Vinyasa: Vinyasa (also called Flow) classes maintain awareness and focus on the breath while moving through a series of postures. The sequence of postures may be different from class to class, but always follow an intelligent progression that moves from basic to complex. This style of yoga builds heat, flexibility and strength, while maintaining focus on good alignment and sound structure. Postures may be held for longer periods of time, and will flow together to unite the body to the breath and mind. Classes range from beginner to advanced. Like Ashtanga you do Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskar at the beginning and versions of this to link the poses while each move is on an inhale and an exhale.
Vinyasa Level 1: This is a moderately paced class and students continue to build awareness, strength, skill, and focus. It is helpful to have completed a series of Yoga Foundation classes or Ashtanga 101, but this is not required to attend the class. Students of all levels will find this class accessible. Modifications are given to make the practice accessible to all students.
Vinyasa Level 2: Yoga experience encouraged. Students should have a basic awareness of yoga postures and their own bodies and limitations and be willing to modify accordingly. Various hand balances, arm balances and postures that require more strength are explored. Postures often are held for longer periods of time to increase strength and concentration.
Vinyasa Level 3: In this class all types of postures are explored in greater depth – there is an attitude of anything goes. Postures are explored from various vantage points – holding for longer periods of time, from the requirement of greater flexibility and strength, and from the standpoint of developing more poise and ease in the face of greater difficulty, the heart of yoga practice. Must have previous yoga experience.
Yoga Foundations: The focus of our Yoga Foundations class is to encourage centering and receptiveness that lays the groundwork for openness both physically and mentally. Yoga Foundations provides a safe,supportive environment to explore the basics of practicing yoga while building strength and skill. You will learn the basics of sun salutations, foundation yoga postures and shapes, and the importance of connecting with the breath. Although this class is geared towards beginners whith little or no prior yoga experience, those with some experience can benefit from revisiting essential alignment, flow, and breath-work principles. This class is not affiliated with any one style of yoga (Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, etc.); it provides students with the building blocks to comfortably access any of these styles of practice. It is recommended (though not required) that students new to yoga attend Foundations classes before progressing to Level 1 classes. This class will cover all of the basics within a 4 week period, starting at the beginning of each month. Students can begin the class at any time and continue taking foundations for as long as they feel comfortable.