YOGA CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:
We offer classes to beginners and more experienced yogis. Just as each day may change from the previous so does our yogic practice. Our classes focus on bringing our awareness to our breath allowing each posture and movement to act as reminder for us to relax, breathe and smile. We strive on creating a space that is fun, healing and non-judgmental one that we can live, grow, and explore together. If you are unsure about which class may be the most appropriate or are concerned about starting a new class please contact us.
Ashtanga Yoga: Is based on the primary, intermediate, and advanced series as taught by K. Pattabhi Jois. This type of yoga links postures with the movement of breath bringing balance, strength, and flexibility to our physical, mental, and spiritual bodies. The postures are given a specific order allowing the student to create a strong asana foundation. We offer three different levels of the Ashtanga practice primary series.
Level 1: Is a great class for beginners and more experienced students who wish to create a strong foundation by working on the basics. This is a more traditional yoga practice where a set of poses are given in a specific order. Classes begin with Sun Salutations then standing postures and end with some basic seated postures from the Ashtanga primary series. Modifications will be given. Much of the knowledge learned in this class can be used in most yoga classes.
Level 2: Is a good class for experienced beginners and experienced yogis looking to build on the basics learned in Level 1. Classes begin with Sun Salutation and flow into standing poses, sitting postures, and end with some of the closing series postures. Shoulder stand, full backbend, and headstand may be included.
Level 3: This is a led class of the full Ashtanga primary series.
Mysore: Is geared towards students who are looking to expand their own personal practice. During Mysore classes the student works individually, with guidance and adjustments from a teacher, on the Ashtanga series of postures. Students learn to develop a self guided, flowing practice that combines breath, body, and mind for both a physical and meditative experience. Students work independently, so a basic understanding of the Ashtanga system (coordination of breath with movement) and a basic understanding of self practice are required. Beginners may attend a Mysore class though it is recommended that a student attend a few led Ashtanga level 1 or 2 classes. We also offer a Mysore class just for beginners every Sunday.
Hanna Somatic Yoga: Somatic Yoga offers an effective method of reeducating the body and mind through gentle exercises reducing stress, anxiety and relieving chronic pain. Somatic yoga is suitable for all levels (beginners and advanced students). Soma means “the body experienced from within”. Somatic yoga provides a better sense of body awareness, clam and well being. Somatic yoga physically increases flexibility, circulation, and range of motion and offers a simple and safe method to unlock tight and painful muscles while reeducating and helping restore healthy and supportive movements through body and mind.
Kundalini Yoga: In a Kundalini class we will practice a kriya, or set of kriyas, using a specific breath in each pose to initiate the energy to move upwards. These sets were originally taught by Kundalini Yoga Master, Yogi Bhajan. The joining of physical postures with powerful breathing (Pranayama), meditation and chanting can create deep transformation for the practitioner. This is a wonderful class for students of all levels wishing to feel energized, rejuvenated and one with all. More spiritual and meditative in nature, this class will take your physical practice to a deeper level.
Sadhana: A 2.5 hour practice in the Kundalini yoga tradition of Yogi Bhajan, Pranayama, Kundalini yoga, meditation and chants. The 2 1/2 hours before sunrise are known as the “amrit vela” or ambrosial period. In all spiritual traditions, this is the optimal time to meditate and go within. During this class we will practice an asana set, usually from the Kundalini tradition, to awaken and energize the body. Following will be breathing exercises based on the Ashtanga Pranayama Series, and healing chants (mantra’s) and meditations. The origin of most of the meditations are from Yogi Bhajan. What a wonderful way to start your day and find balance and stillness within.
Community Yoga: A donation only class. Most classes will be taught on Sunday’s by one of our Teacher Trainees enrolled in the Birmingham Yoga Teacher Training Program. This intro vinyasa flow class will be geared for Beginners, though all levels are welcome.
Restorative Yoga: Restorative Yoga focuses on healing the body and mind by stimulating the parasympathetic (calming) nervous system. Calming postures and deep breathing puts the body into a deep state of relaxation to allow the body to realign and come to a point of balance. Restorative yoga is a therapeutic practice that is perfect to support and balance someone with an active lifestyle, or to bring the healing qualities of yoga to someone seeking a more gentle practice.
Pre-Natal: A special class for mothers to be. Prenatal class focuses on the gentle needs of a pregnant woman’s body to ease the discomforts of pregnancy and prepare for the miracle of birth. Pranayama (breathwork) and calming meditations are also used to help relieve stress and bond mother to her new baby.