STUDIO CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Descriptions will guide you to the class that best suits your needs. All classes teach to all levels of students unless otherwise stated. When in doubt, give us a call and we will be happy to help you choose the best class for you.
Not all classes are on schedule at all times. Private instruction also available for beginners, private groups and seasoned students who want instruction in more challenging poses.
In this class we will use a unique blend of safe movements, gentle stretches, breath work and meditation based on the ancient arts and practices of Hatha Yoga. These therapeutic Yoga techniques help alleviate physical pain, improve mobility, recuperation of the internal organs, the nervous system and consciousness. This gentle, breath centered class is good for everyone looking to counteract the effects of stress, soothe the mind and bring the focus inward. No prior experience necessary. All levels are welcome. (Back to Top)
This class provides an opportunity to “come home” to your body, breath, and soul. Taught as a vinyasa style class, postures and sequencing are designed to establish connection, integration, and grounding within; allowing for an optimal calming of the mind and energizing of the body. All levels welcome. (Back to Top)
First timer? Intimidated by yoga? Not very flexible… yet? If you’ve never done yoga before, start at the “beginning.” Start where you are and ease into stretching, strengthening and uniting your body, mind and soul. This class introduces the yogi to the basic poses of yoga and breathing techniques using classical Patanjali teachings to improve mobility, energy and relaxation. Ease past your pain, stress and lack of flexibility one gentle movement at a time. Slower paced for beginners, those with limitations or lower fitness levels. Appropriate for pregnancy. (Back to Top)
Kundalini Yoga & Meditation
Kundalini Yoga, known as the yoga of awareness, is a practice that incorporates mudra, kriya, breathing techniques, mantra, sound healing, relaxation and deep meditation. “The recipe of each class brings the practitioner to a balanced and harmonious state. The power of the practice helps each person, class by class, step by step, clear out accumulated stress, soothe the mind, and uncover the natural source of energy and light within.” Each week, we will explore the dynamic practice of Kundalini Yoga, with a focus on pranayama and mediation. We will begin each class by tuning in with a mantra, calming the mind with a breathing technique, awakening the body with a kriya & concluding with a long savasana and deep meditation. We will also hold authentic discussion and venture into creating a sacred home space and developing a personal meditation practice. No experience required, all levels are welcome. Sat Nam (Back to Top)
Gong Bath & Kundalini Yoga Come Rest & De-Stress.
“There is only one thing that can supersede & command the human mind, the sound of the gong” - Yogi Bhajan
Each week you will be guided through a kundalini yoga kriya, followed by a long powerful gong bath & concluding with a deep meditation. Kundalini Yoga, known as the yoga of awareness, is a dynamic practice that can incorporate mudra, kriya, breathing techniques, mantra, sound healing, relaxation and meditation. We will explore ancient Kundalini Yoga tools and techniques for moving our energy & shaking off accumulated stress & tension, creating a receptive mind-body for a deeply restorative gong bath experience. Gong baths aka brainwave/neural entertainment is a sacred and ancient instrument using vibration and frequency to remove stagnant energy down to the cellular level, release old wounds, & set your mind at ease. Therapeutic sound healing practices such as gong baths help reduce stress, rejuvenates your nervous system, raises consciousness, brings profound clarity, & awakens deep healing. Through the practice of sound healing in conjunction with the tools of Kundalini Yoga, we can train our minds to respond with a steady consciousness instead of reacting from fluctuating emotions & chaotic environments. With a committed practice this combination of powerful tools has the potential to create a baseline relaxed state of being & greater ease of moving through life. All levels are welcome. (Back to Top)
Yoga for Everyone
Increase and renew your energy by blending movement and breath. All movement and stretches are modified for the individual. Oriented to support and align the inner and outer body, release layers of stress and balance body and emotions. Main focuses are basic yoga poses, alignment, breath, centering, concentration, de-stressing, relaxation. Designed for beginners, seniors, recovering, menopausal, or overworked mom’s or dad’s who need TLC yoga. All levels welcome. For all who can move from floor to standing and back. (Back to Top))
Introduce your mind to your body. Coordinating breath with movement to strengthen and stretch the body standing, seated and lying. Hands-on modifications and props used to explore alignment, depth and range in poses. Introduction of breathing practices to focus the mind and deeply relax the body. Good for all levels, best for beginners who can move from floor to standing.
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Mindful Flow Monday
Through an intelligent breath directed flow, Jessica will incorporate a theme for each week from evidenced based practices/tools that increase well being from the fields of neuroscience, mindfulness based stress reduction/MBSR, positive psychology, and buddhist psychology. At the end of class a small daily practice/new habit to increase overall well being will be offered for anyone wanting to participate during the week with the support of others. All levels are welcome. (Back to Top)
Freedom Flow Friday
All levels flow with multiple short breath directed sequences (vinyasa) taught one at a time, each followed by uninstructed space for each student to flow with the sequence at their own rate, making intuitive modifications or the freedom to expand beyond the externally directed boundaries to a more internally experienced practice. All levels are welcome. (Back to Top)
Slow Flow and Deep Stretch
The first half of this class includes a slow vinyasa flow that focuses on deeply connecting breath and movement. It will challenge you just enough to create energy and build strength, with plenty of modifications and variations to discover your own individual practice. The second part of class offers you a meditative restorative sequence that will allow you to stretch your muscles while gaining a deep sense of peace. All levels are welcome. Class is typically held the first and third Friday each month. Please check the online schedule or call the office to verify this classes schedule. (Back to Top)
MULTI-CLASS YOGA SERIES
Advanced registration requested, drop-ins possible if space permitting.
Please contact Shanthi: 805-657-8861 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Yoga for Health
Join this complete yoga practice including pranayama and meditation. In addition to helping with muscle tone, strength and flexibility, yoga helps ease anxiety, improve balance and concentration, reduce stress, hypertension, increase body awareness, relief from symptoms of fatigue, menopause, depression etc. Find inner peace and improve overall health. Bring a mat, towel & your positive energy. (Back to Top)
Yoga for Power
This is a class where you explore your own strength, endurance, flexibility and power. With pranayam, asanas and dhyana, this is a spiritual journey where you are aware of your inner shakthi (power) and how you align yourself with the cosmic energy forces and life. You will notice that each practice transforms you.(Back to Top)
OTHER YOGA CLASSES
Yoga for Kids
Designed for Kids age 6 and over. Introduce your children to yoga and watch them blossom. Yoga is a holistic approach to healthy living. Hatha Yoga helps with the union of mind-body-spirit through a balanced practice, knowledge and observance of the values of yoga leading to character building. The integration of these practices produce feelings of bliss, inner-peace, well-being, and self esteem. Additionally, children learn how to center and focus their mind and improve their body awareness and balance.
A great quote from a yoga instructor/practitioner: "I wish I had found this when I was 8 instead of 30. How different my life would have been..." (Back to Top)
Are you looking for some one-on-one, personalized attention or want to focus on a particular part of your practice? Perhaps you’ve never taken a yoga class and prefer some guidance and knowledge of basics before diving into a group class setting. A private class allows you to concentrate specifically on your needs and allows you to go at your own pace with the careful attention from the teacher. Privates are set up according to yours and the teachers availability. (Back to Top)
Private Yoga Therapy
Yoga Therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and wellbeing through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga. (IAYT - International Association of Yoga Therapists)
Medical research shows that Yoga Therapy is among the most effective complementary therapies for a variety of ailments including back problems, hypertension, heart disease, asthma, diabetes, arthritis, autoimmune disease, anxiety, depression, stress syndrome, and other chronic conditions.
The yoga tradition views humans as a multidimensional system that includes all aspects of body; breath; and mind, intellect, and emotions and their mutual interaction. While the Yoga Therapy approach is holistic in nature, treatment is applied in one-on-one sessions and highly individualized depending on the needs of the client.
The elements that distinguish Yoga Therapy from other Yoga practices are:
- Focus on specific condition(s) with consideration for the individual’s circumstances and nature of the client.
- Assessment of the client’s specific therapeutic needs and concerns based on an initial, detailed intake session.
- Development of a Yoga Therapy intervention based on the assessment of the client during the intake session. Adjustments are made based on the client’s progress.
Using a variety of Yoga tools including postures, breathing techniques, meditation, visualization, and a disciplined life-style, the Yoga Therapy intervention and evolving practice will increase physical, mental and emotional self-awareness to help the client reduce symptoms and change the relationship to their condition and progress toward health and wellbeing. (Back to Top)
DONATION BASED CLASSES
Combining the different schools of yoga, we will move gently and purposefully through our practice as we learn to connect with our personal breathing pace. Using our props, we will adjust each exercise to fit our body’s needs for that moment. All levels welcome. This is a donation based class. Suggested donation is $15. General class credits may be used for this class. (Back to Top)
Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) is a donation based, relapse-prevention program that blends the somatic approach of yoga with the cognitive approach of the 12 steps. Together they address the physical, mental, and spiritual dis-ease of addiction. This class is intended for anyone recovering from anything and all are welcome. This is a donation based class. Suggested donation is $15. General class credits may be used for this class. (Back to Top)
Integrated Belly Dance
We will warmup with a combination of simple Pilates and Ballet exercises to improve our core strength, flexibility and coordination. Depending on the needs of the attendees, we will review belly dance technique and style before we transition into our belly dance flow. Our class focus is on wellness and community. All levels welcome. This is a donation based class. Suggested donation is $15. General class credits may be used for this class.(Back to Top)
Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Workshop
In this class we will cover extra fun elements that are involved with the art of Bellydance. We rotate though a variety of topics like floor work, veil work, zils (finger cymbals), swords and balancing, hip hop fusion, Turkish Roma (Gypsy) fusion, Indian Fusion and Temple Poses. Contact Instructor for topic schedule. Separate charge applies for this class. Previous dance experience recommended. (Back to Top)
Nia - Fusion Dance Fitness
Combining dance, martial arts, and healing arts (flexibility and mindfulness), Nia tones your body, mind and Spirit, bringing the Joy of movement. Nia is a holistic fitness practice based on the design of the body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. Nia is non-impact, practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Dance experience not required, all levels welcome. (Ability to get down and up from the floor required). (Back to Top)