Online Class Descriptions: Monday Yin 7:30 - 8:30 am You wake up feeling a little tired and overwhelmed with the start of the week. Get out of your head and into your body with this morning Yin Yoga practice. We will focus on poses that uplift our energy, clear away the cobwebs, and get you ready for the day and week ahead. We stay on the floor and hold the poses long while we connect to our breathing. It's a great way to get perspective on our thoughts and behaviors. Set an intention and you've got this Monday by the horns! Tuesday 8:30 - 9:30 am All Levels Yoga Either you've been up for a while, or you've slept in. This class will get your juices flowing and help you clear the clutter and move into your day. It's a slightly more active class. We will move, breathe, and maybe even break a little sweat. This class will leave you energized and ready to tackle whatever ahead with intention and awareness. Wednesday 7:30 - 8:30 am All Levels Yoga You just rolled out of bed, rubbing the sleep out of your eyes, and are sipping on something warm when you hit your mat. These early morning practices are designed to gently ease you into the day with some slow stretching and gentle flow. Eventually we make it up to our feet for a few standing poses to wake up and feel the energy in our bodies and open up the channels so we can move through the rest of our day with awareness. Thursday 5:30 - 6:30 pm Gentle Yoga Your coming to the end of your day and are feeling tired and ready to unwind. This practice is designed to help you slow down and ease into the evening. We come onto our mats, roll around, stretch our legs up and allow the energy of the day to let go. We may not leave the floor during this practice. We let gravity take over and help us relax. Thursday 7 - 8 pm Yin Yoga It's getting late and you are ready to call it a day. Before you climb into bed you want to calm the mind and release any last bit of tension that may be lingering in your body so that you can have a good nights sleep. This slow stretchy style of yoga will include poses that help you open the legs, hips, spine, neck and shoulders. We stay on the floor and hold the poses anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes allowing the body to relax and let go. After practice, a glass of water or cup of warm sleepy time tea and you are ready to hit the pillow.
"All Levels" (Hatha) - This all levels class will encourage you to return to the seat of your own wisdom and power to bring healing, balance and peace to your entire being.Classes may include vinyasa flow sequencing, traditional asanas including balance poses and inversions, and longer holds opening up the connective tissues. It is a full body work-in which builds strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. Pranayama, and meditation are also included. A focus on honoring where you are at in your practice and understanding of your body’s appropriate modifications will be emphasized. The morning hatha yoga classes tend to be more active and energizing and the evening hatha yoga classes more relaxing.
Gentle Hatha - If you want a more relaxing practice with focus on breathing and stretching this class is for you. We will warm up the body slowly and gently and then move into some standing poses before we head back to the floor for a cool down and Savasana.
Yin Yoga - Have you heard of yin yoga? It's a relatively new term given to a different stye of yoga: long holds of poses (mostly on the floor) that open up your connective tissues, tendons, and ligaments; or restorative yoga which allows your body to sink into the parasympathetic nervous system and heal. The term "yin yoga" is based on Taoist principles of Yin and Yang - complimentary forces. This style of yoga provides a healthy way for the body to re-calibrate and restore after workouts and more yang activities (including power or vinyasa yoga).
Restorative Yoga Nidra - Take time for yourself. Tap into a state of deep relaxation. No effort is required. Students listen and follow verbal instructions that bring awareness to different areas. The process involves welcoming what is present in the body and mind, and our emotions and thoughts begin to grow calmer. This practice of yoga nidra has been found to reduce tension and anxiety. In the process, discover and connect to that which is always peaceful and at ease. During this hour and fifteen minutes, you will be guided in a relaxing restorative yoga practice (gentle asana on the floor) and then introduced to yoga nidra. The guided meditation will be up to 25 minutes. Please eat sparingly one or more hours before class. Wear comfortable clothing to relax in and come to relax.