Yoga Sol Group Class Descriptions:
Open-level Hatha: The Sanskrit words- “Ha”- sun and “tha” moon help define a practice to find balance in body, mind and spirit. The class involves working with the natural flow of energy in the body, harnessing strength through the breath and quieting the mind. This branch of Yoga uses physical poses (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation to achieve better health and emotional balance. The postures will challenge the body and the mind, but modifications are taught. This class is open to all levels.
Slow Flow Vinyasa: This class allows beginners and seasonal yogis alike to create their own synchronized dance, while learning poses and how to move, breathe, and stretch between poses. Slow flow allows the practitioner time to evaluate how and when a pose should be modified, due to physical limitations or limitations in experience. The practitioner also has the time to mentally engage with the body, as it moves through a flow. The mind and body connection is one of the main goals when practicing Yoga. All levels of Yoga practitioners can find their personal challenges, as they slowly and mindfully move through a mellow flow. The pace may be slower, but challenges will be present with difficulties to work through. Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga is a healing dance of moving meditation.
Yin Yoga: Also called “the Quiet Practice,” this class offers a compliment to your regular yoga practice. The aim is to relax the muscles in order to access a deep stretch in the connective tissue, ligaments and joints. Most of the asana performed are floor poses, therefore this class is open to everyone. Guided meditations and breath techniques will be explored with emphasis on the subtle body. Yin will help you feel integrated and grounded on all levels.
Gentle Flow: This Yoga class will be open to all. Gentle flow Yoga is a slow flowing yoga class designed for ease of practice while still challenging the body. This class will utilize gentle flowing Asana with props to ensure safety and comfort. Gentle flow will be offer practitioners who may have feared practicing due to injury a safe place to begin practice again or to start a new practice to prevent future injury.
Open and Moderate Kripalu: The sequence of postures, pranayama and meditation is designed to develop structural alignment, mindfulness and grace. Open is a class with modifications for all levels; Moderate is for students with at least a year of yoga practice.
Open-level Vinyasa: This class is for all levels of practice and moves at a medium pace. In addition to a series of vinyasas (movement with the breath), there will be balancing postures and some inversions (always optional). This class is great for those who want to build strength and endurance, and gain a sense of well-being.
Hour Vinyasa Flow: A mindfully-structured flow class, focused on coordinating breath with movement. This class is open to all levels and modifications are encouraged.
Moderate Vinyasa: For students with a regular yoga practice. This class will creatively explore postures and transitions between poses in both a challenging and fun way.
Strong and Steady: A general level vinyasa class with a focus on mindfully and intentionally moving in and out of poses. Restorative poses, breath work and meditation are incorporated. This class is perfect for a beginner or long-time yogi wanting to find more grounding, suppleness and simplicity in their practice.
Yoga Pilates Blend: Yoga and Pilates blended in the most beautiful way. This hour-long class will focus on the breath as well as challenging and improving core strength, flexibility and awareness while strengthening and toning muscles. All levels of practice are welcome and new students are encouraged.
Restorative: This is a class designed for beginners as well as seasoned yogis. This is a time to completely relax, unwind and renew. With the help of props, comfortable poses are held for several minutes. This Restorative practice involves both the body and the mind, so its relaxing, healing and meditation benefits are embodied, rather than simply intellectually understood. It helps to quiet the mind, relax the body and balance the nervous system. No yoga experience is necessary.
Creative Basics (slow/ gentle flow): This class is suitable for all students, including seniors. Foundational yoga postures are explored creatively using chairs, props and incorporating different movement modalities. Creative Asana II (slow/ moderate flow): Exploring asana practice from a creative and playful expression. A more advanced practice that draws inspiration from many movement modalities designed to deepen your practice, and your connection to self.
Kirtan: The ancient tradition of kirtan involves call and response chanting. A form of Bhakti yoga and powerful spiritual practice, kirtan is called the “yoga of devotion” and said to be “a shortcut to bliss.” The chants will quiet the mind, open the heart and uplift the spirit. You do not need a great voice to participate, just an open mind and a willing heart.
Prenatal Yoga: One week at a time we come together to find grounding and support in a time of great change. We prepare the body both mentally and physically for birth and motherhood. Care is taken to modify all poses for the needs of both mother and baby.