Categorizing different ways of doing yoga is a bit tricky and often it is hard to say which is which in each class. However, all yoga is:
A practice of being present to what is - without entanglement in ideas of what is
Deep listening- creating space for what is to be
Seeing patterns- those well established and the new ones being made
The descriptions below give an initial reference point when choosing a class to try. The best thing you can do is experiment!
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 objective, classes will range from gentle and accessible to vigorous and challenging.
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.
These energizing sequences incorporate breath and vinyasa to flow through various asanas. Sequencing and pacing will vary depending on the class level, but the common link is the smooth transition.
This gentle practice uses supportive postures, deep breathing, and yoga accessories to enable the body and mind to shift and allow students to restore and recharge by means of letting go.
This practice focuses on yielding and surrendering to gravity. These floor postures are held for 4-6 minutes to target the fascia and connective tissue surrounding the muscles and joints. The poses are held in a space of awareness, where students learn to be still and quiet in the mind.
A great way to explore and deepen your practice: we use the wall and all its various attachments to explore alignment and perhaps to go deeper in the poses and hold them longer, giving us a chance to discuss and evaluate what we are experiencing. Occasionally we 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 unfolds in a “workshop” fashion, encouraging discussion between participants. Due to the amount of wall spaces available, is the class is limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration is recommended. This class is accessible to all levels. Try it to really feel the benefit.
Yoga with Meditation
The yoga sequences and postures in these classes are calming and strengthening, and they adapt to you. In vini yoga the movement has a meditative quality and gives a sense of space and ease. This leads naturally to focus for meditation. Over the weeks, you experience subtly different approaches; all are straight forward, and respectful of our beliefs and values.
Yoga as Therapy
Within a yoga container, the class is focused on improving what used to work or what is ready to finally kick in and serve you better from now on.
This class has a particular focus on healing, letting go, building/stabilizing weaker links. It 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 off line for a little fieldtrip
building stability around weaker links – due to either overstretching or babying an injury for a while
building overall strength of the body