The type of yoga we offer is Hatha yoga, which is often referred to as the “physical” yoga. Our instructors were predominantly trained by Iyengar® and Anusara® style instructors, so you may find similarities in our classes. With Hatha yoga you get a complete workout including strength, tone, relaxation, balance, flexibility, stamina and energy. Those who think that yoga is just about relaxing and stretching may be surprised in traditional style yoga practice to discover muscles you never knew you had both by feeling them get worked and seeing them get defined with long, lean tone.
Yet through the physical challenge, yoga practitioners also can experience a quiet and stillness within that many are surprised to find. We often have students say that practicing yoga is the only time they have ever been able to “turn off” their mind. In time, you can learn to experience that inner peace outside of class, despite whatever challenges are thrown your way.
The physical benefits of yoga occur throughout your body, both externally and internally. In addition to strengthening and toning muscles and developing flexibility, many poses aid digestion, detoxify the organs, help fight infection, ease pain, and generally help balance energy. Yoga has also been shown in some studies to help people more efficiently burn body fat.
Our Teaching Style
Our classes are designed for you to grow and develop your yoga practice, as they build on what was learned or practiced the previous week. Classes are taught in sessions, usually over a span of 8-14 weeks. For example, the winter session is from early January through late March. You will practice most core/standard poses every week (Down Dog, Warriors, etc), but sessions explore more in-depth focus of certain areas like forward bends, twists, inversions, and back bends.
All the equipment and props you need for class are here. The style of yoga we teach supports the use of props to modify poses so you can practice at your level. For example, if you are unable to touch the floor in a standing forward bend, you can rest your hands on a block so you are not over stretching muscles that are not ready to go that far.
Our instructors are Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT), having completed 200 or 500 hours of teacher training programs. Some hold specialized training in areas like Prenatal Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Yoga for Seniors, and Yoga for Cancer. Our instructors continue to grow in both our personal and teaching practices by attending workshops and weekly classes.