Gentle Yoga classes are typically described as appropriate for those who want a softer, nurturing, slow-paced, well-supported, and relaxing practice. This is a great class for beginners and is also appropriate for those working with injury, limited mobility, or who prefer a softer, gentler approach to yoga. Experienced Yogis can also benefit greatly from a gentle class; as long-term practitioners, we seek to refine our postures continually, and the more deliberate rate of Gentle Yoga can set the stage to lead for the ever-unfolding insights we receive through our practice.
Yin Yoga invites you to slow down and create space for stillness while nourishing joints, ligaments, tendons and fascia. Poses are held for 2-5 minutes allowing joints and fascia to release tension. This helps to balance the energetic system, increase flexibility, and allow for a meditative moment to look deep within. Yin Yoga is suitable for all levels of practitioners, and can be a great compliment to a more dynamic practice or lifestyle to allow for deep openings in long-held postures.
Half vinyasa, half restorative. Just enough slow, juicy movement to warm the body and shake off the rajas before an intentional series of long, nurturing holds and hands-on touch. This practice is perfect for the busy yogi, the advanced yogi who needs help relaxing and the brand new yogi looking for a slower intro to the asana practice
Yoga Nidra is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, where the deepest states of relaxation and regeneration can occur. We often spend so much of our lives in active engagement, continually accumulating additional stresses in our lives or on our bodies; this style of practice is designed specifically to reduce and remove stressors from our bodies and minds to allow for deep healing to occur. Your body already has this capability; Yoga Nidra is about unlocking the full potential of that power. The yogic goal of both deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra) and meditation are the same; a state of meditative absorption called samadhi.
Power Yoga is a style that is modeled on the foundation of Ashtanga Yoga; classes are energetic and flowing, synchronizing breath with movement. Build strength, flexibility, and focus while bringing balance back to the body and calming the mind. Power Yoga takes the athleticism of Ashtanga Yoga, including lots of vinyasas, but gives each teacher the flexibility to teach any poses in any order, making every class unique. Modifications will be offered on more challenging poses, so as such, Power Yoga can be appropriate for all level of practitioner.
A dynamic practice that creates space for moving meditation in the postures. This practice increases muscle tone, improves flexibility, and sharpens focus; it also strengthens and nourishes the vital organs and develops space for you to experience a state of deep relaxation. Often this practice has a balance of dynamic, flowing movement (where postures may be held for as little as a half breath) combined with some longer holds of certain postures. Each teacher brings their own unique perspective and tradition to this form of Yoga. This practice is accessible to all-levels of students.
Restorative yoga is a type of yoga known for its relaxing, calming, and healing effect. It has its roots in the Yoga of B.K.S. Iyengar, who developed a system that allows students to practice without any strain or pain, making it an ideal practice for those recovering from injuries or illnesses. For Restorative Yoga, the intention is to relax as far as possible into the postures, using as little physical effort as possible. Practitioners focus on the breath in order to cultivate mindfulness and release tension from the body. Restorative Yoga classes tend to be relaxing and slow paced, with a whole sequence using as few as five or six postures which are held for long periods of time. Props are also used often in order to allow the body to be in the most comfortable, supported position possible. This may include bolsters, blankets, blocks and belts. This practice is suitable for all levels of practitioners.
Pilates is a body conditioning system that improves muscle tone, balances musculature, builds flexibility and muscle strength. It also increases overall endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. Pilates puts emphasis on spinal & pelvic alignment, breathing, building and engaging a strong core, and improving coordination and balance. It supports correct posture, and teaches us to move with ease and grace. The Pilates system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginning to advanced. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.