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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 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 Cosmic Vibration, Mantra & 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.


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 / Hatha Basics

This class is designed to help you explore the basic postures used in most active styled yoga classes. Heavily focused on alignment and the introduction to yogic principles, 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.


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™

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.


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.


Reiki Restorative

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. Reiki Restorative is 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.


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.


Slow Flow w Yin/Restorative

“Flowing Waters, Resting Sea” This practice incorporates Hatha, Yin and Restorative Yoga into one class with the intention to build heat that helps to strengthen and detoxify followed by cooling poses to calm the mind and relax the body. This class is beneficial for those looking for balance and integration.


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 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.


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.


Yoga Energetics

This dynamic all levels class begins with a short meditation and gentle warm-ups before moving into an energizing vinyasa sequences. The flow then slows down as poses are held for multiple breaths and explored more deeply. Each 80 minute class is focused on a specific chakra, or relation between multiple, with an emphasis on vayus, bandhas and energetic alignment. Props and modifications are offered throughout the class to ensure an accessible, sustainable, safe and rewarding practice for all students.


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.


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.