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Anusara Yoga
Anusara (a-nu-sar-a), means “flowing with Grace,” “flowing with Nature,” or “following your heart.” Founded by John Friend in 1997, Anusara yoga is a school of hatha yoga, which unifies a life-affirming philosophy of intrinsic goodness with Universal Principles of Alignment. The Principles help us to bring the body toward an optimal muscular, skeletal, and energetic blueprint. Classes always begin with a centering time, then move into poses that flow with the breath and longer holds. Anusara classes honors each student where they are at, and encourages us to understand the body and how to better align ourselves.

Ashtanga
Ashtanga is a fast-paced series of sequential postures practiced and taught by yoga master, K Pattabhi Jois. Ashtanga yoga represents the most intensive form of hatha yoga, requiring great stamina and flexibility.
    Ashtanga Flow
    These classes are based on the Ashtanga system. The sequencing of (postures) asanas has been altered to create a unique experience with each practice.

    Ashtanga Primary Series
    The full primary series is taught following the traditional sequence of postures. This is a challenging, fast paced series of asanas designed to build heat and detoxify the body.

Breathing
"To breathe is to live. To breathe fully is to live fully." - Dennis Lewis.
Learn to deepen your natural breath through practices and exercises passed down through the ages. Shallow breathing can result in or be the result of much of the stress we experience in life. Learn to fully use your respiratory system and let go of the stress in your life during this class.

Dharma Wheels
Classes will start with the cardio benefits of indoor cycling before moving to the yoga mat to stretch the muscles you just used and enjoy the more relaxing and meditative benefits of yoga. Dharma Wheels class will include: 40 minutes of cycling (simulation of hills and flat road riding) and 35 minutes of yoga. All fitness levels welcome. Please wear clothing appropriate for cycling (including tennis shoes) and yoga. Bring a towel and water bottle and come prepared to work up a sweat and cool down and relax. Attendance is limited to 6 students and online registration is required for this exciting combination of cycling and yoga!

Eclectic Yoga
A slower paced class, Eclectic Yoga integrates postures, pranayama and meditation techniques from the Ashtanga, Iyengar, Yin, Restorative, Yoga Tune-Up and Kundalini practices to take you deeper into your practice while helping you explore your body resulting in incrased awareness of how your muscles and joints are functioning on and off the yoga mat - which muscles are being overused that require release and stretching, underused that need to be engaged and strengthened or misused that are at risk of injury. This awareness coupled with conscious movement and breath creates a practice that can be physically challenging yet safe, relaxing and fun.

Facilitated Yoga & Stretch Therapy (FYST)
Designed to address the specific needs of your body, Facilitated Yoga & Stretch Therapy is a unique and personalized program of integrated flexibility and strength work. FYST focuses on alleviating improper body alignment due to muscular imbalances from mis-use or over-use. A combination of breathing exercises, facilitated yoga postures, and active isolated stretching techniques are employed to increase flexibility in your joints, fascia and muscles. The goal of FYST is to bring balance to your breath, bones and muscles through optimal skeletal alignment and muscle functioning. These sessions will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated with a greater range of motion!

Flow into Stillness
This class brings together the best of two yoga styles by warming you up with a Hatha Flow sequence where you combine breath with movement then transforming into a quiet practice where postures are held for several minutes to give you the benefits of a deep Yin Yoga stretch.

Gentle Yoga
Gentle Yoga is a class structured around rejuvenating and healing the body through gentle yoga poses and use of the breath. Yoga props such as blankets, blocks, bolsters, chairs and straps are used as needed for a safe practice, and to allow the body to fully achieve each posture comfortably. This class is taught at a slower pace and focuses on stretching all areas of the body, while releasing stress and tension from joints and muscles.

Hatha Flow
A combination of traditional Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga designed to integrate breath with movement. Students will flow from posture to posture less rigorously than in a Vinyasa Yoga class. Hatha Flow is a great class for students of all levels.

Hatha Yoga
Practice yoga asanas to help increase strength and flexibility of the body. Through physical movement, it is possible to promote individual health and improve body awareness. Moving at a slower, more mindful pace and holding the asanas for longer periods allows for a deeper and more personal experience. Breathwork is incorporated into the practice to assist in the quieting the mind and encouraging stress relief.

Healing Warrior for Cancer Survivors - Restorative Warrior Yoga
The Healing Warrior Yoga Program was designed to provide a safe and effective means of empowering you to be an active participant in your cancer treatment and recovery. For anyone recently diagnosed with cancer before treatment has even begun, Healing Warrior Yoga can help you manage the changes and emotions in your life in a healthy way. Between treatments is a great time for those currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation to help increase energy, fight fatigue and improve your overall sense of wellbeing. And for those who have moved beyond treatment, the program will increase your level of energy, flexibility and strength. The restorative nature of this class along with entle yoga movement, breathing, guided imagery and meditation will help relieve stress and promote your inner Healing Warrior.

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation
Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, works to awaken the spiritual force that lies dormant in every human being. Through the practice of kriyas (series of yoga postures), energetic breath work, chanting and meditation, the spiritual force rises up the spine through each chakra bringing new balance, energy and clarity into your life.

Meditation
Meditation promotes awareness, peace, clarity, intuition and overall physical, mental & emotional well-being. While meditation releases blocks and resistances, it simultaneously increases energy levels and enhances effectiveness and efficiency. As Yogi Bhajan said, "Meditation is the process of controlling and transcending the waves of the mind, allowing the flow of radiance from the soul." During this class, we will explore many of the tools, techniques and methods available. You will learn about Buddhist mindfulness meditation and its numerous stages, practices and incarnations. Highlights will be breath awareness, open focus, metta (lovingkindness), karuna (compassion), walking meditation, mirroring, tratakum (gazing) and the body sensation scan. We will also address mala meditation, as well as eye focus, meditation with bandha (lock), mudra (seal), mantra (mind wave projection) & naad (sound current, vibration). We will focus on one or two techniques per class and shift according to class need and interest. This will be an informative—yet predominantly experiential—class. You will come away with a clear overview of the different practices, how to prepare for and perform them, as well as guidance on how to delve deeper into each one. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat/blanket, cushion and headcover if available.

Prenatal Yoga
Linking yoga postures with the breath will lead you to new discoveries, bring awareness to the mind, body and spirit, and also the spirit of your baby. This class will help strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles, improve circulation, aid in digestion, exercise the spine and increase overall comfort. Yoga can also alleviate many of the discomforts of pregnancy such as nausea, constipation, varicose veins, swelling, back pain and sciatica. No prior experience necessary. Spouses, significant other and friends are welcome to join as well.

PranaMama
A safe and empowering community for mothers. Bringing her unique perspective as a mother, psychotherapist, and yoga instructor, Audrey created PranaMama as a space for moms to practice yoga and share ongoing challenges and lessons of motherhood. This gathering will begin with a 45-minute supported group discussion followed by a 30-minute gentle yoga practice.

Power Yoga
Power Yoga links poses together to create a core strengthening workout. This class is similar to Ashtanga but allows for more free flowing and creative combination of postures. Inversions, such as headstand, will be practiced in this Power Yoga class.

Restorative Yoga
Relaxing, supported yoga poses designed to restore energy, rejuvenate your spirit, while soothing your mind are taught in Restorative Yoga. This class helps bring balance to your life and yoga practice by slowing you down. This stress reducing class is ideal for students of all levels!

Relax & Rejuvenate
A combination of gentle, restorative and yin yoga practices along with guided breathing and meditation. The perfect way to let go of the week and restore yourself for the weekend!

Tone & Stretch
Improve muscle tone, joint mobility, core stability, posture, and relieve stress with toning and conditioning exercises, gentle stretching and strengthening exercises. Suitable for any fitness level, but be prepared to feel your muscles burn.

Vinyasa Yoga
A flowing form of traditional Hatha yoga that focuses on integrating breath with movement, taking students from one posture to the next, while sustaining some postures. The flowing movement of this practice harmonizes body, breath, mind and spirit. The increased pace of this practice strengthens the heart, creates better balance and encourages grace. The result is meditation in motion.

    Heated Vinyasa Yoga
    Experience the wonders of Vinyasa yoga in a room heated to 80 degrees. The heat helps to warm-up yours muscles allowing you to move deeper into each posture.

    Vinyasa Yoga Basics
    Learn and practice the grace of Vinyasa yoga by integrating breath with movement. The Vinyasa Yoga Basics class takes students from one posture to the next, while working on form and alignment. The flowing movement of this practice harmonizes body, breath, mind and spirit. The slower pace of this practice makes it a great choice for students new to yoga.
Yin Yoga
This class consists of postures selected to gently stretch and release the connective tissues around major joints. This slight pressure on the joints is highly beneficial to mobility and overall health. Postures are performed with muscles held as relaxed as possible (body weight is used for leverage as needed), and are held anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes. Our Yin Yoga II class includes more advanced postures. We recommend practitioners be proficient in our regular Yin Yoga classes prior to attending a Yin Yoga II class.

Yoga Basics
This gentle yoga class is suitable for beginners, students recovering from injuries or those interested in concentrating on form and alignment. Yoga Fundamentals focuses on strengthening the body, increasing balance and flexibility with the aid of yoga props.

Yoga Conditioning
Strengthen, lengthen and tone your muscles while gaining flexibility and improving your stamina, balance and overall yoga practice. Using yoga postures and breathing techniques, this mindful conditioning class also uses the physical conditioning principle of specificity which basically states that the activity you want to improve is best accomplished by doing that activity. Therefore, we will enhance our yoga practice by using repetition and holding postures for a length of time in order to improve our physical, mental and emotional condition for yoga.

Yoga Therapy
Heal your body, mind and spirit with Yoga! During these private Yoga Therapy sessions, you will learn how to work in a loving and compassionate way to restore your health on every level – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. A personalized program of postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques will be developed to suit your individual needs. To address specific health challenges you will learn yoga techniques and practices to manage your condition, reduce symptoms and experience restored balance, increased vitality and improved attitude!

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