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- balancing the ying and yang aspects of yoga The class involves working with the natural flow of energy (prana) in the body, harnessing strength through the breath and quieting the mind. This class uses physical poses (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation (dhyana) to achieve a greater sense of well-being and emotional balance. The postures will challenge the body and the mind. Modifications for all levels of practice are offered.
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.
Aligned Flow + Ropes: Fine tune your alignment through the creative use of the rope wall and other props. By learning specific actions through these helpful tools, you will be able to access a new level of awareness and depth in your practice. You will then take this new found understanding with you into some breath-linked movement for a complete experience!
Open Level Sivananda: This is a sequenced Hatha class consisting of Surya Namaskara (sun salutations) as preparation for the sequence of comprehensive yoga Asana (postures) that address the seven major chakras. Besides the Asana, the class includes Pranayama (breathing technique), as well as extensive Savasana (conscious relaxation). The sequence used in this class was devised by Swami Vishnu-Devananda and is based on a strong scientific foundation. Modifications will be given for all levels of practice.
Gentle Yoga with Yoga Nidra/ Meditation: In this class we will explore all three mindful practices of breath, movement, and meditation. We will begin with breathing techniques, which will then be synchronized with mindful body movement through gentle yoga postures, and culminate in a guided meditation and/or yoga nidra. Using breath to build a bridge between body and mind, we will explore breathing practices that can help us to replace stress, anxiety, and tension with feelings of calm, relaxation, and clarity of thought and decision-making. Through gentle and mindful movement, we will learn to use body, breath, and mind to find balance and equilibrium, regardless of fitness level. Participants will be guided through a meditation practice that can be used as a highly effective tool to quiet the mind and manage stress, chronic pain, anxiety, and sleep issues, as well as to improve mental health, physical relaxation, and problem solving. Along with meditation, we will explore the practice of yoga nidra, which allows us to experience deep levels of relaxation in body and mind and to rejuvenate the body and nervous system. Through this deeply restful and restorative practice, participants will release muscular, emotional, and mental tensions, as well as find the practice to be of enormous benefit in dealing with insomnia, trauma, anxiety, fear, and depression.
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 Yoga/ Yoga Basics These Yoga classes are open to all. Gentle Yoga and Yoga Basics are both slow flowing yoga classes designed for ease of practice while still challenging the body. This classes 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 Vinyasa: 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 regular yoga practice. These classes have an emphasis on meditation, physical healing, and spiritual transformation that overflows from the yoga mat into daily life.
Open Level Vinyasa: This class is for all levels of practice and moves at a medium pace. In addition to a series of vinyasa (movement with the breath), balancing postures, some inversions (always optional), seated postures and meditation through movement. This is a balanced class- great for those who want to build strength and endurance, mental focus and gain a greater sense of well-being. The focus is on calming the mind through an deeper awareness of the body. Modifications are offered for different levels of practice.
Hour Vinyasa Flow: A mindfully-structured but shorter flow class, focused on coordinating breath with movement. This class is open to all levels. Modifications and mindful awareness of the body throughout the practice is 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.
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.
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.
Adult Yoga Group Classes