Our classes include physical postures (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama), chant and sound, philosophy, guided meditation and deep relaxation. The following descriptions are meant to give you an idea of the pace, intensity and style of each practice, but each class is as unique and inspiring as the teacher who leads it. Check out our Teachers page to learn about our individual approaches. Better yet, attend classes offered by different teachers and be open to new experiences!

If you have never tried Yoga we recommend that you attend a ‘Yoga Basics’ session to give you some familiarity with poses, breath and philosophy. Check our Workshops page to find out when the next session starts. Unless a class is labeled ‘preregistration required’ you are welcome to drop in on any of our classes regardless of your level of experience. We encourage you to do what is appropriate for your own body and to find your own practice. You will never be asked to move beyond what is safe for you, but keep your mind open and you might surprise yourself. Don’t worry about what you can’t do; find out what you CAN do!

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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

YOGA BASICS

An introductory course taught in six week sessions, intro-ducing the principles, philosophy, movements, breathing and relaxation tech-niques of yoga. Designed specifically for the new student or for those who would like a refresher. Pre-registration is required. A yoga mat is required (available for purchase $25-35).

Yoga Basics II is a continuation of Basics I. Students will continue to explore the principles, philosophy, movements, breathing and relaxation techniques of yoga. New students are also welcome to attend.

ADAPTIVE YOGA

This class is intended for those who desire to increase flexibility, improve posture, and soothe muscle or joint pain.  The focus is on gentle yoga, much of it done in a chair.  If you think you cannot do yoga this class is for you.

ASHTANGA INSPIRED VINYASA

A vigorous practice based on a sequence of dynamically linked asanas.

BACK CARE 1 & 2

For those with back challenges. The emphasis is on postures that increase strength and flexibility. Poses are modified for particular back conditions. For beginner students and students with yoga experience.

BEGINNING / INTERMEDIATE YOGA

Beginning/Intermediate Yoga classes are informed by various yoga traditions, including the alignment oriented style of Iyengar yoga. Taught slowly, methodically and with precise instruction, these classes provide a friendly and meditative environment for students to develop flexibility and strength, and to deepen their awareness of body, mind and breath. Meditation practices may be included. These classes are appropriate for students of all ages, abilities and body-types.

BEGINNING YOGA & MINDFULNESS

Build or revisit the foundations of yoga and mindfulness by exploring the basics - philosophy, postures, breath, and focused awareness, all delivered in a welcoming and supportive environment.  Perfect for beginners but open to anyone seeking wellness and joy through a deeper connection of mind, breath and body.  

CHAIR YOGA

Come as you are, yoga is meant for everyone. The safe use of a chair lends the opportunity for access to the benefits of yoga for individuals with a variety of challenges. Health, fitness and physical limitations don't have to seem so overwhelming. Allow props to gently support the body, mind and breath of your personal practice.

CHAKRA YOGA

Do you long to understand what makes you who you are? 



Join Kim Allcock (PhD, RYT500) in this powerful series of classes to experience the Chakra system: the energy that shapes who we are. 



Through study, meditation, postures and breath we will explore the nature and function of the energy centers along our spines. Our energy centers come alive when we bring creative force and conscious attention together. Maybe it's time to free yourself from patterns of thought that have you stuck. Are you ready to commit to growth? Beginning at the root we will work with one chakra each week, culminating in a final session that profoundly unites upward and downward energy flows.

This class is appropriate for all levels of yoga and meditation experience.

FLOW FOR ALL

Focuses on gaining strength and flexibility through precise instruction for proper alignment and posture. While moving through beginning & intermediate yoga poses, each class is designed to deepen our awareness of the body, mind, and breath.  Students are encouraged to tune in with their body and make use of any modification or prop with the help of the instructor.  This class is suitable for any level of practitioner.

FOUNDATIONS or YOGA FOR BEGINNERS

is perfect for beginners or for anyone wanting detailed, compassionate and light-hearted instruction in the foundation of yoga practice. Classes may include some flowing sequences, but the focus is on teaching the building blocks of practice – philosophy, skillful breath, basic postures, proper alignment, awareness and non-harming.

GENTLE FLOW

Allow a relaxed pace, an awareness of breath, and a variety of postures to enable a kind exploration of self. All levels are welcome, modification as well as extension will be offered, and use of props is encouraged. Make space for the softer side of your practice, feel rejuvenated and supported as you release the day.

GENTLE FOUNDATIONAL YOGA

This class is for the beginner to intermediate yogi. We begin the class with calming breath work and a restorative pose. We follow that with a gentle flow that often includes modified sun salutations, hip and groin openers, twists, core work, hamstring and shoulder stretches, and balance poses. We end the class with a restorative inversion. Come join us for this relaxing and refreshing way to wind down your day.

GENTLE YOGA

is suitable for everybody. Focus is on breathing tech-niques, postures, relaxation and meditation to release tension and improve flexibility, resulting in a reduction of pain and stress.  Appropriate for the older student as well as those with special physical concerns, or for those who are just interested in moving at a slower pace.

MEDITATION

Meditators who have participated in the Introduction to Meditation course and who would like to continue studying the Eight Point Program of Sri Eknath Easwaran are welcome to attend ongoing satsang on the first and third Fridays of the month, starting in March 2004. We will continue with weekly videotape instruction by Sri Easwaran and finish each Friday with group meditation. We will begin at 7:15 p.m. and will usually finish between 8:45 and 9:00 p.m.

If you are interested in learning to meditate and participating in the ongoing practice but haven't been able to participate in the Introduction to Meditation course, we recommend reading the book Meditation by Sri Eknath Easwaran (copies are available at Yoga Loka).  Prerequsite: Completion of Session 1, "How to Meditate on a Passage" from the online course.

If you have questions or would like to join us, please call Mary Dugan at 851-4408

MELLOW FLOW

Gentle/Mellow Flow focuses on warming the body by flowing through variations of sun salutations, linking movement with breath, while integrating safe and proper alignment. Once the body is warmed, standing and balancing poses will be held to create strength, focus and refinement of alignment. Seated postures will focus on increasing flexibility while quieting the mind, in preparation for relaxation. Arm balances and inversions may be included into some classes.

Mellow Flow is for the student who would like to move at a slower pace.

MERIDIAN YOGA

A gentle practice designed to help balance and harmonize the mind, body, and spirit, using a combination of tai chi, qigong, and yoga with an emphasis on the connective tissue. The connective tissue and fascia form a mechanical continuum extending throughout the body, even into the innermost parts of each cell. All the great systems of the body—the circulatory system, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, the digestive tract, and the various organs—are ensheathed in connective tissue. Using movement, stillness, breath, and sound we can help ourselves maintain physical and mental well-being.

METTA MONDAYS ON THE MAT

Yoga, like metta, is a gift of love from ourselves, to ourselves. In this special topics yoga practice, including meditation and integration, be aware of the smallest ways we unconsciously choose self abnegation over self esteem, pessimism instead of confidence, and automatic pilot rather than mindfulness. Beginners are welcome.

September - School New Year: Your Mid-Year Adjustment Point
October - Yoga for Serenity: Awareness, Acceptance and Adjustment
November - Spring Ahead/Don't Fall Back! Yoga for Strength and Balance
December - Dominant Winter Holiday Blues: Focus on Your Reason for the Season

MINDFUL FLOW

is a practice of awareness and compassion toward the self. Flowing sequences of poses and detailed instruction on individual postures are both included, along with breath work, meditation and chant. These classes meditatively move the body and spine through their full range of motion, accentuating the importance of alignment using props and adjustments. Challenging poses such as inversions may be included but you are always encouraged to work at your own level on poses that will prepare you for the more advanced asanas.  This practice tends to move slower than vinyasa yoga.

MINDFULNESS, MOVEMENT & MEDITATION

This class combines movements from Yoga and Qi Gong to help calm the mind and nervous system in order to relieve stress that accumulates in the ups and downs of daily living. The additional emphasis on mindfulness, to be present in the moment with things as they are, leads to a more heartfelt and compassionate attitude towards ourselves and others. After a practice of moving into stillness we end with a short meditation period which is the original intention of the poses.

MINDFUL YOGA ESSENTIALS

Lee Ann will slowly guide you through yoga poses, breathing techniques and meditation practices to help increase strength, flexibility and concentration. The goal is to cultivate mindful awareness in a well balanced yoga practice. “Mindfulness brings your life into your yoga practice instead of trying to fit your yoga practice into your life.”

All levels are welcome.

PRANAYAMA YOGA

This class is open to all levels. Pranayama is focused breathing through yogic technique. Pranayama Yoga begins with a yoga flow sequence. Each class we will have time to explore our breathing with pranayama and learn mudras (hand postures).

PRE-NATAL YOGA

This specially designed practice addresses the changing phases of pregnancy, deepens your connection with your baby, and helps you build strength, confidence and breath-body awareness. Prenatal yoga supports health, comfort and well-being, provides mental and physical preparation for childbirth, releases fear and helps you trust your intuition, gives tools and techniques to use during labor, and provides an opportunity to connect with other moms. This practice is suitable for all trimesters, and no previous yoga experience is necessary.

RESTORATIVE YOGA

Restorative Yoga is a very gentle practice that involves the use of props (sometimes lots of props, blankets, bolsters, blocks, straps or chairs) to allow the body to feel totally supported in the long holds of these gentle postures so it can relax and release to facilitate deep mental and visceral relaxation.

RESTORING HOPE - A Restorative Yoga Practice & Discussion Group For Those Living with Chronic Pain and Illness

This class is designed as a safe space forpeople living withchronic pain and illness(though anyone is
welcome to attend)to comeenjoy a restorative yoga practice followed by a discussion inspired by Toni Bernhard's book, How To Live Well With Chronic Pain and Illness.

Restorative yoga is not meant to stretch or strengthen, but help restore thebody and mind. It does not involve a lot of movement, but instead utilizes props (e.g.blanket, bolster, chair)for support in gentle posturesfor longer periods of time. Please consider wearing or bringing anything that would make you comfortable during a restorative practice: sweaters, socks, a blanket, etc.

If you have special considerations, please feel free to contact us at info@yogalokareno.com or call 775-337-2990.

TAI-CHI

Tai Chi is a form of slow moving standing exercise to build strength, and connection, in body and mind. Tai Chi for Health is suitable even for a complete novice. The Yang Long Form is a series of coordinated movements which is appropriate for anyone, no matter the experience or fitness level.

When practiced on a regular basis, tai chi can:
• Reduce Stress
• Increase flexibility
• Improve muscle strength
• Increase energy and stamina
• Increase feelings of well-being
• Improve balance and coordination

Watch for new beginning series to begin throughout the year. Due to the nature of teaching the connected movements, this is not a drop in class.

TRANSFORMATIONAL YOGA

Yoga has the potential to transform your body, your mind, and even your life.  All we have to do is practice.  Consistently.  For an extended period of time.  That’s what the Yoga Sutras tell us.  Transformational Yoga comes from an authentic and historical lineage of teachings that lead us toward greater fulfillment and freedom.   

Transformational Yoga intelligently uses (simple) foundational asanas (the physical postures) to link you to your breath while strengthening and purifying your physical body. Intellegently uses Pranayama (breath regulation) to balance the nervous system, clear and steady the mind while building up your vital force. And intellegently utilizes Meditation which allows you access to a wealth of inspiration and capacity, to touch your soul, and to see a world of possibility and beauty that would otherwise remain unseen.

Come experience how these traditional techniques bring about positive changes in how you look, feel and think while connecting to the joy of being alive!  Being alive with more clarity and freedom, increased strength and capacity, plus a greater sense of peace and fulfillment.

Students of all levels are welcome. We utilize simple dynamic & static movements combined with breath . Modifications for individual needs are encouraged.

STRONG & SERENE

   This practice will help you strengthen your body, settle your mind, and feed your spirit. ‘Strong and Serene’ is a multi-level asana class that includes pranayama (breath exercises), vinyasa (flow) practice, preparation for and in-depth exploration of challenging poses (including arm balances and inversions), seated meditation, and a healthy dose of Yoga philosophy. It provides a chance to expand your boundaries - both mental and physical - in a supported and safe environment, with a passionate, skilled, and experienced teacher. One of the definitions of Yoga is ‘to achieve what was previously unattainable’. The intention of the Strong & Serene practice is to support your process in moving toward your personal goals.

YIN YOGA

Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, bones and joints of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine through the stillness of long held postures. This quiet meditative style is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles.

While initially this style of yoga can seem passive, overly soft or not challenging enough, you will soon feel the deep mental and physical “stretch/release” Yin practice provides in the long held poses. After you have experienced a Yin practice, even just once, you will realize that without it, you are doing only half of the asana practice.

 

YOGA ESSENTIALS (Slow and Gentle)

Yoga Essentials is designed as an introduction to the practice of yoga. It’s a basic and well balanced class appropriate for beginners and for those who want to refine the essentials of their practice.  Class is slow and gentle and uses the support of props, chairs or the wall. This class builds flexibility, strength, and balance of mind, body, and spirit.   It will both inform & inspire you. You don’t need to be able to touch your toes; you just have to be willing to try.  Basic and restorative asanas (poses), pranayama (breath exercises), meditation and mantra are a part of this class.

YOGA LIGHT:
REFRESH, RENEW AND REDISCOVER YOUR YOGA PRACTICE

Breathe a bit of lightness into the body as you roll out your mat for this practice that will help you refresh, renew and rediscover your yoga practice. Whether you are trying yoga for the first time or establishing a weekly rhythm, this series will cultivate compassion toward the self and a joyful awareness of the mind-body connection by applying yoga philosophy with pranayama (breathing techniques) and gentle/dynamic poses. Build strength and flexibility while enhancing balance and relaxation in preparation for a nourishing seated meditation. All levels welcome and encouraged...beginners too.

YOGA TO RESTORE MIND AND BODY

Treat yourself to a special blend of gentle movement and therapeutic stillness.  The experience begins with yoga postures and moving meditations to open the body and relieve tension in joints and muscles, followed by longer-held restorative poses to calm the nervous system and quiet the mind.  Guided awareness of the breath is provided throughout to further deepen the restorative effects.  This class is beneficial for all levels, and is thoughtfully delivered with props and modifications for injuries or chronic conditions.

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