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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.
Ashtanga SHORT FORM
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.
Start with the basics and grow into your practice slowly. This is the perfect class to begin your yoga journey towards a healthier and more balanced life. Emphasis on breath and mindful movement will slowly bring strength, flexibility and greater peace of mind.
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.
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.
Vin/Yin is a marriage of the strong, yang Vinyasa Yoga with the receptive Yin Yoga. Active, yet grounding sun salutations and standing flows are offered in the first half of class to enliven the body and chase away any fatigue. The Yin half of class, on the other hand, offers passive, seated and supine poses that are held for anywhere from 2 – 7 minutes on each side. The Yin aspect helps to switch off fight-or-flight mode, promoting balance throughout the nervous system and allowing for a sense of peace and relaxation. This is a multilevel class with something for everyone.
Suitable for all levels, this slower pace class allows students to move mindfully at their own pace. Postures can be refined and strengthened, without feeling rushed to move into the next breath or pose. Although the pace is slower, challenges will arise giving us the opportunity to grow in body and mind. Even the most advanced practitioner has much to learn within the reflective pace of slow vinyasa. Enjoy slowing down, moving mindfully and breathing deeply
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.
Power Yoga is a series of poses designed to build fire, balance, stability, and flexibility, practicing a connection between your breath and movement. The class builds to a peak and finishes with some longer yin postures, light stretching and the best savasana you’ll ever have. Come rock it with Jess - all levels welcome.
Yoga build is about foundation building postures and flows that will create a strong base for arm balancing and inversions. Grounding through the root chakra and or the power center of the body, we find strength, power and stability. All levels welcome.
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!
Join us for this sweet evening practice combing restorative gentle movement and yoga nidra. Yoga Nidra, or Yogic Sleep is a guided meditation practice intended to induce physical, mental, and emotional relaxation.
Aside from being relaxing, restorative and restful, yoga nidra in known to ease insomnia, decrease anxiety, alleviate stress, reduce PTSD, chronic pain and chemical dependency and boost overall resiliency and emotional balance.