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.

MINDFULNESS FLOW YOGA Appropriate for the beginner through intermediate yogi, mindfulness flow provides exploration of breath, asana, and stillness allowing for increased strength, range of motion and flexibility for the body and mind. 

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.

ALIGNMENT-BASED YOGA: 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.

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 MORNING YOGA is informed by various yoga traditions, including the alignment-based style of Iyengar yoga and the flowing, breath-linked style of Vini yoga. The first half of these classes often start on the floor with gentle flowing movements and long-held stretches 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, and strength, 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.

CHAIR YOGA WITH NANCY CHONTOS: You don’t have to turn your body into a pretzel to practice Yoga! Chair Yoga is a gentle form of Hatha Yoga done while seated in a chair or standing next to the chair for support, thus avoiding the difficulty some experience getting up or down on the floor. In this 60-minute class you will learn and practice breathing techniques, Yoga postures, Balance postures and moves, and stage-by-stage relaxation — all with the aid of a chair. Many poses will have optional levels of challenge provided, so the class is designed for the very beginner up to those with experience looking for a Hatha Yoga class done in a chair. No props (mat, block, etc.) necessary. Wear comfortable clothes (t-shirt/sweatshirt and sweat pants, loose-fitting slacks or yoga pants) and please do not have a meal within an hour before the class.

Key Benefits include:

* Improved strength
* Improved flexibility/mobility
* Improved balance
* Increased bone density
* Improved circulation
* Stress reduction

KUNDALINI YOGA Kundalini Yoga is the science to unite the finite with Infinity, and it’s the art to experience Infinity in the finite.” -Yogi Bhajan, 10/27/88

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is also called the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool designed to give us an experience of our soul. In Kundalini Yoga we harness our mental and physical energies and put them under the domain of the will, the instrument of the soul. The technology precisely and consciously combines breath, hand position, eye-focus, mantra and posture to strengthen, balance and energize all the systems in the body. It is a complete practice utilizing the body, mind and soul to bring balance, peace, clarity and intuition into our lives. In light of Kundalini Yoga’s approach to spirituality, it is not a religion. It is universal, nondenominational and is open to all. As a yoga for householders who live a daily life, hold a job, raise a family and manage a business, it is an effective tool to navigate the challenges of our times. Welcome to a wonderful, powerful path to a healthy, happy and holy life!

BEGINNING TAI CHI: Tai Chi is often described as a form of moving meditation. The art was originally developed in China as a martial art and today is mostly practiced as a relaxing form of low impact exercise that can practiced by almost anyone. When practiced for health and fitness the slow meditative movements of Tai Chi can have many benefits including:

• Improved strength.
• Greater flexibility.
• Better balance.
• Decreased stress, anxiety and depression.
• Improvement in overall sense of well being.

The class will consist of warm up exercises and will teach a 18 movement short form of Tai Chi  that once learned can be practiced in as a little as 5 minutes.

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.

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.

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

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.

THERAPEUTIC SLOW FLOW YOGA Above all else this is a mindful movement class.  We strengthen where weak and stretch where tight. We also work on the deep stabilization muscles helping posture and balance. If we don’t use it we lose it!  This is a complete beginner friendly class, all are welcome!

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.

TAI CHI FOR BETTER BALANCE Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® is a research based balance training program designed for older adults at risk of falling and for anyone with balance disorders. The program was developed by Fuzhong Li, Ph.D, a senior scientist at Oregon Research Institute. The origin of the program can be traced back to the 24 movement Tai Chi form, this program has been adapted to focus on addressing debilitating impairment in functional movement.

DRAGON & TIGER QIGONG is a 1,500 year old powerful self-healing exercise that has been practiced by millions of people for improved health, vitality and a general feeling of well being. This practice is exceptionally helpful with:
• Reducing neck and shoulder tension and pain
• Strengthening and balancing all the acupuncture meridians of the body
• Increasing blood circulation
• Raising energy levels & improving immune function
• Improving balance and physical coordination

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.

YIN YOGA 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 connectives 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. Lee Ann will help you into an individual practice that is unique and wise for your body.

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.