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
3-6 year old class descriptions
Enjoy a 3-6 year old children’s yoga classes inspired by children’s literature! We will begin each class with 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 such 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 class descriptions
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.
What to wear:
Comfortable clothing for movement, layers are recommended.
Yoga mats and props are provided for class use, or you may bring your own.
"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.
This beginner-friendly class is also appropriate for anyone who has been practicing yoga and would like to discover some of the background and philosophy which informs our modern practice. Each class will include a well-rounded asana sequence, with an in-depth exploration of a few featured poses each week. Several different breathing exercises and meditation techniques will be offered throughout the session, and each class includes a period of deep relaxation. We will also explore how our yoga practice can be a tool for transformation in our lives "off the mat".
This morning 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. After this class, move on with your day feeling refreshed and energized. Appropriate for all levels, several pose options will be offered.