17 Jan Class Descriptions
We take a unique approach to vinyasa teaching, with the goal to expand a student’s view on what a vinyasa practice might look like. Vinyasa’s definition is “to move in a special way”, we try to take that definition to heart each time. A vinyasa class can be big flowing movements on each breath and/or small movements to explore one pose deeper. No class is ever the same as the students in the room are never the same. Each teacher has their specific talents, all focusing on safe alignment and encouraging each student to explore their yoga practice. We will teach intuitive and authentic classes and hope you practice with that at the heart too.
Yin is a slow, quiet class designed to take you deeper into your body and self. Poses are done mostly on the floor and held for 1-5 minutes to deepen flexibility in your connective tissues (rather than building muscle strength like most yang styles of yoga). As you become still and relax into poses, there’s also a great opportunity to cultivate self-awareness, compassion, and inner listening. Yin yoga is therapeutic for the nervous system, helping to move away from the fight-or-flight response so many of us spend our days in and instead activate our relaxation response. We use a LOT of props in this class, along with modifications and variations to make poses work for most bodies. It’s a great complement to more active pursuits and a wonderful way to prepare your body for seated meditation!
In Slow Flow we connect breath to movement, but will have longer holds in the poses which means you will build heat in these classes. Slow Flow allows time to find alignment and make subtle (or not so subtle adjustments). It gives space to play with props and to move in and out of posture. We will encourage you to honor your truth in each pose, as you will always be the best teacher. Slow Flow gives time and space to explore, move, play and challenge yourself in new ways. When you slow down and begin to listen inward you can find what works best for you. This is true both on the mat and in the world.
Curvy/ Slow Flow:
The goal of Curvy Yoga is to provide a safe and accessible place for people of all shapes, sizes and abilities to practice yoga in a body positive and supported environment. Using creativity, props, and mindful sequencing to meet students’ unique needs, our intention is to welcome everybody to explore the practice of yoga.
The best way to describe restorative yoga is sophisticated nap time. This practice facilitates deep total body relaxation that encourages the natural healing processes that happens automatically when you move into deep rest. A restorative yoga sequence typically involves anywhere from three to six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest, and poses are held anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. Restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, gentle backbends and supported inversions.
Kundalini Yoga is known as the yoga for householders, it is a path for everyone who wants the skills to cope successfully with the challenges of our times. This is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul. This practice is a combination of specific kriyas (movements) and meditation aimed at raising the kundalini (divine) energy. The practices also help prepare the practitioner physically and spiritually for the intensity of this energy. Each kundalini class begins with a chant and is followed up by a warmup for the spine. The main part of the class is the kriyas, which combine postures and breathing techniques and the practice ends with a meditation and chant. This class is suitable for all levels.
Viniyoga is a low intensity flowing practice that links breath to movement increasing concentration, circulation, and building strength, well as offering longer stays in postures. Viniyoga loosely means “proper adaptation / application” so often variations are offered in classic postures, like different sweeping arm movements in Warrior II. A combination of Hatha and Vinyasa, sometimes pranayama, meditation, and mantra will come to life in this practice.
A gong bath is a sound healing practice that uses vibrational sound and frequency to help reduce stress, alter consciousness and create a deep sense of peace and well being for better health. The use of sound and vibration for healing has been used for centuries and are the medicine of the future and the past. A gong bath or gong sound meditation is a sound massage for the body and mind. While you rest in a comfortable relaxed position, the sound washes over you gently and creates resonance in the body. Sound frequencies can affect us on a cellular level, influence how we feel and function, and allows us to find calm within the chaos even if you are feeling totally burnt out, overwhelmed, completely stressed and emotionally drained. Allow the gong to wash it all away.