Svaroopa ® Yoga is a deep and meditative style of yoga that uses props and precise alignments to reach deep into the core muscles around the spine to relieve tensions in the body. This style of yoga is excellent for the relieving back, neck, knee and shoulder pain. The guided awareness done at the beginning and end of every class provides a deep relaxation and a reduces the stress that many of us experience in our daily lives. Svaroopa ® yoga classes help students to develop a deeper mind-body connection. Classes are structured around 12 different themes each of which targets a different area of the body to help students improve flexibility and strength and to release tensions throughout the whole body. Svaroopa® says that it all begins at the tailbone, therefore in every class you will experience release of deep spinal muscles from the tailbone to the rib cage, leaving you feeling incredibly refreshed and relaxed after every class. To learn more about Svaroopa, click here
Be ready for a fun filled class! A variety of variations for a children's classes to introduce children to Yoga in a playful and fun atmosphere! This isn't your typical, introspection and quietly focused adult classes. The poses presented are familiar to the adult classes, with a bit of a twist, lightheartedness and some occasional sound effects and re-naming to fit the needs of the class.
Family yoga classes begin with a welcome song, centering activity and calming breathwork. We continue class by warming our bodies up with a few gentle movements and a sun salutation. A few poses will be introduced as either a mini-sequence or an introduction to a yoga themed game. After a few new poses are introduced we enjoy a playful and imaginative yoga themed game, featuring a few yoga poses. Depending on the groups interests, a story or guided meditation is introduced to begin lowering our energy level, readying us for our relaxation pose in a Savasana, or starfish pose for the really young.
3-6 year old classes:
Enjoy a 3-6 year old children’s yoga classes inspired by children’s literature! We will begin each class with a welcoming song, a centering activity, calming breathwork and a sun salutation. Each classes yoga poses will be guided by inspiration from children’s literature. Our practices will incorporate playful activities focusing on yoga pose as inspired by the classes literature and theme. Some familiar poses will include the ever popular Tree, Downward-Dog, Boat, and Fish poses. Each class ends with a relaxation song in starfish pose for Savasana.
7-11 year old classes:
With similar characteristics of playful and fun yoga activities for the older child in mind, each class begins with centering activities, calming breathwork and a sun salutation. From there we will develop our skills in yoga with a sequence of poses fostering skills necessary for a developing a routine practice. We will focus on building our skills for some challenging poses in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. Bring a friend or make new friends in class as we will also enjoy a few group and partner poses as well! As with the younger class, we too will end our class with a relaxation song in starfish pose for Savasana.
Learn the sun salutations, breathwork and abdominal locks that are the foundations of this dynamic practice. This is a vigorous practice that will produce interenal and external heat, create strength and enhance flexibility. The practice covers approximately half of the primary series.
ASHTANGA PRIMARY SERIES
Known as yoga chikitsa, or yoga strengthening, this is a series of postures designed to strengthen and open up the body. The Primary series focuses on forward bending. The sequence of postures is the same every practice. This a a vigorous style of yoga, be prepared to sweat. This practice includes backbends, inversions and some arm balances.
Explore the primary series in a workshop mode. In this workshop we will go over the jump-back and the jump through, backbend, correct shoulderstand alignment and headstand safety. Practice will stop and start, and questions are encouraged.
LED SECOND SERIES ASHTANGA
Second series ashtanga is known as nadi shodhna- nerve cleansing. This practice involves backbends, inversions and a series of headstands. This workshop will stop and start the practice and offer modifications for postures. Appropriate for ashtanga students, or those with a strong vinyasa practice.
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For your body…stretch and tone muscles, release chronic tension, de-stress and refresh.
For you mind…calm restless thought, cultivate concentration, support mental clarity and confidence.
For your spirit…encourage self-acceptance, honor inner wisdom, and invite deep peace.
What to expect in a Kripalu yoga class:
Classes begin with warm-up movements and breath awareness to prepare for yoga postures. The heart of each class is a sequence of postures that stretch, strengthen, and balance your body. Each class ends with deep relaxation and meditation. No previous yoga experience required. To Learn more about Kripalu Yoga, click here.
"Vinyasa" is from the Sanskrit term "nyasa", which means "to place," and the prefix vi, "in a special way". This flowing practice encourages the conscious connection and placement of the breath and the movement as the practitioner transitions from one posture to the next. As this connection grows it creates an inward appreciation also known as a “meditation in motion”. This class focuses on these qualities as well as on alignment, posture, strength and flexibility. This is a great practice for both the beginner and experienced yogi.
Svaroopa ® Prenatal Yoga
Svaroopa ® Prenatal Yoga, will help to prepare your body for the changes you experience during pregnancy as well as labor, delivery and your postpartum recovery. Using poses and variations specially designed for your changing body to open and release tensions in your body, to help with back ache and other strains that the changes of pregnancy might cause. The guided awareness at the beginning and end of each class will leave you incredibly refreshed and relaxed. You will also learn poses to do at home to help you prepare for labor and delivery.
This gentle Hatha practice is Svaroopa based. Class begins and ends with a relaxing and refreshing guided awareness or savasana where the body is reclined with legs supported by folded blankets. In this position the spine can relax and body soften into the support beneath you. We then go through a spinal sequence where each pose is designed to open and release tension in the spine, each at a different area. The result is a deeper mind-body connection and relaxation as well as an increase in spine flexibility. It is an excellent practice to de-stress, refresh and re-new bringing you back to your Self.
Kundalini is for everyone who wants the skills to cope successfully with the challenges of everyday life in todays busy and hectic world. It is a dynamic, powerful tool for expanding awareness and is appropriate for all levels of study. This class will help balance mind,body,and spirit bringing positive and empowering attitudes of thinking. This class combines yoga postures and kriyas( cleansing/resetting techniques for the mind/body) with meditation and relaxation for the most beneficial experience.
Chakra Slow Flow
The chakra system is an ancient model of understanding energy that offers practical wisdom for modern living. This class, appropriate for all levels, includes gentle warm-ups and posture flow to foster breath-linked movement and energy awareness. A different major chakra will be “highlighted” each week through key postures and a variety of breath and meditation techniques. Class ends with deep relaxation to soothe and balance body mind and spirit.
This gentle, candlelit class will focus on slowing down the mind and opening the body as we prepare to rest for the night. Centering visualizations and breathing exercises will help us find calm and stillness after a busy (possibly even frantic!) day. A complete pose practice will be offered, focusing on releasing tension in the neck, shoulders, back, and hips; detoxifying through gentle twists and compression; and relaxing the nervous system with gentle inversions. We'll close with a few moments of meditation to find a deeper quiet in the mind, leaving us calm, peaceful, and ready for a restful night.
This fun, light-hearted practice is great for early birds (or those who would like to be!). We’ll gently work through the stiffness we often experience upon waking, gradually moving through a series of asanas selected to bring fluidity and movement to the spine, breath, and circulatory system. We'll also wake up the core and other stabilizing muscles of the body, preparing them to move efficiently and comfortably throughout the day. After this class, move on with your day feeling refreshed and energized. Appropriate for all levels, several pose options will be offered.
Restorative Yoga Hour
Restorative yoga is a very gentle practice that accesses the body’s natural ability to rest and heal. The pressure and stress of modern life leave the body in a constant state of fight or flight – the body’s survival mode. This state of chronic stress allows disease to set in, ranging from headaches, fatigue, memory loss, and insomnia to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and myriad other ailments.
Through a series of long held, passive postures (supported with props) the mind and body are able to let go of layers of deeply held tension and access the relaxation response – the body’s natural state of rest and healing. Restorative yoga is a powerful self-care tool appropriate for everyone, offering support and balance to the body in order to create conditions for optimal health and well-being.
Sunday Yoga by Donation
Class for all levels, beginners are welcome.
Cultivate the effortless effort by breath and body awareness. The postures are designed to revitalize the body, calm the mind and deepen self-awareness. De-stress and recharge. Stretch and strengthen the muscles. The emphasis is on the core strengthening and balancing postures. The practice includes longer-held yin yoga postures. Class ends with Yoga Nidra.