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Class Descriptions

Ashtanga Vinyasa Modified Primary Series  – Ashtanga Vinyasa otherwise known as “The Eight Limbed Path of Yoga” is the modern style of classical Indian yoga. The Asanas or postures performed are only one of the eight limbs of yoga; breathing or “pranayama” is another.  This class is a set sequence including sun salutations, standing and balancing poses, sitting and inversions, the practice is all encompassing. The sixty minute modified primary series is a slightly shorter, simpler version of the full ninety minute practice. Ashtanga, having six levels leaves room for progress, challenge and better health.

Gentle Yoga – A class 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) .

Hatha Yoga – 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 Alignment – Inspired and influenced by the teachings and methodology of the late, great BKS Iynegar, Hatha Alignment  focuses on the subtleties of each posture. In a typical class, poses are held much longer than in other schools of yoga, in an effort to pay closer attention to the precise musculoskeletal alignment within each asana. Sometimes props are used such as blocks, belts, bolsters, chairs and blankets  to accommodate injuries, tightness or structural imbalances, as well as teach the student how to move into a posture properly. This is a great class for beginners as well as more seasoned yogis who want to fine tune their practice.

Hatha Flow – 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 period of staying in a posture longer which requires more focus and attention to detail. 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 –  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 (posture) modifications if needed. It is a detoxifying, healing and energizing practice, cultivating concentration, confidence, and endurance ~ meditation in motion. Not Suitable for Beginners

Mid Day Meditation Class – This mid day, 45-minute meditation will break up your day by calming, centering, and de-stressing 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!

Release the Week Yoga –  this class will help you let go of all the stress and tension of the week and leave feeling rejuvenated, relaxed, centered and available to move forward into a joyful weekend. Dawn will lead the class through a series of postures designed to relax muscles, loosen kinks and knots that often build during the work week, and breathing exercises to calm the nervous system and alleviate anxiety. This is an all level class with modifications given as needed. Class will end in a restorative savasana, often with hands on assists and gentle neck and shoulder massage with essential oils or lotion (hands on and oils/lotion is optional). Get ready to let that stress go and release the week in this fun and relaxing class.

Restorative Yoga –  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.

Rock Your Asana – Before words there was sound. For human civilizations sound vibration can evolve into quite the experience: music! Enjoy the culmination of creative process in an energetic practice of yoga poses sequenced to tunes of our time. Highlighting the musical melting pot of American culture, each week the music of a chosen artist will be featured providing sound vibrations to rock your asana (yoga pose)! Don’t take your practice too seriously, loosen up in this playful class!  Have a favorite artist? Send in your requests!

Stretch and Relax Yoga – 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.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga – Trauma-Sensitive Yoga is designed to address the unique needs of students who have been traumatized, to provide those students with the skills that may be necessary for them to participate in yoga, and to offer them the potential healing from trauma that yoga can provide.  In the broadest sense, TSY helps trauma survivors to return their nervous systems from sympathetic dominance (fight-or-flight or frozen),  to parasympathetic dominance (rest and digest) when triggered (reminded, consciously or unconsciously, of the trauma). In sympathetic dominance, there is elevated heart rate, depressed heart rate variability, increased muscle tension, hypervigilance, reduced neocortical function, loss of verbal ability, feelings of fear and anger, increased overall arousal, and reduced ability for social connection.  By its nature, yoga promotes normal heart function, muscle relaxation, a normal level of vigilance, clear thinking, normal verbal ability, calm feelings, and compassion for others.

Vinyasa – Vinyasa means Flow.  Typically in a Vinyasa Class each yoga posture flows one into the next with shorter periods of holding. Less emphasis is placed on alignment and more emphasis is placed on connecting each movement with the breath and finding what it takes within oneself to stay calm and balanced, both physically and psychologically.  Vinyasa yoga, which can be quite vigorous, tends to build a lot of internal heat which is an important part of any cleansing or purification 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. All level class.

Yoga Dance  Fusion – This weekly class is a dynamic, powerful physical training. It effectively works every part of your body, focusing on cardio, endurance, flexibility, coordination and balance. It enhances your awareness of center, alignment, grounding, breathing, time and space. Each session concludes with 20 minutes of stretching.  Have fun and get fit with this unique blend  of Western dance forms and ‘MB Training’ (“Muscle-bone / Mind Body”), a physical workout component of the Body Weather Approach created by Butoh dancer Min Tanaka in Japan.  This is high intensity class is for anyone who wishes a good workout, body toning and increased body awareness. Start whenever you like and come as often as you can! Please bring a towel and extra set of clothes for stretching. Expect to be sweaty after the workout!

Yogastrology –  is the fusion of a slow-flow, gentle yoga practice enriched by astrological wisdom. Join yogi and astrologer Michele Leigh to tap into the energy of the zodiac wheel and connect to the natural rhythms of the sun and the moon.

Yoga Basics – This is the class for you if you are brand new to yoga, retuing 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.