Class Descriptions

ATTENDING YOGA CLASSES AT THE YOGA CENTER RENO:
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing that does not restrict your breath. Avoid eating a large meal immediately prior to class, a light snack or piece of fruit is fine. As a courtesy to other students please turn off cell phones, or if you are on call please set to vibrate. Please do not wear perfume or scented lotions. Props, blankets, and mats are provided or you may bring your own. Our facility is wheelchair accessible with ADA bathrooms.  See Accessibility for more information.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

YOGA AND FUCTIONAL MOVEMENT is informed by various yoga traditions and movement modalities, including the alignment-based style of Iyengar yoga, the flowing, breath-linked style of Vini yoga, pilates, somatics and feldenkrais. The first half of these classes often start on the floor with gentle flowing movements and long-held stretches and self massage to lubricate and warm joints and tissues in preparation for the second half of the practice which is gently active. Taught slowly, methodically and with precise instruction, these classes provide a friendly and meditative environment for students to develop mobility, agility, strength and stability, and to deepen their awareness of body, mind, and breath. Props such as belts, blocks, straps, blankets, and chairs are often utilized in creative ways. Meditation and breath-work practices may be included. These classes are appropriate for students of all ages, abilities and bodies.

SUSTAINABLE YOGA & APPLIED ANATOMY: This class is a fun and accessible exploration of the interconnectedness of our bodies, focusing on mobility, stability, strength and balance. It is easy on the joints, while still being surprisingly, joyfully challenging. The goal is to help you understand your body so you can move better in your day-to-day life.

MINDFUL CARE YOGA Mindful Care Yoga introduces a balanced blend of breath awareness, classical and restorative poses intended to release stress, improve functional movement and balance. It is offered in a safe and supported environment. No two bodies are alike, this is yoga for everybody. All ages, body types, and fitness levels are welcome. These classes are suitable for those living with chronic illness, recovering from cancer, trauma, or injury. All levels.

GENTLE CHAIR YOGA  Experience the benefits of a yoga practice without having to get onto the floor. By incorporating gentle movement, breathing exercises and meditation techniques you will build strength and flexibility as well as calm the mind. Perfect for those with limited mobility due to injury, surgery recovery, arthritis, etc. No yoga experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome.

SUBTLE ENERGY YOGA The focus of this asana practice is to create sukha or good space to awaken the subtle energy body with attention to alignment, breath awareness and joyful movement to draw prana deeper into the connective tissues, muscles, joints and bones. In this class, Monica will integrate the three Ayurvedic doshas; Vata, Kapha, Pitta to support a healthy yoga practice. Plus, a mixture of subtle energy work on the seven Chakras with an understanding of the the koshas to help bring—body, breath, mind, wisdom, and bliss—into harmony, promoting overall health and bringing you closer to self-realization and an absolute fullness of being. This class is for all levels.

REST + RESTORE Restorative Yoga is a slower practice where we hold comfortable + supported postures with props between 5-10 minutes each. Each pose will feel truly blissful. This practice is about deepening in, letting go, and coming back to the present moment with breath + mindfulness. 

YOGA FOR EVERY BODY An introductory level class for those with special health concerns such as injuries, arthritis, joint replacements, difficulty getting to the floor or re-entering an exercise program. The entire class can be done in a chair, see our Accessibility page for details on our studio.

YOGA FOR ARTHRITIS: This class is for people living with arthritis or similar symptoms of pain and stiffness. It draws from a variety of styles to best address the specific needs of people with arthritis. It is based on a program created by Dr. Steffany Moonaz, PHD, a leading expert on yoga for arthritis. Students are encouraged to listen to their own body and respond to its needs, which can vary from day to day. This is not just a modified yoga class with props; it also combines information about diet, meditation and physical activity to support students with the healing aspects and full benefits of a complete yoga practice. A goal of this class is to help students move past the point of joint discomfort to get the benefit of a pose and to feel confident in creating their own home practice.

MIDTOWN MEDITATION GROUP Enjoy 25 minutes of silence in the middle of your day. Each session begins with a short reading followed by a 25-minute silent meditation. This group is free and open to the public. No prior meditation experience is necessary.

YIN YOGA AND MYOFASCIAL RELEASE WITH LEE ANN MAYNARD Slow down, unwind and release tension in this slow and deep practice designed to guide you through Yin Yoga Poses to increase your sense of flexibility and openness. Postures are passive and held for longer periods of time to penetrate deep into the connective tissues to release tension and open up meridians (energy channels in the body). It is a contemplative practice that trains the body and mind to become more open and aware in a relaxed way. No yoga experience necessary.

YIN YOGA WITH HEIDI GABELMAN  Yin Yoga is a gentle practice that works deeply into our bodies with passive, longer held poses. It targets the deepest tissues of our bodies: our connective tissues, joints, bones, and the deep fascia networks. Energetically, Yin Yoga enhances the flow of chi and brings balance to the organs through meridian stimulation. Each posture is held for a long period of time to encourage the slow and safe opening of connective tissues leaving you with a feeling of lightness, spaciousness, and peace. This practice is the perfect antidote to stress and a great counter balance to more active forms of exercise and life. Yin is suitable for all levels of students.

YOGA FOR SCLERODERMA This class is based on the program Kathy Randolph developed for people with Scleroderma, but will be appropriate for those seeking to improve mobility limited by other conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. This gentle practice can be done seated in a chair, so will be excellent for persons who use wheelchairs.

YOGA FOR THE SPECIAL CHILD® is designed specifically to benefit children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Attention Deficit Disorder, Learning Disabilities and other developmental delays. During the sessions, children will learn a step-by-step integrated system of yoga poses designed to increase cognitive and motor skills. They will also learn specialized breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to improve concentration and reduce hyperactivity. Pre-registration required. **All Yoga for the Special Child classes are inclusive, for children who are typically developing and those with a diagnosis of a special need.