Most of our classes can accommodate all levels of physical ability and yoga experience. For a less strenuous practice we suggest the gentle, and yoga for relaxation classes. Please inform the instructor of any injuries or physical limitations before class so they can best support you and your needs.
Hatha Yoga ~
Traditional Hatha yoga class with an emphasis on alignment and some vinyasa elements. Each class is sequenced to bring proper alignment and understanding of the asanas (postures), while incorporating awareness of the breath to each movement. Props are incorporated into each class to assist in teaching postures/movement and provide modifications to accommodate different levels of physical abilities.
Hatha Flow ~
With the balance of both Hatha and Flow (Vinyasa) aspects to each class, you will be guided through fluid movement with the breath as well as holding postures and bringing awareness to the alignment in them. Some Sun Salutations or continuous flowing sequences may be offered as a way to warm up, focus on strength, and relax the mind while moving into more slowed down, alignment focused postures. The intention is to offer students a fusion of these 2 styles while giving the teacher options of what postures to bring more awareness to based upon the students' needs.
Therapeutic Hatha ~
This class is designed with everyone in mind. From the beginning yogi, the one rehabilitating an injury, to the well seasoned yogi. This class takes a slower approach to an ancient practice of bringing balance to the solar and lunar energies in the body. Staying true to Yoga (unification with Self), this practice invites you to deeply connect as we move through postures and breathing techniques.
Shadow Yoga ~
Shadow yoga is a form of yoga founded by Shandor Remte better known as Sundernath. It is a form of slow vinyasa that blends dance, martial arts and yoga asana. Suzy has been practicing and incorporating this style of yoga in her classes since meeting Dr. Scott Blossom (a direct student of Remte) in 2012 at the Yoga Journal Conference in San Francisco.
4 Week Beginner Series ~
Perfect for anyone new to yoga! This course is a progressive series of classes to learn the foundations of a yoga practice. The class will introduce the yoga postures (asanas) in a safe, supportive manner - incorporating breath awareness and alignment in the body. We will also explore the many health benefits of yoga such as stress reduction. Reconnect your body with your mind and spirit to bring balance to your life. Offered at various times throughout the year.
Beginners Yoga ~
A dynamic practice specifically for students new to yoga or those who wish to refresh their fundamental skills. Strong focus on effective alignment with breathwork and meditation applied to posture practice. Class sequences are focused on a theme or goal posture to prepare each body in a step-by-step way to meet its own unique challenges. Students learn to integrate the actions required to create comfortable stability in the body and mind, while releasing habitual tension and inviting relaxation.
Restorative Yoga ~
Learn to let go: release chronic tension, stress, and anxiety from the body and mind. Restore the body from the inside out with supported postures and guided breathing. This class offers a deep state of relaxation; soothing the central nervous system. Appropriate for all levels and physical conditions.
Iyengar Yoga ~
Iyengar yoga teaches stability and openness through sensitive attention to alignment so that the flow of energy and the focus of the mind are found in each pose. Through this understanding and the use of props, the poses can be modified to be accessible to anyone in any physical condition.
"You will know that alignment is there when mind does not wander." BKS Iyengar
Yoga Flow/Vinyasa ~
An alignment based practice, this class focuses on the synchronization of breath and movement, flowing through postures (asanas) to the rhythm of the breath. There is more emphasis on moving sequences of postures (vinyasa) with hold time to balance movement. This moving meditation practice is an excellent way to increase awareness of breathing, while enhancing flexibility and stamina and building strength.
Gentle Yoga ~
A gentle, therapeutic class emphasizing flexibility, balance, core strength and hip stability. Leave feeling rejuvenated and peaceful. Suitable for all ages and abilities.
Embodied Soul Yoga ~
A soulful practice supporting the alignment of body, mind, and spirit with the intention of remembering and really living as our truest Self. We experience self-actualization, unbreakable connection, deep fulfillment, and not coincidentally make the most meaningful contributions when we breath, move, speak, and live as authentic, un-obstructed embodiments of our soul. Krystal guides students on a journey back home to themselves in these thoughtful classes supporting a practical, "real life" application of yoga philosophy and spiritual teachings. These physical and grounding classes are said to be equal parts challenging and restorative (hatha meets vinyasa), beginning with meditation and pranayama, moving through yoga asana postures, and concluding with a restful savasana.
Therapeutic Yoga ~
This class modifies and tailors yoga postures to the needs of individuals dealing with health concerns or injuries. The practice is a step-by-step approach to postures and breath work to help manage conditions, reduce symptoms, and improve overall well-being. Therapeutic yoga serves as a tool to empower individuals towards better health, regardless of age, through deeper awareness of body and mind practices.
Community Yoga (by donation)~
Our community classes are offered in the spirit of service and heart of inclusivity. Classes are taught by a rotating schedule of teachers and teacher training students that are completing their 200HR program. They are open to all levels of practitioners, including beginners. Donations are appreciated to support the studio and our outreach into the community. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. All are invited and welcomed here.
Prenatal Yoga ~
Pregnancy is a transitional time in the life of your family, both physically and mentally. At no other time in your life are there so many opportunities to grow along with the change. In joining our prenatal yoga class, not only will you learn postures to help you feel better physically; benefiting the health of you and your baby, but you will begin to prepare mentally for labor, birth, and motherhood. Each class offers meditation, breathing practices, and movement through yoga postures. The sequence of each class is designed to create strength, focus, flexibility and awareness through a practice designed to support the changes in the pregnant body.
Prenatal Yoga classes provide a safe, peaceful and supportive environment for expectant mothers and are a wonderful way to connect with other mothers-to-be. The classes are appropriate for both new and experienced students and are led by teachers trained and experienced in prenatal yoga. Click here for More Prenatal Information
Postnatal Mama & Baby Yoga ~
Postnatal Mama and Baby Yoga is a fun, supportive space for Mama to honor her rebirth as Mother. Our practice will focus on the physical and energetic connections with Baby and to Mama’s own intuition. Come build community as you recover and rebalance! This class is appropriate for all levels. Babies newborn through 14 months are welcome to accompany Mama to class. Please bring a yoga mat, your diaper bag, and any props you may have at home (blocks, strap, blankets). Stroller parking outside the studio (3rd fl) is available and there is parking with an elevator in the Carmel Plaza.
Toddler and Me ~
This is a fun interactive class that blends calming and active yoga activities for children 2 to 5 years old and a caregiver. We focus on building mindfulness and breath and body awareness through poses, movement and guided relaxation. This class is great for cultivating self-regulation and stress management yoga tools you can do with your child.
Yoga For Kids ~
Through games and stories kids begin to explore yoga poses and breathing. Yoga fosters appreciation for the body, increased focus and concentration, and learning how to relax and unwind from a busy day. This class is for kids 5 to 11 years old and is intended for kids without their parents.
Yin Yoga ~
Originating in China, asanas are held for up to 5 minutes in a relaxing posture. No forced flexion or engaging the muscles and bones happens in Yin Yoga. Yin yoga aims to lengthen the connective tissue thus greater motion in daily life! The use of props (cushions,blankets, blocks, even belts) is diverse and encouraged in order to fully relax the muscles and eventually the tendons. A typical class will focus on 5 to 10 poses. Yin lends itself to calming the mind, letting go, and unforced breathing to bring stillness. If you love Hatha Yoga, you owe it to your practice, your connective tissue, and breath to experience Yin! This class is suitable for all yoga abilities.