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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Anatomy + Functional Movement Lab explores the architecture of your individual body. This practice includes yoga postures, self-myofascial release, applied anatomy, and physical therapy techniques to build strength, improve alignment, and develop your awareness and capacity to move confidently in tune with your unique structure.

 

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 through the lineage of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and was popularized by 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. 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. 

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.

 

Collective Rest: Restorative Yoga & Sound Healing are classes held in the winter in support of rest, connection, shared practice and rejuvenation. We will start each session with breath centered, gentle movement.  Then we will do Restorative poses with props for support, combined with gentle music. We will bathe you with the frequency and sounds of singing bowls and other instruments to gain access to deep cellular renewal.  ***Please RSVP to reserve your spot by responding to this email and sending payment, if you need to cancel please do so within 24hrs to receive a full refund, or ability to put it towards another class*** $35/session -Venmo: Angela-Madonia, (cash or check) to RSVP

Teachers are: Angela Madonia, Minna Sivola, and Reet Rannik

Extended 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. 

Dance Garden is an invitation to be simple, to listen fully, to fill your cup with more joy, open your heart, and to give and receive more of the best you! Dance can nurture our mind, feelings, and body, as we blend rhythm and movement to discover a harmony as dynamic and beautiful as a garden in full bloom. Just the way the trees and flowers transform sunlight, earth, and water into a dazzling array of forms and colors, we can use dance to find and express our deepest wish to support and be supported by life. Whether you are an experienced dancer or just beginning, this class will engage your body, mind, and feelings in ways that help you grow and bring you greater health, balance and vitality. 

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.

Kundalina Yoga, also known as the yoga of awareness, is an amazing tool that uses breath, mantra, repetitive movement, and deep meditation to release stress, strengthen the nervous and immune system, and awaken your inner vitality. The classes are designed for all levels and all genders. Come as you are, ready to have a transformative experience.

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: Rooting Down to Grow is a class that seeks to target all the benefits of a mindful yoga practice through intention setting and meditating, somatic movements and stretching, vinyasa flow, breath work, and chakra alignment. Modifications always offered and encouraged. Each month we will explore a different chakra.

Nia combines dance, martial arts and mindfulness and tones your body while transforming your mind. Inspired by global movement forms including Tai Chi, Yoga, African and Modern Contemporary Dance, Nia is a holistic healing movement practice addressing each aspect of your life - body, mind and soul. Practiced barefoot, Nia cardio-dance routines combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts to strengthen your body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Nia invites every person to explore and unleash their individual potential to live a healthy and meaningful life by engaging their senses and listening to their bodies. It is this embodied listening that enables you to move in "your body's way" in a Nia class, which could mean modifying the choreography or taking on more challenging movements at your level of comfort. Nia is low-impact, easy to follow along, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. To learn more about each teacher's classes and background, please visit:

Stephanie on Sunday: bit.ly/niabyc and Laura on Thursday: https://vitalitycoaching.life


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. 

Resilience Flow builds discipline and focus, a core building block for DMH.  A QT+BIPOC centered space, this class will foster community accountability, discussion, and a Hatha based yoga practice.  If we know what is making us ill, but we refuse to change our patterns, how will we get better? We must reclaim our will-power. Hatha in Sanskrit can translate to will-power, stubbornness, and/or discipline. Using this ancient indigenous practice, together we will develop the will power to do what is right for our mental health and wellness.

Restorative Yoga Last Friday of the Month focuses on deep breathing, gentle supported stretching for muscles and fascia, and is an overall nervous system reset. Option for hands on touch and gentle fascial release during class with consent. Accessible and inclusive for all levels and bodies. This class is taught the last Friday of every month and is donation based. Please email Karah to reserve a spot.

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.

 

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.

Weekend Pop Up Yoga focuses on energetic flow and warmth in the body, opening the spine, connecting to and strengthening the core, and finding balance in community. Breath centered and thoughtful practice for your whole being.  Bring a tarp or blanket to put under your yoga mat, warm layers and any props you may need for practicing outdoors. $20/class- cash, venmo, paypal 

 

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 (1-3) 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. 

Yoga for Freedom is a yoga class for people 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. There is no cost to attend this class, but pre-registration is required. Email melyoga@hotmail.com to find out more.

Yoga for the Care of Your Spine uses a nuanced approach of Viniyoga breath-centered yoga practices recognizing that the breath is intimately connected to the spine. With the repetition of simple movements with the breath, exploration of alignment, visualization, curiosity, and meditation we increase attentiveness, confidence, build resilience and reduce stress to allow equanimity to occur.  Finding relief and clarity in the spine provides space in the chest and abdomen for our organs and integrates awareness and sensations throughout the entire body. Nourishing the spine, you may reduce back pain and learn how the whole body breathes.

Monthly themes in Yoga for the Care of Your Spine will focus on topics that support balance, strength, flexibility, mobility, range of motion, mindset, etc. acknowledging the interconnected aspects of our human system (body, breath, mind, behavior, emotions, & spirit.)

You are encouraged to be kind to yourself. Everything can be adapted to meet your individual needs and capacities.
 

Winter Solstice Sound Healing - Join for an alchemizing evening of sound healing at the Berkeley Yoga Center near Strawberry Creek Park in Berkeley, CA. Let the soothing vibrations of music wash over you as we celebrate the Winter Solstice, a time of reflection, shedding, and re-commitment to purpose. Immerse yourself in a journey of relaxation and rejuvenation, as skilled practitioners guide you through a meditative experience. Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and let the healing sounds transport you to a place of tranquility and inner peace. This in-person event is the perfect way to honor the changing season and connect with your inner self. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the power of sound healing in a supportive and nurturing environment. Reserve your spot today!

 

Yoga Slow Flow and Stretch Treat yourself to a yoga class with slow flow style movements and yummy stretches that work on all parts of the body. This class is a great complement to your day and life. You will love it. We begin with few minutes of meditation and finish with savasana.  All levels welcome.

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