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 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. 

Connect & Restore is a gentle class for people looking to build relationships while building flexibility and strength. Each class includes a theme, time to check in with the teacher and other students, dynamic movement, and deep rest. We combine mindfulness, breathing, and somatics to create a practice that fits your body and unique needs. Perfect for people who want to practice yoga in a fun and supportive community. All bodies welcome..

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. 

 

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.

 

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.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind.

 

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 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 + 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.

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 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.