Vinyasa is the practice of breath connecting with movement. It creates a very dance-like flow from one pose to the next while fully embodying the power of our breathing. This class goes through waves of relaxation, stretching, heat and strength building, balance work, and body and mind connection. The classes are always different to offer variety of strengthening & opening, creative expression, and to break from routine. There is still emphasis on alignment to ensure safety and mindful movement.
This class is open to all levels including beginners. Rest and modifications are always available along with prop use and hands on assists. Because it is open to all levels, lots of variations will be given to meet the beginner’s needs along with the more seasoned yogis- you are encouraged to listen to your body.
Ashtanga is a very traditional practice. There's a set sequence for each series (Primary Series being the most widely known and practiced) so the class will be the same poses and transitions each time, but the experience is what begins to change. You will be led through a similar class flow as you would a vinyasa class, but there are different poses and transitions in this practice than what you might be used to and each breath is counted. This is a disciplined practice and with consistency, can build strength into so many different areas of our lives.
Ashtanga is open to everyone as modifications and rest are always available. As with all practices, please listen to your body.
Mostly every yoga practice has stemmed from the Hatha yoga lineage. You will notice a lot of similarities between Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, but Hatha tends to move a little slower with more emphasis on alignment, transitions and the poses themselves. There is still breath connected with movement, but because the pace tends to be slower, deeper awareness can be gained. This is usually a great place to start for those that may feel a little intimidated by Vinyasa (although Vinyasa is still completely beginner friendly). Expect fewer or no Chaturangas in this practice.
Each class experience will be a little different and we encourage you to always listen to your body. This is open to students of every level - beginners will feel very comfortable starting here! Although slower, this practice can still offer a great challenge if desired.
Yoga is for every type of body, but not every type of yoga is right for everyone. A gentle yoga practice offers the time and opportunity to stretch, strengthen, relax and renew. We will focus on increasing flexibility, balance, and core strength. This type of yoga is called Gentle because a minimal amount of pressure is applied to wrists, shoulders and knees, making it accessible to many people. However, this does not mean the class is easy! A good deal of the class is done either seated or stretched out on the yoga mat, and by staying on our backs, we are able to support our spines and work our core muscles deeply and efficiently. Be prepared to sweat!
The atmosphere in Gentle is free of comparison and competition. There is no frustration if a pose is not done perfectly. Postures are approachable in gradual steps, with plenty of time to focus on repetition and breathing. This style of yoga encourages individuals to work at their own pace with ongoing encouragement! This class is designed to help you become aware of your body, how it works individually, while feeling the breath and energy move through it.
Gentle ore would be appropriate for beginners, seniors, someone recovering from an injury, as a compliment to a vinyasa practice and everyone in between!
Mysore is a self-led Ashtanga practice. Although the words "self-led" can be intimidating, this is actually one of the best ways to learn and grow your Ashtanga practice as more time can be spent on the postures than a normal led class. If you don't have the Ashtanga sequence memorized, you are welcomed to borrow our Primary Series cheat-sheets at the studio to reference (can also be purchased) and the instructor will help you to learn the practice along the way - catering it to meet your personal needs. Because this is not a led class, the teacher will be helping each student within their own practice while offering hands on assists. Mysore is traditionally practiced in the early mornings and you can come practice anytime within the open Mysore studio hours (typically 5:30-8am and beginners are recommended to come around 6am). This means that people show up anytime within that window to practice. Everyone is doing their own Ashtanga practice, at their own pace, with their own breath and show up at their own time (so long as practice is finished by 8am). You choose how long to practice, when to stop and how much you want to push yourself - the beauty of Mysore.
Yin will open you to the cooler and more gentle styles of yoga. Time will be spent on the floor (no standing postures) and the focus is on the joints and working into the fascia, ligaments, tendons, organs and bones. Expect lots of props, longer held postures and deep releasing. This is not about stretching the muscles (elastic tissues that are usually targeted in Yang practices such as Vinyasa/Hatha) but about strengthening and opening the connective tissues (plastic tissues). It is extremely important to concentrate on fascial release and joint strengthening - also a great way to gain a deeper range of motion and flexibility.
Although not an energetic style of yoga, Yin can be challenging for the body and mind. It is a more meditative practice with focus on finding the body's edges and releasing into them. If you are a high energy student that may have trouble being still, this practice comes highly recommended. The practice is open to all levels - variations and props are always provided.