Class Descriptions

East West Barre
This unique blend of dance and yoga provides strong core-building, creates lean muscles, and enhances flexibility.  Students can either use a dance barre or not – depending on their level of experience.  Although this class incorporates dance technique, the class encourages students to incorporate their breath and use the breath to flow in and out of both yoga and dance poses, in order to encourage students to leave the class and feel radiant.  Some dance, some pilates, or some yoga experience is recommended.

Gentle Yoga
This yoga class is designed to work and relax the body as well as calm the mind through classical poses of yoga with a focus on breath connection.  This class focuses more on poses that calm the mind, and less on poses that generate significant heat in the body.  These classes are perfect for those who might be new to yoga, coming back to yoga after some time off or an injury.

Hatha Yoga/Hatha Flow
This class is open to all, and is designed for those who want a well-balanced class.  In this class, students will move from pose to pose guided by the breath – but will not move as quickly through the poses as in a Vinyasa class.  Each teacher will bring their own personality and color to this class – and will provide options for different levels of students to challenge the body, calm the mind, and release toxins.  No prior yoga experience is needed.

Dynamic Pilates
Pilates is a body conditioning routine for building flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It emphasizes on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, development of a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.

Qi Gong
This ancient Chinese system consists of of breathing exercises and gentle physical movements.  “Qi” means energy and “Gong” means to cultivate; and this practice has been around for over 2,000 years and is intended to help your body heal itself naturally. This slow paced class is excellent for seniors, students with some physical limitations, or students simply looking for a soothing and restorative practice.

Restorative Yoga
With dynamic use of props such as blocks, bolsters and blankets, restorative yoga classes allow the body to naturally release tension and surrender into a deeper sense of relaxation.  Students of all levels benefit from the deep relaxation provided by this class, and it is an excellent way to allow the body and mind to quiet and to release the daily stresses of modern life.

Vinyasa Flow
This dynamic and flowing class is designed to challenge the body, raise the internal temperature, calm the mind, and release toxins as you flow from pose to pose guided by your breath.  Intermediate poses are explored, including weight-bearing poses and inversions.  Prior yoga experience is recommended.

Yoga Basics/Foundations
This introductory yoga class is designed to teach the foundational elements of yoga to newcomers.  Core themes and principles are explored on a rotating basis as well as repetition of basic physical alignment combined to ignite the discovery of your personal yoga practice.  This class is appropriate for beginners or students of all levels who are interested in focusing on these fundamental yoga concepts.  Later in the fall we will begin this class, and start it off with a Yoga Basic workshop for interested students.

Yin Yoga
In this quiet, meditative and perhaps more introspective practice, students will hold seated postures for longer periods of time (typically 3-5 minutes).  Even though the practice is slower, it can be fairly intense as the poses are intended to deeply stretch the muscles to the point where they are able to soften and release so that the bones and connective tissues of the body are able to receive the healing benefits of this practice.  In this class, we often close with a couple of restorative poses in order to let the body fully relax and integrate this quiet and more introspective practice.