Styles

Categorizing different styles of yoga is a bit tricky. Most schools of yoga borrow from each other's methodology—often it is hard to say which is which. However, we can assume that:

  • Yoga is the practice of being present to what is, without entanglement in ideas of what is
  • Yoga is deep listening—creating space for what is to be
  • Yoga is seeing patterns—those well established and the fresh ones being made—while carefully observing the shifts between the patterns to see what lies between and underneath

The below categories will give you an initial reference point when looking for a class to go to, so please treat is as such. Even within a style, the teacher will create a container that will either work for you or not. The best thing you can do is experiment!  

Hatha – This style encompasses everything from asana (postures), vinyasa (transitions), and pranayama (breath work). Many of our classes fall under this umbrella. Depending on the level and the focus, classes will range from gentle and accessible to vigorous and challenging.

Ashtanga – Created by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, this system of standing and seated postures is linked with breath and vinyasa, allowing for a rhythmic, meditative flow. The set sequences, and the repetition of the postures, enable students to gain strength and create space in the body, while developing a quiet, steady mind.

Core Stability - A Hatha class with extra attention to core stability. When waking up the core, the abdominals are involved, but they're only part of the adventure; in fact, the whole trunk is explored: the muscles, the skeletal structures, internal organs, and how the various layers support each other to create integrity and stability, yet allowing for softness. 

Dharma Yoga - Developed by Sri Dharma Mittra, this class starts off with the invigorating Shiva Namaskar vinyasa flow to warm up the body, followed by a well balanced asana practice, where students can explore postures to a greater degree of depth. Pranayama, guided relaxation, concentration techniques and meditation round out the session.

Flow – These energizing sequences incorporate breath and vinyasa to flow through various asanas (postures). Sequencing and pacing will vary depending on the class level and focus, but the common link is the smooth transitions.

Restorative –This gentle practice uses supportive postures, deep breathing, and other "tricks" to enable the body and mind to shift, and allow students to restore and recharge by means of letting go.

Yin – This practice focuses on yielding and surrendering to gravity. These floor postures are held for 4-6 minutes in an effort to target the fascia and connective tissue surrounding the muscles and joints. As a result of the long holds, the poses are held in a space of vigilance, where students learn to be still and quiet in the mind.

Yoga Wall - Including Yoga Wall in your regular practice is a great way to explore and deepen your practice. We will use the wall and all its various attachments to explore alignment and to perhaps take poses deeper and hold them longer, giving us a chance to discuss and evaluate what we are experiencing. Occasionally we will take the same pose off the wall for comparison purposes, allowing us to observe the advantages - and disadvantages - props can have in our practice. This class will be run in a more "workshop" fashion, allowing for discussion and comments between participants. Due to the amount of wall spaces available, and the 1 hour time constraint, space is limited to 10 participants so please consider pre-registration. This class is accessible to all levels.

Yoga Nidra - The practice of Yoga Nidra is the practice of Yogic sleep. It is a state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleeping. You remain awake, yet deeply relaxed. Physical, mental, and emotional relaxation are accomplished through a guided meditation, practiced lying on your back and motionless. You will be asked to move your awareness to various physical sensations, emotions, and images. In Yoga Nidra, you re-align with that part of your being that exists beyond the confines of your intellectual mind, resulting in an ability to remain balanced, connected, and at peace in the midst of life.

Yoga for Athletes - excellent cross-training opportunity for those participating in sports and various activities, as well as those looking to create more space in the body while gaining strength and stability. In this class we will flow through a series of standing and balancing postures, core exercises, and various theme-related sequences, followed by seated stretches and myofascial release techniques to delve deeper into the fascia and connective tissue.

Yoga as Therapy - Mobility, Stability and Strength, has particular focus on healing, letting go, building/stabilizing weaker links. The class is designed as a blend of:

  • recovery exercises (bringing back mobility to the joints, un-doing tense knots, gradually removing adhesions)
  • re-aligning parts that went for a little fieldtrip off line…
  • building stability around weaker links – due to either overstretching or babying an injury for a while
  • building overall strength of the back, front and all extensions