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:

INTRO/BEGINNING YOGA is for suitable for everyone, including first time students, with emphasis on safety, proper alignment, breathing, stretching, and relaxation.There are lots of options (including a chair option).  Please check with instructors for more information.

IYENGAR YOGA: BEGINNER/LEVEL 1
Students will progressively learn classic standing asanas (postures), seated poses, simple  backbends and twists, and will experience a monthly restorative practice that includes beginning pranayama. Inversions will be introduced as students progress in their practice. Iyengar Yoga equips students with clear understanding of right action within an asana so that the posture’s full mind/body benefit can be more fully realized.

MORNING MELLOW FLOW This class is appropriate for all levels from beginner to advanced. Start you weekend with a mindfully paced practice focused on movement, breath and heart.

MOVING INTO MORNING Start your day with a yoga practice geared toward gradual, steady progress. These mixed level classes are for beginners eager to learn and for experience students who want to deepen or renew their practice. With skilled instruction, students will experience a safe and systematic progression for learning yoga. With practice, students will learn to penetrate beyond the physical body to the inner kosas (layers) of mind, energy, and spirit, gaining vitality, clarity and calm through practice.

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE YOGA is informed by various yoga traditions, including the alignment oriented style of Iyengar yoga. Taught slowly, methodically and with precise instruction, these classes provide a friendly and meditative environment for students to develop flexibility and strength, and to deepen their awareness of body, mind, and breath. Meditation practices may be included. These classes are appropriate for students of all ages, abilities and bodies.

MIXED LEVEL This moderately paced class is appropriate for beginners, as well as for seasoned students seeking to review classic poses. Students will learn basic standing, seated, twisting, back bending and inverted postures that are the foundation of the Iyengar method. Postures modified to benefit all students.

INTERMEDIATE is for those with more experience. More advanced postures and breathing techniques are taught.

ADVANCED is for experienced students only.

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.

EMBODIED BEING: HEALING THROUGH YOGA Embodied Being is a mellow class designed for those on their healing journey. Experience gentle movement and mindful breath as you embody and embolden your healing. No experience necessary. All are welcome.

HATHA YOGA includes yoga poses and breathing. Its purpose is to provide a full range of motion, balance, strength, flexibility, coordination and focus.

KUNDALINI YOGA is a complete yoga practice that creates transformation and establishes an aligned relationship between the body, mind and the soul. Kundalini Yoga facilitates the flow of pranic and spiritual energy, in particular along the spinal energy channels and through the chakras. The use of pranayama, asana, mantra and meditation in class combats the maladies of modern living, helps reduce stress, removes negativity and eliminates depression. Activate your glandular system, strengthen nervous system, balance emotion and calm mind all at the same time. Connect to your inner being, open your heart and experience levels of self-love, peace and joy like you have never experienced before.

KUNDALINI YOGA FOR PTSD focuses on improving self regulation in order to return to a natural sleep pattern and improve emotional balance.  In today’s world people experience stress and anxiety on a regular basis.  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder may be due to childhood experiences, a natural disaster, or traumatic event.  Symptoms include anxiety, anger, flashbacks, and nightmares. This class is mostly seated, so accessible to Every Body.  You will learn to move energy with Mudras (hand positions), Mantra (chanting sacred sound), and Pranayama (sacred rhythmic breath) to work in the nervous system, endocrine system, and the body’s Pranic Energy system.  Click here for weekly class topics for February through April, 2018.

RAJA YOGA practice includes techniques to practice all eight aspects of yoga: Kirtan (chant), Netra Vyayamam (eye exercises), Surya Namaskar (sun salutation), Asana (yoga postures), Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation), Pranayama (breathing exercises), Dhyana (meditation).  See Raja Yoga: Going Deeper for more information.

VINYASA is a style of yoga in which breath and yoga poses are integrated into flowing movement to increase strength, balance, flexibility and coordination, and to prepare for meditation. Class begins with poses for flexibility, you will then learn (over a 6 week series) a complete sequence of poses. Class ends with breathing exercises and deep relaxation.

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 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 STRESS RELIEF is a hatha yoga class so it includes yoga poses and breathing. The focus of the class is to correct the chronic imbalance in our central nervous system that results from living with too much stress. Scientific studies have demonstrated that by practicing yoga, we generate “feel good” neuropeptides such as serotonin.  This yoga practice helps improve circulation of lymph and tone the spleen, leading to more efficient removal of toxins and strengthening the body’s immune system. See Yoga, Breath and Stress for more information.

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.

YOGA NIDRA is a state of conscious deep sleep and one of the most healing and transformative of all yogic practices.  This effortless practice creates calmness and clarity as it releases tension from the body and mind allowing deep relaxation, healing, and rejuvenation.  Bring a pillow to get comfortable (wool blankets provided, or bring your own).

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.