Class Descriptions

 

Yoga Basics

This class offers basic instruction of yoga practice, an introduction to correct breathing and postures (asanas) as well as a gentle flow to accustom yourself to the practice and become familiar with your body's needs and abilities. This class will teach the fundamentals of Hatha yoga to beginning students.

Yoga +

This all levels class is open for all students and will teach beyond the physical practice of yoga. Classes will start with a 15-30 minute lecture, reading, or discussion, which will focus on bring consciousness, self improvement, or ways to relate the mental and physical practice of yoga to ones everyday life. Following the teachings, students will be guided into a brief meditation, and a physical practice will then start. The physical practice can vary based on the teachings from the beginning of class. Please take note that every class may be different both in teachings and in the physical practices. Regular practitioners will be enlightened with a wider picture of what yoga is all about.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is the general physical practice of yoga that works to achieve balance between body and mind, as well as attempts to free the more subtle spiritual elements of the mind through physical poses or Asanas. Classes may consist of some vinyasa flow, alignment work, yin stretching, and/or other physical practices of yoga.

Vinyasa Heat +

Vinyasa is type of Hatha yoga, where the asanas (postures) continuously flow from one to the next, synchronized to the breathing techniques. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together. The breath becomes an important component because the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. This class works to achieve balance between body and mind. Classes will start with a 15-30 minute lecture, reading, or discussion, which will focus on bring consciousness, self improvement, or ways to relate the mental and physical practice of yoga to ones everyday life. The room temperature will between 82 -90 degrees. The heat loosens up muscles and tendons, allowing deeper, longer, more effective stretching in a safe environment. We recommend bringing an extra change of clothes (especially in the winter) and a towel to use during the practice as needed.

Shakti Yoga (Hatha Yoga)

This is a classical Hatha yoga that essentially lends itself to a more feminine/lunar flow; encouraging a deep sense of inquisitiveness regarding the nature of Self, our essence and our source. The practice of alignment and stillness is taught and honored while also incorporating a vinyasa flow at times to create heat and and foster flexibility. Perfect for anyone whom is interested in deepening thier personal practice through self-exploration, pranayama and creative movement. This is a lively class that integrates various types of bass music into a majority of the practice in the efforts to ignite our feminine Shakti force and open up specific energy centers through the synchronization of sound and vibration. This class is designed to open the heart, center the mind and work towards developing a yogic practice devoted to LOVE both on and off the mat.

Extra Gentle Yoga

A slower paced yoga class where you can take more time to savor the poses. We begin in relaxation pose and then move into gentle stretching while still on our backs. Each class may focus on a different theme or area of the body, but all parts of the body are stretched and strengthened. Recommended for beginners and those recovering from injuries.

Vinyasa Heat

Vinyasa is type of Hatha yoga, where the asanas (postures) continuously flow from one to the next, synchronized to the breathing techniques. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together. The breath becomes an important component because the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. This class works to achieve balance between body and mind. The room temperature will between 82 -90 degrees. The heat loosens up muscles and tendons, allowing deeper, longer, more effective stretching in a safe environment. We recommend bringing an extra change of clothes (especially in the winter) and a towel to use during the practice as needed.

Yin Yoga

This class targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, as well as the joints of the spine, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. With its slow, passive, meditative approach, this cooling practice not only promotes flexibility, it also replenishes synovial fluid surrounding the joints, increases range of motion, and creates space both within the body and the mind, preparing it for meditation. Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles.

Suitable for students of all levels.

Yoga Fundamentals

DESCRIPTION COMING SOON

Power Yoga

Power yoga is rigorous yoga class with demanding strength postures that will have you moving, breathing and sweating. True to its name, power yoga focuses on building and engaging your core strength to support you in more advanced postures. Set to energizing music in a heated, climate-controlled room, it will strengthen, balance, detoxify and exhilarate the body and mind.

Beginner Yoga Series

A 4 week session designed to give specific information and personal attention to the beginner yoga student. Each week teaches a different aspect of the Yoga practice, from correct breathing techniques to the different asanas (postures) and even how they are put together in the various Sun Salutations flow. At the end of the 4 week session students will feel prepared to head into a regular yoga class with a solid block of knowledge behind them and with the ability to "take it to their own level" without worry of getting lost.

For more information visit our Beginner Yoga Series Page.

Children's Yoga

This class is designed to promote well-being and balance, improve concentration and focus, enhance creativity, improve confidence, promote health and wellness, and improve academic performance.

Classes Will Include

        • Yoga Poses
        • Relaxation Techniques
        • Creative Movement
        • Breath Work
        • Music
        • Sharing Time

For more information, visit our Children's Yoga page.

Yoga Flow with Alignment

In this class the asanas (postures) continuously flow from one to the next, synchronized to the breathing techniques. This style is sometimes also called Vinyasa yoga. The breath becomes an important component because the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. This class works to achieve balance between body and mind.

Core Fusion Yoga

Core Fusion Yoga works to achieve balance between body and mind, as well as attempts to free the more subtle spiritual elements of the mind through physical poses or Asanas. Classes may consist of some Vinyasa flow, alignment work, yin stretching, and/or other physical practices of yoga and pilates.

Gentle DanceAsana Yoga

This class is designed for the yoga practitioner who loves movement, dance and vinyasa flow. By relaxing the mind and allowing the body to move through music we are working to release the tension and stress from day to day life. Our focus in this practice is to disconnect from stereotypes and labels, dropping the assumptions and stories these perceptions make us put on ourselves and others. Instead, we are embracing the boundless inspiration and creative freedom at our fingertips and after a class ends, each student can share the lifted and happy feelings with the world around them.

DanceAsana Yoga

DanceAsana Yoga is designed to give students a good workout. Be prepared to let go and sweat! This cardio class if for the yoga practitioner who loves movement, dance and vinyasa flow. By relaxing the mind and allowing the body to move through music we are working to release the tension and stress from day to day life. Our focus in this practice is to disconnect from stereotypes and labels, dropping the assumptions and stories these perceptions make us put on ourselves and others. Instead, we are embracing the boundless inspiration and creative freedom at our fingertips and after a class ends, each student can share the lifted and happy feelings with the world around them. As this is an all levels class, please keep an awareness of your body throughout the class and take it to your own level.

Tai Chi/Qigong

The Qigong-Taiji (TaiChi) class will utilize the Qigong practices of TaiChi. Qigong is the science of cultivating the internal energy (called Qi in Chinese) in the body. The Chinese have been researching Qi for the last four thousand years, finding Qigong to be an effective way to improve health and cure many illnesses. Most significantly, they have found that it can help to achieve both mental and spiritual peace.

Sutra Study Group

This class is designed to explore the Yoga Sutras through Self Study and Group Discussion. It relates the ways the 8 limbs of yoga touch your life both on and off the mat.

The class studies from the following two books:

  • How Yoga Works by Gesne Michael Roach and Christie McNally
  • The Yoga Sutras by Patanjali: Commentary on the Raja Yoga Sutras by Sri Swami Stachidanan

Both can be purchased at the Center. The books are $15 each.

Meditation

Meditation is a self-help process of gently quieting our busy mind to enable us to 'see' more clearly and see things as they really are. The final purpose of meditation is to purify the mind. The technique taught at our center focuses on the body, breath and sensations so you can get the actual physical and mental experience.  Through direct experience of focusing on the breath and sensations, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life becomes characterized by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control, liberation and peace.

This technique of meditation was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills.

Belly Dance Fitness

Using Middle Eastern Dance techniques, this aerobic styled dance class begins with a warm up and uses simple combinations and repetitive dance movements to keep you moving while experiencing the wonders of Middle Eastern Bellydance. The class will tone your body, strengthen core muscles and make you feel healthier and more confident in yourself.

Open to students of all levels.

Intermediate Belly Dance Choreography

This class is designed to be fun and enriching for the intermediate to advanced belly dance student. The focus of the class is to build choreography flow that will develop into routines, which may be performed at local community events. The choreography will challenge the student who is interested in training their mind and body to follow a group routine and building their stage presence.

Trial Belly Dance

DESCRIPTION COMING SOON

Hula Hoop Dance

Spin your way to improved health and happiness with Hoop Dancing! This class teaches the fundamentals of hoop dance as well as mesmerizing tricks that you can incorporate into your own dance style. Strengthen your body as you learn to spin the hoop around your waist, neck, hands and legs. Let go, meditate and relieve stress as you discover your inner rhythm. Hoop dance is the perfect mind/body exercise for getting fit and having fun! No experience necessary!

Open to students of all levels.