Class Descriptions

Hatha Yoga (All Levels)

Hatha yoga is the most widely practiced form of yoga in America, this is because of its great diversity.  Rather than being a style of yoga as such, Hatha can be described as any kind of yoga where postures and breathing techniques are practiced.  There are nearly 200 yoga postures with hundreds of variations from numerous styles of yoga incorporated into the Hatha style.  This allows Hatha classes to be extremely adaptable to all levels.  Hatha yoga stretches and aligns the body, promoting balance and flexibility.  It works to make the spine supple and to promote circulation in all the organs, glands, and tissues.  Hatha yoga provides an opportunity to stretch, unwind, and release tension, while providing a wonderful counterpoint to busy or sedentary lifestyles, sports of all types and of course all other cardio activities.  Completed at a moderate to slow pace Hatha yoga is a perfect choice for novice yogi's.                                                                           

Flow Yoga (Higher Beginner to Intermediate)

Flow yoga, is also known as Vinyasa yoga, is a style of yoga where the practitioner moves gracefully from one pose to the next, almost like a dance. As with Hatha yoga this style encompasses several types of yoga, all which have a focus on synchronizing the body's motions to the breath. This synchronization results in a very steady workout, which leads to increasing mental focus. The concept of Vinyasa, which is central to flow yoga, is that each motion of the yogi's practice has an accompanying inhalation or exhalation. Similarly, the yogi also uses breaths to measure the time that he or she spends in each pose.       Flow is much more vigorous than Hatha with the focus on increasing the heart rate while concentrating on the both the breath and the posture form.   This is a perfect class for those wanting a quick work out that covers strength, cardio, flexibility and mental relaxation.                                                                                                         

Restorative Yoga (All Levels)

Most yoga styles consist of an active practice in which you move from pose to pose, building heat and increasing your strength and flexibility in equal measure. Restorative yoga is something completely different. It's about slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching.  In a restorative class, you may hardly move at all, doing just a few postures in the course of an hour.

During these long holds, your muscles deeply relax. It's a completely different feeling from other types of yoga since props are used to support your body instead of your muscles. Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a perfect complement to more active practices and an excellent antidote to stress. 

What to Expect in a Restorative Class:

Prepare for deep relaxation when you attend this class. Expect to use multiple props in a lightly dimmed room with soft music playing. After you are set up in a pose with all your props, you will hold the pose for an extended period, often up to ten or even twenty minutes and may only complete four or five poses over the course of a class.  The teacher may talk you through a visualization, meditation, or breath work technique or may use gentle music to help guide relaxation. At the end of the session, your body feels opened and refreshed.   This class is perfect for everyone no matter level or flexibility. 

Learn to Meditate (All Levels)

This class is designed to help students of all levels, learn to use different tools to facilitate a deeper and more consistent meditation practice.  

Why learn to meditate?

The purpose of meditation is to calm our mind and create peace within. If our mind is peaceful, we can remove and disengage from thoughts that create and cause unnecessary worry, both mental and physical discomfort as well as emotional strain.   Learning how to rein in our “Monkey Mind”, i.e. those random restless (and many times harming) thoughts can be done through practicing the creation of internal space, through meditation. Developing your own meditation practice helps to create a happier, more connected and satisfying life.

What to Expect?  

Expect to start each class with a discussion on a meditation technique. Followed by some gentle stretches, finishing with a guided mediation that is focused on the technique we discussed at the beginning of the class. Expect to be seated on the floor for most if not all of the class.  If sitting on the floor is not an option, please mention when registering,  as we do have some chairs available.  Expect to be gentle with yourself.  Each time we sit to mediate, we have the opportunity to experience many different things; they can be physical, mental and/or even emotional. Keeping this in mind, it is important to remember that each time we practice sitting in stillness for even a moment we add a coin to the “bank of peacefulness”, and just like when you save a little on a regular basis, it adds up!