of restorative poses, pranayama (breath work) and/or meditation.
Class will meet Wednesdays 5:30-7:00pm (begins May 9th) - See Schedule
Slow Flow balances 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 physically active beginners as well as those yogis who enjoy the flow of Vinyasa but prefer the ease of mind and mediation that a slower, quieter practice can bring.
Class meets Fridays at 9:00am - See Schedule.
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.
Class meets Mondays at 6:30pm - See Schedule.
These 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.
VINYASA FLOW (with Yin)
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.
Class meets Sundays at 10:00am and Thursdays at 10:00am - See Schedule.
Yoga Sculpt is a total body workout that uses a simple yoga flow as its base and supplements the practice with strength training through the use of 3 and 5 pound weights. Boost your metabolism, build lean muscle mass and strengthen bone density by adding weight resistance. Students can expect squats, planks, and cardio along with light weight lifting strength work. Yoga Sculpt is a great mix of mind and body that people of most fitness levels can benefit from. For now, we ask that students bring their own 3 pound weights until the studio is ready to provide them.
Class meets Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00pm - See Schedule
FELDENKRIAS: AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT
Feldenkrais: Awareness Through Movement 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. Feldenkrais is accessible to ALL levels of abilities.
Classes meet Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30pm - See Schedule (begins Tuesday, June 19th)
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.
Class meets Fridays 10:45-11:30am and runs in 6 week, pre-paid session - To learn more about the next session, visit our workshops and event page.
YOGA FOR KIDS (ages 5-10 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.
Classes meet Fridays from 5:00-6:00pm, June 1st - June 22nd. Drop ins are welcome - See Schedule
YOGA FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS (ages 11-13 yrs)
Yoga comes to life through creative yoga sequences, journaling, cooperative games, breath work and mediative 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, 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 culitiviating 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.
New class dates will be announced soon. Please email machelle@rootsandriveryoga if you are interested in being notified when classes start again.
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 Birch, Rod Stryker, Shiva Rea, Baron 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 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.