Each of our classes will be designated as described below. You can read more about the levels under our FAQ. If your schedule does not allow you to practice at the level you desire, please join in where you can and let the instructor know where you are at so that he/she can support you. It is possible that other students also need a class added here or there and we will gladly accommodate if possible.
We highly recommend having supportive props on standby to enrich your practice further regardless of your level of practice. Blocks, blankets, straps or the equivalent go a long way to creating a stronger practice. Additionally, if you are practicing at home, it is nice to have a clear wall or door in the event you could benefit from the support during a balance or inversion pose.
Vinyasa is an approach to yoga in which you move from one pose directly into the next and should feel very fluid. There’s a flow to a this style of yoga, though the specific poses and the pace of the flow vary from one instructor to the next. Vinyasa focuses a lot on breathing, or pranayama (control of breath). Using inhalation / exhalation with specific poses, it gives you the feeling that your breath is part of the process in moving your body. These classes can be slow, fast or challenging and they will provide modifications for most any level, additional detail will be outlined in the class schedule.
In Restorative class, you relax and renew. Yoga postures are fully supported by props - blocks, blankets, bolsters and straps - so that the body can release. This form of yoga is aimed at the nervous system. It allows the mind-body to 'rest and digest'. We highly suggest having yoga blocks, 1-2 blankets and a strap available, although they are not required. Bolsters or firm pillows are a bonus. If you are at home, books, towels and bathrobe sash all work really well! Be creative! Bring yourself & your breath and expect to be refreshed & renewed. This class is highly recommended for all levels of practice at least once a week.
Slow-Flow & Basic
This class has the feel of a classical vinyasa flow while slowing down the pace. You will move mindfully while building both strength, flexibility and balance both on and off the mat. Enjoy slowing down, moving mindfully and breathing deeply! Open to all levels however, these are Level 1-2 classes. If you have a more experienced practice, please join us but we ask that you refrain from “speeding up” the class and enjoy the slowed down tone of the class. Occasionally, you may also be surprised with a sound bath!
Yinyasa is the perfect blend of both Yin Yoga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga. In this class, both styles of Yoga are practiced throughout the class leaving you both relaxed & refreshed. Poses are held from 3-5 minutes offering a safe "stress" on the deeper layers of connective tissues and are mainly practiced either lying down or sitting. With Yinyasa, you get an even amount of both standing poses and those on the mat. The purpose(s) of Yin Yoga vary in the same way the purpose(s) of Yang Yoga vary; muscular release, increased range of motion and flexibility, greater range of breathing capacity and an overall activation of the flow of energy (Prana) in the system.
Note: Yin/Yinyasa is (mainly) a Level 2 class.
Prenatal yoga offers the expectant mom time and space to connect with her baby, her changing body, and other moms-to-be. The class is a flow style, fluid movement, with just the right amount of pause for stretching and strengthening. This class is created to help relax the mind, build strength, and soothe pregnancy related discomfort and fatigue. Mind, body, breath connection is emphasized in preparation for labor and delivery (both types). Both the beauty and the challenges of pregnancy are explored in a supportive, calm, and welcoming space.
*No previous yoga experience is necessary. Blocks, blankets, straps, and bolsters are used during the class.