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!

Contact us if you would like assistance finding the right class for you.

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 & CHAIR YOGA

This class is not a traditional active yoga class. It is designed for people who have limited agility or those with illness such as COPD, Multiple Sclerosis, Heart Disease, Cancer, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Osteoporosis, Arthritis, Parkinson's, etc. It consists of a carefully designed and comprehensive system using gentle repetitive movements of the body, sometimes performed while seated in a chair or standing with use of the chair for support, plus restorative yoga postures (which are relaxed supported positions, using props such as blankets and foam blocks to gently support the body). All movements are simple and fun yet effective in building strength, flexibility, and range of motion.

There will be a strong emphasis on breath awareness and breathing technique, relaxation, and guided meditation. This class is suitable for anyone with health concerns and the benefits are accessible even to those recovering and living with injury or illness. These classes are a compassionate way to relax & renew, to build inner awareness and are infinitely adaptable to individual needs.

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.

BACK AWARE YOGA

This class offers an “investigative” yoga style to help reduce, and manage, the chronic pain and tension you may experience in daily life. Chronic back pain (any pain) can be serious and debilitating, mentally and physically. Back Aware Yoga offers a healing, supportive and entertaining environment as you learn to work in new ways with your body and mind.

In every class we take time to discuss and engage the subtle nuances of a healthy alignment; using yoga as a tool, working from the feet up, to guide you toward more efficient and effective movement patterns, while building a better foundation, incorporating any unique, individual issues, that can be taken into daily life.

 What to expect:
~More power and control during daily tasks and in other activities, classes etc..
~A renewed ability to recover when set backs occur
~Relaxation, meditation and breathing techniques to calm the mind/body: beginning to learn a less reactive approach to pain and stress.
~a yoga practice that is solid for beginners, adaptive for those with chronic musculoskeletal pain/stress, and a stable foundation for back care in general.
~begin a personal practice that can be beneficial at home, and in every day life.

 Challenge the mind, challenge the body: then you can transform the mind, and the body.
 Come prepared to work towards a new way of moving and thinking.  Plus, ITS FUN!

Please contact us re: any concerns or acute/limited agility cases for a pre-class consultation. info@yogalokareno.com or 775-527-1560

BACK TO THE MAT

Whether you are looking to try yoga for the first time or just looking to get back to the mat after an honest distraction, this six week series will help you get into a weekly yoga “rhythm.”  Join us for detailed, compassionate and light-hearted instruction in the foundation of yoga practice that may include some  flowing sequences, with the focus of the instruction on teaching the building blocks of practice: basic postures, skillful breath, philosophy, proper alignment, awareness and non-harming.

You will have an opportunity for personalized attention, feedback and adjustments.  Questions will be welcomed with the intention of providing you with the skills and confidence necessary to deepen your practice.  First time students and beginners are certainly welcome. Come and (re)discover your practice.

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 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.

HATHA FLOW and GENTLE HATHA FLOW

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

IYENGAR YOGA

What is 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. 

JOEGA

Joega was a term that was coined by Joe Wagner's students and is nothing more than "yoga at its purest form," according to him. Joe also says "Yoga, like martial arts, has grown so many eclectic branches that it no longer focuses on the root of what yoga is. What he means by this is that, for example, a Bikram yoga practitioner will claim "their yoga" is the way. A vinayasa practitioner will say "their yoga" is the way. Yoga is really "Your ga," a practice that is meant for you, the individual. Joega is at its core, it is the practice of yoga focused at its root rather than at the variety of branches. Perhaps you will come and join Joe to find "Your ga."

Learn and practice ways of incorporating Yoga into the various aspects of your life whether you need to bring in a little more fire to heat up energy and vigor, or you need to cool yourself from too much heating, Joega is the middle ground.

Joega classes build structural alignment advantages, beneficial breathing techniques and mindful awareness into both the heating cardiovascular and muscular strengthening adventures and the cooling lengthening relaxation experiences which assist you in finding balance and equanimity… the middle ground… which extends into your life off the yoga mat.



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

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.

PRE-NATAL YOGA

A special practice addressing the changing phases of pregnancy, connecting mother and baby, while preparing for a healthy, mindful, more natural approach to the challenges of labor and birth.

QI GONG

Qi Gong is a Chinese style of energy building exercise designed to bring the body mind and spirit together as one.  It is a system that loosens the joints and spine plus relaxes the points of tension in the body (stress).  With the use of the breath, intention, and simple body movements Qi Gong strengthens the immune system, decreases healing time of injuries, improves sleep patterns and improves overall function of the body.

Qi (Energy), in regard to our health, means life force or vital energy.  Gong means work or technique. Qi Gong is a self-healing art that trains the mind to recycle the negative energy (toxins, stress etc.) and replenish with a more positive balanced connection to yourself and understanding of what is needed for healing.

The 18 movements of Qi Gong, developed in 1979 by Master Li Houshen at the Shanghi Hospital, were created for rehabilitative purpose but are extremely beneficial for everyone. The movements help to strengthen the mind, breath, and body.  They also help release pain and stress from the body increasing healing time of injuries.  The movements can be practiced standing, seated or lying down.

re-FRESH FRIDAYS

A fresh start to end a long week, this practice uses keen awareness coupled with an attitude of playfulness to help us let go of some of the detritus we often carry on our backs and move toward a more balanced, refreshed state. Sometimes flowing fluidly with what we feel, sometimes slowing down to pay closer attention to the details, this practice is at once both introspective and invigorating.

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, this six week workshop 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!

SEVA YOGA PROGRAM

Seva Yoga is the practice of service. In 2013, Yoga Loka launched a Seva Yoga program as a way to give back to our community. On the first Thursday of every month, Yoga Loka dedicates the 4 p.m. yoga class to a local non-profit and accepts donations in lieu of class fees. Students of all ages and abilities are invited to attend - even beginners! We also collect donations at the studio throughout the month so that those who are unable to attend the Seva Yoga class are able to share in the giving. As the program develops, there may be additional service opportunities and ways for the Yoga Loka community to lend our partners a helping hand.

SLOW YOGA

Marinate in the transformative potential of SLOW YOGA. In SLOW YOGA, you practice and develop a deep caring for yourself. You make space for yourself and listen inwardly for guidance. You learn to do this when you practice asana and when you sit quietly. Then you take your trust in the wisdom of the intuitive download off the mat and into every corner your life. Bring joy back into movement, health back into body and peace back into mind. Learn to listen to the inner wisdom and combine it with outer expression building strength, stamina, relaxation and increasing energy. (SLOW): Sensual - Loving - Opening - Wow-ing!

Students of all levels are welcome. Yoga Basics is recommended, but not required.

TAI-CHI

is a form of slow moving standing exercise to keep you strong in body and mind. Tai Chi for Health is suitable even for a complete novice. The Yang Long Form is appropriate for anyone with 6 months or more experience in Tai-Chi.

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.

VOCAL TONING

ABOUT VOCAL TONING
Sound, or vibratory therapy, is the use of sound and vibrations to create balance in the physical and energetic elds of the body. Vocal toning is a vibratory healing technique that involves using the natural sounds that occur within an individual's voice. It consists of non-verbal conscious elongation of sounds, using the breath and voice, similar to sighing, moaning, chanting, yawning and humming.

THE BENEFITS OF VOCAL TONING
When you tone, you receive all of the proven health bennefits of singing and meditation combined, but it does not matter what you sound like! Toning can also be very freeing psychologically, as it builds confidence in using your own voice to heal, which transcends into all other aspects of your life in which your "voice" is used. Vocal toning also increases self-awareness, and can be another way to explore one's spirituality.

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 AND MEDITATION FOR THE ADDICTIVE SPIRIT

For beginning, intermediate, and advanced students, as well as newcomers. This class focuses on centering, postures, breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation customized for riding the wave of urges to behave in ways that have previously proven unhealthy.

COST: drop-in for $10 or use a pre-paid class from your Yoga Loka pre-paid series

YOGA FOR THOSE WHO THINK THEY CAN'T DO 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.

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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