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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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.
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.
This is a Hatha Yoga Practice for all levels of students, integrating the entire body with emphasis on breath. We will move through poses mindfully and with proper alignment, in a way that allows us to get the most out of the experience. It will be accessible to those that are new to yoga but also can provide benefit to those that are more advanced in their practice.
Depending on One's Yoga Journey, this class is approprate for the first time yoga student, someone returning to their mat after a time out, or anyone wishing to practice at a foundational level. Based upon Iyengar Yoga, a form of Hatha Yoga that has an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of a posture (an asana) and breath control (pranayama) these classes intend to create a gentle atmosphere where one can learn and experience playfulness, alignment, the breath, resistance, grounding, relaxation and movement.
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.
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. email@example.com or 775-527-1560
Yoga you can trust. Classes are designed to ease aches and pains through gently stretching and toning of the muscle to restore balance and strength to the body, mind, and spirit. This class is an active asana practice that blends therapeutic and restorative yoga (supported postures) with mindfulness, guided meditation and breathing practices within an active asana practice. All levels welcome.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 by restorative postures which are held for 10 minutes each. 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.
Aromatherapy, Reiki, breath awareness, and body scanning meditation will be incorporated into each class.
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.
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 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.
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.
Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of awareness. Yogi Bhajan said, “Just as all rivers end up in the ocean, all yoga ends up raising the Kundalini.” Kundalini is the creative potential of the human being.
Kundalini yoga is a science that works on the seven chakras, the arc line and the aura. It works on the flow of energy in your body integrating the glandular and nervous systems to send signals to your brain that help you become more balanced, calm, and aware. It helps build resilience and perseverance. Kundalini yoga is vitalizing because you learn how to plug into your own bodies energy system (prana). The power of kundalini lies in the experiential; the experiences go into your heart and extend your consciousness so you may access your truth and feel confident in who you are and what your purpose is. Once you access your own true identity (Sat Naam) you may radiate infinity and creativity in all that you do.
Kundalini classes include breathing exercises (pranayama), chanting of mantras, asanas (physical postures) meditation, and deep relaxation. Come energize yourself and awaken to your true purpose with Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
This class is intended for all levels from beginners to experienced practitioners; come one, come all!
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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. Sensual - Loving - Opening - Wow-ing! (SLOW)
Students of all levels are welcome. Yoga Basics is recommended, but not required.
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. Contact Gary firstname.lastname@example.org for next start date.
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.
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.
Yin Yoga emphasizes long-held, passive yoga postures to mobilize our joints, ligaments, and deep fascial tissues. As a practice influenced by Indian Yoga, Chinese Daoist practices, and Western science it helps balance out an active, yang lifestyle. This class incorporates props for restorative adaptations of poses to make this advanced style of yoga accessible to all levels and body types.
The benefits of yin yoga’s “relax and release” approach are extensive and include:
- Improving range of motion and slowing range of motion loss due to aging or injury
- Preventing pain and stiffness due to poor posture or strenuous activities such as hiking or winter sports
- Return to a calm and true sense of self
- Improvement of mood through decreasing stress, anxiety, and depression while developing healthy mindfulness skills
- Increased immune function
- Reaching a meditative state
Come let the candlelight yin set you up for a good night’s sleep!
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.
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.