1Gentle/Basics (Hatha yoga)
Gentle yoga is a style of yoga that is far less strenuous than other forms. It is less intense, so it can be very useful for people who are not capable of fulfilling the demands of other practices, such as seniors, women who are pregnant, practitioners who are recovering from injury, those who are in very poor physical condition, or even those who are simply looking for a more relaxed workout. This practice can also be beneficial to those who already are quite fit but who lack the overall flexibility to be able to do some of the more intense yoga poses. The way that gentle yoga works without putting any unnecessary strain on the practitioner is by using modifications of standard hatha yoga poses. Sometimes, this simply means that the yogi does not go as deep into a specific posture as he or she otherwise would.
Yoga Nidra—known as yogic sleep—is a meditation and conscious relaxation practice that is intended to induce total physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. Aside from being relaxing, restorative and restful, studies have shown that yoga nidra can also:
Reduce PTSD, chronic pain and chemical dependency
Heighten awareness and focus
Transform negative habits, behaviors and ways of thinking
Foster feelings of peace, calm, and clarity
During yoga nidra, you move into the state of conscious deep sleep. You are no longer in the waking state of consciousness, but you also move past the dreaming state of consciousness and into the deep sleep state. However, your mind is actually awake, so it’s often discussed as the state between being asleep and awake. This is why it is said that yoga nidra is so restorative for the body. In both practices, the mind is conscious; in yoga nidra, the body is in a more restful state.
Restorative Yoga is a therapeutic style of yoga which utilizes props to make it easier for the body to get into certain poses, and thus, surrender to the pose. Practicing poses using props provides a completely supportive environment for total relaxation. The more your body is supported in the poses the deeper the sense of relaxation. Relaxation is a state in which there is no movement, no effort, and the brain is quiet. Typically, Restorative poses are sustained for ten minutes or for as long as you are comfortable.
The antidote to stress is relaxation. Restorative yoga focuses on relaxation, renewal, effortlessness and ease. Blankets, bolsters, straps, and other props safely support the body in various postures which allows the body to move towards a state of balance. This practice soothes your nervous system, helps you quiet your mind and invites you to release deeply held tension.
Beginning a yoga practice from scratch is not an easy thing to do. It takes a lot of courage to go from sitting on your couch thinking about trying yoga to actually rolling out a mat and stepping onto it. This can be true of exercising in general, but it’s even more specific to yoga since it’s different from other kinds of movement you’ve done before.
5Flow (Hatha Flow)
Vinyasa Flow Yoga is a favorite style of yoga that links breath with movement. The Sanskrit word ‘vinyasa’ means connection. In Vinyasa style, there is a link between the breath and movement and between the yoga asanas in a flowing sequence.
The practitioners of Vinyasa Yoga combine movement to breathe and flow from one pose to another in a sequence. The method is smooth and strings Vinyasa poses together in a flow, unlike the Hatha Yoga asanas that focus on one pose and take rest.
Power Yoga is a general term used to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style yoga. Though many consider it to be "gym yoga," this style of practice was originally closely modeled on the Ashtanga method. Power Yoga takes the athleticism of Ashtanga, including lots of vinyasas, but gives each teacher the flexibility to teach any poses in any order, making every class different. With its emphasis on strength and flexibility, power yoga brought yoga into the gyms of America as people began to see yoga as a way to work out.
7All- Levels (Combination of the 3 levels)
A level 1 class will be introductory. Instructors should explain thoroughly how to get in and out of each pose and should explain the proper alignment for each pose. A level 2 class will generally be more aerobic, especially if it is a flow (vinyasa) class. A level 2 class will also probably begin to incorporate more advanced poses such as inversions (headstand, handstand, forearm stand) and backbends.
You can always modify or choose not to do a pose if you feel uncomfortable.
A level 3 class will be advanced. There will probably be very little instruction on proper alignment as the teacher will likely assume that students know and understand the correct position for each pose. If it is a vinyasa or flow class, it will likely move very quickly. While the aerobic component of a higher-level class is probably equivalent to a few-mile jog, there is also a lot of strength work in these classes. To make sure you stay safe and healthy, it’s important to make sure you have the strength and flexibility to do a pose properly. Beware that a level 3 flow or vinyasa class can get very sweaty!
We offer various workshops for Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, Kundalini, Yin yoga, Back to Basics, Intro to Yoga, Inversions etc,
We also also have Community Donation classes for the benefit of various non for profit organizations such as American Liver Foundation; ALS Foundation; Wounded Warrior Project; Save the Family and many more.