What are Vinyasa Style Classes?
Vinyasa literally means” to place in a special way” when translated from Sanskrit to English. It has many meanings, but the most relatable is a specific sequence of breath synchronized movements used to transition between sustained postures. Another meaning is setting an intention for one’s personal practice and taking the necessary steps toward reaching that goal.
Personal attention, modifications, and use of props make this class perfect for those interested in delving into foundational alignment and precision within the postures. Basic breathing exercises and meditation techniques will be offered along with movement to learn how to bring the mind to a concentrated state. There is no expectation of previous experience or practice, we simply cultivate the beginner’s mind and start where we are.
Our Open Level Vinyasa Yoga classes are as diverse as the teachers who offer them. Classes incorporate creative sequencing, yoga philosophy, meditation and pranayama (breathwork). Expect a dynamic flow progressing through standing postures, forward folds, backbends, inversions, balancing poses and twists. A basic understanding of yoga asana is recommended as less instruction will be given on specific alignment and foundational postures.
Our most challenging offering suits students with a consistent yoga practice. Postures that push the boundaries of balance, flexibility and strength are included. Expect an energetic Vinyasa flow and to explore advanced inversions, complex arm balances, yoga philosophy and meditation techniques. An assumption that each student undestands Ujjayi pranayama and is comortable in an Open Level class makes for the best experience of the Intermediate/Advanced practice.
This mash-up class combines fluid Vinyasa flow with rejuvenating Restorative Yoga supported by props. The combination of heat-building asana juxtaposed with conscious relaxation guides you into bliss. Prepare to gently build up a sweat, quiet your mind and completely let go. A basic understanding of yoga asana is recommended, but not required.
facilitates relaxation on the cellular level, balancing the nervous system and boosting the immune system, moving one toward deep stillness.
Practiced mostly on the floor in seated or supine postures with the support of bolsters, cushions, blankets and other yoga props, this practice is extremely effective for soothing mind, body and soul. This class is gentle enough for every body but typically more challenging mentally.
Community Yoga classes are our offering to the community, our sangha, as an act of seva (selfless service) by the teachers who lead them. Classes are led by teachers in training and are offered for free. We always welcome donations.
Mindful Yoga for Veterans (and everyone)
Mindful yoga is a practice accessible to everyone, regardless of yoga experience, age, size, strength or flexibility. It comprises physical movement (asana), breathwork (pranayama), meditation and restorative postures, with an emphasis on alignment, curiosity and stress relief. Classes are by donation ($15 suggested) and a percentage of all donations will benefit various veterans organizations.