Yoga Class Descriptions

 

All Levels

The All Levels class includes breathing exercises as well as building from the ground up, guiding students in stages through a variety of standing, sitting and supine postures. Each class follows the format of beginning with centering, pranayam (breathing exercises), pratapana (warming up the body), asana (yoga poses), and ending with relaxation and meditation.   It’s a way to recharge while experimenting with coming to your edge to create some physical challenge. The intention is to strengthen, inspire and empower students with compassion, kindness and care while honoring individual learning styles and rate of progression.

Flow All Levels

This class is designed to move students through a variety of standing, sitting and supine postures. Each class follows some format of centering, breathing exercises and warming up the body to allow students to go deeper into a sequence of yoga poses. These poses are intended to open the chest, hips, stretch out the back, thighs and calf muscles while helping to calm the mind and the nervous system.  Through integrating breath with movement we begin to create balance between strength and ease both on and off of the mat. This class is appropriate for all levels.

Pilates Flow

This class offers more options for strength and conditioning as we combine mat pilates with the vinyasa style of yoga, linking moves to one another with coordinated breaths. Pilates traditionally focuses on working the abdominal muscles as well as muscles that tend to lie dormant in traditional styles of exercise. Your entire body will be toned and you still get the sweet treat of gentle stretching with savasana at the end.

 

Power Flow Strengthen & Lengthen

Designed to be a moderately challenging, vinyasa-style yoga class. Students will be taken through a series of challenging fluid asanas that strengthen and stretch the body and help to build energy and confidence. Expect to feel invigorated and recharged!

 

Roll & Flow

Join Eileen Nikopoulos E-RYT 500 for a fabulous fusion of slow flow yoga and myofascial release using massage balls. Eileen also weaves in her knowledge of energy meridians so you will feel released and energetically balanced after class.

You may use our studio props now, and livestream students will need a set of therapy balls or two tennis balls and a sock, a Coregeous ball (big soft squishy ball) or a rolled up towel, yoga blocks, a strap, a blanket and a yoga mat.

 

 

Yin Yoga with Thai Massage

Yin Yoga with Thai Yoga Massage is a floor based practice in which poses are held for 2 to 10 minutes. These long passive stretches lengthen and strengthen the connective tissues, especially around joints. Yin yoga also helps harmonize Qi – essential life force energy. Eileen will also provide gentle Thai Yoga Massage assists to the feet, legs, and arms to boost the energetics of the practice.

 

Chair Yoga

Chair yoga is a gentle yoga practice that focuses on mobility, breathing and stretching. The poses are modifiable and work with an individual’s range of motion. There are seated poses and some standing poses that use the support of the chair to build strength and balance. This class is an excellent way to loosen and stretch muscles, reduce stress and improve circulation. It also can reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure and protects joints.

Positive Well Being Meditation

Are you ready to live a happier more connected and meaningful life? Each week we will explore ancient and modern techniques that will help you meet yourself right where you are with compassion and raise your base levels of happiness and well being! Each week will include practices of breathwork, meditation and mindful awareness practices, techniques from U.C. Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and more. All levels and abilities are welcome.

Beginner Yoga

You will learn some basic breathing techniques. We will build poses from the ground up, coordinate breath with movement, and bring self-awareness to your practice while learning how to find alignment in poses based on your body structure. Focus will be on learning how to find your own yoga practice through awakening the prana (life force through breath) within. By focusing on the breath, we slow the chatter in the mind to become present in the body.

Gentle Yoga

Settle your mind and create ease through this mindful practice designed to address tension, reduce stress and promote relaxation. Enjoy this hour of extreme self-care and leave breathing better, standing taller and knowing you have honored your body from the inside out.

Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga

Are you expecting or a new parent during these unique and challenging times? Prenatal and Postnatal yoga is designed for new and expecting families to soothe tension through breath and grounding movements while providing connection through community. We will learn new ways to explore breath to calm the mind. Yoga movement will be gentle and soothing to the nervous system while also relieving common tension areas in pregnancy and postpartum including back, shoulders, and hips. Class opens with a brief discussion and time to ask questions.

Reiki Restorative 

Students experience the benefits of supported, restful, restorative yoga poses along with hands on Reiki energy healing if you wish. No experience necessary. Great care will be given to make sure students are comfortable in all yoga poses.

Slow Flow

Slow flow is a gentle yoga to de-stress, build strength, quiet the mind and find calm energy. In some ways, it has more traditional roots to Viniyoga. Slow flow style usually provides poses that range from gentle to challenging, but done with stable, self-centering energy. Class pace is slower with an emphasis on safe alignment and maintaining the balance of slow breathing. The toned-down speed doesn’t mean that the poses are any less beneficial for building strength, stability and postural integrity than other styles. This slower pace is definitely more conducive to the meditative practices of mindfulness and breath awareness. This makes it particularly well-suited to newer students, or for those who desire deep concentration within their practice.

Chroma Light Therapy Yoga

Chroma or light therapy yoga is a practice that uses color, light, music and aromatherapy to create a multi sensory experience. This type of yoga is said to help with insomnia and anxiety by using the healing properties of light and color. It replaces the blue light that we are bombarded with on a daily basis with alternative color spectrums for example; red and orange lit classes can help prepare the body for sleep. Some feel it can shift your circadian rhythms through the long wavelengths of the red light which start the production of Melatonin. This boost in melatonin levels can increase sleep quality. The alternative color spectrum in combination with minimal and serene sounds and calming essential oil blends will transport your yoga practice to a spa-like quality.

 

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