Ashtanga Mysore Style
The Ashtanga Yoga method is built around the ‘Mysore Style’ class, so named because yoga was taught this way by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, in Mysore, India, and continues to be taught this way in traditional Ashtanga Yoga schools around the world. In a Mysore Class, the student is taught a sequence of postures through one-on-one instruction. The correct movements, breathing, and other aspects of the practice are learned gradually, in a step-by-step process accessible to anyone. This method allows each student time to practice and memorize what they have learned before adding more. Students are able to practice independently and at their own pace while surrounded by the energy and inspiration of other students in the room. The main teacher works with each student individually. Initially, students may require more attention, but as they become proficient in their practice, they are allowed more independence, receiving adjustments and assistance only when required.
In your first class you will learn the basic techniques for linking breathing and movement – what we often call ‘vinyasa’ – and be guided through the opening and closing sequences of the Ashtanga Yoga practice. It is important not to learn too much in the beginning as this method relies on memorization and becoming proficient in what has been taught before progressing further. This approach also allows you time to adjust to a new daily routine. In subsequent classes, new postures will be added to what was learned. Thus, over time, the length of your practice will gradually increase according to your ability, making this practice perfect for beginners and more experienced practitioners.
Not to worry this class is not two hours long, most new students finish in about an hour, the class is set up to run from 7-9am to allow you to arrive when is convenient for you as long as you give your self at least an hour you will get your practice in. In other words you can arrive at 7 or as late as 8 and still be finished by 9.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Led 1/2 Primary
This class is great for those who have experience with the Ashtanga practice and/or Vinyasa flow yoga. Ashtnaga is the original Power yoga, it is a set sequence of postures linking breath to movement. This practice produces an internal purifying heat that can detoxify the muscles and organs, improve circulation and create a strong lean body and calm mind. One posture follows another in a specific and orderly manner. In this way one posture prepares you for the next, or counterbalances the previous posture. You will be led through the first half of the primary series which includes sun salutations, standing postures, seated postures and finishing poses.
In this hour long class the basic principles of Ashtanga yoga including proper breathing, proper alignment and the use of the bodies natural energy centers known as Bandhas will be covered. This class is a perfect blend of relaxation, stress relief and physical activity, it is suitable for those who feel comfortable in a Gentle Flow class.
The literal translation of Vinyasa from Sanskrit is connection, or to place in a special way. In terms of yoga asana, we can interpret this as a connection between movement and breath. A cat-cow stretch is an example of a very simple vinyasa, because the spine is arched on an inhale and rounded on an exhale. A sun salutation sequence is an example of a more complex Vinyasa. Each movement in the series is done in time with an inhalation or an exhalation. One posture follows another in a specific and orderly manner. In this way one posture prepares you for the next, or counterbalances the previous posture. The postures build from one to the next revealing an internal logic of body, breath, mind and movement. The postures are well placed and lead to a balanced, complete feeling at the end of the practice. This practice is good for those with some yoga experience as well as more advanced students.
This class's intensity falls right in between our Vinyasa Flow and Gentle classes. It is a perfect blend of relaxation and gentle postures along with poses that will build strength, balance, stamina and flexibility. You will gain mind-body awareness by uniting breath and movement, all the while reducing stress and cultivating peace of mind. This class is perfect for beginners and intermediate students.
Hatha is a potent alignment-oriented practice that emphasizes the forms and actions within yoga postures. Traditional asanas are held in accurate alignment. Emphasis is placed on core strength, flexibility and balance as well as concentration and breath control. This class is based on physical postures (asanas), deep breathing, mindfulness and listening to the body. The Origins of hatha yoga have been traced back to the eleventh century a.d. The Sanskrit word ha means "sun" and tha means "moon" and thus hatha, or literally sun-moon yoga, strives to balance opposing parts of the physical body, the front and back, left and right, and top and bottom. All levels welcome but some experience is preferred.
Gentle/Beginner yoga classes are great for those who want a softer, slow-paced and relaxing practice. Postures may be approached in gradual steps, with plenty of time to focus on breathing and repetition so that the practice is simple to and not overly strenuous. Gentle-style yoga classes attempt to serve a variety of distinct needs: people with movement limitations, or profound stiffness due to lack of activity, illness or injury, as well as seniors, new practitioners, and those seeking stress-reduction or weight management. This class is great for those new to yoga and those wanting a more relaxing class.
Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Chair Yoga makes yoga accessible to people who cannot stand or lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to lying down. While seated on chairs, students can do versions of twists, hip stretches and forward bends. In addition to a good stretch, chair yoga participants can also enjoy other health benefits of yoga, including improved muscle tone, better breathing habits, reduction of stress, better sleep, and a sense of well-being. This class is great for those with limited mobility.
Often, yoga is seen as an active practice, moving from pose to pose, building heat, increasing strength and flexibility. Restorative yoga is different. It's about slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching. In a restorative class, there may be hardly any movement at all, holding a few postures in the course of an hour. During these long holds, muscles relax deeply. It's a completely different feeling from other types of yoga classes since props are used to support the body instead of the muscles. Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a good complement to more active practices and an excellent antidote to stress.
Yin Yoga is a part of the original Hatha Yoga tradition. It is a unique practice of relaxing in a more passive posture (mainly on the floor) while softening the muscles and moving closer to the bone. With a meditative approach and emphasis on long-held, passive stretches of the deeper connective tissues, Yin Yoga mobilizes and strengthens the joints, ligaments and deep fascial tissues and networks. As one ages, flexibility in the joints decreases and Yin yoga is a wonderful way to maintain that flexibility, which too often is not payed attention to until that flexibility is gone. This class is appropriate for all levels, but some knowledge of yoga is beneficial.
Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga
Khalsa Way Prenatal is perfect for any woman at any stage of her pregnancy. We will focus on poses that are beneficial to you and your baby, as well as meditation and breathing techniques that will come in handy during labor. You will learn to connect more deeply with your changing body, your baby and the other moms to be in your community. In Khalsa Way Prenatal classes mothers are taught to move beyond the stress and fear that often comes up and surrounds pregnancy, as well as learning to tap into their sensitivity and intuition. Let us help you to have a confident, conscious birth and help you to bring your baby into this world already knowing the virtues of breathing and meditation. What a wonderful gift to give your child!
"If a woman is living in calmness, radiance, joy and good health, remember that this is the atmosphere in which her baby will enter the world."
-Gurmukh Kuar Khalsa, founder of Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga
Private Lessons are great for anyone looking to deepen their practice or those totally new to yoga. You will have a one on one session with one of our wonderful teachers where your personal yogic needs/goals can be addressed in a private space. Private classes are perfect for those recovering from health concerns, injuries, or any other limitations you may experience. If you are concerned about the possibility of a re-injury, working one-on-one with a private yoga instructor you will learn how to adapt certain postures and use modifications as well as find out if there are specific poses to avoid when in class. Experienced yoga practitioners can also benefit from private yoga lessons especially for those who want to take their practice to the next level. A private yoga instructor can work closely with you in leading you into more challenging poses in a safe and inspiring environment. Private lessons are also great for those with a hectic schedule since you get to pick what time of day works best for you. Call or stop by to schedule your lesson.
Tai Chi, also known as shadow boxing, is an internal martial art that originated in ancient China. Nowadays it is practiced throughout the world as an effective exercise for health. Qigong refers to a variety of medical and non-medical practices and movements which are also designed to cultivate and circulate energy or “qi” (pronounced “chee”). Both practices consist of fluid, gentle, mindful movements that are relaxed and slow in tempo and are a powerfully holistic approach to better health. They can be practiced almost anywhere and are a suitable form of exercise for just about anyone, regardless of age, health or fitness level. Benefits include stress reduction, improved strength and balance, reduced pain and stiffness, and improved fitness. In this class, students will learn an easy Qigong form and be introduced to beginning Yang style Tai Chi
Donation based Meditation
Curious about starting a meditation practice but would like a little guidance? Perhaps you're a seasoned practitioner who would prefer to meditate in a group for the collective energy? Gathering with others to meditate adds uplifted energy to all and regular group meditation is found to be highly beneficial to all over body and emotional health. Learn to quiet the mind, cultivate serenity and enjoy the silence and stillness that a regular meditation practice brings. All levels welcome.