This practice emphasizes a set of Universal Principles of Alignment which underlie all of the physical asanas and are connected to philosophical aspects of the practice.
This empowering class begins with a brief check-in, breathing, grounding, and off we go. Throughout the class there are some twists and turns. You may even find yourself upside down half way through. This is a practice to playfully challenge any yogi(ni) in mind, body, and spirit. The pace depends upon the day, mood, and attendance. You will be sure to encounter arm-balances, inversions, and balancing postures. After our cool-down and Savasana, we spend the last few minutes in silent meditation. Arrive with an open mind and an open heart as we embark on a fun, upbeat flow together.
Core Conditioning is a full body workout beyond ‘crunches’ for the abs. In this class we will work our core muscles from the head to the hips. Core conditioning can increase strength, stability, flexibility, and help improve muscle tone, contributing to better posture and reduced back/neck pain (and you may even climb stronger).
This is a flow style class, integrating a variety of core and back strengthening postures, breath focus, generally linked together with sun-salutations to build and maintain heat. Come ready to work and play and challenge your edge. All levels welcome!
Early Morning Flow
Early Morning Flow is designed to wake you up and prepare you, body and mind, for your day! Combines elements of strengthening, toning and stretching in an alignment based flow to build heat, increase circulation and create energetic awareness. Alternative to or enjoyed with a cup of morning coffee ;)
Elemental Prana Flow
Elemental Prana Flow is a mix of two amazing arts, combining our breathe, dynamic moments, and the elements of nature. Each element has its own properties and when we devote our practice to them we start to understand sides of ourselves we may have been ignoring. Earth is our physical form, our wisdom and creation and with it we find our structure, our foundation. Fire is our spirit, our purification, the heat to burn impurities in the mind and body. Water is the sweet cooling love and trust, finding our emotions and learning what we wish to let go of and hold on to, finding how to surrender to flow. Air is the power, its our allowance, our mental activity and focus, its the spaciousness that we wish to create. It's a system to help build personal growth and understanding with out judgments. Getting to know your mind, body, and spirit in a different way.
Flow, Form, and Restore
In this class you will explore yoga props as a way to offer feedback, support, and nourishment to your body. We will begin with a series of supine movements and build toward standing poses that incorporate both flow and form. Standing poses will gradually incorporate and build toward some combination of supported side-bends, twists, back-bends, seated postures, arm balances, and inversions (alternatives will always be presented for those not inverting). You will frequently use the wall, wall-ropes, and yoga chairs for support during the practice. There will be time at the end to slow down and explore the pause of savasana.
Flow, Form, and Fire
In this yoga class, you will begin with a series of supine movements that build a gentle heat and tend the fires of attention and awareness. These movements will build towards surya namaskar (sun salutations) offered in creative and unusual ways. Standing poses will be woven into the surya namaskar in ways that challenge your foundation and ask more of your internal strength. A full spectrum of side-bends, twists, back-bends, seated postures, arm balances, and inversions (alternatives will be presented for those not inverting) will allow you to move in a variety of ways. You will use props in a way that removes support and asks you to engage and connect to yourself. There will be time at the end to slow down and explore the pause of savasana.
Step foot onto your mat and prepare yourself for rejuvenation. A great class pre or post-climb, Gentle Yoga provides a slow pace warm-up and deep stretch. Expect mostly seated, reclined, twisting, or prone postures with a few standing postures to prepare for deeper stretches towards the end of class. Here is a wonderful cross-training opportunity to clear your mind and relax your body. The intention for Gentle Yoga is for each student to feel mentally and physically restored, and to connect more deeply to one’s self through honesty, awareness, and intuition. After Savasana, we will spend the last few minutes of practice in silent meditation together.
Develop strength, flexibility, balance and coordination in this class using classical postures and creative sequences. We will explore both the precise anatomical alignment of the physical practice as well as the deeper meaning and symbolism woven into the name and form of each pose. Modifications will be given to accommodate new and established practitioners. Listening deeply to your breath will guide your pace and depth throughout the practice. Join us on a journey of aligning body, breath, mind and spirit.
First we activate the energy in the body, warm it up. Once warm we stretch the body out to release tension in the muscles. Energy is stored in the muscles as tension, once released and circulating it's much easier to drop into the flow, beginning to move slowly with relaxation. QiGong is a practice of working with energy, a moving meditation. When we slow the body down the mind slows increasing your focus, emotional awareness, and natural ability to heal the body.
A well paced practice with lots of energetic movement and strengthening holds! Students will wind down with soft seated poses and a long reclined meditation. Some weeks will include Prana Yama, and visualization meditation. Six months yoga experience recommended.
Yoga for Climbers and Atheletes
This practice is designed to bring balance to your structure, calm your mind and prevent injury. Learn functional biomechanics for shoulders, hips and spine.
Deepen your body, mind, spirit awareness through a fluid movement practice. Be ready to work at your edge. Honoring your body with a desire for challenge. Focus may range from precise alignment instruction, life embracing viewpoints and or specific themes.
Yin Yang Yoga
Yin Yang Yoga blends active dynamic warming postures with more still static passive postures. We will move through fluid breath based sequences to heat and strengthen your body as well as spend ample time in seated and supine poses that invite you to slow, calm and cool down, and work with the connective tissues. A sweet way to end your day and relax into the night.