Forrest Yoga helps you connect to your core – getting strong and centered. It uses heat, deep breathing (pranayama) and vigorous sequences to sweat out toxins. The long holds in the pose progressions help you flush, oxygenate and rejuvenate every cell as well as refine your relationship to it. For beginners to Forrest Yoga, you learn to connect your breath to intention and connection to feeling in your body. Learning to work honestly at your edges, you develop effective tools to deal with fear and struggle. As your connection to core deepens you awaken the body’s inherent wisdom of self-knowing. This makes it possible for integrity, self awareness & playful curiosity to become part of your daily life.
Experience the joy and empowering exhilaration of moving through creative flow sequences. Expand your understanding of the body’s potential to move with dynamic breath work, structural integrity and energetic awareness. Students will be encouraged to personalize their practice by exploring unique transitions to flow in and out yoga asanas. We will work on core strength so that we can play with inversions and arm balances (or appropriate modifications). Final relaxation will provide for integration of our practice allowing you to move through your day with clarity, compassion and ease.
AcroYoga blends the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving kindness of Thai massage, and the dynamic power of Acrobatics. These three ancient lineages form the foundation of a unique new practice that cultivates trust, connection and playfulness. Our highest aim is to bring individuals into a state of union with themselves, with each other, and with the divine. From this place of mutual support the true self can be realized, honored and shared for the benefit of all. Beginner - Intermediate level class. No partner necessary. Sundays, 12:30-2:00pm
Basics / Gentle Yoga
This class is suitable for anyone who would like a gentle, slower paced, stress reducing yoga class. Individuals with physical injuries or limitations, such as arthritis, diabetes, mental stress, postnatal, and other issues will find this class not just helpful, but enjoyable too! The yoga poses will be gentle; mostly floor and wall work with yoga props for comfort. Deep breathing will be taught. This type of yoga helps to trigger the parasympathetic nervous system also known as the PNS. Stimulating the PNS helps to lower heart rate, blood pressure, stimulates the immune system and much, much more.
Restore & Renew Yoga
How often do you stop, truly relax, and connect with yourself?
Restorative yoga is a powerful healing practice that deepens our relationship to stillness and silence. It addresses the issues we store in our tissues and organs, balances the nervous system, and optimizes the overall energy flow. When you are in passive postures supported by props, using no muscular effort, the focus is on relieving the grip of muscular and inner tension. From that more spacious and receptive space, feelings and emotions are allowed to be released. When our body, mind, and spirit come to balance, our life becomes balanced.
Yoga nidra, or "yogic sleep”, is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping in which the body, mind, and emotions are completely relaxed yet the practitioner remains fully conscious. This deep, relaxing state is achieved through guided breathing exercises and simple instructions, such as visualizations or body scans, usually while lying down comfortably. During yoga nidra, one’s brain is immersed in the healing waves of the alpha state, where one’s subconscious mind is open to healthy and positive suggestions, and where deep relaxation aligns their nervous systems to restore the body and mind to homeostasis, manifest desires with intentions and affirmations, and even liberating oneself from their karma. The practice of yoga nidra has been known to reduce stress, anxiety, and tension, as well as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Sivananda Hatha Yoga
Sivananda hatha is a traditional, slow paced, meditative class that helps encourage proper breathing, flexibility, strength and vitality in the body while calming the mind. Because Yoga is a spiritual system with a physical component, this non-competitive approach helps the practitioner gain much more than just a healthy body.
A typical open level class includes pranayama (breathing exercises), warm-ups including Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar), 12 basic asanas (postures) and deep relaxation. The focus is on mastering the basic asanas from which variations are then added to further deepen the practice. The asanas follow an exact order that allows for the systematic movement of every major part of the body in a balanced way that enhances prana or life force energy, keeping the mind quiet and without the need to think beyond each individual pose. Additional variations may also be taught.
Slow flow allows the body and mind to slow down and connect deeper with our hearts desires. Class will begin with meditation and breath-work, flowing into some slower grounding asana usually staying close to the earth. The addition of a few strength exercises help to build the yang in order to further connect and release the yin as we spend the second half of the class in sustained restful postures. This class is great for beginners as well as those who are deeply connected with their yoga practice. This class allows you to disconnect from outward stressors, for you to take the time to slow down and focus inward, reflecting and building upon the sweetness that makes you, you.
Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time—for beginners, it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more.
Yin yoga stretches and targets both the deep connective tissues between the muscles, and the fascia throughout the body. The aim is to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility as the poses stretch and exercise the bone and joint areas. It also helps us to regulate the body's flow of energy.
Yin is amazing for opening up our hearts, calming our nervous systems, and providing a space for the body to deeply relax. It also allows us to recover and nourish ourselves, wash away our fears, and cultivate compassion and love for ourselves.
Kundalini yoga is a system of meditation directed toward the release of kundalini energy.
An uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices, Kundalini Yoga incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras, such as Sat Nam, meaning "truth is my identity." The goal is to build physical vitality and increase consciousness. - Yoga Journal