In this class, students perform asanas according to the Ashtanga Primary Series. Ashtanga Vinyasa devised by late Shri K. Pattabhi Jois is practiced with Ujjayi pranayama and awareness on Moola bandha as done at the Ashtanga Yoga Institute of Mysore, India. During this class, the teacher will provide mainly verbal and some hands-on guidance regarding the proper execution of the postures and movements but will be mostly concerned with moving the class through the entire series at a steady pace. This class is most suitable for those already familiar with the Primary Series interested in practicing on a strict count and at a more continuous pace. For beginners, it can also serve as a suitable introduction to Ashtanga Vinyasa method. One can expect to sweat and build heat during the class. This may not be a suitable class if you are a complete beginner (first few yoga classes).
Ayur-Yoga focuses on the breath, awareness of body and mind, postural alignment and balance, blending Ayurvedic principles as they apply to yoga with a sense of exploration and playfulness.
All styles of yoga have essentially emerged from the umbrella of Hatha Yoga. The most traditional of all practices, this method focuses on balancing the internal rhythm of our bodies. A slow sustained practice teaching one to come into a state of ease. While certain disciplines such as Sivananda focus on advanced and highly beneficial postures such as headstand and shoulderstand, not all classes are conducted in that manner. The teacher emphasizes on teaching one’s mind to relax in postures irrespective of whether the pose is easy or challenging. All postures are held for a long period of time enabling one to have a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the body. Simple pranayamas are also taught in this class with the intention to bring the mind and body to equilibrium. This class will leave you feeling calm, stretched and with a sense of fulfillment.
A flow practice with focus on breath. The pace is relatively slower which creates an opportunity to stop and focus on alignment and flexibility. This practice encourages students to hold poses for longer periods of time as that enables one to have a deeper understanding of each posture while simultaneously detoxifying the body through heat. This approach also assists in developing endurance, flexibility, strength and concentration. Additionally, one can expect to learn and perform simple pranayamas which helps students to quiet their minds and connect to their subtle vital life force. This class will leave you feeling energized yet calm and composed.
The Iyengar yoga practice was devised by Mr. B.K.S Iyengar using various props such as blocks, ropes, chairs and bolsters. This practice is precise and disciplining, and known to help people who have suffered injury or physical discomfort. This class provides a foundation to the Iyengar yoga practice in the form of basic standing, seated, and supine poses. The teacher also focuses on more advanced and highly beneficial postures such as headstand (Shirshasana), shoulderstand (sarvangasana) and back bends in a method that is suitable to all levels and considerate to individual limitations. Students will feel challenged and start to develop a consistent, self-directed practice. This class will leave you feeling energized, strong and a with sense of clarity.
Our prenatal yoga classes are similar to Iyengar Yoga classes as props are used to bring the student into a version of every posture suitable for them. This class is designed for your changing body and your growing baby throughout all the stages of pregnancy. You can begin immediately upon finding out that you are pregnant and continue until you give birth. A safe, open community allows you to freely discuss any issues, from discomforts and concerns, to the wonderful new changes your body and baby are experiencing. This class will leave you feeling stretched, calm and positive.
A flow practice with focus on breath. This practice is dynamic, linking movement to breath. The pace is slightly faster than a Hatha/ Hatha Vinyasa class however still maintains certain alignment principles. The sequencing of this class is often fabricated around sun salutations from different traditions. Students can expect to build heat, endurance, flexibility, strength and concentration. This practice is designed to find a sense freedom in the body through the various movements. This class will leave you feeling energized and refreshed.