Yoga Studio Class Descriptions - Spirit Of Yoga

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Yoga Studio Class Descriptions

At Spirit of Yoga, each class is an authentic offering of our unique and talented instructors. Our naming convention for classes honors the common heritage of all yoga styles and provides an easy way for our students to find classes that fit their existing practice or help them begin a new one.

Levels & Descriptions

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If no additional information is given, then the class is “All Levels.” Modifications and adjustments are offered so that beginning to intermediate students can feel appropriately supported and/or challenged.

Basics

This class is perfect for people looking for in-depth instruction for the practices, as well as more information regarding the style or practice of yoga overall.

Int / Adv

Classes with Intermediate/Advanced in the description will include postures, transitions, or techniques that require more awareness and experience. These classes may explore practices such as inversions, arm balances, deep backbends; have more rigorous or athletic sequencing; or require more developed flexibility or endurance.

Ashtanga

This foundational style is the source of vinyasa yoga. Developed by Krishnamacharya and championed and evolved by Pattabhi Jois, Ashtanga classes follow a set series of postures. Classes begin with an opening invocation, followed by vigorous Sun Salutations, standing postures, a main sequence, and closing postures. Ashtanga is an excellent style for those seeking to develop athleticism with focus and control.

Core Stress Release Yoga Therapy

This practice strengthens and stretches the lower back and stimulates psoas release. CSR Yoga Therapy is presented within the framework of familiar asana sequences and tremor release of deeply held stress and samskaras (habits) that adversely affect the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. This is a good workout and appropriate for practitioners of all levels.

Dancing Warrior Flow

This class is designed to achieve centering and balance, combining the grace and heat-generating beauty of the Dancing Warrior Flow with the gentle movement and stillness of stretching and resting postures. Starting with an intention, we then prepare our bodies for a series of standing and balance poses. We then soothe our internal fire (agni) with a gentle cool down, using our breath to channel energy through our bodies and still the fluctuations of the mind.

Hatha

This foundational style is the source of most modern yoga styles. Physical postures are taught with a focus on alignment and breath while entering, holding, and leaving the posture. Breathing and meditation techniques may also be taught depending on the teacher or the particular class focus. Hatha yoga is an excellent style for students who appreciate longer holds in individual postures and prefer a slower and more meditative approach to practice (while still reaping the benefits of a physical practice).

Hatha Flow

Hatha Flow is open to all levels of experience but will offer a challenge. There is a focus on breath connected to movement, and meditation. The intention for this class is to be able to express yourself in the practice of yoga and to be comfortable showing up just exactly as you are. It is perfect!

Hatha-Gong™

Hatha yoga postures are taught with the vibrations generated by the gong. This combination of posture and vibration enhances the meditative and transformational quality of the class. Hatha Gong™ is a beautiful practice that will help all students find an additional – and perhaps previously unexplored – layer in their conventional practice of postures.

Hatha Happy Hour

Home of the OMMMMMMM YA! Join us every Friday evening for some movement, music and merriment. This class is a gentle hatha asana practice that is accompanied by live drumming and music and is open to all levels of experience. No matter what mudra you are in join us for this evening that will definitely make your heart sing and put a smile on your face. OMMMMMMM YA!

Restorative & Reiki Restorative

A relaxed style of practice that utilizes a variety of props such as blankets, blocks, and straps to allow the body to be supported as it opens itself to a deep level of stretching, relaxation, and renewal. This class is appropriate for all levels and can be very beneficial for those looking to bring balance to the stress of a busy lifestyle. Add Reiki: Supreme relaxation in Restorative yoga with healing Reiki, a universal life-force energy that is sattvic in nature (therapeutic) and restores the body to the ideal state.

Nirvana Breath Fitness

Our goal in this class is to tone up the whole body through a series of effective and simple-to-follow functional exercise sequences. The primary focus will be on breath to create an array of amazing health and relaxation effects such as; extra oxygenation, an energy boost and deep sense of re-connection with one’s own body and mind, through a mix of Yoga, Pilates, and Breath. Great for beginners.

Yoga Nidra Chakra Balancing

The Yoga Sutras speak of multiple states of mind. In this class there will be a little movement, sound and use of vibration from the gong while in Yoga Nidra meditation.

Ashtanga Intro

Ashtanga Intro goes through the first half of the traditional Primary Series postures, then backbends & finishing sequence, focusing on breath, postures, energy locks & gaze point. Very attainable intro to a challenging practice!

Happy Hips and Shoulders

In this class, we learn to stretch the muscles, tendons, and ligaments around the hips and shoulder girdle. By strengthening the muscles around the shoulders, we bring balance to the upper and lower halves of the body. You may notice a difference after the first class, and within a month or so you will notice a difference in sustaining poses on your mat and also off the mat in your daily routine.

Hatha / Hatha Basics

This foundational style of yoga is the source of most modern yoga. Physical postures are taught with a focus on alignment and breath while entering, holding, and leaving the posture. Breathing and meditation techniques may also be taught depending on the teacher or the particular class focus. Hatha yoga is an excellent style for students who appreciate longer holds in individual postures and prefer a slower and more meditative approach to practice.

Qi Gong

Come learn Qi Gong, a sister practice to Tai Chi. This practice is built on the practice of gentle movement, breathing and sound, this practice helps to move your energy towards a healthier and more balanced you. The medically ailed, less mobile, or injured are welcome to join, as this practice is literally for anybody!!

Hatha Tone: Buddha-Belly-Be-Strong

Enjoy a healthy mind in a trim body! Using hatha postures and body weight training principles, this class will get your heart rate up, your bodyweight down, and your confidence and joy soaring. Visualizations and positive reinforcement techniques will help you stick with your goals and get more out of each session. Students of all fitness levels will benefit from this class. Bring water and a towel.

Hath-entic Flow

This class is accessible to all levels, including beginners, and is a combination of dynamic flow coupled with longer holds to help connect with clarity, humility, and love. Together, with community, we will explore the true nature of power to find alignment within ourselves. When we experience anxiety, it is the experience of power leaving through our energy centers or chakras. All dis-ease in our bodies can be understood in terms of power loss.

Three Questions Forms

Experience your capacity to work with and influence the energy within and surrounding you. Meridian Energy Arts guides students through yoga and qi gong-based movements to harness our ability to fully open to the world. Sequences are designed to awaken qi, balance the meridians, and increase our command of our energy. This is an active flow class, but is accessible to students of all levels of ability.

Off the Wall & Extended Wall

Off the wall is an 80 min practice and Extended Wall is a 2-hour practice with some partner poses at the Yoga Wall. Alignment, depth, versatility, expansion, creativity are all part of this experience. Started by B.K.S. Iyengar, the wall has evolved into the Prop of all props. This class is active, with the last third in cool down. Great for all levels. It is suggested that clothing cover the body better than a normal class due to straps and inversions.

Sacred Crystal Sounds

Balance mind, body and soul as you are guided through gentle movement, mantra, meditation, breath work and cosmic vibration. We seal our practice by basking in the resonant frequencies of seven chakra-tuned crystal singing bowls to restore, relax, and rejuvenate. It’s a beautiful way to find your sacred inner space in our constantly changing and busy world.

So Hum “I Am” Hatha

So Hum is an ancient Vedic mantra that means: I Am. In this moving meditation of yoga we learn how to quiet the chatter of the “monkey mind” by stilling the chatter of the mind. This leads to our awareness, of the body, the mind, and the soul and how all are connected by using the So Hum breath technique and integrating yoga philosophy that can be used off the mat.

Yo-Barre

Yo-Barre is a balanced combination of Yoga and Barre fitness that combines the best elements of ballet, yoga, Pilates, and functional strength training. This empowering class is for anyone, at any level, ready to build strength, flexibility, and endurance while having FUN! Yo-Barre honors elements of Yoga including breath, mindfulness, philosophy, and intention, while also utilizing the conditioning techniques of the national-recognized Barre & Beyond™ program.

Yoga 101 – Foundations

This dynamic basic class is designed for students with no previous experience or those wishing to revisit the basics. Students are taught to connect basic breath control, then internal awareness to physical movement. Learn the 12+ basic postures which build to Sun Salutation; and experience an introduction to meditation. All taught in a safe, comfortable environment.

Strength & Stability

This class explores an individual’s inner strength and ability to feel powerful in any posture in the knowledge that what we experience on our mat directly correlates to our approach to experiences in life and of ourselves. We will hold some poses, flow in others, work our edge and integrate. You may have a little fun while you sweat, laugh and find peace in presence.

Inspired Flow

Yummy yin postures open the class, inviting the body & spirit to organically awaken. Dynamic asana sequences follow, continuing to raise the vibration. Each class is creatively designed to weave an inspiring theme with specific movement, mantra, pranayama, singing bowls, eclectic music and meditation. Open to students of all levels. Modifications and adjustments are offered to bring new levels of awareness, growth and discovery.

Mythic Yoga

Insight & guidance through movement, breath, and story. Yogic practice offers paths of mystic wisdom (jnana) as well as physical discipline (asana). Join us in exploring the mythic stories, traditions, and philosophies that describe, explain, and unfold yoga as union with the divine. Each class begins with light movement, a brief yet potent exploration of pranayama (yogic breathwork), and a tale drawn from India’s most beguiling wisdom texts: the Ramayana, the Mahabharata (including the Bhagavad-Gita), the Vedas, the Upanishads, and other folklore.

Power Flow

Come experience Power in a fun, innovative way! We will explore different styles of movement, and vinyasas, all with humor and strength. Power Flow will get the energy moving and the sweat flowing!

Vinyasa All Levels

Hatha yoga postures are taught so that each pose links to the previous pose, creating a continuous “flow” of movement. Breathing and meditation techniques in addition to longer holds in a pose may also be taught depending on the teacher or the particular class focus. Vinyasa is excellent for students who find that movement helps create a state of physical exertion and mental concentration leading to deep relaxation and steadiness after class.

Three Questions Yin

Experience your capacity to work with and influence the energy within and surrounding you. Meridian Energy Arts guides the student through yoga and Qi Gong-based movements to harness our ability to fully open to the world. Sequences are designed to awaken qi, balance meridians, and increase command of our energy. This is an active flow class, but is accessible to students of all levels of ability.

Yin

Taught in the style of Paul Grilley and Sarah Power, Yin classes focus on the cultivation of longer, deep holds that are static in nature (the pose and gravity create most of the stretch). This opens, strengthens and builds the soft tissue and bone. It is also meditative in nature. The meridians (chi, prana) also receive focus as part of this practice. Focused Yin postures will assist in balancing these energy centers effectively. Small portions of Yang postures are used for warming up the body from time to time. If you’re healing from an injury, restorative may be a better choice.

Yoga For Recovery (a meeting in motion)

This eclectic asana practice based on Twelve Sets for Twelve Steps, consists of three different segments: cardio movement to increase heart rate and respiration; power postures to compress tissue and remove toxins and gentle flow to stretch and open energy channels. Each segment is themed with one of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, allowing students to work on and practice the Twelve Steps through movement, breath and meditation. This All Levels Class is suitable for anyone in recovery, early and long term.

Yoga Nidra

The Yoga Sutras speak of multiple states of mind – one of which is Nidra, the quality of active dreaming. Yoga Nidra is a practice of guided meditation that creates deep physical relaxation, assists in the releasing of deep seated habits, and can expand an existing spiritual practice. Yoga Nidra is excellent for those seeking to develop a meditation practice or looking for healing of physical and emotional injuries.