ABOUT OUR YOGA CLASSES
Ashtanga Short Form
Is a shortened sequence of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois' full Primary Series. It is a physical practice connecting movement and breath that builds heat within the core and extends out into the body. Ashtanga Short Form is a good practice for new and experienced yogis. The first 40 minutes we practice a standing sequence (which includes 5 Sun As and 5 Sun Bs) followed by a seated sequence where the postures will vary.
This is the perfect place to begin if you are fairly new to yoga or want to refresh the fundamental foundation of your hatha yoga practice. This class cultivates a deeper awareness of the postures and conscious breathing in combination with mindfulness to develop strength, flexibility, balance and relaxation. This class encourages proper alignment of the body ensuring students are moving safely and feel comfortable in each class.
Gentle Yoga w/15 min of Meditation
Begin this class with 45 minutes of Gentle Yoga and then allow yourself to embark on a 15-minute meditative journey to calm the body and mind.
Join us for our Friday Happy Hour Yoga at both Port Huron and St. Clair Studios! Happy Hour means we've discounted the hour class to half off! (or use your current class package). You might also find newly graduated Guest teachers leading our Happy Hour classes. ALL LEVELS WELCOME!
Intro to Yoga
This a class for those new to yoga and those interested in learning about a new style or aspect of yoga! Each week our Intro to Yoga class will focus on a different topic, including how to move through a sun salutation, categories of asana (seated, twists, standing, balancing, etc.), meditation and breathing techniques, inversions, and styles of yoga such as yin and Ashtanga. Class will move slowly and carefully, providing information about proper alignment for each pose and what the class, style, or technique entails. We will post the topics each month on our social media channels and monthly newsletter to help you find the class that is right for you!
Mixed levels is a class where students of all levels can develop strength, balance, and flexibility. Modifications are offered for students of all skill levels so that each student will get the most benefit from his/her practice.
Restorative Yoga w/Massage
Restorative Yoga is the centering of your breath and body - aligning the physical and mental by practicing stillness for extended periods of time. The props assist in helping to support the body to allow you to hold the poses longer. The slower pace and deep breathing that you will practice in a restorative yoga class will help trigger the parasympathetic nervous system from the very first pose. This activation helps to mitigate the effects of the regular fight-or-flight stress response that can be damaging to your physiology and well-being. The overall calming effect on the nervous system sets a deeply relaxing tone for the class that comforts your mind and body down to the cellular level. The class is assisted by a licensed massage therapist who will help activate the relaxation response with light touch. 75 minutes. Please dress in layers.
Less challenging than a vinyasa class and more challenging than a beginner class, in slow flow we take our time moving from one posture to the next. You will learn the fundamental poses to build confidence and strength in your body and mind as we focus on holding the individual postures a little longer in order to work on concentration and integrating breath and postural alignments.
Combining the pace of a vinyasa flow with the restorative benefits of passive yin poses, Vin/Yin will build strength and stamina, as well as increase flexibility by working into the connective tissue and fascia of the body.
Ideal for students looking to deepen their practice as we flow through a variety of postures from Sun Salutations to balancing, back bending, core strengthening, and inversions. You do not have to be an experienced Yoga practitioner to take this class, all that is asked of you is an open mind and commitment to your own growth as a student.
Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of practice. Suitable for all levels, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine by holding poses for 3 - 5 minutes apiece.
Young at Heart
Yoga for the Young at Heart is a course geared for those 60+ Seniors that want to learn how Yoga helps restore strength and flexibility without straining the joints and muscles of the body. We will offer chairs and props to accommodate all levels of mobility. All of our Young at Heart classes are Silver Sneakers elidgible.