Yoga

Our Class Offerings

Diamond
Laughing Dog Yoga Teacher training
Introduction to Yoga

New to Yoga or want to go back to basics? This class provides the perfect foundation for a safe and well-rounded yoga practice in a 6-wk series format.
Similar to Level l, this series introduces the principles of correct alignment, breathing and meditation. Students will learn the fundamental standing poses, seated poses, twists, forward bends, backbends as well as the a practice sequence to do at home.

Level I / Basics

For beginning and continuing students (who want to go back to basics or working with physical limitations including injuries) to introduce the key principles of correct alignment in the yoga poses, how to use the breath and how to effectively relax. Emphasis on foundational poses to develop strength, flexibility and balance.

Level ll

For students who have a basic knowledge of yoga fundamentals. Emphasis on refining Level I poses, building stamina, strength and developing a steady mind. Intermediate level poses – including handstand at the wall, headstand, shoulder-stand, deeper backbends – and breathing techniques (pranayama) are introduced.

Level II/III

For students who have at least two years of consistent yoga practice and want a challenge. Emphasis on intermediate/advanced poses, pranayama, meditation techniques and cultivating a greater awareness of the energetic and spiritual science of yoga.

All Levels

For a variety of students who have some yoga experience, these classes offer a well-rounded practice. The teacher will show variations, modifications for all poses so that each student can practice at their own level and also be challenged to take the next step in their evolution. It is recommended that those new to yoga attend Intro to Yoga and Level l classes.

Advanced Yoga Alignment

For students of yoga that have a strong physical practice and are interested in working with more focused attention, detailed alignment principles and actions of engagement to cultivate one. This Advanced Alignment class will get you there. Students can expect a well-rounded class, with an aim and a purpose that will help reinforce the work towards advanced postural practice. In addition, because an advanced practice entails more than just challenging poses, time will be spent on refining your practice through attention to subtlety of both the body and mind, strength building, flexibility, balance, concentration, and focus on breath and purpose.

Chair / Restorative Yoga

Ideal for seniors and students who prefer a class less vigorous than Level I. Combines warm-ups, seated and standing postures to increase flexibility, balance, strength and vitality AND Restorative Yoga to soothe and rejuvenate the nervous system, reduce stress, release long-held tension and calm the mind. Great for those working with physical limitations or injuries. We start in a chair to facilitate greater range of motion, ease and balance and then come to the floor for stretches and relaxation. Chairs are a great way to develop strength, flexibility and get a well rounded workout.

Lunchtime Yoga Stretch

Take a break from your day with this balanced one hour class combining a variety of yoga poses, stretches, deep relaxation and meditation. You will move, breathe and relax leaving you centered and revived for the rest of your day.

Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga

Vinyasa-style class designed for expectant and new mothers to help prepare the body and mind for motherhood. Vinyasa yoga moves the body with flowing postures that are challenging, grounding, uplifting, and strength building – all of which bring you to your center where confidence, awareness and appreciation blossom. Great way to bond with your baby in a supportive environment.

R & R Yoga

Offers an opportunity to relax and deepen your practice. Combines restorative and yin yoga postures, meditation and journaling to promote wellbeing, calm your nervous system, deepen your breath, connect to your higher Self and promote better sleep. It’s a great way to end your weekend and prepare for the week ahead.

Vinyasa Yoga

Focuses on dynamic movement and energy flow. Moves continuously through a creative sequence of poses linked to awareness of breath to give strength, stability and freedom. Each class and teacher is different – full of great sequencing, breath-oriented flow, soulful music and mindful transition into a deep sense of repose.

Yin Yoga/Yoga Nidra

A quiet and contemplative practice that promotes better circulation, increased joint mobility, flexibility and relaxation. Class ends with Yoga Nidra – a meditative practice that develop awareness of one’s deeper nature through observation of mind and sensation.

Yoga (also known as Hatha Yoga)

An eclectic blend and balance of effective alignment, creative, intelligent sequences, mindful, slow vinyasa, meditation and pranayama. Class structure varies based on instructor’s unique style. May have music.

Yoga Alignment Basics

Covering the foundations of a yoga practice, Alignment Basics focuses on building the key principles and actions required to develop good structural alignment of yoga postures. There is strong emphasis on alignment of the body, healthy biomechanics and foundational poses to develop strength, flexibility and balance. For beginning and continuing students who want to go back to basics or working with physical limitations including injuries.

Yoga Stretch/Yoga Nidra

This class blends 40 min. of Yoga Stretch and 35 min. of iRest® Yoga Nidra – a practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry that calms the nervous system, releases negative emotions/thought patterns and cultivates a profound sense of well-being. Yoga Nidra is the meditative heart of yoga and means “yogic sleep” – the experience of being completely relaxed, in a sleeplike state and at the same time awake and aware of a vast, peaceful, unchanging field of being that never sleeps and is always present even with the changing circumstances of life. Pretty Amazing!!

Yoga of Energy Flow

Drawing from Kundalini Yoga, Meridian Yoga, Kali Ray TriYoga, breath work and Shiatsu, this class explores simple but powerful ways to open, increase and balance the flow of pranic energy throughout our body-mind and transform your practice.

Yoga for Stress Relief
Connect with your body and nurture your spirit while learning simple stress management techniques. Class includes conscious breath work, guided meditation and relaxation, gentle yoga sequences and restorative yoga. Perfect way to unwind, find balance and inner calm. A better night’s sleep is guaranteed!