New To Yoga

Gentle Yoga

Sporty smiling beautiful young woman sitting in Gomukhasana, Cowface pose (yin yoga Shoelace posture) with hands in Namaste, studio full length shot on white background, three-quarters view, isolated

A very relaxed approach to the practice of yoga postures and breath work. This class guides students in a gentle and mindful way with a continual reminder that slowing down, listening to the body, and honoring individual needs are often what yoga is all about.

Level:  All Levels

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Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal yoga. Full length healthy Asian pregnant woman meditating at home, fullbody isolated on white background. Yoga hero pose.Each class begins with a round-table where we take time for discussion and friendship. This is an opportunity for each mother-to-be to talk about how she is feeling and ask any questions. There is a special camaraderie and closeness that comes during this time and most women find the support to be invaluable.

The discussion is followed by meditation to quiet the mind and bring focus to the body and the woman’s growing baby. Then we move in to breath work, stretching, strength building, and balancing postures that help to prepare the body and mind for the process of giving birth. Each class is a unique experience tailored to all stages of pregnancy. We finish the yoga session with deep rest and relaxation.

Level: For all women from the “conception” phase to full term

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Yoga 101

Beautiful woman doing yogaYoga 101 is designed to develop foundational knowledge for students new to yoga. All students will receive one individual session with Carmen outside of the class to further their body awareness by customizing their practice to suit their needs.

  • Learn the basic history of yoga and why we practice
  • Learn basic breathing techniques to aide with sleep and stress
  • Learn the names of postures and how to do them correctly
  • Leave the 8 weeks prepared to take a variety of yoga classes with confidence!

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Baby & Me Yoga-Bi-weekly

baby-yoga-2*Pre-registration required
Create space in your body, breath and mind as you move, stretch and relax in a warm friendly environment designed to strengthen your emotional, spiritual and physical connection with baby.

Surrounded in the company of other new moms, we begin class by using relaxing breathing techniques to soothe both you and baby.  Then, transition into your asana practice as you move with baby stretching your body as you incorporate baby into your yoga practice. Finally, we end class learning how to soothe baby by practicing infant/toddler massage to promote sleep and aide in relaxation. Please remember to bring a receiving blanket to class.

*Please note: we are a 1 floor walk-up, strollers can be left in our 1st floor lobby.

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Yoga for Men

seated meditationYoga is a great way to increase flexibility, endurance, and relaxation. It is also great for restoring balance and symmetry to the body for all those “one sided” sports men play like golf, tennis, baseball, and basketball. Yoga is also proven to be most effective for reducing belly fat, regulating sleep and improving digestion.

In addition, this class will target areas of concern for men like prostate health, heart disease and back pain. Everyone works at their own pace. All ages welcome. No experience necessary! Taught by a former carpenter, truck driver, athlete and general contractor, this class will be especially attractive to athletes, tradesmen, and your garden-variety couch potatoes!

Level: For all men, of all experience levels

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Yin Yoga

kneedowndancerMost forms of Yoga practiced today are Yang—they emphasize muscular movement and contraction. By contrast Yin Yoga targets the connective tissue of the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Connective tissue responds best to gentle stress over a long period of time, so Yin postures are held for longer periods. This type of practice complements the more muscular styles of Yoga and is a great aid for learning to sit in meditation.

Many people find that a Yin Yoga practice has transformative effects on body and mind. The gentle but consistent stimulation to the connective tissues encourages long-term health and flexibility of the joints, recharges the energetic system of the body and naturally draws the mind inward into a relaxed, meditative state. -Paul Griley

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Moderate Yoga

Standing twist exerciseA well-rounded yoga session, with more challenging postures and advanced breath techniques offered. Postures are geared more toward creating strength, stamina, balance, and endurance. The introduction of more advanced breathing exercises allow students to move towards a meditative experience, while simultaneously raising energy levels with a livelier physical practice.

Level: 1-2

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Vinyasa Flow

Yogi female in asana AstavakrasanaIn this flowing class usually structured around sun salutations, students build energy, strength, stamina, and flexibility. An emphasis on pranayama (breath work) and meditation will compliment the physical workout and allow students to go deeper into the practice.

Level: 1 (individuals with physical considerations should know how to modify)

 

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