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Types of Yoga Offered at The Mindful Body

Astanga Yoga: Astanga Yoga (also called Astanga Vinyasa) is based on a systematic sequence of yoga poses (asanas) taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. This practice focuses on synchronization of breath with the continuous flow of movement. A vigorous practice that builds heat, endurance, flexibility, strength and mental focus.

Beginning/Introduction to Yoga: A class designed for pure beginners or those desiring to work at a slow pace. This is the place to build a strong foundation and understanding of the practice of Hatha Yoga, gain a greater sense of inner awareness and self-confidence, and develop more flexibility, strength, balance and clarity.

Community Yoga: Every Monday through Friday at Noon we offer a 75-minute all-levels class that is discounted to $12 and designed to meet your energetic mid day needs. The class is open to all members of the yoga community and each teacher brings their own style and personality to help you connect mind and body. See their bios to learn more about their influences and inspiration: Jo Lewzey, Magi Khoo, Meg Ellsworth and Ravi Bhaskaran.

Community Gentle Yoga: A slow, alignment focused practice incorporating both active and restorative yoga poses. Perfect for beginners, or anyone wanting a quiet, soothing, nurturing practice.

Donation-Based Hatha Yoga: We are thrilled the graduates of the teacher training will share their experiences with all of us through an ongoing donation class. Every Saturday, 12:30p-1:30p, we will offer a donation-based class with a schedule of rotating teachers. Please check our website for teacher names. Our group of dedicated teachers will offer their knowledge and style, inspired by Maile Sivert and Caroline Kelley, co-directors of our annual teacher training. Please join us and bring a friend!

Evening Yin: Yin Yoga is a quiet and gentle practice, suitable for all levels of practitioner. Postures are all practiced on the floor while relaxing the muscles and remaining in each pose for 3 to 5 minutes. The practice of surrendering into the poses supports the release of tension from the core of the body, while also calming the nervous system. Yin Yoga also targets the body's connective tissue, addressing the mobility and health of our joints in the hips, pelvis and spine. Yin is also a time to cultivate mindful awareness and to integrate teachings related to the inner aspects of the yogic path. It can be a helpful preparation for sitting meditation, and provides wonderful balancing and restorative qualities to our very "yang" lifestyles.

Gentle Candlelit Yin: Unwind, relax, and breathe in this gentle, all-levels yoga class. For a complete and balanced mind-body experience, this class mixes gentle breath work with soft, supported postures to relax and restore muscles, joints, and connective tissue. Set to candlelight and relaxing music this class if perfect for all students looking for a gentle yet revitalizing evening practice.

Gentle Hatha: A slower, meditative practice that incorporates restorative poses. Perfect for beginners or experienced practitioners who want to move in a nurturing, quiet way.

Gentle Vinyasa: Vinyasa links breath with movement, which can accelerate heart-rate. Our Gentle Vinyasa keeps the principle of vinyasa without it becoming too vigorous. It is alignment-based, vinyasa-inspired, gentle energetic movement. All levels.

Hatha Flow: In this class, poses are held to obtain alignment and deep connection with breath and physical body. Emphasis is placed on engaging muscular energy, including the pelvic floor and back body to build core strength. Hatha Flow incorporates the principles of vinyasa, linking breath with movement, while fostering a moving meditation which allows for mental ease.

Hatha Focus (a Vinyasa-Based Class): Hatha Focus is a strong vinyasa flow class, which focuses on a
specific theme related to the practice of Hatha Yoga. Each week will emphasize either a series of related postures, a particular area of the body, or an aspect of yoga philosophy.

Hatha Yoga: Drawn from a vast system of spiritual practices that provides tools for inner growth, Hatha Yoga is primarily comprised of three of the eight limbs of classical yoga. Integrating the use of physical postures (asanas), attention to and control of the energy and patterns of the breath (pranayama) and deep internal mental focus and concentration (dharana), it teachers us how to understand the different aspects of our true nature, and how to harmonize and balance these with the greater universe within and surrounding us. (All of the physical yoga asana practices are Hatha yoga.)

Morning Boost (All Levels Vinyasa): Get over the mid-week hump with this Wednesday morning pick-me-up. Warm up with Suri Namaskara (Sun Salutations, the traditional heat-builder!), invigorating breath work, and flowing asana. Get your body moving and your mind alert to take on the day!

Mysore: An all levels, self-paced Ashtanga practice. Students are taught the classic Ashtanga sequences pose-by-pose. The teacher assists and adjusts practitioners individually. Beginners and those with a therapeutic self-practice welcome.

Prenatal/PostnatalYoga: This class is designed for pregnant and post partum women to enhance the body's ability to more comfortably move through various phases of pregnancy and to recuperate from childbirth.

Private Yoga: Private or semi-private classes are available to enhance your yoga practice with attention to your specific needs.

Restorative Yoga: A rejuvenating class that induces deep relaxation through a series of gentle, supported poses.

Stretch, Release & Heal: This class combines light to moderate stretches with a focus on releasing tension, mental and physical fatigue and on letting go negative beliefs and attitudes as a basis for healing.

Tai Chi/Qigong: Combine basic Chinese principles with a flowing sequence of postures. Based on relaxation and awareness, this mind-body martial arts practice reduces stress while increasing overall body awareness through movement, coordination and proper alignment. It helps to improve the flow of “qi” or life force in the human body and restore internal harmony. You will find it a perfect complement to your yoga practice. Flow into well-being and rejuvenation.

Two Hour Hatha/Alignment: In this two hour class we dive deep into a precise Iyengar alignment based practice, followed by extra time to move into Pranayama and meditation practice. For all levels.

Vinyasa: An energetic practice, based on a Vinyasa (connected or flowing movement) style of Yoga, which builds endurance, strength and flexibility - great for anyone interested in wanting an active, flowing practice.

Yin Yoga: Yin Yoga is a passive style of yoga in which poses are held for minutes at a time before releasing. Yin works at the level of connective tissues and promotes circulation along the energetic pathways. It releases deeply held tension below the musculature, strengthens healthy organ function, and promotes emotional wellness. Yin provides a safe experience for students to train their minds and bodies to gracefully explore their edges. Yin is an ideal complement to movement-based, yang-oriented activities.

Yoga Lab: Yoga Lab for those who enjoy detail and exploring the broader spectrum of yoga, suitable for all levels or experience.

 
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