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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.




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 Sun Salutations, standing postures, a seated sequence, and closing postures. Ashtanga is an excellent style for those seeking to develop athleticism with focus on breath, core development and flexibility.


Chakra Flow

Awaken and balance the 7 Chakras (energy centers) of the body through a gentle all-levels hatha flow incorporating breath connection to poses and sun salutations focusing on a different Chakra each week. We will seal our practice with chakra tuned Crystal Quartz singing bowls, breath work, and meditation.


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.


Happy Hour Yoga

This class is designed to explore the more challenging postures you might find in yoga. With a different posture each week as a focus, the first half of the class is a practice to open the body; while the second half is a workshop of that intended posture. Although it is not requirement to go into the full expression, this class will prepare you step-by-step with the ability to get into, as well as, how to deepen the posture and take it further. During the workshop, each participant will get individual, specialized focus to ask direct questions and get assistance moving in and out of the postures safely.


Flow Into Nidra

This class is perfect for those who want a full body asana (physical) practice as well as a deep meditative experience in one class! The asana is designed to be an invigorating and paced flow/vinyasa practice, opening up the body, balancing the nervous system, and bringing lightness to the meditation. While this is an All Levels class, complete beginners may find the pace a bit challenging. Everyone will find the Yoga Nidra after entirely rewarding. The first step in any meditation is to quiet the physical body. This is achieved far easier following an upbeat physical practice. From here we enter Yoga Nidra; a profoundly easy sleep based guided meditation which brings the mind/body to a deeply relaxed and therapeutic state of being, connecting to the Light within. Music is often used during the flow portion of the class.


Hatha Basics / Hatha

This class is designed to help you explore the basic postures used in most active styled yoga classes. Heavily focused on alignment for the beginners & advanced. You will be taking your time to move through the postures to promote healthy habits both on and off the mat. Hatha Basics is amazing for practitioners that enjoy intentional movement and a more meditative approach to their practice. Wednesday morning classes encourage prop use, including chairs. Friday & Saturday classes offer gong vibrations in addition to the practice.


Hatha Flow

Hatha Flow is open to all levels of experience and 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. Class offers gong vibrations in addition to the practice.


Hatha-Gong™

The practice of Hatha-Gong™ begins with the creation of a pose that is sealed with vibration using specific strike patterns on a gong. Hatha-Gong is a beautiful practice that will help all students find a deeper and perhaps unexplored layer in their conventional practice of postures.
All levels.


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.


I Am Yoga

I Am Yoga uses wall and prop assisted poses to help you move into areas of stiffness, tension, tightness, and pain in the body. This class is a facilitated yoga therapy group class, working with the imbalances and blockages of energy within the body manifesting as pain, tension, tightness, mental/emotional imbalance, or a disconnect from Source energy. Combined with facilitated dialogue, ending in yoga nidra, resulting in the release of blocked energy effectively and gently in a safe way.
**CLASS LIMITED TO 12 STUDENTS ONLY!


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.


Kundalini:

Known as the ‘Yoga of Awareness’. Kundalini Yoga clears and balances the chakras while building strength and releasing the energy located at the base of the spine. In this class, you will focus on breath (pranayama), physical movement (kriya), chanting (mantra) and meditation. Kundalini Yoga is the fastest way to establish an aligned relationship between the body, mind and soul. ALL LEVELS


Let It Go Warrior Flow

Intention. Fluidity of movement. Breath and body consciousness. This class helps to balance excessive and deficient energy by centering the mind and connecting to your Spirit. Experience pranayama, asana, polarity movements, guided yoga nidra meditation, yoga philosophy, music and sound healing. This is Yoga Food for your Body, Mind & Spirit.


Off the Wall

Off the wall is an 80 min practice focused on alignment, depth, versatility, expansion and creativity. 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. Class offers gong vibrations in addition to the practice.


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.


Restorative & Reiki Restorative

A 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.

Add Reiki: Relaxation in Restorative yoga with healing Reiki, a universal life-force energy that is sattvic nature and restores the body to an ideal state. Class may offer singing bowls depending on the instructor.


Sacred Sounds

Balance Mind, Body & Spirit on a soulular level with all-levels gentle movement, meditation, breath work and frequency medicine. Your physical practice will be sealed by basking in the resonant vibrations of chakra tuned crystal quartz and himalayan singing bowls, crystal pyramid, tuning forks, and other various sound healing tools that restore, relax and rejuvenate. A beautiful way to find your sacred inner space. Frequency + Intention = Healing.


Slow Flow with Restorative

This practice incorporates a gentle flow typically Hatha based, Yin Yoga, and Restorative Yoga into one class with the intention to build heat within the body to strengthen and detoxify followed by a combination of cooling poses to calm the mind and relax the body. Often times breath work (pranayama), and/or meditation are part of the class. Students will be guided on how to use breath work as a tool to support their yoga practice and to be in awareness of their physical body – on the mat as well as off the mat. This class is great for beginners, is suitable for all levels, and can be beneficial for those looking to for balance and integration. Calm meditative music is played during class. Students will receive a card message at the end of class, remembering to take the message, not the card.


Strength & Stability

Strengthen your mind, body, and soul with intentional and mindful movements. This class includes poses with a focus on building strength and stability in the whole body so that it can perform daily activities in the real world with less effort and more ease. Dynamic movements will increase your stability and your ability to transition gracefully in and out of poses. This uplifting class, open to all levels, will include positive motivation so that you can discover and cultivate your own inner power that exists within you each and every day. We will hold poses, flow in others to light and peaceful music and work to our edges and integrate.


Vibrational Flow

This 90 minute class uses music*, asana and voice to open and align the Chakra lines (energy wheels) of the body to create peace and balance within. Class is 70 minutes of movement followed by a 15-20 minute meditation for savasana** and integration. *This class incorporates all genres of music. **Gongs and Singing Bowls may be used.


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.


Vinyasa Flow

Vinyasa Flow is a smooth rhythmic class that seamlessly strings postures together using the breath. This dynamic class was created to get the energy moving, the sweat flowing and ultimately, attain balance in the mind and body to achieve completeness.


Wall Yin

With a culture and life that promotes being on the go, give yourself the gift of letting go and going deep. In Wall Yin we work to relax the muscles as much as possible, in order to stretch the deep connective tissues within the joints; promoting increased range of motion. Added bonus, one of the connective tissues you will be stretching is the fascia – where deep seated toxins are stored. This is a great yogic practice to release and flush the body. There is a focus on shoulders, hips and lower back using the wall as a prop. Make sure that you drink plenty of fluids after the practice to help flush the body of what it no longer needs.


Yin

Yin classes focus on 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 and is meditative in nature. If you are healing from an injury, restorative may be a better choice. Tuesday classes will offer Gong sound healing; while Wednesday classes will offer angel messages at the end of class.


Yin/Yang Flow

Flow through a moving meditation and pause for moments of stillness, for a balanced and integrated practice that invites you to become more comfortable in your own body. Suitable for all levels, this class targets the spine, hips and shoulders with a combination of dynamic movement (yang) and deep stretch (yin) to build strength, improve mobility, and promote joint health.


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 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.
**CLASS IS LIMITED TO 10 STUDENTS


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 . Class offers gong vibrations in addition to the practice.


Yoga Energetics

This is a dynamic All Levels Yoga class heavily focused on the subtle parts of the body or vessel; chakras (energy centers of consciousness,) prana vayus (bodily energy currents,) bandhas and mudras (energetic locks.) This practice is appropriate for All Levels of practitioners from beginners seeking to learn what Yoga is about, to advanced Yogis looking to deepen their practice. The asana (physical) practice is generally a Hatha Flow, incorporating both fluid movements as well as poses held for multiple breaths. Every class includes pranayama (breath) guidance as well as closing with a 1-5 minute meditation based around the energetic focus that day. Non-intrusive meditative music is often utilized. Occasionally the sattvic (pure) vibration of the Gong is used to accentuate the practice.


Yoga Nidra Chakra Balancing

The Yoga Sutras speak of multiple states of mind. Experience the physical mind through light asana to prepare the mental body for a journey through Yoga Nidra, while the spiritual mind is bathed in sound and vibration from the gong and singing bowls. This class focuses on a specific Chakra, or the relation of two, with the intention of balance, restoration and relaxation.