Hatha yoga uses physical movement (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation, chanting and mantra to promote well-being and personal transformation at every level.
Our Hatha Yoga classes are taught in the tradition of yoga master Krishnamacharya. This tradition emphasizes adaptation of yoga techniques to student needs so that they truly work for each individual.
Because focus is given to adapting the movements, breath and meditation to individual students, it is a uniquely effective practice, and students experience healing and growth at physical, energetic, mental and emotional levels.
Hatha Yoga classes are given at three levels:
Intro to Hatha Yoga
This 6-week course provides a solid foundation to yoga, and we recommend all new students begin here if possible. Students learn basic postures, breathing techniques and beginning meditation. Suitable for adults at almost all levels of fitness. Includes audio recordings for 8 weekly practices so you can continue to practice at home between classes.
Intermediate Hatha Yoga
The next step in the Hatha Yoga series refines techniques learned at the Introductory level, with special focus given to appropriate alignment of the spine, balanced movement and steady breath. Students practice postures which strengthen the upper body and the core in preparation for beginning inversions. Students with history of neck injury or pain should discuss with the teacher whether this course will be appropriate for them and how they can modify in class. Will be offered again in Fall 2016.
Hatha Yoga - all levels
This class is appropriate for any level of student and most levels of fitness. Students will practice basic to intermediate postures, with modification as appropriate, as well as breathing techniques and seated meditation. Each month a different meditation object will be given.
This more athletic style of yoga is our presentation of an Ashtanga, or Vinyasa Flow, style of yoga. Vinyasa Yoga links continuous movement through various postures with the breath to build strength and stamina, refine balance, improve flexibility and focus. There may be pranayama and time for meditation or relaxation in each class.
Students should be in good physical condition to practice this type of yoga. Proficiency in the concepts taught in Introductory Hatha Yoga or other beginning yoga classes (including basic sun salutation sequence and postures like downward dog) recommended.
We offer Vinyasa Yoga at two levels:
Vinyasa I presents basic postures and techniques for the vinyasa/ashtanga style of yoga. Each class begins with Sun Salutation A, and B will be broken down for students to start to learn the classical progression of the Primary Series. Students will learn standing and seated postures from the Fundamental and Finishing Series of Ashtanga Yoga. Inversions such as shoulder-stand and headstand may be introduced.
Building on what is learned in the first level, Vinyasa II introduces the deeper, more challenging postures of the Ashtanga style. The more subtle and internal dynamics of the practice, including details of pranayama, bandha, and drsti, may also be introduced. Vinyasa II is a more exacting, demanding and vigorous practice. Students must be able to demonstrate proficiency and safety in the concepts of Vinyasa I before advancing to this course.
A relaxing and easy-going yoga class to help you feel more comfortable and peaceful.
Our Gentle Yoga class has been specially designed for the student who needs a slower pace and extra care, or who is interested in the therapeutic benefits of yoga, or for improving mobility, strength and balance in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
Gentle Yoga is appropriate for beginners, and an excellent course for those looking to enhance their well-being through a relaxing and gentle yoga practice.
A calming, gentle restorative yoga practice for tired bodies and overworked minds. Restorative Yoga utilizes blocks, bolsters, blankets and other supportive props so that your body can completely relax and begin to renew. This class emphasizes postures that improve digestion and immune system function, and to reduce stress and inflammation.
Each class begins with some gentle movement to prepare the body for restorative postures which include twisting, lateral bending, forward and backward-extension and supported inversions. Pranayama and meditative practices are also taught throughout the class.
This class is the perfect antidote to a stressful, busy life, and can be supportive of healing chronic pain and illness. All levels of fitness and experience welcome.
Nia is a body-mind-spirit movement technique that incorporates Dance arts, Martial arts, and the Healing Arts. Nia is a self-healing sensory based fitness practice that promotes moving according to the body's way. And by listening to the voice of the body, we gain body literacy and develop a healthy relationship with our bodies.
Nia classes are 60 minutes long. Each class is beginner friendly. We dance a choreographed routine based on the 52 moves and the 9 movement forms that make up the Nia technique. Based on the philosophy of Nia, we find our individuals body's way into sensing joy and pleasure while moving.
We also offer therapeutic yoga classes, such as Yoga for Back Pain, and Prenatal Yoga on a regular basis. Learn more about our special classes and Contact Us to find out when the next series begins.