Foundations

Foundation classes are suitable for beginners, but open to all levels of practitioner. A Foundation class will provide instruction on correct alignment for various common postures, conscious breathing principles as well as meditation/relaxation techniques. Expect a slower pace that will challenge you but not overwhelm. Music ranges from classical world music to downtempo chill.

Yoga Lite

This class is designed for anyone who desires a more relaxing practice with slower movement and a lighter flow. No handstands, headstands, or arm balances. Supportive methods of bolsters, straps, chairs, and wall space to assist with alignment in some of the poses. Thai yoga massage may also be used in this class. Music ranges from classical, world music to downtempo chill.

Beginner Vinyasa

The Beginner Vinyasa class is designed to provide the student with the underlying basics of how a vinyasa practice works. Vinyasa is a method of linking poses together in a sequence that moves in time with the breath. The class follows a sequence of asanas (postures) but is presented at a slower more relaxed pace than an All-Levels class.

Guided Meditation

Meditation can remove stress and replace it with a deep sense of inner peace. It’s one of the best tools we have to balance our emotions, deal with physical and psychological stress, and promote the peace of the present moment. But it can be tough to meditate without a teacher or guide. Enter guided meditations. Meditating on your own requires some effort, while guided meditations literally walk you through a meditation and help you find a calm and peaceful state—one step at a time.

All-Levels

These classes are for students of all levels and experience. The style of yoga taught in these classes is a mix of hatha and vinyasa. Hatha yoga is a generic term that refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. Vinyasa (pronounced "vin-yah-sah") is the Sanskrit word for "flow", and vinyasa classes are known for their fluid, movement-intensive practices. Vinyasa teachers choreograph their classes to smoothly transition from pose to pose. Music is hand-selected to be positive, uplifting, energizing & revitalizing. Music may include styles of down-tempo,  global trance, hip-hop, pop, house, indie or classic rock. You are encouraged to stay with your own breath, take breaks if needed, and take the variations and modifications that suit you best. Intermediate/Advanced options will be given for those who would like a stronger practice.

Sunrise & Morning

The morning classes are designed to energize the body and prepare you for the rest of your day.

Lunch Hour

A shorter length class, this class is designed for those who would like to squeeze in a class on their lunch break.

Evening & Late Night

Expect to challenge your body with an all-levels class, but finish the practice with poses that will help you unwind from your day.

 


Ashtanga

Ashtanga Primary Series Sequence

Basic athletic ability and some experience with yoga is recommended for these classes.  Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

Class Etiquette

• Please respect the student-teacher relationship and follow any request from your teacher.
• Please do not add or skip any postures from the traditional Ashtanga sequence unless acknowledged
or requested by your teacher.
• Please do not take any new postures unless agreed upon with your teacher.
• Practice with care and consideration towards yourself and others. Respect your limits and
acknowledge that your body and mind will feel different every day.
• Please be mindful of other students practicing by keeping talking to a whisper and walking softly throughout the studio and outside in the lobby.

Intro to Ashtanga Primary Series

The Primary Series is a set sequence of postures designed to bring strength, flexibility, and endurance to the body.  It is designed to purify the body through the breath and the movement to invoke a stillness of the mind.  This strong class will teach the fundamentals of Ashtanga yoga:  ujjayi breath, energy locks, sun salutations, and vinyasas to prepare the student for the full primary series of Ashtanga yoga. Ashtanga’s intensity invokes positive life transformations off the mat, helping you to live fully, with a deep sense of Self in your daily life.   Please note: this is not “Gentle/Beginners Yoga.”

Ashtanga Primary Series

Primary Series. This is the classical Primary Series taught in many places around the world. Here we learn to link the postures together with breath and the technique called vinyasa, breathe with precision and learn to practice without missing a single breath. Previous yoga experience is recommended for this class, but after learning the fundamentals, people with fitness backgrounds and active lifestyles will be comfortable with this level of practice. No music is played in this class to encourage proper breath awareness.

Mysore Practice

“Mysore” style is the traditional method for learning the Ashtanga yoga practice as taught in Mysore, India. In the Mysore method, each student has an individualized practice which is developed and overseen by the teacher. A common misconception about the Mysore practice is that you need to know the Primary Series to attend. Postures are learned one by one and as they are mastered, the student gradually builds a personal practice. During Mysore, students of all levels practice at their own pace and the instructor is available to help with the postures by means of hands on adjustments and reminding students of sequencing. Cheat sheets are also available. A Mysore practice is developed slowly over time so that the student is able to memorize sequencing and the body is able to adapt to the postures. Mysore is appropriate for students of all levels and is the traditional method of learning yoga, one on one from teacher to student. There is a block of time for each Mysore class. You may come into the class at any time during the block. Quietly enter the room layout your mat and begin your practice. The teacher will offer assistance as needed. When you are finished quietly roll up your mat at leave.

New To Mysore

We recommend that you attend one of our Introduction to Ashtanga classes to learn the basics of rhythm and flow prior to attending Mysore class, but it is not absolutely necessary. Students new to Mysore are welcome to come and observe how the Mysore class flows at any time. There is no need to call ahead, just show up. The teacher can then talk to you about getting started.

Moon Days

There is no practice on Moon Days. See our Moon Day schedule for 2015.