Class Descriptions

 

All Levels Flow

A multi-level strength based practice beginning with an easy warm up, sun salutations, and a series of poses including balances and inversions, designed to work the body to the core, helping to loosen the joints, and get the blood flowing. There will always be modifications, so you can work at the level best suited for you a joyful stimulating experience. These classes are open to a wide range of practitioners, aimed towards a moderately physical level. 

All Level

 

Chair Yoga
This class is for students looking for a relaxing stretch with a focus on deep breathing, while using the chair as a prop. Great for all ages…seniors who want the stability of the chair and the ease of not having to move to the floor, office workers wanting to learn how to do some yoga in their chair throughout the work day, and those simply wanting to stretch, breathe and relax!

Candlelight Restorative Yoga

Under the soft glow of candlelight and calming music, take your yoga practice on an inward journey, quieting the body and mind to encourage expansion at every level of your being. The poses are primarily supine (floor based) and are supported and enhanced with props such as bolsters, blocks, blankets, straps or the wall. Poses are held between 5 and 10 minutes allowing for complete surrender.  Melt into deeply restorative poses while you focus on breathing, stretching, alignment and utter relaxation.

This practice encourages softness and ease in the physical tissues, with feelings of greater calmness and acceptance for the mind. This class is open to all levels and suitable for most injuries.

 

Morning Glory Yoga 

Do you know what it's like to practice yoga in the morning? To begin your day with a sun salutation. To follow your breath before your first cup of coffee. To quiet your mind before you fill it with the news of the day and the worries of your world. Yoga follows you. Its makes your day better because it changes your perceptions. Practice in the morning to feel yoga all day long.

Our Morning Glory Yoga classes will sharpen your mind and invigorate your body. Attention to your breath turns focus inward. Gentle movement awakens you. Salute the rising sun to gain heat and energy. Connecting movement to breath, you find flow. Vigorous flow opens your heart. Stillness. Clarity. Prepared for the day, you leave a more compassionate being. 

All Level

Stretch & Unwind Yin Yoga 

Come hold deep opening poses designed to stretch the connective tissue that holds our muscles together.  Yin yoga is a strong yet passive form of yoga in which postures are held three to five minutes using breath to open the body and enhance flexibility. Perfect for recovery, rehabilitation, or relaation.  Yin yoga is important for strengthening the joints and connective tissues that support the muscles. Restorative yoga guides from the "fight or flight" to the "rest and digest". The first part of this practice is deep stretching, the second half is restorative. The combination of yin and restorative is a wonderful  practice for de-stressing.  If you are working to heal from injury, using yoga to manage symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis or other chronic conditions, want to reduce stress, need to stretch deeply, learn about alignment in practice and most importantly just relax, this class is for you. 

All Level

Sunday Slow Flow

Sunday mornings are so beautiful, so filled with potential. This class is designed to fill your heart with love and to let go of anything that is not serving you completely. 

 

Come groove through this soulful class that guides you to leave the past week behind and create beautiful energy for the  new week ahead!  This practice is meant to quiet your mind as you detoxify the body and cultivate the energy of the breath. Emphasizing safety and alignment, modifications will be offered so that everyone can work at their own pace with their own authentic breath. You will leave feeling stronger, centered and refreshed.

 

Together, we clear the energy and set powerful, clear intentions to create a life that you love!

All Levels

Yoga Foundations

Establish a solid foundation for your yoga practice in this class. Foundations of Flow focuses on the primary asanas of hatha yoga, and builds from the framework of Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar). Learn the components of breath work, the common transitions of vinyasa flow yoga, and how and when to modify your practice. Appropriate for all levels, those new to yoga will find its pace and instruction friendly and accessible. This class will enable you to practice intelligently, and to improve your overall health.

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 Yoga Nidra-  
This inspired guided meditative practice will awaken your whole being, allowing you to enjoy life fully. There is nothing required of you but to lie down and listen.

Yoga Nidra switches you out of flight or fight and into the relaxation response — your body’s natural healing state — where revitalization and regeneration naturally occur. Your body know exactly what to do to attain, and maintain, perfect health and equilibrium, all you need to do is switch on the healing switch. Yoga... Nidra is the button that can bring you effortlessly, compassionately, and rapidly into relaxation and healing.

Peacefully, Yoga Nidra gives you access to your deeper levels so that you feel connection with your whole self. The world slows down and you take a break from everyday concerns. Limiting beliefs that hold you back from fully living dissolve, leading to freedom within your mind and body. Yoga Nidra opens you up to living your fullest potential.

Yoga Nidra is good for anyone with a desire for greater inner peace, improved health, or connection within one’s self. This practice has been used successfully to aid insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, pain, cardiovascular and many other health issues.

Yoga Nidra strengthens the immune system, helps regulate blood pressure, balances the nervous and endocrine systems, improves sleep and aids insomnia. Yoga Nidra aids all stress related illnesses which are 99% of illnesses today
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Hatha Yoga-
This class welcomes people of all ages, body types, genders, and levels of experience. Come and enjoy an invigorating blend of flowing postures based in the breath to tone, strengthen & lengthen your body. This is meditation in motion: stretching & strengthening muscles, building bones, learning better balance, and increasing the life force within.  You’ll learn some Sanskrit and English names of postures, what you’re doing and why, and how to modify your postures so you can remain not only safe but comfortable – your practice should meet you where you are, not the other way around! You’ll also learn how to access your Deep Core Line and why you and your spine need to use it. You’ll gain both strength and flexibility here, improve your balance, and move toward a deeper understanding of your self as a whole, which is what yoga was originally meant to do.
Move and Melt

Celebrate your unique journey in Move and Melt Yoga! This unique integration of Vinyasa Flow and surrendered Yin postures will leave your mind and heart feeling inspired and at peace.  We will start with a gentle Vinyasa flow practice as a powerful moving meditation before spending the second part of the class relaxing with deep healing postures. Supportive and expansive, this practice will prepare you for any challenges that may arise in life, as well as gently opening up further reaches of possibility in your body-awareness.

Five Tibetans 

The Five Tibetans are known as the ancient "Rites of Rejuvenation" or the "Fountain of Youth."

 

These Rites are ancient yogic practices which were performed for thousands of years by monks in remote Himalayan monasteries and were considered magical because of their remarkable healing and rejuvenating effects.

 

The Five Tibetans will strengthen, energize and balance you. You’ll feel healthier, more alive! They are known to enhance bone mass, eliminate double chins, boost memory and immunity, improve eyesight, posture/spinal health, and more. They work by speeding up and creating balance in the flow of energy through seven energy centers (chakras), thus normalizing hormonal and nerve imbalances.

 The actual sequence (performance order) of the movements themselves is significant.In yoga terms, this sequence is perfectly designed to create the very energizing and mood uplifting effects on the body for which the Rites are renowned.

 

Some other benefits include:

-Feel calmer and less stressed – your buttons simply don’t get pushed as easily anymore

-Develop significant mental clarity with a razor sharp focus

-Stronger, more flexible and less stiff

-Better sleep – some people have more vivid dreams

-Enjoy seeing muscles appear on your arms, stomachs, hips, legs and backs. Good for toning flabby arms and tightening the abdomen

-Overall improvement in health, you don’t seem to catch colds or get sick as often

-Helps with depression and anxiety – lifts mood and improves well-being

-Feel younger and more powerful

-Improved breathing – deeper, slower and more conscious

-Increased levels of Qi (prana, life energy)

-Better posture

-Develops core strength, which provides a strong foundation for any other form of exercise or modern living

-Some people lose weight, most find it easier to control weight and desire healthier foods

-Improved digestion and elimination

 

The Five Tibetans can be strenuous, but modifications are shown and practiced in this introductory class open to students brand-new to the Tibetans and to those who want a refresher course. You’ll learn relevant warm-ups, how to perform each Tibetan with proper alignment and breathing, and how to avoid injury/ramifications of this powerful practice.

 

Each Five Tibetans Class will end with a NAAM Yoga Meditation, sealing in the positive, healing energy 

All Level

Naam Yoga®

"Naam Yoga is more than yoga, as it combines esoteric spiritual methodologies from the East and West into a comprehensive, yet accessible, practice. It incorporates the use of movement/poses, breath work, hand positions (mudras) and chanting of healing meditations (mantra) in a systematic way designed to heal disease, relieve chronic and emotional pain, manage stress, release self-limiting thought patterns, reduce anxiety, depression, and bring balance to the body, mind and spirit. Naam Yoga is a holistic system for self-healing and self-realization that addresses the entire being while harmonizing the individual with life itself."

- Dr Joseph Michael Levry, Founder of Naam Yoga

Naam Yoga is a complete and joyful approach to personal mind-body wellness and universal consciousness. It is an invaluable self-healing technology that balances the brain, the glandular, digestive, and nervous systems, allowing people to experience vibrant health. Naam Yoga merges the precise science of breath, sound, movement, and mudra therapy (hand postures) with the practical application of the laws of nature using the wisdom of Universal Kabbalah for total wellbeing.

 

Recognized by the Yoga Alliance as a Yoga Therapy, Naam Yoga is physically and spiritually therapeutic and rehabilitative. It is for people of all ages and all levels of flexibility. Anyone can do it!

 

  • Raises energy levels

  • Balances the glandular, digestive, and nervous systems

  • Strengthens the immune system

  • Relieves chronic pain

  • Reduces emotional disturbance

  • Manages and reduces stress

  • Reduces anxiety and depression

  • Breaks negative thought and emotional patterns

  • Improves overall health and wellbeing

  • Increases feelings of happiness and contentment

 All Level

 

Naam® Yoga Therapies for Thyroid and Complete Hormonal Health
Regulation of the hormone system is of utmost importance for achieving optimal health. Healthy hormone equilibrium can be supported with the techniques offered in this class, including movement focused on the meridians related to the thyroid and hormone function, and include breath and specific sound/vibrational techniques for the throat. This class is beneficial as an adjunctive and/or preventative therapy for people with, or who have a family history of, thyroid and parathyroid disorders, adrenal fatigue and is great for all caregivers. It is also an excellent tool for increased fertility, menstrual irregularities, puberty, menopause and male andropause.

Naam® Yoga Therapies for Heart Health

This class boosts the body's ability to adapt to stress, recover from injury and maximizes Techniques that strengthen the heart, improve blood flow and regulate heart rate and blood pressure are shared in this class. This therapeutic approach focuses not only on physical aspects of cardiac health but also mental wellness and emotional balance. Many who have taken this class also report experiencing better breathing, reduced incidence of anxiety and greater sense of calm in the face of stress. This class is beneficial as an adjunctive and/or preventative therapy for people with, or who have a family history of heart disease (coronary disease, arrhythmias), high or low blood pressure, circulation problems (spider veins, varicose disease, Raynaud syndrome, atherosclerosis) and share therapeutic techniques with caregivers.

Naam Yoga Tools for Neutralizing Anxiety & Stress

It is in the simplest things in life that we find truth and power. The most powerful yogic secret is learning how to use the breath most effectively.  

 

In this class, we will learn Naam Yoga techniques to calm, control, expand, settle or invigorate your breath, which can result in an incredibly powerful development of focus and clarity in the mind, which will allow us to change the way we feel and approach life.  By learning how to work with your own breath, by becoming mindful of your breath patterns, especially when under stress, one can reduce anxiety and negative emotions and become more positive. When you start consciously working with your breath, your mind is no longer in control of you, you can control your mind and chose to have positive thoughts vs. negative 

 

Most importantly, a positive energy connection is made between the mind and heart, and compassion and kindness are manifested internally towards one’s self and  externally towards others. As within, so is without. When one taps into the wisdom of the rhythmic breath, limiting beliefs and perceptions begin to dissolve and the heart becomes the guide to a more positive and healthy reality.

Shakti Naam® Yoga

Shakti Naam is a powerful anti-aging and disease-defying yogic practice, new to the West from the Himalayas. It incorporates standing postures with deep rejuvenating breathing techniques to open the meridians (energy channels) and remove all blocks in the body. This unique fusion of movement, breath, acupressure, stretching and vocal vibration, activates and strengthens the body's self-healing capacities and helps to increase one's life span- providing people of all ages with radiant health, happiness, and vitality.Class will involve standing postures with powerful breath work for detoxification, vitality and strength.

 

Shakti Naam exercises are designed to slow down the aging process, strengthen the immune system, remove stress and keep disease away. This all levels class will involve standing postures with breath work for detoxification, vitality and strength.  The practice of Shakti Naam Yoga frees the body's wisdom to optimally express the blueprint in the DNA, bringing out the best version of that person. It is a powerful practice that focuses on liberating and activating the precious life force contained within so as to optimize the body.

 

In terms of the exercises, Shakti Naam is different than traditional Naam Yoga. With a heavy emphasis on breath and stretching within asanas,  Shakti Naam focuses on opening the meridians, expanding lung capacity, stretching the subtle body, healing the mind and neutralizing the Body of Pain. 

 

 The class uses a specific series of unique exercises that train the brain and body to more easily experience this optimal state during daily life thus beneficially impacting one’s performance, communication, intelligence and health. Shakti Naam Yoga enhances the body’s capacity to nourish itself, much like a tree, with high quality solar prana, bringing oxygen to the brain, strengthening the heart, clearing energetic paths of the body and detoxifying and nourishing organs. It supports the body in building and activating the reservoir of healing energy located in the lower abdomen. It literally creates movement in the chest thus stimulating the heart and its large vessels and expanding lung capacity with strategies unlike most forms of exercise. 

 

Powerful beyond words, the basic approach is relatively simple: use breath and mudra and asana to open the meridians and remove all blocks. It provides an almost immediate experience of the meditative state as it quickly causes the brain and nervous system to shift.

All Level

Breath & Bhakti: Naam Meditation 

The benefits of a meditation practice are actively being researched by scientists and psychologists, and experienced by a large and growing number of individuals. From easing stress to developing mental clarity, from improving memory to deepening a sense of compassion and connection, the practice of meditation is proliferating from its traditional roots to the modern world.

The most radical shifts and deepest healing come from a daily practice of yoga, meditation and contemplation. This hour long class starts with a short, gentle warm-up of Naam yoga exercises and pranayama (breathwork) to get body comfortable and ready for meditate.  We will discuss and practice the basics of Naam Yoga meditation to support and integrate a regular practice into your daily life. Learn techniques, ways to avoid pitfalls and why a daily practice is so vital to a fulfilling and inspired life.

In this class you will learn:

• How to find comfort in your body to meditate
• Learn the essential theory of mantra meditation
• Practice basic techniques to develop qualities of concentration, mindfulness and steadiness
• Learn some common misconceptions and hindrances in meditation
• Discuss the role and value of meditation in day-to-day life
• Learn about the progression of an evolving practice

Gong Meditation
  Come relax, release,surrender, and let the vibration of the gong carry your stress, anxiety and negative thoughts away! Think of it as an hour long sivasana with healing sound!   As you listen to the gong’s sound, it will penetrate every cell and fiber of your body. The consequence is that your mind and body enter into a deep state of meditation where deep healing is possible. The sound vibrations are particularly powerful in clearing subconscious fears related to:
- Moving forward with confidence and faith
- Creating a life filled with love, joy and abundance
- Accessing the powerful Light within to heal self and others
- Realizing and accepting yourself to your highest potential
“The sound will carry you beyond your fears. The pressure (of the vibration of the gong) will release the nervous system of many illnesses… To regenerate the parasympathetic nervous system, nothing is more powerful than the sound of the gong.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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