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LEVELS

LEVEL 1

Level 1 is for beginner yogis starting out on their journey. These classes are slower paced, will be focused on alignment and how properly get in and out of each pose/posture.

LEVEL 1+

LEVEL 1+ These classes are great for level 1 yogis looking to transition into level 2 or for more advanced yogis looking for a basic well rounded class. Includes level 1 poses and introduces level 2 poses.

LEVEL 2

LEVEL 2 These classes are perfect for the intermediate yogi. They are well-rounded classes that will get you working hard. Includes intermediate and may introduce some advanced postures.

LEVEL 2+

LEVEL 2+ may be faster paced classes aimed towards a more challenging and rigorous workout. Includes intermediate and may include some advanced postures.

LEVEL 3

LEVEL 3 are classes that that teach advanced postures including deep twists, inversions and arm balances.

GLOSSARY

Vinyasa Flow:

The Sanskrit word Vinyasa (pronounced “vin-yah-sah”) means “to place in a special way”. In Vinyasa Flow this idea translates as linking breath to movement. This style of class which has its roots in the tradition of Ashtanga will be uniquely sequenced depending on the instructors individual style and creativity.

Ashtanga:

Ashtanga is based on ancient yoga teachings, but it was popularized and brought to the West by Pattabhi Jois (pronounced “pah-tah-bee joyce”) in the 1970s. It’s a rigorous style of yoga that follows a specific sequence of postures and is similar to vinyasa yoga, as each style links every movement to a breath. The difference is that ashtanga always performs the exact same poses in the exact same order. This is a hot, sweaty, physically demanding practice.

Six established and strenuous pose sequences — the primary series, second series, third series, and so on — practiced sequentially as progress is made. Ashtangis move rapidly, flowing from one pose to the next with each inhale and exhale. Each series of poses linked by the breath this way is called a vinyasa.

Iyengar:

Iyengar yoga was developed and popularized by B.K.S. Iyengar (pronounced “eye-yen-gar”). Iyengar is a very meticulous style of yoga, with utmost attention paid to finding the proper alignment in a pose. In order to help each student find the proper alignment, an Iyengar studio will stock a wide array of yoga props — blocks, blankets, straps, chairs, bolsters, and a rope wall are all common. There isn’t a lot of jumping around in Iyengar classes, so you won’t get your heart rate up, but you’ll be amazed to discover how physically and mentally challenging it is to stay put. Iyengar teachers must undergo a comprehensive training – if you have an injury or chronic condition, Iyengar is probably your best choice to insure you get the knowledgeable instruction you need.

This is a purist yoga named after founder B.K.S. Iyengar. Props like blocks, straps, harnesses, and incline boards are used to get you more perfectly into positions and have earned the style its nickname, “furniture yoga.” Appropriate for all ages and abilities, Iyengar yoga is all about precise alignment and deliberate sequencing. Don’t take that to mean easy.

Power:

Is an active and athletic style of yoga which focuses on building strength by holding postures for long intervals. Just as Vinyasa Flow, it has evolved out of the more rigid tradition of Ashtanga yoga and allows for each individual instructor to infuse their own unique sequencing and style.

Hatha:

Hatha yoga is more general term that refers to a variety of yoga styles that focus on physical postures. When a class is defined as hatha, it generally means that there won’t be as much flow or cardio but can still be quite challenging and strengthen by getting and keeping you deep into the postures.

Yin:

A quiet, meditative yoga practice, also called taoist yoga. Yin focuses on lengthening connective tissues and is meant to complement yang yoga—your muscle-forming Anusara, ashtanga, Iyengar, or what have you. Yin poses are passive, meaning you’re supposed to relax muscles and let gravity do the work. And they’re long — you’ll practice patience here too.

Restorative:

Restorative yoga is a delicious way to way to relax and soothe frayed nerves. Restorative classes use bolsters, blankets, and blocks to prop students in passive poses so that the body can experience the benefits of a pose without having to exert any effort. A good restorative class is more rejuvenating than a nap. Studios and gyms often offer them on Friday nights, when just about everyone could use a little profound rest.

Less work, more relaxation. You’ll spend as many as 20 minutes each in just four or five simple poses (often they’re modifications of standard asanas) using strategically placed props like blankets, bolsters, and soothing lavender eye pillows to help you sink into deep relaxation. There’s also psychic cleansing: the mind goes to mush and you feel brand new. It’s something like group nap time for grownups. It’s better not to fall asleep, though.

Kundalini:

The practice of kundalini yoga features constantly moving, invigorating poses. The fluidity of the practice is intended to release the kundalini (serpent) energy in your body. Weren’t aware you had any? Well, just think of it as an energy supply, coiled like a sleeping snake at the base of the spine, waiting to be tapped; the practice aims to do just that — awaken and pulse the stuff upward through the body.

Meditation:

Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself.

The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices (much like the term sports) that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (qi, ki, prana, etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.

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