Family Yoga - Family yoga creates great opportunities for bonding time, learning together and teamwork. Classes have a variety of poses, songs and activities, that will fit some ages better than others, but we promise there will be something for everyone, and families have fun doing it all together.
Parent & Me Yoga - We have more partner poses in these classes, so either having an even number of people or being willing to partner up with others in the class helps. The age ranges are also more narrow for a more focused range of activities for certain ages.
All family and young person yoga classes have a monthly theme that connects them, as well as core elements in each class, so young people can know what to expect from class to class. This helps them learn the basics of breathing and poses, and helps them feel more comfortable and confident in classes.
Yoga for Young People
Classes are broken out by age, so poses, activities and songs can be focused on those age groups. Young people can try out any class regardless of age to see the best fit for them. It is not a strict requirement that only those ages attend - we realize that young people grow in different skills at different paces. For example, some will have better fine motor skills at a certain age than others, or some will have more social skills. We understand every young person is different. Either way, young people love yoga! It's a chance for them to use their creativity, and there is no other physical movement activity that has the sheer variety of movement that yoga does.
A slower place class with elements of vinyasa and Iyengar yoga. In the class you will work on some alignment, flow through poses,and take time to learn more about or simply focus more on certain poses. Props are used in creative ways throughout the class to assist in finding the right alignment for your body in different yoga poses. Great for beginners, those who wants a slower pace or those returning after injuries or other body (or life!) changes.
Chair Yoga is perfect for those with inflexibilities, trouble with balance or standing and/or those who find it challenging to get down onto the mat. It is great for anyone with either temporary or chronic conditions that make attending a standard yoga class difficult. This class focuses on relaxation, strength, flexibility and elevating the spirit. Participants receive the benefits of practicing yoga while being supported by the chair.
Movement & Meditation
It can be hard to relax and take time to sit still or think when we don't get much movement beyond our day to day lives and recreation. But sitting still can bring peace and calm that brings the rest of the things in our lives into greater focus and connects us to what we really want and what's important to us.
In this class, we'll do some basic stretching and moving, then have time to sit still and meditate. We use various props to make this more comfortable! The length of time will vary based on the ages and level of experience in the class. Young people as well as adults benefit from meditation classes.
The benefits of meditation are numerous! See here.
Prenatal & Postnatal
This class is specifically designed for pregnant and post-pregnant women. Poses are modified as needed to support and strengthen the woman’s ever changing body. With a focus on breathing and relaxing, we nurture the mothers with physical and emotional health.
In restorative yoga, poses are held longer, with a wide variety of props to support those poses, so bodies can be comfortable to get the best, most relaxing stretch. Restorative yoga is great for revitalizing the body by increasing circulation to the muscles and organs and calming the nervous system through breathing exercises. Great for athletes, hikers, those who stand or sit in a chair all day, and physical laborers. It can also be helpful for those with injuries. Let your teacher know ahead of time if there are any injuries they should be aware of.
Yoga for Addiction & Trauma Recovery
Recovering from any traumatic event or years of trauma is a process. Moving from fear to love requires trust and strength. This specialty class is available to anyone recovering from and/or coping with addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, and physical or emotional abuse, to name a few. This class always begins with a topic-focused intention. Sarah will mindfully guide you through this recovery practice by integrating tools including: meditating, journaling, visualizing, and practicing gentle yoga. She incorporates a trauma-informed perspective into this particular class and provides no physical (hands-on) assists. No prior yoga experience is required, only an open mind. Teens are welcome.
This class focuses on young people ages 5-13 with autism spectrum disorder, down syndrome, sensory processing disorders, anxiety, ADHD, and other similar special needs. Yoga can improve behavior and focus, promote self-regulation, balance energetic systems, awareness and body control, strengthen connections to other people and to their environment, confidence and relaxation; empowering children to attain their highest and most joyous level of learning. Our class will embrace their uniqueness and support their strengths. Yoga is not dependent on language skills or cognitive abilities. Children may realize strengths they did not previously know. Care givers are welcome to attend at no additional charge to assist.
Mind/Body Positive Yoga
Mind/body positive yoga is about learning to listen to and trust your mind and body while in a yoga class, as a practice for our lives. Body positivity specifically is about listening to rather than trying to fix your body, and there are many parallels for those with mental illness that contribute to our well being.
In this class we will:
-walk through a basic, yet creative yoga practice modified for a wide range of bodies, with several levels offered for each pose
-pay attention to what works for us and what doesn't in our bodies and have lots of options for adjustments
-share laughter and dance (dancing is optional but super fun!)
-challenge ourselves to be radically compassionate with our bodies and our minds, and all the thoughts we have about how we're doing and if we're getting it right
This class is appropriate for brand new beginners, those who are intimidated by yoga studios, and those who have practiced before, and not so sure about trying again, as well as those who are not so sure what the whole body positivity thing is, but are willing to check it out.
All genders, ethnicities, and bodies are welcome and wanted.
Yoga for Peace and Calm
This slow-paced class will focus on a calming, grounding flow before transitioning to a restorative practice then yoga nidra (the yoga of sleep). An ideal practice to end your busy day, participants will leave relaxed, with a quieter mind, and ready for a restful night. Bring warm socks, a comfy sweatshirt, and a pillow, and be prepared for an indulgent practice! Similar to Yoga Nidra.
Hula is a form of art that allows you to express yourself through music while telling a story with your hands and graceful movements of the body. Born and raised in Hawaii, Pumehana (Hana) brings her love of Hawaiian dance to these classes. She loves teaching people about her culture through hula, and has a passion for the rich storytelling of it. Hana believes that once people learn the basics of the steps, they will be able to tell stories with their mind, body and soul. The class is appropriate for beginners as well as return students. All props are provided. We offer this class for both families and young people.