For beginners, or experienced students looking for a basic practice— these classes introduce the fundamentals of alignment, breathing and mindfulness in foundational postures.
Vinyasa Yoga is a vigorous, active postural practice that works not only with individual postures, but also with the joining of a sequence of poses in an intentional way to create a flow of movement that challenges students to cultivate an unbroken stream of awareness and breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation with transformational effects on inner and outer strength, energy, balance and skillfulness in action. Some teachers incorporate music.
Yin Yoga is a complementary yoga practice to the more dynamic and vigorous styles. In these classes, floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive ‘stress’ on the deep layers of connective tissue in the body. Physically, Yin Yoga restores and maintains the natural mobility of the joints. Energetically, Yin Yoga opens the body’s meridian system, which enhances the body’s energetic flow and supports emotional equilibrium. And as this practice emphasizes stillness and silence, Yin Yoga prepares both the body and the mind for deeper experiences in meditation.
“Yin/Yang” integrates active postural practice and breath-initiated flow with longer holds in passive Yin-style poses. The combination of active and passive asana explores the benefits of the meditative, reflective qualities of “yin” practice on our approach to more vigorous “yang” poses. Deepen your ability to be still within energetic expression. Appropriate for all levels.
Developed by john friend in 1997, Anusara Yoga (R) fuses precise biomechanical alignment with a deep appreciation of the heart and spirit. In an Anusara class, students can expect a dynamic asana practice that may include vinyasa sequences, backbends, arm-balances, inversions, standing poses, twists and forward bends, which will be taught in a way that is skillful, empowering, and fun, leading to deeper openings and healing. Anusara-Inspired ™ yoga teachers are licensed by Anusara Yoga and have completed rigorous requirements to hold this title. Please CLICK HERE for more information about Anusara-Inspired teachers.
Form & Flow
Form & Flow is an alignment-based flow class intended for students interested in developing and refining their yoga practice. In this class, expect a slower steadier pace than a regular Vinyasa class, with more emphasis on technique and body-awareness to help students access new levels of insight and mastery in their yoga postures- as well as to experience the effects of deeper mindfulness in action.
Restorative Yoga is a gentle and deeply relaxing practice that uses props, like blankets, blocks and bolsters, to support the body in passive yoga poses. We may sleep at night, but we rarely have opportunities to truly and consciously relax. Restorative yoga teaches us how to rest, fully and completely, promoting the many benefits of deep relaxation for the nervous system and organ systems.
Flow & Restore with Singing Bowls
This class is all about getting to a place of relaxation. It begins with gentle vinyasa, moving the body with breath to mobilize the joints, find ease in movement, and release what might be stuck. The second half of class is a restorative practice using props such as blocks, straps, and bolsters to support the body during longer holds. Further deepening the pursuit of relaxation, Kristina will play therapeutic singing bowls. The soothing sounds of the bowls along with their resonance and vibration eventually induce the “rest and digest” part of the nervous system which is the place the body is able to heal.
Suitable for all levels. Hatha is a potent alignment-oriented practice that emphasizes the forms and actions within yoga postures. Emphasis is placed on making yoga accessible through the cultivation of core strength, flexibility and balance as well as concentration and breath control. This class is based on physical postures (asanas), deep breathing, mindfulness and listening to the body.
Hatha Flow is an active postural practice that is not a straight Vinyasa class, but incorporates some flowing movement within and between poses. Expect a slower integration into postures with more space to breath and feel.