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This class is designed for yoga students of all levels. For beginners this class will help to build a solid foundation for a vinyasa style class. For more advanced students this class will draw your attention back to all the little tweaks we need to make in our bodies as we move from pose to pose. We will explore sun salutations in depth, taking a close look at the body alignment in each pose. We will also move into various poses, again exploring the alignment for each pose and taking a close look at which muscles need to be engaged in order to achieve the pose. Classes will be tailored to fit the group of students present at each session.
Kick start and energize your day right with yoga! This class is designed to start your day with gentle and refreshing mind. Breathe fresh air into your lungs and give you full body movement to get starched and engaged your inner core. Sun salutations will be introduced as well as all basic poses. Morning yoga practice is the best that you can feel awesome for the rest of your day!
Hatha yoga is one of the two main branches of yoga that focus on the physical culture. The word hatha is a compound of the words “ha” and “tha” meaning sun and moon. It provides a good introduction to the basic yoga poses. Hatha yoga attempts to balance mind and body via physical exercises, or “asanas” controlled breathing, and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation. Asanas teach poise, balance and strength and are practiced to improve the body’s physical health and clear the mind in preparation for meditation in the pursuit of enlightenment.
Vinyasa is a movement which is synchronized to the breath. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath becomes an important component because the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale.
Power yoga is a general term used in the West 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. The term came into common usage in the mid 1990s, in an attempt to make Ashtanga yoga more accessible to western students, though, unlike Ashtanga, power yoga does not follow a set series of poses, so classes can vary widely. 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.
Core for the Yoga
Energize the entire body in this all-level yoga class with a focus on increasing strength and stability of the abdomen and pelvis. Develop a conscious connection to your core—improving posture and body awareness—while being guided towards a calm mind and steady breath, even in the face of challenge. Complete the practice with a grounding relaxation, and leave feeling rejuvenated and ready to enjoy the rest of your day.
End your day with the transitory of candlelight yoga class. Make a connection of awareness with your body and mind as you relax and learn to ease through your week. Let go of time in order to let go of tensions stored in the body and to calm the nervous system. This class will also help you transition through whatever arises in your coming week. At the end of class, we have a candle flame gazing (trataka) to clear your mind and cleanse your eyes.
Yin yoga, is a very distinct style of yoga similar to hatha yoga that stretches the connective tissue rather than conditioning the muscles, the latter being the aim of most other styles of hatha yoga. Yin yoga targets the connective tissue of the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Yin postures are held three to five to ten minutes at a time. This type of practice complements the more muscular styles of yoga.
This class combines both yin (warm) and yang (cool) elements, delivering a dynamic yet balanced flow. The first half of class draws elements from vinyasa yoga to strengthen and energize, whereas the end of class is meditative and rejuvenating, drawing from yin yoga. This flow creates a well-rounded, complete practice that will leave you feeling energized yet centered. Open to all levels.
Restorative yoga focuses on relaxing the body and mind in restful postures. Restorative yoga, as well as other forms of yoga, help to trigger the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for balancing the body and bringing its response system back into equilibrium. With the usage of props and wall support, it is easier for the body to get into certain poses, and thus, surrender the body and mind to the pose. An ideal class for people with medical illness and injuries.
Align & Flow
After establishing specific alignment basics in a key pose or set of poses each week, this class will allow you to move through a flow of asanas with a better understanding of your body and what it is and is not capable of doing. Depending on our personal skeleton and the muscles and connective tissue surrounding those bones, we will all have very individualized experiences in yoga asana practice. There is no ONE way that a pose should be executed because we are all different. However, knowing general alignment cues for the various poses can set you up to have a greater chance of success in feeling the ideal energy of a pose with a minimal risk of injury.
Happy Hour Yoga
Join us every week for a pau hana (happy hour) class: drop in for only $10! This all-levels class is perfect for anyone who is already part of our Yogaloha Ohana, as well as those interested in joining our yoga community. Through breath work, movement and meditation, the Sunday evening class will set you up to have the best week possible.