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.

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.

FLOW AND REFRESH

Begin with a mindful flow sequence with emphasis on form and function for each asana. Improve your focus and attention with guided meditation, discover the impact of pranayama on your yoga practice, and realize how asana practice can influence your strength, stamina, balance, and energy.  Transition to relaxing poses to finish your practice leaving you feeling energized but refreshed.  Suitable for all levels. 

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.

FLOWING BREATH YOGA

Refresh yourself in one of Jennifer's favorite gentle flow practices offered as an opportunity to explore the rhythm of your own breath and the winds of energy/prana/light that move through all of us called the vayus.  Mudras are often incorporated into this practice that culminates in a delicious savasana and variety of breathwork methods. People come away from this experience saying they feel not only refreshed, but renewed, floating and otherworldly.  Come see for yourself!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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