Our classes include physical postures (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama), chant and sound, philosophy, guided meditation and deep relaxation. The following descriptions are meant to give you an idea of the pace, intensity and style of each practice, but each class is as unique and inspiring as the teacher who leads it. Check out our Teachers page to learn about our individual approaches. Better yet, attend classes offered by different teachers and be open to new experiences!

If you have never tried Yoga we recommend that you attend a ‘Yoga Basics’ session to give you some familiarity with poses, breath and philosophy. Check our Workshops page to find out when the next session starts. Unless a class is labeled ‘preregistration required’ you are welcome to drop in on any of our classes regardless of your level of experience. We encourage you to do what is appropriate for your own body and to find your own practice. You will never be asked to move beyond what is safe for you, but keep your mind open and you might surprise yourself. Don’t worry about what you can’t do; find out what you CAN do!

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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

YOGA BASICS

An introductory course taught in six week sessions, intro-ducing the principles, philosophy, movements, breathing and relaxation tech-niques of yoga. Designed specifically for the new student or for those who would like a refresher. Pre-registration is required. A yoga mat is required (available for purchase $25-35).

Yoga Basics II is a continuation of Basics I. Students will continue to explore the principles, philosophy, movements, breathing and relaxation techniques of yoga. New students are also welcome to attend.

ADAPTIVE YOGA

This class is intended for those who desire to increase flexibility, improve posture, and soothe muscle or joint pain.  The focus is on gentle yoga, much of it done in a chair.  If you think you cannot do yoga this class is for you.

BEGINNING / INTERMEDIATE YOGA

Beginning/Intermediate Yoga classes are informed by various yoga traditions, including the alignment oriented style of Iyengar yoga. Taught slowly, methodically and with precise instruction, these classes provide a friendly and meditative environment for students to develop flexibility and strength, and to deepen their awareness of body, mind and breath. Meditation practices may be included. These classes are appropriate for students of all ages, abilities and body-types.

ASHTANGA INSPIRED VINYASA

A vigorous practice based on a sequence of dynamically linked asanas.

CHAKRA YOGA

Do you long to understand what makes you who you are? 



Join Kim Allcock (PhD, RYT500) in this powerful series of classes to experience the Chakra system: the energy that shapes who we are. 



Through study, meditation, postures and breath we will explore the nature and function of the energy centers along our spines. Our energy centers come alive when we bring creative force and conscious attention together. Maybe it's time to free yourself from patterns of thought that have you stuck. Are you ready to commit to growth? Beginning at the root we will work with one chakra each week, culminating in a final session that profoundly unites upward and downward energy flows.

This class is appropriate for all levels of yoga and meditation experience.

COMMUNITY YOGA - Sunrise Flow Yoga

A terrific yoga class with a discounted price ($10 drop in).

Sunrise Flow Yoga: One of the best ways to have a productive and fulfilling day is to start with a moderate physical activity that provides a natural boost in energy and brings the body into its most healthy and natural function. In Sunrise Flow Yoga class we'll move through a series of flowing poses, strengthening poses, and energizing breath structured to burn off any lingering sleepiness and provide a moderate workout. We'll wake our bodies and stoke our internal flame while greeting the morning sun. Class will end with savasana (relaxation). Sunrise yoga aims to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day with a clear mind and an open heart. Join me for a Sunrise Yoga practice and experience for yourself the energizing and grounding benefits of starting your morning with yoga.

FLOW FOR ALL (including pregnancy)

Focuses on gaining strength and flexibility through proper alignment and posture, while moving through beginning & intermediate yoga poses.  Each class is designed to awaken the body and mind while linking the breath with movement.  Students are encouraged to tune in with their body and make use of any modification or prop with the help of the instructor.  This class is fun for any level of practitioner and welcomes prenatal students who are interested in continuing their practice throughout their pregnancy.  Suitable for all levels.

FOUNDATIONS or YOGA FOR BEGINNERS

is perfect for beginners or for anyone wanting detailed, compassionate and light-hearted instruction in the foundation of yoga practice. Classes may include some flowing sequences, but the focus is on teaching the building blocks of practice – philosophy, skillful breath, basic postures, proper alignment, awareness and non-harming.

GENTLE FLOW

Allow a relaxed pace, an awareness of breath, and a variety of postures to enable a kind exploration of self. All levels are welcome, modification as well as extension will be offered, and use of props is encouraged. Make space for the softer side of your practice, feel rejuvenated and supported as you release the day.

GENTLE & RESTORATIVE YOGA

The first half of this class consists of gentle movement to open up the body and relieve tension in the joints and muscles. This gentle movement is followed byrestorative postures which are held for a longer period of time. Props will be used to allow for maximum relaxation into each pose. These luxurious restorative postures will calm the nervous system and relax the mind.

Benefits of this class include a serene mind, calm nervous system, improved concentration, and an improvement of chronic conditions such as stress, insomnia, asthma, pain, migraines, anxiety, and depression. This class is excellent for beginners and advanced yogis alike. Modifications will be provided for anyone with an injury or chronic condition.

GENTLE YOGA

is suitable for everybody. Focus is on breathing tech-niques, postures, relaxation and meditation to release tension and improve flexibility, resulting in a reduction of pain and stress.  Appropriate for the older student as well as those with special physical concerns, or for those who are just interested in moving at a slower pace.

GENTLE YOGA & YOGA FOR RECOVERY

This class is for those who are seeking a slower paced, gentle practice as well as those living with or recovering from illness or injury. Instructor Meghan Ruiz weaves breath awareness, gentle and restorative yoga postures, and guided relaxation into each session to help students release tension, enhance range of motion, and improve flexibility, resulting in a reductionof pain and stress.

Yoga is not about perfection, it's about learning patience and self-care. Come share the experience of yoga as a path to natural self-healing.

Offered in collaboration with the Complementary Therapies Program through Renown Institute for Cancer.

GENTLE/MELLOW FLOW

Gentle/Mellow Flow focuses on warming the body by flowing through variations of sun salutations, linking movement with breath, while integrating safe and proper alignment. Once the body is warmed, standing and balancing poses will be held to create strength, focus and refinement of alignment. Seated postures will focus on increasing flexibility while quieting the mind, in preparation for relaxation. Arm balances and inversions may be included into some classes.

Gentle Mellow Flow is for the student who would like to move at a slower pace.

IYENGAR YOGA

Using physical alignment as a starting point, Iyengar Yoga encourages the spread of intelligence throughout the body, the growth of self-awareness, and an experience of the asanas (physical postures) as a form of "meditation in action." Iyengar classes are sequenced to promote health and skill in the body and stability in the mind. Students begin with basic standing poses. In time, forward bends, back bends, twists, inversions, and restorative poses are taught. As students mature, so does the practice. Props such as blankets, blocks, and belts help students benefit from the poses regardless of their physical condition or level of experience.

In B.K.S. Iyengar's unique teachings, the yoga asanas and pranayama (the control of the breath) create the springboard that allows students to penetrate beyond the outer, physical layers and explore the inner layers of mind, energy, and spirit. The two quests of the physical and the spiritual are not separate but interdependent parts of a total approach to self-mastery and enlightened living.

LONG & STRONG: Yin & Yang Yoga

This class combines active flowing movement or yang practice with a quiet and still close to the floor yin practice. The Yang sequences will emphasize stimulating muscle groups and stabilizing the core. The Yin sequences will target the myofacial and skeletal segments of your body and relax the nervous system. The class ends with a long and deep savasana. Together the combination lengthens and strengthens your body while simultaneously establishing an overall well-being for the mind.

All levels are welcome.

MEDITATION

Meditators who have participated in the Introduction to Meditation course and who would like to continue studying the Eight Point Program of Sri Eknath Easwaran are welcome to attend ongoing satsang on the first and third Fridays of the month, starting in March 2004. We will continue with weekly videotape instruction by Sri Easwaran and finish each Friday with group meditation. We will begin at 7:15 p.m. and will usually finish between 8:45 and 9:00 p.m.

>If you are interested in learning to meditate and participating in the ongoing practice but haven't been able to participate in the Introduction to Meditation course, we recommend reading the book Meditation by Sri Eknath Easwaran (copies are available at Yoga Loka).  Prerequsite: Completion of Session 1, "How to Meditate on a Passage" from the online course.

If you have questions or would like to join us, please call Mary Dugan at 851-4408

MERIDIAN YOGA

A gentle practice designed to help balance and harmonize the mind, body, and spirit, using a combination of tai chi, qigong, and yoga with an emphasis on the connective tissue. The connective tissue and fascia form a mechanical continuum extending throughout the body, even into the innermost parts of each cell. All the great systems of the body—the circulatory system, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, the digestive tract, and the various organs—are ensheathed in connective tissue. Using movement, stillness, breath, and sound we can help ourselves maintain physical and mental well-being.

MINDFUL FLOW

is a practice of awareness and compassion toward the self. Flowing sequences of poses and detailed instruction on individual postures are both included, along with breath work, meditation and chant. These classes meditatively move the body and spine through their full range of motion, accentuating the importance of alignment using props and adjustments. Challenging poses such as inversions may be included but you are always encouraged to work at your own level on poses that will prepare you for the more advanced asanas.  This practice tends to move slower than vinyasa yoga.

PRANAYAMA YOGA

This class is open to all levels. Pranayama is focused breathing through yogic technique. Pranayama Yoga begins with a yoga flow sequence. Each class we will have time to explore our breathing with pranayama and learn mudras (hand postures).

PRE-NATAL YOGA

This specially designed practice addresses the changing phases of pregnancy, deepens your connection with your baby, and helps you build strength, confidence and breath-body awareness. Prenatal yoga supports health, comfort and well-being, provides mental and physical preparation for childbirth, releases fear and helps you trust your intuition, gives tools and techniques to use during labor, and provides an opportunity to connect with other moms. This practice is suitable for all trimesters, and no previous yoga experience is necessary.

REFRESH YOUR YOGA

Whether you are looking to try yoga for the first time or just looking to get back to the mat after an honest distraction, these classes will help you get into a weekly yoga “rhythm.” Have you been drawn off your mat and away from your yoga practice? If so, please join us for this yoga refresher. Come and (re)discover your practice!  

You will have an opportunity for personalized  attention, feedback and adjustments.  Questions will be welcomed with the intention providing you with the skills and confidence necessary to deepen your practice.  Beginners are WELCOME!

RESTORATIVE YOGA

Restorative Yoga is a very gentle practice that uses props (blankets, bolsters, chairs) to support the body in positions of ease and comfort to facilitate relaxation and health.

RESTORING HOPE - A Restorative Yoga Practice & Discussion Group For Those Living with Chronic Pain and Illness

This class is designed as a safe space forpeople living withchronic pain and illness(though anyone is
welcome to attend)to comeenjoy a restorative yoga practice followed by a discussion inspired by Toni Bernhard's book, How To Live Well With Chronic Pain and Illness.

Restorative yoga is not meant to stretch or strengthen, but help restore thebody and mind. It does not involve a lot of movement, but instead utilizes props (e.g.blanket, bolster, chair)for support in gentle posturesfor longer periods of time. Please consider wearing or bringing anything that would make you comfortable during a restorative practice: sweaters, socks, a blanket, etc.

If you have special considerations, please feel free to contact us at info@yogalokareno.com or call 775-337-2990.

TAI-CHI

Tai Chi is a form of slow moving standing exercise to build strength, and connection, in body and mind. Tai Chi for Health is suitable even for a complete novice. The Yang Long Form is a series of coordinated movements which is appropriate for anyone, no matter the experience or fitness level.

When practiced on a regular basis, tai chi can:
• Reduce Stress
• Increase flexibility
• Improve muscle strength
• Increase energy and stamina
• Increase feelings of well-being
• Improve balance and coordination

Watch for new beginning series to begin throughout the year. Due to the nature of teaching the connected movements, this is not a drop in class.

TRANSFORMATIONAL YOGA

Yoga has the potential to transform your body, your mind, and even your life.  All we have to do is practice.  Consistently.  For an extended period of time.  That’s what the Yoga Sutras tell us.  Transformational Yoga comes from an authentic and historical lineage of teachings that lead us toward greater fulfillment and freedom.   

Transformational Yoga intelligently uses Asanas (the physical postures) to link you to your breath while strengthening and purifying your physical body. Intellegently uses Pranayama (breath regulation) to balance the nervous system, clear and steady the mind while building up your vital fore. And intellegently utilizes Meditation which allows you access to a wealth of inspiration and capacity, to touch your soul, and to see a world of possibility and beauty that would otherwise remain unseen.

Come experience how these traditional techniques bring about positive changes in how you look, feel and think while connecting to the joy of being alive!  Being alive with more clarity and freedom, increased strength and capacity, plus a greater sense of peace and fulfillment.

Students of all levels are welcome.

VINYASA YOGA

describes an active practice in which we move from pose to pose along a strong and steady support of breath.  The state of yoga arises when mind, body, breath, and energy to come together in the flow and it becomes a moving meditation. Classes can be quite vigorous, building strength and flexibility, creating heat and clearing toxins, and moving energy throughout the body.  Be prepared to sweat! Sun salutations are the backbone of this practice, with classical postures of all types (including inversions and arm balances) included in the flow.  We will always offer variations and adjustments to ensure every participant finds his or her ideal pose, so anyone interested in finding the balance of intensity and ease in their practice is welcome.

YIN YOGA (and RESTORATIVE YOGA)

Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, bones and joints of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine through the stillness of long held postures. This quiet meditative style 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.

While initially this style of yoga can seem passive, overly soft or not challenging enough, you will soon feel the deep mental and physical “stretch/release” Yin practice provides in the long held poses. After you have experienced a Yin practice, even just once, you will realize that without it, you are doing only half of the asana practice.

Restorative Yoga involves the use of props (sometimes lots of props) to allow the body to feel totally supported, to allow the body to relax and release; long holds of these gentle postures, postures often selected to address specific challenges; and deep mental and visceral relaxation.

YOGA ESSENTIALS (Slow and Gentle)

Yoga Essentials is designed as an introduction to the practice of yoga. It’s a basic and well balanced class appropriate for beginners and for those who want to refine the essentials of their practice.  Class is slow and gentle and uses the support of props, chairs or the wall. This class builds flexibility, strength, and balance of mind, body, and spirit.   It will both inform & inspire you. You don’t need to be able to touch your toes; you just have to be willing to try.  Basic and restorative asanas (poses), pranayama (breath exercises), meditation and mantra are a part of this class.

YOGA LIGHT:
REFRESH, RENEW AND REDISCOVER YOUR YOGA PRACTICE

Breathe a bit of lightness into the body as you roll out your mat for this practice that will help you refresh, renew and rediscover your yoga practice. Whether you are trying yoga for the first time or establishing a weekly rhythm, this series will cultivate compassion toward the self and a joyful awareness of the mind-body connection by applying yoga philosophy with pranayama (breathing techniques) and gentle/dynamic poses. Build strength and flexibility while enhancing balance and relaxation in preparation for a nourishing seated meditation. All levels welcome and encouraged...beginners too.

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