Spine Renewal Good beginner class (90min)
During this class you will move through Hatha yoga poses that work on opening your whole spine and perhaps quieting your mind.
You will use different leg positions to release tensions in the muscles spanning from your legs through your hips and into your lower spinal muscles. The effect is the release of the spinal tensions, which changes your whole body. (In a good way!)
You will identify and open areas of your spine that are tight. After identifying these areas you will allow your body to learn Hatha yoga poses that may sufficently care for and bring flexability to these tight areas of your body. There are two primary areas in the spine where most people's muscles have a tendency to lock down: (a) The tailbone (which spreads into the sacrum) and (b) The vertebrae behind the heart (which spreads through the rib cage and into the lower part of your neck) These tensions inhibit the full range of movement in and around your spine. During this class you will move through Hatha yoga poses that work on opening your whole spine and perhaps even quieting your mind.
In Short: Open your spine, quiet your mind.
Yoga Tone- beginner/intermediate/all levels (75min.)
In this class you will focus on centering your breath while you release the tension in the muscles surrounding your spine, neck, and shoulders. After you have released any tension, making more room for flexibility you will use hand weights to strengthen your arms, abs, buns and legs. You will cultivate your strength, stamina, and flexibility while appreciating what your body IS capable of doing!
Your combinations of strength, stamina, and flexibility are essential to the health and well being of your body, as well as being useful in your life.
In Short: "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." - Winston Churchill
Soak Up The Sun Vinyasa all levels (75min)
You will learn a sequence of poses (vinyasa) and repeat the exact same sequence again in this class. A specific sequence of poses that is repeated the same way and in the same order each time is called a vinyasa. Vinyasa (pronounced "vin-yaa-sa") means putting together, connecting, or a composition of things that differ from one another. We will move through a series of poses including Sun Salutations, becoming familiar with each pose, while allowing your body to learn and feel the intentions of each of these poses. Bring a little sun into your day!
In Short: "I want to soak up the sun..." - Sheryl Crow
Chakra Yoga advanced/intermediate class (90min)
Chakra is the Sanskrit word for wheel, and these "wheels" were thought of as spinning vortexes of energy. There are seven chakras, or energy centers in the body that can easily become blocked by holding tension, external situations, internal habits, low self-esteem or even daily stress. A chakra can become either deficient or excessive, and therefore imbalanced.
Each chakra is associated with a particular function within the body, and with specific life issues and how we handle these life issues. Both inside ourselves and with our interactions in the world. Practicing asanas that correspond with each of these chakras can release these blockages of energy bringing balance to our bodies and our minds. Releasing these blockages allows us to obtain this inner balance which can bring us to a higher consciousness.
In Short: "You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em..."- Kenny Rodgers
Guided Awareness Meditation with Ujjay Pranayama All levels (30min)
This (30min) session is a meditation without a yoga class. NO experience needed!
This is a GREAT session to begin a new yoga practice with.
In this session you will bring your awareness to your own body while you rest comfortably in Shavasana (Yoga's relaxation pose). As you dive deeper into your consciousness you will be guided into Ujjay Pranayama (Yoga's Victory breath). The combination of Shavasana and Ujjay Pranayama has the potential to release any locked energy stored in your body. This flow of energy allows you to maintain your practice, while clearing unwanted toxins out of your system. Helping you to keep your vital life force, (prana), circulating throughout your body rather than escaping from it.
In Short: 30 min or less, energy tune up.
Just For Men beginner/all levels (75min.)
Build even more strength, breath, and relax. We will focus on energetic strengthening poses while we work on synchronizing our breath with these yoga movements. After we turn up the energy and break a sweat we will start to slow things down by transitioning into Restorative yoga. You will set your own pace and listen to your body as you practice poses that allow you to manage and release any stress or tension in your body. To ensure any and all stress has left the building you will relax in a Guided Awareness Meditation.
In Short: "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game."
Couples/Partners Yoga Great beginner class, no yoga experience needed (2hr)
Do you both need a night out? Stop by the studio for a glass of wine or juice. Then spend time connecting with your favorite person while practicing partner yoga.
You will support one another while communicating with your partner to find your perfect balance in each pose.
As you both move together in synchronicity through your asanas (poses), you not only will experience a deep stretch in your muscles you will also deepen the connection with your loved one!
** Your, "favorite person" may be a romantic partner, BFF, parent/older child, or someone you hope to get to know better! **
In Short: "All you need is love...love is all you need" -The Beatles
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