Ashtanga Vinyasa - Also known as the “Eight Limbs” of Yoga or ‘Royal Yoga' is a modern day form of classical Indian Yoga. The Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series is the first set sequence of six series, increasing in difficulty and mastery. Each series begins with several warming and engaging sets of Sun Salutation A and B. Followed by a variety of standing poses, including balancing and strength building asanas, held for a length of five, long ujjayi breaths. This standing sequence is then followed by the closing sequence, which includes a multitude of sitting postures, backbends, and inversions. A large emphasis is put on proper breathing, expanding the body during inhales and compressing the body during exhales. This degree of focus, on breathing and the gaze held throughout the hour help to aid the student in deepening their practice. The Vinyasa style is one that is consistently moving, vigorous, and a full body workout that takes on the form of a moving meditation. The practice comes to a close with a relaxing savasana, often with hands on assists and gentle neck and shoulder massage with essential oils (hands on and oils/lotion is optional).
The 1 hour Modified Primary Series is the shortened version of the full series. This style may not be suitable for beginners. However, instruction will allow for modifications.
Community Yoga *AL - this FREE class, takes place one Sunday a month 12:30 -1:30, date to be announced at the beginning of the month or check class schedule. It's our way of giving back. Open to the public and suitable for beginners! Learn how to relax, synchronize breathing and slow fluid movements, and cultivate inner peace. Taught by any one of our teaching staff, a featured teacher.
Core Vinyasa *AL - Core Vinyasa, as the name suggests, is a series of movements and postures focused on the core muscles. However, Core Vinyasa goes beyond that to include the core of yoga postures on the spiritual, mental, emotional and energy levels. In this yoga practice, the definition of the physical core goes beyond the abdominal muscles to include the interconnecting muscle lines throughout the body that comprise the muscular support system. Through this series of core based movements, focus is brought to “core-generated alignment”. By working from this deep-muscle and inner-focus core, Core Vinyasa improves both physical and mental stability and results in a quicker and more efficient transformation of the body and mind, including confidence and self-awareness.
Gentle Yoga *AL - Yoga practiced with a slow, nurturing and soft pace. It’s a time to cultivate inner strength and peace. Easy non strenuous postures are taught, sometimes in a gentle flowing sequence supported by the breath. Expect measured stretching and range of motion exercises. Props are sometimes used to facilitate deeper release and relaxation. More emphasis on the meditative component of yoga. This is as an all level class appropriate for stress reduction, injury/illness recovery, and seniors (must be able to go to and from the floor unassisted) .
Happy Hour Yoga - An hour of yoga designed to help you end your week, in a relaxed and playful way. Enjoy about 30 minutes of Easy Flow Yoga followed by some delicious stretching. The sequence changes each week. Some experience helpful but not necessary. When weather permits we will practice on the rooftop deck! (Bring your sunglasses).
Hatha Yoga *AL - Hatha is a general category that includes most yoga styles. It is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body, preparing the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation. Hatha yoga is one of the most widely practiced forms of yoga in America. It is the branch of yoga which concentrates on physical health and mental well-being. There are nearly 200 hatha yoga postures, with hundreds of variations, which work to make the spine supple and to promote circulation in all the organs, glands, and tissues. Usually classes labeled hatha are done at a slower pace and suitable for all levels of practitioners.
Hatha Flow *AL - Hatha Flow links the postures practiced in a classical Hatha Yoga practice into a series of movements that “flow” as a connected sequence. Hatha Flow involves moving from one posture to another sometimes with a pro-longed period of staying in a posture which requires more focus and attention to detail. Expect possible frequent bursts of energetic sequencing to raise energy. Breathing techniques are taught to be used in a way that supports the poses and the movements between the poses. At the teacher’s discretion, sometimes there is more of a focus on correct alignment within each pose. Develop strength, stamina, better balance and concentration. Each class ends with a period of relaxation. All level class.
Hour of Power - this class is a faster paced, strong flow that encourages students to deepen their practice. This powerful, often sweat-producing practice, cultivates cleansing heat in the body, builds physical and mental strength, stamina, and focus that leads to release and peace. Students will be encouraged to pay attention to breath, core strength, alignment, and concentration. This flow practice, one which moves rhythmically from one posture to the next, is usually performed in a warm room. Students begin with a short, loosening warm-up and build to a moderately-paced sun salutation flow. Standing practice includes varied warrior series and balancing postures. Often inversions and arm balancing poses are incorporated as well. Students close their practice with back-bending, hip opening and/or abdominal work, and then enjoy the benefits of their hard work in savasana. This is a class for any student looking for a challenging and energizing yoga experience. All students work to their own maximum potential but will also be offered modifications if needed. It is a detoxifying, healing and energizing practice, cultivating concentration, confidence, and endurance ~ meditation in motion.
Japanese Sword - ah Yoga & Wellness Center is happy to host the CT chapter of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu. The focus is the study of Iaido (居合道)the drawing of the Japanese sword, specifically Ryushin Shouchi Ryu (柳心照智流). This is a traditional Japanese art, a “Do” (道) (or “Tao” in Chinese), a Way, through which one strives to reveal the true self. By bringing this true self forward, one is transformed, and so also is the world. The Iaidoka (a practitioner of iaido) wields a sword: not to control the opponent, but to control himself. Iaidoka practice to prepare for a surprise attack, where an immediate, efficient solution to the problem of aggression is necessary. Therefore, the technique is highly refined. Every unnecessary movement is cut away. Technique is simple and direct. The training method is aimed towards development of the practitioner’s every mental and physical resources.
Karma Yoga Donation Based Class *AL - Karma Yoga Our is the path of action and giving without being attached to the outcome. It can be applied to everything you do: from the most trivial, ordinary tasks to greater, more challenging work. When action is performed selflessly, with full focus and attention, it brings fulfillment and freedom. Acting with out being attached to the fruits of ones' actions - this alone can lead to union with the Self, which is the goal of Yoga.
Meditation Class *AL - 45-minute meditation class to calm, center, and de-stress the body and mind. Many bolstering options (blocks, blankets, chairs, bolsters, etc.) will be available for your optimum comfort. Follow the offered meditation or come with your own meditation style in mind. Each class will feature one or two types of meditation styles, some of which will be guided, along with several opportunities for light movement. Whether you have an advanced meditation practice or are a complete beginner, all are welcome!
Restorative Yoga *AL - In restorative yoga, props (blankets, bolsters, blocks and straps) are used to support the body so that you can hold poses for longer, allowing you to open your body through passive stretching. The postures are usually adapted from supine or seated yoga poses with the addition of blocks, bolsters and folded blankets to eliminate unnecessary straining. Restorative Yoga gives the body a chance to develop its ability to heal itself (homeostasis), puts the mind at rest, and the spirit at ease. Conscious Relaxation.This class is for those who are seeking a slower paced, gentle practice. Many of these yoga postures are more passive postures done on the floor. Along with Intentional breathing techniques, and a slow paced practice, you will calm your body and mind. This class will help you balance, release, and reduce the stresses of your everyday life.
Slow Flow *AL - Slow Flow Yoga usually provides poses that range from gentle to challenging, done with stable, self-centering energy. The pace of these classes is understandably slower and emphasis is placed on safe alignment and the maintaining balance of the slow breathing. This style can vary a little, with some classes preferring long, silent periods of reflection and static holding during each pose, and others opting for a more fluid experience. The toned-down speed of these classes does not, however, mean that the poses are any less beneficial for building strength, stability, and postural integrity than other styles. This slower pace is definitely more conducive to the meditative practices of mindfulness of action and awareness of breathing. This makes it particularly well-suited to newer students, or for those who desire deep concentration within their practice.
Stretch and Relax Yoga *AL - This class is for those who are seeking a slower paced, gentle practice. Many of these yoga postures are more passive postures done on the floor. Along with intentional breathing techniques, and a slow paced practice, you will calm your body and mind. This class will help you balance, release, and reduce the stresses of your everyday life. Relaxation is necessary for good health and peace of mind. Without proper relaxation the body and mind become overworked and inefficient. Using yoga poses you train the muscles to be able to relax. People who practice yoga often feel like they need less sleep and feel more rested. This is because, when they lie down, they quickly fall into a sound sleep. When the mind is constantly bombarded by stimuli, it becomes overloaded and exhausted. We may be unaware that we are doing it, but by thinking and worrying we are using up tremendous amounts of energy. The tension put on the mind by worries, whether real or imagined, can use more energy than physical work. Come and enjoy this class to recharge your body and mind.
Tai Chi Chaun - Tai Chi Chaun is an ancient Chinese martial art focused on developing internal strength rather than external strength. Tai Chi chuan is rooted in the concept of Wuji/stillness -- no extreme, a place from which existence flows; thus, it is also the source of the Chinese concept of Yin and Yang revealing the circular, spiraling movement of opposites. We move forward to go backward, turn right to turn left, all the while maintaining central equilibrium/balance. Tai Chi seeks to integrate body, breath, chi (energy), mind and spirit through learning sequences of “choreographed” movements . These five qualities are emphasized in 13 patterns -- 8 basic forms and 5 directions, thus, daily practice benefits the total person.
Instructor Charlotte Honda has been committed to Tai Chi Chuan (Yang Style) thinking, analysis and practice for the past 25 years. Charlotte maintains ongoing study with sifu Frank Wong (Tappan, NY); additional past study has been with Tai Chi Chuan master Herman Kauz (NYC), and intense workshops with master Yang Yang (MA) and master Paul Lam (CA).
Beginner class meets Thursday, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.; Intermediate and Advance class meets Monday, 3:45—4:45 p.m.
*First class is complimentary, after which continuous study is $140 per 8 sessions.
For More information about Tia Chi Classes at ah Yoga & Wellness Center, Please Contact Charlotte Honda directly. Cell: 203-460-0685
Vinyasa I *AL - Vinyasa means Flow. Typically in a Vinyasa Class each yoga posture flows one into the next with shorter periods of holding. There's less emphasis on alignment and more emphasis on connecting each movement with the breath. Vinyasa challenges us to stay calm, centered and balanced, both physically and mentally. Vinyasa yoga can be quite vigorous and tends to build a lot of internal heat which is an important part of any transformational process. Often these classes feel very fluid and can create more of an aerobic/cardiovascular experience. As in most of classes described on this page, Vinyasa ends in a period of deep relaxation. Modifications offered. All level class.
Vinyasa II - Vinyasa II, is a more challenging variation of all level Vinyasa. More advanced Asanas (postures) and Pranayama (breathing techniques) are incorporated. Practitioners begin to develop more refined body awareness, including a deeper understanding of the subtle body, enhanced concentration, endurance, balance and strength. Not Suitable for Beginners.
Yin Yoga *AL - Yin Yoga focuses on the connective tissues of the body through postures that are held in stillness and mindful awareness for several minutes at a time. A perfect complement to more yang styles of exercise (such as flow yoga, running, or biking), Yin Yoga addresses tightness in the joints and connective tissues, resulting in not only more lubricated and flexible joints, but also a greater sense of balance, peace, and calm. Props make the practice accessible to people of all abilities. If you’re an advanced yogi, or new to yoga, all levels are welcome.
Yoga Basics *AL – This is the class for you if you are brand new to yoga, returning after time away, or in need of or wanting to review the fundamentals. Perfect for beginners. Each class may include some discussion of yoga philosophy and history. Basic classical yoga poses are taught with an emphasis on correct alignment. Beginning breathing and meditation techniques are incorporated and time is allowed for questions and answers as well.
Yoga Sculpt *AL - This class, often offered as a 4 or 6 week series, combines traditional yoga poses and flow sequences with low impact resistance training and hand held weight strengthening exercises. Yoga fusion targets most major muscle groups. Yoga fusion provides the mental focus benefits of yoga while also testing the strength and endurance of the body as a whole. Unlike traditional yoga, yoga fusion workouts are consistently changing because of the vast amount of exercises that can be created by merging two types of fitness.
*AL = All Level, suitable for beginners.