Yoga Class Descriptions
All Levels Yoga
The All Levels Yoga class is designed for students of all yoga experience levels from a slightly-experienced student to an advanced practitioner. Appropriate options will be given by the instructor for each student’s level of experience.
Back Care Yoga
Back Care Yoga is open to all levels of students, including those who have never taken a yoga class. Students will learn: poses to relieve muscle tension; safe poses to increase flexibility in the hips, shoulders and back; strengthening poses to give the spine and neck adequate support; ways to improve posture and alignment; and relaxation techniques to help reduce mental stress often associated with chronic pain. These classes are suitable for all practitioners, but special care is made to assist those with back issues. Overall emphasis is also placed on building a strong and healthy back for everyone, so as to avoid future back-related problems.
Cardiac Yoga® is a registered trademark of M. Mala Cunningham, Ph.D. and is used with exclusive permission.
Chair Yoga classes are appropriate for those with special health conditions, those who want a slower paced class or those who are looking for a beginner level class. The class is appropriate to students who use walkers, canes, and wheelchairs.
Most of the class activity is performed seated in a chair. For those who are able, some standing (with support) and floor movements may be given. For those who are unable, alternate poses appropriate for remaining seated will be given.
Students could potentially benefit from the practice of yoga and may see improved range of motion and flexibility, involvement in a social activity, strengthened muscles and joints, and reduced stress. These classes include yoga poses for the body, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques.
The Gentle Yoga class is designed for those who want a very basic, beginner level class. These classes include yoga poses for the body, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques. Students of all abilities are welcome to attend including those who prefer to stay in a chair. The class is shorter and slower paced than a Level 1 Yoga class.
Level 1 Yoga
Start a yoga journey with the Level 1 Yoga class! This is the perfect class for students who are brand new to yoga, students who have had very little yoga experience, and students who took yoga a long time ago.
Designed to introduce students to the practice of Hatha Yoga, the class emphasizes a systematic approach that allows students to learn the basic techniques of proper alignment, breathing, meditation, and relaxation.
(See also Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga, and Restorative Yoga for class descriptions for other Beginner Yoga options.)
Level 2 Flow Yoga
Level 2 Flow Yoga is a more aerobic style class that improves strength and endurance. In this class, the poses are linked together with the breath. There is much more fluid movement involved and thus, the pace in the class is quicker. This class is appropriate for students who have taken Level 2 classes for 3-6 months and who do not have health issues that would impact the practice.
Level 2 Yoga
Level 2 is for students who have had at least three months of regular attendance of Level 1 Yoga classes. Students will begin to explore more challenging poses and breathing techniques. A basic understanding of alignment and recognition of the names of the poses in Sanskrit is needed for this class.
Level 3 Yoga
Level 3 introduces more challenging poses and refines those poses taught in Level 2 and adds more detailed breathing techniques. Students who have practiced yoga for at least 12 months in the alignment-based Level 2 classes are welcome to attend.
Quieting the Mind
The topic and instructor will vary week to week and the class titles will be announced a month prior. This class is for All Levels and beginners are welcome. Topics could include things such as restorative poses, meditation, poses to relieve anxiety/stress, and more!
4/20 - Meditations to Relieve Headaches w/ Gwen.
Explore techniques to reduce the factors that lead to headaches.
4/27 - Aroma Yoga to Quiet the Mind w/ Karen.
Explore techniques to reduce the factors that lead to headaches.
5/4 - Yoga for Emotional Balance & Reducing Stress w/ Karen.
This restorative sequence is designed to balance anxiety, lift depression & help manage chronic stress leaving your mind calm & your body energized.
5/11 - Letting Go... a Guided Meditation w/ Gwen.
Let go of thoughts and/or habits that do not serve you with a gentle guided meditation. You can begin to release old and new thought-patterns or stuck emotions that weigh you down and hold you back. Let them go.
5/18 - No Class.
Enjoy your weekend!
5/25 - Moving Meditations to Quiet the Mind w/ Karen.
For those that find stillness challenging in meditation, try this gentle movement-based class that may help you find your inner calm.
Select Your Study
This is a weekly class in which the topic varies week to week. The class title and appropriate level will be announced a month prior. Topics could include things such as specific pose work or pose type, a therapeutic theme, a particular part of the body, or more!
4/18 - Yoga for High Blood Pressure.
Yoga can be a very beneficial therapy for controlling and lowering high blood pressure naturally due to calming the nervous system. The soothing practice of yoga poses, breathing exercises, and meditation settles both mind and body and reduces stress, a leading cause of hypertension. All Levels.
4/25 - Chest Openers w/ Gwen.
Practice poses that help open the front of the body and strengthen the back body. All Levels.
5/2 - Strong and Flexible Shoulders.
Practice poses that help to relieve tension, change your posture and increase strength and flexibility. Level 1 & above.
5/9 - Yoga Outdoors at the Village Inn.
Commune with nature as we move our yoga practice outdoors this evening. Class will be in the grassy area behind the studio, where we’ll enjoy (hopefully) lovely spring weather. (Back up weather plan = class inside as usual). Level 1 & above.
5/16 - Yoga for Core Strength.
A strong core helps to improve your balance and stability, improve your posture and protect your muscles from injury. Come practice poses and other exercises to build strength in this important area! Level 1 & above. Limited to 15.
5/23 - Stretch Everything.
Practice poses that stretch each part of your body making every day movement easier and more flexible. All Levels.
5/30 - Movement and Yoga Nidra.
Experience deep relaxation and meditative states. Class includes gentle movement and a discussion about the history, purpose, and process, followed by a long Yoga Nidra practice. All levels.
Yoga Walls are special props that can be used for many types of poses from standing poses, back bends, forward bends, inversions & more. The Walls allow you to move deeper into poses, to understand alignment more in depth, and to simply be more playful in the practice of yoga. This class is appropriate for students with experience in Level 1 classes and above. The class size is limited to 15 students. Please sign up with the app or online to guarantee your spot.