CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
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Ashtanga Yoga is a vigorous flow style of yoga, linking breath with movement. It is designed to strengthen, align and purify the entire body and mind and comes from the lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. We offer several ways for students to learn the Ashtanga Vinyasa method. Ashtanga Mysore instruction is designed for students interested in learning the traditional Vinyasa method as originally taught by Pattabhi Jois. Learning in this way supports the development of a personal yoga practice, which helps to build self-reliance on and off the mat. This class is suitable for all levels; postures are taught one at a time, based on each student's individual needs. Students progress silently, at their own pace, with the help of a teacher. This class is not conducted; the atmosphere is quiet, allowing for deeper concentration and going inward. See website for more details. The Beginning Ashtanga Workshop is designed for students new to the Ashtanga system; students learn the foundation of this traditional yoga system in a led-class environment. The Intermediate Ashtanga Workshop is designed for experienced Ashtanga students who want to deepen their current practice by focusing on the postures in the second half of the primary series and working on the intermediate series. The Ashtanga Yoga class is suitable for practitioners of all levels. The Ashtanga Led Primary class is for students with prior Ashtanga experience. It will include all poses in the primary series and will be taught in a continuous manner without stopping. 

Ashtanga Light is an Ashtanga inspired class that will focus on the breath, combined with movement, to steady the mind, and bring more calm and peace to your daily life. We will begin with sun salutaitons to warm the body. Then a standing series of poses to work on coordination, balance, and strength. Finally, we will settle down into some long held stretches for relaxation and flexibility. Althogh somewhat strenuous to begin with, modifications are always available. We will begin with a short sit and end in Savasana.

Beginning and Intermediate Yoga classes are informed by various yoga traditions, including Iyengar-style yoga, as well as a broad range of body-mind disciplines. Emphasizing an internal understanding of the yoga postures, these classes offer a fluid practice to develop flexibility, strength, body awareness, and relaxation. Meditation may be included. 

 

Gentle BodyLove Yoga is a 75 minute yoga class focused on dynamic movements, stillness, and breath work. It is an accessible class, that is easy on joints, and includes lots of options for modifications. The class is divided into segments: sitting, standing, some balance, then on the back. Using the Yoga For All/Curvy Yoga principles, there will be several opportunities to go slow and to move faster depending on your energy level on any given day (sometimes, dancing!). We do self love mantras throughout the class, and have an emphasis on our ever changing love for our unique bodies. 

 

Hatha Flow is a hatha vinyasa yoga class focused on alignment. Class begins with a poetic inspiration/theme and with chanting. Class occasionally finishes with restorative poses and always finishes with a restful, guided savasana. Yoga philosophy is often woven into the fabric of the class instruction.

Hatha Yoga This class focuses on aligning breath with movement as a means of expanding awareness of the body and the self. By tuning in to the internal rhythms, knowledge, and sensations within each of us, we can find deep truth and connection. With a contemplative approach, this class moves through a series of asanas (of varying degrees of muscular work and pace) and culminates in a seated meditation. This class is appropriate for all levels all are warmly welcomed.

Intermediate Asana A more vigorous class for the experienced Yoga student. Props needed: Sticky Mat, Chair, Strap, Blocks, 1-2 Blankets or Thick towels, and a wall space. This class is 2 hours in length. 

 

Level 1-3 Yoga This class focuses on aligning breath with movement as a means of expanding awareness of the body and the self. By tuning in to the internal rhythms, knowledge, and sensations within each of us, we can find deep truth and connection. With a contemplative approach, this class moves through a series of asanas (of varying degrees of muscular work and pace) and culminates in a seated meditation. This class is appropriate for all levels all are warmly welcomed. 

 

Lunchtime Yoga is appropriate if you seek a mixed-level class with an emphasis, varying from week-to-week, to challenge and ease your body while addressing mobility, strength, body awareness, and balance. Props needed: sticky mat; chair; wall space or door; blanket or thick towel; strap, belt, or robe tie. 

 

Mindful FLow is a class focused on breath and movement. We will build awareness of the mind, body, heart connection. Adaptable class for all levels and appropriate for postnatal students.

Nia Combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice addressing each aspect of your life - body, mind and soul. The practice of Nia is for every person to discover, explore, unleash, and enhance their individual potential to live a healthy and meaningful life by engaging their senses and listening to their bodies. Nia is based on the intelligent design of the body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. Nia cardio-dance routines combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts to get you fit in 60 minutes - body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Nia is practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. 

 

Postnatal Yoga, like Prenatal Yoga, is oriented to the special needs of new mothers. Babies of pre-crawling age are welcome to this class. 

 

Prenatal Yoga is taught by an experienced teacher and mother and prepares pregnant women for labor and delivery through postures, breathing exercises and relaxation. Yoga and mindfulness for pregnancy supports the whole person. A chance to check in to care for the mind, body and heart weekly, through breath, movement and meditation. 

 

Rise + Shine Yoga An early morning practice from home to start the day. This class will be 1 hour and 15 minutes in length and appropriate for a mixed-level group. Props needed: Sticky Mat, Chair, Wall Space, Blanket or Thick Towel, Strap, belt or robe tie. 

 

Roll + Realign is an active practice of myofascial release and mindful movement. Our intention is to improve mobility, stability, and balance in a wide range of human movements for increased quality of living. Props needed: foam roller, therapy ball or tennis ball, sticky mat, blanket or thick towel, and a wall or door. 

Strengthen and Restore combines dynamic movement and deep rest to help you unwind and recharge. We begin with a short meditation and warm-up, move into active strengthening poses to build resilience, and end with gentle restorative poses and a long savasana (resting pose). Perfect for people looking to practice yoga in a fun and supportive community. Appropriate for all yoga levels. All bodies welcome. 

 

Vini Yoga is a style of yoga made available in the West by T.K.V. Desikachar. Each person is encouraged to practice in a way that is suitable to that person's present state of health and mind. This yoga style often involves repetition of simple movements, one at a time, with the breath, and an emphasis is placed on cultivating the right balance of effort and ease throughout the practice. Yoga Sutras are frequently discussed and explored, and regular students are encouraged to work privately with the teacher in order to address more precisely their particular concerns, issues, and goals.

 

Yin/Yang Yoga provides the benefits of a balanced practice of Yin and Yang styles of yoga. The Yin style of long-held passive poses opens the body to more flexibility and chi flow through the subtle channels while also engendering a more contemplative, non-reactive quality of mind. A more active, dynamic, Yang style of vinyasa will follow, strengthening and invigorating the body and mind. Yoga texts and poetry frequently contribute to the atmosphere and themes of each class. 

Yoga for Freedom a yoga class for men who were previously incarcerated and their guests. In this class students learn to use the breath as a means for focusing the mind and calming the body. Yoga philosophy, postures, drishti, and community shape the class and support the practice. Pre-registration is required; email melyoga@hotmail.com.