Class Types:

Vinyasa: Movement based class. Flow from pose to pose, more of a dynamic pace.

Sthira: Minimal use of flow. Focus on steadiness and ease. Great for refining postures.

Sukham: Stretch and breathe. Use props to assist in holding poses for extended time.

 

Vinyasa:

Intro to Ashtanga/Mysore: "Intro to Mysore" is an all levels class that is a great place to learn the basics of the Ashtanga Vinyasa self-practice method. You may arrive and leave any time during the 2 hour period, but we recommend at least an hour for your practice time. Practice sheets and practice info can be found here > www.facebook.com/flagstaffashtanga

Ashtanga/Mysore Practice: Students practice the Ashtanga sequence of asanas at their own pace. The teacher assists each student individually. This is an all levels class that is a great place to learn the basics of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Mysore self-practice method. You may arrive and leave any time during the 2 hour period, but we recommend at least an hour for your practice time.

Flow: Flow yoga links movement and breath through a series of physical postures designed to strengthen, stretch and challenge the body and mind. The class will begin with breath work and centering meditation, and start slowly with attention given to developing mindful awareness of breath and body and build to a flow practice including salutation series and balance work, ending with stretching and relaxation. Modifications will be provided to allow for various levels of experience and physical challenge.

Athletes Flow: This vigorous, intermediate/advanced class is designed for athletes of all types including but not limited to runners, bikers, and climbers. This class will focus on using the core that all athletes need, increasing flexibility to the quads and hamstrings which become tight from running and biking, and breath awareness to bring you more energy and focus when your body is running low. Yoga is a great way to cross train for any sport.

Integral Vinyasa: This class does not pontificate the supremacy of any one style but rather draws from as many sources of knowledge as possible. These different approaches are organized into a comprehensive framework that serves as a psychosomatic technology to expand the practice of students of many different backgrounds. The practice is based on the principles of the chakra systems, compatible with Integral Yoga, exercise science and evolutionary biomechanics, Integral Theory and philosophy, the Yoga Sutras, Tantric science, and neuroendocrinology as these topics relate to the beautiful practice of Vinyasa Yoga, with particular regard to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. The overall effect is to help students build their own liberating practice unique to their own path and progress and to keep practicing as life unfolds.

Sthira:

Mindful Yoga: Practicing yoga invites a mindful space of awareness in and of itself. This class will take the experience of yoga into deeper spaces and possibilities of exploring the unique wisdom that the body has to offer. The breath is the vehicle that bridges a mind-body connection. Using these practices with specific intention to unfold the inner wisdom, we experience the essence of wholeness.

Balance (Yin) Yoga: Balance Yoga is a fusion of many types of yoga with a foundation in Kripalu, the Sanskrit word meaning compassionate. This is a 50-minute long, all levels class. In this class you will find the balance between your mind, body and breath. You will strengthen your core, move through a breath-guided slow flow and find the balance within. Class ends with calming poses and Savasana allowing you to take your yoga off the mat and achieve balance in your daily life. *Every first Tuesday this will be a yin class.

Hatha: Hatha yoga employs a wide range of classical yoga poses to strengthen and open the whole body. Class is taught in a dynamic flow of postures, with focus on sound alignment principles based how the joints and muscles of the body naturally function. In addition to verbal instruction, the teacher may from time to time assist students with gentle manual adjustments and succinct demonstrations. Breathing exercises may also be included.

Level I

An ongoing exploration into the art and science of yoga using a wide range of yoga poses to strengthen and open the whole body. An attentive and supportive environment appropriate for beginners and ongoing students.

Level II

Knowledge and experience gained in level 1 is explored with increased challenge in a wider variety of postures.

Intention & Focus: This class will challenge and grow your practice while encouraging you to know yourself. Come to class with an open mind, a willingness to work and eye to see what lies inside your heart.

Stength & Alignment: Level I/II, A patiently paced practice for beginners or seasoned yogis who enjoy developing strength through skilled alignment.

Dynamic Stillness: This class will explore the integration of opposite actions within our yoga practice. You will be guided to discover the experience of alignment, stability, and vitality. Expect a slow paced, yet vigorous practice that focuses on refining and deepening your understanding of yoga. All levels are welcome. This class will explore the integration of opposite actions within our yoga practice. You will be guided to discover the experience of alignment, stability, and vitality. Expect a slow paced, yet vigorous practice that focuses on refining and deepening your understanding of yoga. 

Sukham:

Yin: A class that will include longer, more passive holding of specific yoga poses. All the poses are done on the ground with use of props to help you relax into the poses. Poses are held for 3-5 minutes with focus on the breath to assist in deepening the stretches with time. Yin targets the connective tissue around joints, while a more traditional yoga practice, yang, addresses the muscle system. This class can be deeply opening if you choose, or simply a more restorative practice.

Acoustic Yin: This class has the added title of “acoustic” because for each yin yoga pose, there will be a song played on acoustic guitar!

Yin and Guided Meditation: This class is designed to use the art of Yin Yoga to open the hips and to prepare the spine for a seated practice. Each class will begin with holding Yin Yoga Postures for 3 to 5 minutes and then move into a pranayama practice (breath control) and end in meditation. The science of this sequencing comes from the Hatha Yoga Tradition.  This practice will benefit students who have never meditated as well as advanced practitioners of meditation.

Restorative: This is a slower-paced class, designed for increasing hip and shoulder flexibility, and for experiencing a state of deep relaxation. The class is beneficial for those seeking to reduce stress levels, to increase flexibility through long held supported poses, and for those healing from injury. Relax and rejuvenate through restorative poses which release tension in a tranquil environment. As your body relaxes completely, your mind will also experience a deep sense of peace.