Class Descriptions

ATTENDING YOGA CLASSES AT THE YOGA CENTER: 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.

BEGINNING YOGA is for suitable for everyone, including first time students, with emphasis on safety, proper alignment, breathing, stretching, and relaxation. Please check with instructors for more information.

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

ADVANCED is for experienced students only.

ADAPTIVE YOGA offers many different options for each yoga pose, allowing each student to practice the pose in the most beneficial and safest manner for their own body.  See Adapting to Now for more information.

BODY BREATH BLISS leads to spending more time in the Joy of Being.  Taste the stillness and waken the vital life force with this complete hatha practice of asana (physical postures), pranayama (breath), and meditation (calm body, quiet mind, open heart).

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.

LEVEL 1 / BEGINNING YOGA is for students that are looking for a class that emphasizes proper alignment and breathing. This is a moderately paced class designed to build core strength and flexibility. Inspiration for this class comes from a system of yoga founded by John Friend that is called Anusara Yoga. Anusara (A-NU-SAR-A) means “flowing with Grace”, “following your heart”. All hearts are welcome.

MONTHLY MORNING ACTIVE PRACTICE Enjoy a long and luxurious Sunday morning yoga class. Instructor Katie Louvat will guide students through an intelligently-sequenced Hatha Yoga practice using the extra time to slowly warm and prepare the body for deeper opening and exploration. Students will be able to linger in asanas and meditate on concepts and themes with a depth and thoroughness that is not always possible in shorter weekly classes. Modeled after the monthly long practices taught by her teacher, Ada Lusardi, Katie
hopes these sessions will inspire students to approach their yoga with renewed curiosity, attention, and pleasure.  See Workshops and Events for Sundays offered.

MONTHLY AFTERNOON YIN AND RESTORATIVE Enjoy a quiet, therapeutic, and deeply nourishing afternoon of restorative yoga. In a relaxed state, your parasympathetic nervous system becomes dominant and the body is able to heal itself, reversing the physiological, mental, and spiritual effects of chronic stress. Instructor Katie Louvat will guide you through a thoughtfully sequenced combination of supported postures, myofacial release, breath-work, and meditation that will leave you feeling deeply rested and renewed. Please bring a personal eye pillow to class if you own one and dress in layers.  See Workshops and Events for Sundays offered.

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. Beginning and intermediate classes are offered.

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 in 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).