CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

 

Please see our online schedule for current class times and availability

We offer a variety of yoga classes and styles, for all levels of experience - Beginners, Iyengar, Kundalini, Gentle, Restorative, Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Yoga for Seniors, and more. Beyond yoga, we also offer classes in Qigong, Meditation, Mindfulness, Sound Healing, Intuition, Energy Work, Spirituality and Wellness.

We focus on personalized instruction in small groups, and our yoga teachers are skilled at assessing your needs and modifying their instruction to accommodate your abilities. Beginners are welcome in practically all of our classes, and we take great care in your body’s safety and your mind’s well-being.

Feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions, or would like a recommendation for classes that would best suit your needs and interests.

If you’re new to yoga, check out our New Student Guide.
 

Mondays

KARMA YOGA with Marta

Mondays: 8:00 - 9:00 am

Free / By Donation

 

Karma yoga is the practice of selfless action performed for the benefit of others, without attachment to the outcome. It can be applied to everything you do, from the most trivial tasks to more challenging efforts. Karma yoga is a path to reach spiritual liberation through our actions, purifying the mind and bringing fulfillment and freedom.

 

In that spirit, we offer this free yoga class to our community - and to the extent you are able, we will accept donations to benefit various non-profit organizations that are doing good in the world. Each month, 100% of your donations will be contributed to that month’s featured non-profit. This is a Level 1-3 Iyengar yoga class, in the same style as our other Iyengar yoga classes. Beginners are welcome!

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GENTLE YOGA with Kathleen

Mondays: 9:30 - 11:00 am

 

This class is great for students who are just beginning and want to gradually open their yoga bodies; mature yogis; pre-natal yogis; those healing from illness or injury; or anyone wanting a gentler, more supported yoga experience. We use chairs, walls and floor to support our postures. Taking the poses one at a time with lots of breath, everyone works at the level that works for their body. Gentle yoga is supportive, allowing time in the posture to use our breath and consciousness to build stamina, energy flow and wellness in our body, mind and spirit.

SOUND HEALING & MEDITATION with Maria

Mondays: 1:00 - 2:15 pm

 

Everything in nature – from the smallest molecule, to the universe itself – is in a state of vibration. Sound itself is a vibration, and sound healing connects you directly to that universal life force, restoring you to a place of balance and harmony.

 

The class begins with a meditation – sitting, walking and/or guided – that will prepare your body to receive the sound healing. Then, lying on a yoga mat or blanket, you’ll experience a soothing guided meditation, the sounds from the Tibetan and quartz crystal singing bowls, and the frequencies from the attunement. The meditations and healing sounds combine to help clear, balance and harmonize your body, mind and soul, bringing you a sense of tranquility and calmness.

 

Join Maria for this restorative and stress-relieving practice. Beginners welcome!

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GENTLE YOGA and RESTORATIVE with Michelle

Mondays: 3:00 - 4:15 pm

This gentle, slow-paced yoga class will invite you to relax mind and body, with accessible stretches and poses to create more space in the muscles while quieting the mind. We will enjoy extended holds in supportive restorative yoga postures while guided with music and meditation. Suitable for all levels of experience, stamina and flexibility.

YOGA STRETCH with Harla

Mondays: 5:30 - 6:45 pm

 

Yoga Stretch is a class designed for individuals wishing to strengthen the back, relax neck & shoulders, tone the extremities (hands, arms, legs & feet), bring flexibility to joints and build abdominal/core stability. Through a series of slow stretches and poses based on proper body alignment, and using  props for support and comfort, we will move through all areas of the body to gently find opening & make space in the body by lengthening muscles and gently stretching joints through movement. By-products of this practice include improved breath awareness, encouraging stress reduction and enhancing the ability to relax.

 

We practice being “present” in our bodies and working within their given limits to stretch and strengthen the body while balancing our energies. This yoga practice is open to all level of practitioners; no previous yoga experience is required. This practice is regenerative in nature, not contortionism.

 

KUNDALINI YOGA with Kelli
 

Mondays: 7:15 - 8:30 pm

 

Kundalini Yoga is an uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices. Using sound, breath, and movement, Kundalini Yoga aims to develop spiritual awareness by freeing the spiral power (Kundalini) that is coiled in the base of the spine, and drawing it upward through the seven energy centers (chakras). Practitioners use breathing techniques, physical postures, chanting and meditation to unlock this Kundalini energy. Kundalini Yoga helps balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purify the blood.

Kundalini Yoga is an ancient art and science, as well as a practical technology to enable the transformation and expansion of consciousness. As the "yoga of awareness," the philosophical purpose of Kundalini is to awaken your higher Self, and achieve your total creative potential. It brings balance to the body, mind and soul, giving us the awareness and the fortitude to thrive in today's chaotic age.

Tuesdays

LEVEL 2-4 IYENGAR YOGA with Dorinda
 

Tuesdays: 9:30 - 11:30 am

 

Iyengar yoga for the advanced beginner and intermediate student.  In this extended 2-hour class, emphasis will be placed on advancing one’s body awareness and anatomical alignment.  The practice will include a balanced focus of inversions, backbends, twists and forward bends. Six months consistent yoga asana practice is recommended.

GENTLE YOGA with Julie

Tuesdays: 3:00 - 4:30 pm

 

This class is great for students who are just beginning and want to gradually open their yoga bodies; mature yogis; pre-natal yogis; those healing from illness or injury; or anyone wanting a gentler, more supported yoga experience. We use chairs, walls and floor to support our postures. Taking the poses one at a time with lots of breath, everyone works at the level that works for their body. Gentle yoga is supportive, allowing time in the posture to use our breath and consciousness to build stamina, energy flow and wellness in our body, mind and spirit.

 

Wednesdays

LEVEL 1-3 IYENGAR YOGA with Marta
 

Wednesdays: 8:00 - 9:00 am

Iyengar yoga is a form of Hatha yoga that emphasizes precision and physical alignment of the body. By paying close attention to anatomical details and the alignment of each asana (posture), Iyengar yoga creates balance in the body and mind. Postures are held for a relatively long period; this allows muscles to relax and lengthen, and encourages awareness in the pose. Through attention to proper alignment, Iyengar Yoga encourages weak parts to strengthen and stiff areas to release, thus awakening and realigning the whole body.

Iyengar Yoga often makes use of props (such as chairs, belts, blocks, and blankets) as aids in performing asanas, allowing students to practice with greater ease and stability. Props help support the student to work in a range of motion that is safe and effective, minimizing the risk of injury or strain. They also make postures accessible for students regardless of physical condition, age, or experience. In addition to developing strength, balance and flexibility, Iyengar yoga develops emotional strength and a sense of well-being that helps students handle the challenges of life.  
 

LEVEL 1-3 IYENGAR YOGA with Dorinda
 

Wednesdays: 9:30 - 11:00 am

 

Iyengar yoga is a form of Hatha yoga that emphasizes precision and physical alignment of the body. By paying close attention to anatomical details and the alignment of each asana (posture), Iyengar yoga creates balance in the body and mind. Postures are held for a relatively long period; this allows muscles to relax and lengthen, and encourages awareness in the pose. Through attention to proper alignment, Iyengar Yoga encourages weak parts to strengthen and stiff areas to release, thus awakening and realigning the whole body.

Iyengar Yoga often makes use of props (such as chairs, belts, blocks, and blankets) as aids in performing asanas, allowing students to practice with greater ease and stability. Props help support the student to work in a range of motion that is safe and effective, minimizing the risk of injury or strain. They also make postures accessible for students regardless of physical condition, age, or experience. In addition to developing strength, balance and flexibility, Iyengar yoga develops emotional strength and a sense of well-being that helps students handle the challenges of life.  
 

YOGA STRETCH & FLEXIBILITY with Michelle

Wednesdays: 3:00 - 4:15 pm

 

This slow-paced, clearly guided class will help to remove stored tension in both the mind and nervous system. We will explore many passive stretches done lying on the back or belly, as well as some gentle movements on hands and knees or seated. Music selected specifically to help you unwind will carry through a full body experience of space and relaxation. Suitable for all levels of experience, stamina and flexibility.

 

RESTORATIVE YOGA with Gretchen

Wednesdays: 5:30 - 6:45 pm

Restorative Yoga gives your body, mind and spirit a chance to rest, restore and heal.  You’ll experience calming, supportive poses where props (such as bolsters, blankets and blocks) do the work - and you simply lie in the pose, breathe, and relax. Surrendering to the pose allows your body to absorb the benefits of Restorative Yoga.  You’ll reduce cortisol in the body, activate the parasympathetic nervous system, and heighten your body awareness in a safe and nurturing environment.

KUNDALINI YOGA with Kim
 

Wedesdays: 7:15 - 8:30 pm

 

Kundalini Yoga is an uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices. Using sound, breath, and movement, Kundalini Yoga aims to develop spiritual awareness by freeing the spiral power (Kundalini) that is coiled in the base of the spine, and drawing it upward through the seven energy centers (chakras). Practitioners use breathing techniques, physical postures, chanting and meditation to unlock this Kundalini energy. Kundalini Yoga helps balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purify the blood.

Kundalini Yoga is an ancient art and science, as well as a practical technology to enable the transformation and expansion of consciousness. As the "yoga of awareness," the philosophical purpose of Kundalini is to awaken your higher Self, and achieve your total creative potential. It brings balance to the body, mind and soul, giving us the awareness and the fortitude to thrive in today's chaotic age.

 

Thursdays

YOGA FOR SCOLIOSIS with Monique

Thursdays: 9:30 - 10:45 am

 

This class is designed to work with students with Scoliosis (sideways curve of the spine). We will work on lengthening your spine and strengthening supporting muscles in your back and legs.  We will realign your posture and find your center when standing in daily life and practicing yoga poses. There will be adjustments and props used to assist students based on their particular spinal curve pattern. This class is suitable for beginners, no yoga experience necessary.

“Remember, doing yoga is not to strive to make your body perfect, but it is a process of remapping the body to find better balance and alignment” ~ Elise Browning Miller
 

GENTLE YOGA with Julie

Thursdays: 3:00 - 4:30 pm

 

This class is great for students who are just beginning and want to gradually open their yoga bodies; mature yogis; pre-natal yogis; those healing from illness or injury; or anyone wanting a gentler, more supported yoga experience. We use chairs, walls and floor to support our postures. Taking the poses one at a time with lots of breath, everyone works at the level that works for their body. Gentle yoga is supportive, allowing time in the posture to use our breath and consciousness to build stamina, energy flow and wellness in our body, mind and spirit.

 

SOUND HEALING & MEDITATION with Maria

Thursdays: 5:30 - 6:45 pm

 

Everything in nature – from the smallest molecule, to the universe itself – is in a state of vibration. Sound itself is a vibration, and sound healing connects you directly to that universal life force, restoring you to a place of balance and harmony.

 

The class begins with a meditation – sitting, walking and/or guided – that will prepare your body to receive the sound healing. Then, lying on a yoga mat or blanket, you’ll experience a soothing guided meditation, the sounds from the Tibetan and quartz crystal singing bowls, and the frequencies from the attunement. The meditations and healing sounds combine to help clear, balance and harmonize your body, mind and soul, bringing you a sense of tranquility and calmness.

 

Join Maria for this restorative and stress-relieving practice. Beginners welcome!

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SPIRITUAL CIRCLE with Maria

Thursdays: 7:15 - 8:30 pm

 

Join this weekly gathering of like-minded people interested in exploring the many aspects of spirituality. This interactive class will help you discover and cultivate your spiritual essence, through exercises Maria has developed over her many years as a practitioner and facilitator of the healing arts. We’ll explore a wide range of practices including guided meditation, sound healing, mindfulness, intuition, connecting with your higher self, energy work, and more.

Each week, we’ll use the power of the circle to create a tribe where you’ll have the opportunity to share your personal experiences in a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment. You’ll get tools and ideas that will connect you more closely to the divine intelligence that permeates our being, and support you in your journey toward positive life changes, better health, balance, and personal growth. Beginners welcome!

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Fridays

IYENGAR YOGA FOR SENIORS with Kathleen
 

Fridays: 9:30 - 11:00 am

 

Yoga for Seniors is a very gentle class for students 50+ (as well as beginners of any age) focusing on strengthening the body, and increasing balance and flexibility. Props (such as chairs, belts, blocks, and blankets) are often used as aids, allowing students to practice with greater ease and stability. Props help support the student to work in a range of motion that is safe and effective, minimizing the risk of injury or strain. They also make postures accessible for students regardless of physical condition, age, or experience. You’ll be encouraged to work at your own level, in a supportive and welcoming environment.

 

SOUND HEALING & MEDITATION with Maria

Fridays: 1:00 - 2:15 pm

 

Everything in nature – from the smallest molecule, to the universe itself – is in a state of vibration. Sound itself is a vibration, and sound healing connects you directly to that universal life force, restoring you to a place of balance and harmony.

 

The class begins with a meditation – sitting, walking and/or guided – that will prepare your body to receive the sound healing. Then, lying on a yoga mat or blanket, you’ll experience a soothing guided meditation, the sounds from the Tibetan and quartz crystal singing bowls, and the frequencies from the attunement. The meditations and healing sounds combine to help clear, balance and harmonize your body, mind and soul, bringing you a sense of tranquility and calmness.

 

Join Maria for this restorative and stress-relieving practice. Beginners welcome!

> CLICK HERE for more info

LEVEL 1-3 IYENGAR YOGA with Kathleen

Fridays: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

 

Iyengar yoga is a form of Hatha yoga that emphasizes precision and physical alignment of the body. By paying close attention to anatomical details and the alignment of each asana (posture), Iyengar yoga creates balance in the body and mind. Postures are held for a relatively long period; this allows muscles to relax and lengthen, and encourages awareness in the pose. Through attention to proper alignment, Iyengar Yoga encourages weak parts to strengthen and stiff areas to release, thus awakening and realigning the whole body.

Iyengar Yoga often makes use of props (such as chairs, belts, blocks, and blankets) as aids in performing asanas, allowing students to practice with greater ease and stability. Props help support the student to work in a range of motion that is safe and effective, minimizing the risk of injury or strain. They also make postures accessible for students regardless of physical condition, age, or experience. In addition to developing strength, balance and flexibility, Iyengar yoga develops emotional strength and a sense of well-being that helps students handle the challenges of life.  
 

Saturdays

Saturdays: 9:00 - 10:45 am

 

Iyengar yoga for the advanced beginner and intermediate student.  In this extended, 1 hour and 45-minute class, emphasis will be placed on advancing one’s body awareness and anatomical alignment.  The practice will include a balanced focus of inversions, backbends, twists and forward bends. 

 

Six months consistent yoga asana practice is recommended.

LEVEL 2-4 IYENGAR YOGA with Dorinda
 

Saturdays: 11:15 am - 12:30 pm 

This class is suitable for beginning and continuing students who want to learn how to practice yoga, or enhance their existing practice. Learn the fundamentals of yoga postures in a safe and supportive environment, with an emphasis on healthy alignment as taught by B.K.S. Iyengar.  Yoga props (blankets, blocks, bolsters) are used to assist in alignment, and to give a sense of the direction and action in poses.  Instruction is individualized for the needs of different bodies and ability levels.  A consistent beginning yoga practice will improve strength, balance and flexibility.  

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IYENGAR YOGA FOR BEGINNERS with Dorinda
 

Sundays

KUNDALINI YOGA with Kelli 

Sundays: 12:00 - 1:15 pm

 

Kundalini Yoga is an uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices. Using sound, breath, and movement, Kundalini Yoga aims to develop spiritual awareness by freeing the spiral power (Kundalini) that is coiled in the base of the spine, and drawing it upward through the seven energy centers (chakras). Practitioners use breathing techniques, physical postures, chanting and meditation to unlock this Kundalini energy. Kundalini Yoga helps balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purify the blood.

Kundalini Yoga is an ancient art and science, as well as a practical technology to enable the transformation and expansion of consciousness. As the "yoga of awareness," the philosophical purpose of Kundalini is to awaken your higher Self, and achieve your total creative potential. It brings balance to the body, mind and soul, giving us the awareness and the fortitude to thrive in today's chaotic age.

YIN & RESTORATIVE YOGA with Dorinda

Sundays: 3:00 - 4:30 pm

 

These two yoga styles, Yin and Restorative, while quite different in their ultimate goals, both cultivate a deepening of internal awareness through a passive practice. They both ask students to hold poses for several minutes while relaxing muscles and finding stillness. Both styles reduce stress, release tension and support the immune system. 

This Yin & Restorative practice is done entirely on the floor, in seated and reclined postures. It combines breath awareness, readings and gentle music to create an atmosphere that is contemplative and quieting.

Everyone is welcome - no previous yoga experience is necessary.  Please dress in layers.  Socks are also nice to have to help keep your feet warm.

To be safe and most effective, it is helpful to have a few yoga props available (see suggested list below). Use of props will vary class to class. Suggestions for alternatives to the list below will be provided. While it is important to have the support of these props – it is not essential to have these exact props. Creative use of what you have around your home is just as good as the list below.

Suggested Props:  
1.    Yoga mat
2.    2 - 4 blankets (any kind of blanket – dense wool works best)
3.    2 - 4 blocks (thick books work)
4.    Strap (bathrobe tie or necktie works)
5.    Chair with no arms (any sturdy no-armed chair works)
6.    Bolster (firm couch cushion works)
7.    Eye pillow (a soft folded towel or washcloth works)

 

Note: There are many good online sources to purchase props (yogadirect.com, yogaprops.com, huggermugger.com, gaiam.com).  Target and Walmart have all of these props online and in their stores.

Dorinda is a Relax and Renew® certified restorative yoga teacher.
 

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