Hatha is the classical version of yoga. It is steady, paced and deliberate. Emphasis on breath with mindful movement works to slowly improve flexibility and peace of mind. Stretch and strengthen to find increased mobility and balance in daily life. Open to all levels and abilities.
Ashtanga is a highly structured dynamic form of practice. We will move through the sun salutations, standing poses, and many of the seated poses before taking a well deserved savasana. Ashtanga challenges us to work with best effort while respecting our limits, maintaining an attitude of contentment and gratitude for all we are capable of. What may appear as a purely athletic pursuit is in fact moving meditation with intense focus on breath. Be prepared to sweat as we build strength, flexibility and patient determination.
A condensed Ashtanga practice based on David Swenson's 45 minute short form; perfect for those a little short on time or working towards building stamina for the full sequence.
Start the day with mindful movement. Conscious breath and proper alignment help to rebalance the body on all levels while improving overall flexibility and peace of mind. Leave refreshed and energized ready for the day ahead.
Vinyasa is a more vigorous practice; a fun, dynamic flow which allows us to move more effectively using the breath as a guide for movement and an anchor into the present moment. The term Vinyasa is derived from nyasa, meaning “to place,” and vi, meaning “in a special way.” This indicates that we are not “throwing our bodies around” but are bringing intention and awareness to each movement.
Welcome Saturday morning with a slow building flow. Build heat and cultivate strength as you move through a thoughtfully sequenced and continuous flow. Ladder Flows combine the best from traditional Vinyasa and Hatha to create a fun strong practice! Beginning with a simple vinyasa, progressively difficult poses are added and held with each round. Linking breath and movement will create a moving meditation to clear your mind and challenge your body.
Enjoy a delicious practice with focus on hip opening, strength building and restorative bliss. The hips are at the pelvic hub of our skeletal system affecting the way we walk, sit, move and sleep. Creating harmony in the hips often leads to harmony in the entire body/mind. Happier hips make for happier days and nights.
We'll start with a short slow flow to gently warm the body, then ease into some beautiful stretches for the hips, lower back and hamstrings. Allowing the breath to guide you, we will mindfully invite greater flexibility and ease into these commonly tight areas. Leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated with a little more freedom in your movement and mind.
Release tension in the neck, loosen and strengthen the shoulders and ease your way into gentle back bends. Suitable for all levels this class is designed to leave you feeling uplifted and joyful.
This class blends slow flow Moon Salutions with restorative postures. Prepare to move at a slower pace, mindfully with the breath while holding poses longer. You will explore your edge, yet still feel a relaxed and renewed experience. This cooling sequence is the yin energy to balance the yang. Each class will close with deep relaxation in restorative postures. Please welcome the use of props to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation. This practice is for everyone, at every experience level.
Yin yoga works deeply into the body with passive, longer held poses targeting the connective tissues and fascia networks. Yin asks us to gently find our edge, back off slightly and then settle into stillness. Mentally the focus moves towards meeting each experience within the pose exactly as it arises, developing a natural quality of open-hearted courage and ease no matter what circumstances arise - qualities that will serve us well off the mat in our daily life. A calm, quiet and contemplative practice with poses held for 3-8 minutes.
This all level Pilates mat class series is movement re-education program designed to work every muscle in your body in an efficient and focused manner. You will gain long lean muscles and flexibility. It is a challenging yet safe method to sculpt your body and to feel increased agility in your everyday movements and prevent sport injuries. Some of the many benefits of Pilates include: Increased flexibility, strength, improved posture, better spinal strength, boosts mental health, improved focus and concentration, reduced stress and anxiety. Remember, you are only as young as your spine is flexible!