Being a beginner can be a complete state of being. In Zen Buddhism the concept refers to an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject. This is true, even if you have studied the subject at hand at an advanced level. You can always choose to approach the world as a beginner.
This series of five classes will immerse you into the groundwork of building a solid yoga practice through:
- asana: body alignment
- pranayama: breath awareness
- dhyāna: meditation
The Ashtanga primary series is called Yoga Chikitsa, which means yoga therapy. It is intended to realign the spine, detoxify the body, and build strength, flexibility, and stamina. The series of about 75 poses begins with sun salutations and moves to standing poses, seated poses, inversions, and backbends before relaxation.
beyond the basics
Expand your awareness of yoga’s eight limbs from asana (posture) to pranayama (breathwork) and beyond. This class offers you a chance to explore the deeper layers of alignment, anatomy and some of the lesser recognized branches of yogic practice. If you have been taking class consistently for at least six months and are interested expanding your knowledge of yoga as a whole, this is your class.
core and restore
Guided breath work to release chronic holding. A core strengthening session with asanas essential for supporting the spine. End with restorative poses supported with blocks, straps and bolsters to release shoulders, hips and spine. This class is appropriate for all levels.
Fairly new to yoga? Our fundamental level class is designed with the beginner in mind. The focus is an introduction to basic yoga poses & healthy alignment. Your practice will focus on standing asana (poses) such as Tadasana (mountain), Virabrahdrasana I & II (Warrior poses), Trikonasana (Triangle), Adho Mukha Savasana (Downward Facing Dog). Seated poses plus beginner modifications to inversions and backbends will also be included. Yogic breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques are also incorporated.
A flow of postures with emphasis on body awareness, alignment and coordination of breath & movement. Students are encouraged to practice at their own level, using variations and modifications to give postures more or less challenge. Classes may be enhanced by music, aromatherapy and inspirational readings to promote meditative awareness.
This class is designed to facilitate deep relaxation and rest. The class includes pranayama (breathing exercises), guided meditation while students recline in a restorative position. During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited.
A few of the measurable results of deep relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure, serum triglycerides and blood sugar levels in the blood, the increase of the “good cholesterol” levels, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, the reduction of muscle tension, insomnia and generalized fatigue.
Restorative poses are an important part of any long-term yoga practice: they recharge our energy reserves, heal the effects of stress, and bring our nervous systems into a more balanced state.
stoking the fire (earth)
An hour long practice featuring functional training, yoga and other core centered practices. This class may be held inside or outside based the activities planned. Please wear layers and bring water.
A powerful flow of hatha yoga postures, linked through a series of connecting movements, synchronized with smooth, deep breathing. Learn safe transitions between poses to flow through your practice. This class is not recommended if you have shoulder, knee or hip injury/arthritis.
yin yang yoga
Build muscle strength and flexiblity with a flow of heat building Yang poses. Then stretch connective tissue to open hips pelvis and lower back in a safe way with long held and supported Yin poses. A balanced practice perfect for the end of the day.
you and me kiddo
This class can be done for youth alone,. It can also be for a kid and their favorite adult, as an opportunity to create a bonding experience with one’s child.
The habits we cultivate as youth can be a benchmark for our whole life. Young folks can acquire physical and physiological benefits such as toned muscles, upright posture, a balanced nervous system, and free and healthy breathing patterns through the practice of yoga. This class will assist your child to start on the right path physically while also offering cues for mental grounding and awareness.
NOTE: This class is not on our regular schedule instead is an offering that can be prearranged to be held for a group at the studio. This can also be brought to your home (e.g. birthday party or other special event). It may also be brought a venue such as a school or civic group.
Adult (18 and up) must be accompanied by a young person (suggested age range is 5-9) to attend class.