class descriptions

Vinyasa (Flow): a dynamic sequence of sun salutations and traditional hatha yoga poses linked by breath. It integrates awareness, alignment, balance, strength, flexibility and grace. This quintessential yoga practice evolved from the teachings of Sri T. Krisnamarchya whose students head the 3 main forms of classical yoga taught today: Asthanga Vinyasa Yoga (Pattabhi Jois), Iyengar Yoga (BKS Iyengar ), Viniyoga (TKV Desikachar).

Yin: Yin Yoga is the relaxed practice of floor postures for three to five minutes at a time. A Yin practice emphasizes the connective tissues of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spine. It prepares the body and mind for longer meditation practices. By drawing the student’s awareness away from the muscles and deeper into the bones a deep level of relaxed focus is achieved.

Yin/Yang: Yin features seated and reclining poses passively held 3-5 minutes and focuses on releasing deep connective tissue; this approach marries asana and meditation to create a very deep and quiet practice, suitable for all levels; Yang refers to vinyasa (flow); Half of class is devoted to each style.

Meditation: Meditation and short reflection offered by the Monks of the Pacific Hermitage; see www.pacifichermitage.org for information about the monks; Freely offered.

Vinyasa/Donation Only : Donations appreciated but not require.

The Core:  10 to 15 minutes active warmup, 25 to 30 minutes of core work combining bracing/stabilization and movement, all based on Sports Science and Yoga Science, 15 minutes Yoga cool down, with long held passive stretches.

Yoga for Seniors 55+: Gentle, therapeutic yoga and movement; focus on stretching, coordinating breath and movement, and developing present moment awareness within our practice. Class will end with a 15 minute guided meditation.

Sweat Your Prayers: life in motion through dance.

Mat To Meditation:  Experience a deeper awareness of Self through the powerful practice of meditation.  This class will begin with breathwork and yoga movement and lead up to a 30 minute meditation.

Body Matters:  The strength and flexibility of your body elevates your mind and spirit. Pilates is the core of this class and you’ll play with resistance bands, magic circles, balls, and High Intensity Interval Training for a workout that builds balance throughout your being.

Power Hour:  this class is an inspired Journey into Power, created by Baron Baptiste.  You will flow, sweat, strengthen and breathe, as we move through an hour of power yoga flow. All levels are welcome as this class allows you to work at your own level, while incorporating variations and modifications.

Beyond the Barre: This class highlights the best of Pilates and Barre and is choreographed to music to challenge your whole body with center floor core moves and using light hand weights. With Caroline’s long time Pilates background and instruction she naturally brings practical application and focused awareness of working from your center. This workout can be intense! You are encouraged to join no matter your skill or fitness level as you can work within your own range of motion.

Yin/Restorative:  This class combines yin stretches with restorative poses for a deeply relaxing class.

Qigong: A philosophy of life that fosters wisdom, well-being and harmonious living.  The physical aspects involve a combination of movements, breathing techniques and meditation.  When practiced regularly it purifies the body and mind of toxins and opens the body to receive the flow of vital energy, Qi, in the world.  This class is taught based on the medical Qigong lineage of the Ling Gui International Healing School and is accessible to all levels.

T3: Cardio, Strength & Yoga. A class that combines all three disciplines into one format. Uses the science of periodization, a type of training that many pro, Olympians, and collegiate level athletes have been using for decades to stay in the game, avoiding injuries and over-training. Over the course of six weeks, we cycle through the following three phases. Phase 1 has an emphasis on endurance, balance & stabilization. Phase 2 advances to strength. Phase 3 is a power focus, moving rapidly with grace & precision.

 

 

Class levels:

  • Level 1: For beginning students and those interested in a slower, gentler class
  • All levels: modifications offered making the class suitable for all levels of experience; moderately vigorous
  • Level 2: Less instruction and more vigorous