Adult Yoga Class Descriptions

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Ultra-Gentle Yoga for All Ages

This safe and slower-moving class is designed for seniors and people of all ages with physical challenges, or those who might be recovering from an injury. We work gently to increase range of motion in shoulders, back, hips and legs, to develop better balance, core awareness and breath awareness. Each class has time at the end for quieting the mind to reduce anxiety and stress, and provide relaxation and renewal.

Please note: This is not a chair yoga class. Students should be able to stand unassisted, but many of our practices are done with props, including the wall and chairs, so help is available. You do not need to get down on the floor to attend this class. If you require more specific help, or cannot stand, we offer in-home lessons for seniors on a limited basis. Please click here for more information.

Yoga 1

Yoga 1 is a place for people of all ages to learn the fundamentals of breathing and movement.

Physical practices help increase range of motion, strength, body awareness and balance. Ujayii focused breathing and breathing with core muscle utilization are all taught in this class.

In Yoga 1 we don’t move from standing to floor a great deal, and the pace leaves plenty of time for thorough instruction. We finish on the floor for deep relaxation, and time to quiet the mind completely.

Yoga 1-2

This is a bridge class for those who understand the fundamentals of asana alignment, and have no current injuries, to develop Yoga 2 skills.

In Yoga 1-2, we expand on the breathing and movement practices of Yoga 1, introducing more upper body strengthening, bearing weight on the arms in practices like downward facing dog, plank, and dolphin. Standing poses are developed, and more core strengthening practice is added.

We always spend quiet, meditative time at the beginning and end of class, so that the overall experience is rejuvenating!

Yoga 2

For those who have practiced yoga previously and have no current injuries. Yoga 2 builds on the breath-initiated practices of Yoga 1 and 1-2, and expands on the concept of “vinyasa” or flow, linking sequences of movements for greater body awareness. In this class, we use “chaturanga dandasana” or a push-up, to move up and down from the floor, linking standing with practice on the floor.

Instruction fine-tunes and deepens the basic understanding of asana (physical postures) and breathing (pranayama.) In these classes we might include pratyhara, or sensory withdrawal, such as closing the eyes in various positions to increase proprioception and balance, or to enhance deep relaxation.

Yoga 2-3

Come to Yoga 2-3 if you understand the fundamentals of asana alignment and Ujayii breathing, and are ready to learn intermediate skills. If you are just beginning, spend a little time in Yoga 1 & 2 classes before attending, for safety and foundation.

This class goes into greater detail in terms of asana intention and precision, while providing whole body strengthening and deep stretching. We introduce inversions including no-head headstand, handstand and shoulder stand, and sometimes work with partners in assisted stretching or contact yoga.

As always, the meditative component of our practice is very important and some classes may focus almost completely on pranayama.

Yoga 3

A challenging class for adults with no injuries, who are physically fit, and firmly grounded in Ujayii breathing and asana alignment.

This class further develops strength, stamina, focus and flexibility, linking difficult practices through vinyasa flow, or through chi-gong-inspired transitions. This class requires teacher’s permission for attendance for your safety and foundational knowledge.

Power Yoga

A strong, sweaty workout for athletic students with no injuries who have a thorough knowledge of asana alignment.

This class is set to rock music, where we are focused, but having fun, and the teacher leads rather than teaches, a flow of movements including “A & B” series surya namaskara, advanced standing poses, core strengthening ab work, arm balances, seated poses such as hanumanasana (splits,) and a variety of inversions.

For your safety, this class requires teacher’s permission. E-mail Audrey if you would like to attend.