Types of Classes

 The Yoga Club offers many styles of yoga, from beginner to intermediate, strength-based to meditation-based, and more! Each style of yoga has its own unique benefits. Below is a description of some of the main styles of yoga we offer. You can check the calendar page to see when these classes are offered.

Acro Yoga

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Acro yoga brings together three disciplines: yoga, acrobatics, and Thai massage.  We will explore these three disciplines and work toward acrobatic partner poses in a progressive way.  No need for prior experience or a partner–we will support you and rotate partners in a safe learning environment. Classes will begin with individual yoga warm up, partner stretching and conditioning exercises and then move into either acrobatic or therapeutic partner poses.  Class will conclude with giving and receiving Thai massage.  Build trust and learn how to better communicate through accurate self-assessment.  Come be a part of this playful and exciting community!

Ashtanga

These classes are led in the traditional method of counting Ashtanga yoga, as taught in Mysore, India. In a counted Primary Series class, the teacher calls out the postures and vinyasas (counted movements linking the postures with the breath). The group moves and breathes together in sync, creating a focused, highly charged, energetic class. The Primary Series is an effective way of flushing away toxins in the body, unconstructive self-practice habits, and provides an opportunity understand the mind-body experience. This is a highly energetic class, so it is recommended to wear comfortable clothing and arrive well-hydrated.

Bliss Flow

Part vinyasa, part power, and part kitchen party, Bliss Flow classes are structured to build up heat, sweat, and finish with a sweet mellow cool down and juicy savasana. Accessible to students of all levels, this class emphasizes proper alignment, building strength, and, ultimately, moving in a way that feels good. You can count on a community vibe, smiles, and soulful music at each class. To learn more about the Blissology movement, visit here!

Gentle Hatha Yoga for Beginners

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This class is ideal for those new to yoga, or those who would like a slower paced class. It focuses on simpler, relaxed postures, basic pranayama (breathing exercises) and an introduction to meditation. There are plenty of modifications in order to challenge students at their respective levels of experience.

Hatha Yoga

A great all-levels class for those who wish to move their bodies and relax deeply. This class will be slower paced and softer than a power class, however it still focuses on strength, endurance, balance and flexibility. This class incorporates sun salutations and juicy stretches with an emphasis on calming the body and mind. Basic yoga postures are combined with regulated breath and performed in a systematic and accessible manner. This class helps reduce stress, increase energy, stretch, strengthen muscles and encourages you to breathe more freely and fully.

Hatha Flow

Links traditional hatha postures into a sequence of movements that flow naturally from one to the next. This eclectic class explores variations of sun salutations, standing and seated poses along with balancing. Modifications are provided to enhance flexibility, alignment, and strength and make this class accessible for all. Connecting the breath with the movement of the body during the “flow” of yoga and deepening into the “stretch” allows energy to flow and provides relaxation.

Kundalini

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Kundalini is a limb of hatha yoga that utilizes sets of repetitive and aerobic exercises, coupled with deep breathing and concentration. It offers a myriad of effects, including greater energy, stamina and strength, as well as an overall calm and peacefulness that radiates for several hours after the practice. Kundalini is very grounding physically, mentally and emotionally, and is a great addition to any yogi’s tool box. It is great for beginners as well as experienced yogis. Do it to improve flexibility and strength, do it for physical and emotional release, do it for joy and laughter… just do it!

Power/Flow

Power/flow is a dynamic practise utilizing breath and movement to build heat, strength, balance and flexibility. Expect creative sequences, core work, endurance exercises, sweat and fun! Although tougher than your average yoga class, power/flow yoga is accessible to open-minded beginners. Challenging options, such as arm balances and inversions, will be offered for more experienced practitioners to play with.

Power/Vinyasa

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Get ready to breathe and sweat! An energetic class that starts by heating the body up with sun salutations, followed with a creative flow of standing, balancing, seated, and twisting poses, with optional inverted poses in the mix too. Vinyasa-powered, flowing from pose to pose by connecting each movement with breath. A mellow cool down at the end to savasana. Definitely a challenging class!

Yin

Meant to balance with the yang (active) classes like power yoga, yin yoga is a very slow paced class, with postures held from 5 to 10 minutes each. The goal is to relax fully into each posture and working below the muscles into ligaments and even bones. A very meditative class.

Partner Yoga

Partner yoga is when two or more people practice yoga together with the intention of deepening the yoga posture while connecting with each other through shared movement, play, communication, balance, and safe touch.  You and your yoga partner will help each other to relax physical, mental, and emotional tensions.  It can be practiced by any two people and is a great way to strengthen relationships by fostering trust and communication. No experience or partner necessary, just a willingness to have fun and try new things.

Yang & Yin Yoga

A yoga class with balance! The first half of the class focuses on strengthening and energizing the body through vinyasa yoga. Move through sun salutations, standing and balancing postures in a creative, flowing sequence linked with breath. After heating up and working hard, the second half of the class aims to relax the body and the mind with longer held poses, working deeper into the muscles and connective tissues. Leave feeling both energized and relaxed with good songs stuck in your head!

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