The Difference between Beginner, Level 1, Open Level, and Intermediate

Beginner: Beginner yoga is suitable for both the first time student and any student interested in becoming further rooted in the basics of yoga. Each class is a breath centered blend of poses aimed toward opening channels in the body through proper alignment. The actions in each pose are ones that can be translated into any yoga class, enhancing and building the student’s understanding of more challenging poses.

Level 1: Level 1 classes are the bridge between our beginner and Open Level classes. If you have been taking beginner classes for awhile and are looking to break down some of the intermediate postures that you may encounter in Open Level, Level 1 is for you!

Open Level: Open level class are suitable for everyone, although they will not have as extensive instructions for the first time beginner student. Many classes offer more advanced options (as well as arm balances and inversions) for the more experienced practitioner as well as modifications for those who are newer students or are recovering from injury.

Intermediate: Intermediate classes are for yoga students who have a well established practice, have some experience with inversions and have a familiarity with the Sanskrit names of the postures. Although there will be alignment instructions, the intermediate classes will not have as extensive basic instructions as a foundation of the practice will be assumed. Many classes offer more advanced options (as well as arm balances and inversions) for the more experienced practitioner although there will be modifications offered for those who have injuries or need a less advanced option.

Aligned Flow®

Aligned Flow® combines the heat building flowing-with-the-breath Vinyasa style with therapeutic Iyengar inspired alignment cues and the use of props. This class focuses on balancing strength with flexibility to promote overall resilience, health, and balance. Classes include asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), and meditation.

Beginner Vinyasa

Beginner yoga is suitable for both the first time student and any student interested in becoming further rooted in the basics of yoga. each class is a breath centered blend of poses aimed toward opening channels in the body through proper alignment. The actions in each pose are ones that can be translated into any yoga class, enhancing and building the student’s understanding of more challenging postures.

Vinyasa is a style of yoga that moves with breath. Typically the Vinyasa style builds heat through sequences that are centered around the Sun Salutation cycles (Surya Namaskara). Each class will feature postures that build strength and flexibility both physically and mentally as you are guided through precise alignment instructions to keep you safe, healthy and to delve deeper into your own experience of the postures.

Candlelight Restorative

A therapeutic and soothing approach to the yoga practice. Meditative, with a focus on utilizing various breathing techniques, the practitioner learns to gently open the body. This class is appropriate for those that are new to yoga, seniors and those returning from injury or with chronic illness. Set to the mood of Candlelight!

Chair Yoga

For those who prefer a gentle class or have physical challenges, Chair Yoga incorporates the same principles as a full yoga class while begin able to use the support of a chair. It is a great practice for everyone as it deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness.

In this class we will be doing modified yoga postures such as gentle twists, forward bends, and mild backbends with the focus on breathing and relaxation techniques.

Please wear comfortable clothing.

Gentle Beginners

This therapeutic class is tailored for those who would like to slow down, de-stress, and heal whether it be from an illness or injury, or simply from the stresses of daily life.

Through the guided use of props (such as bolsters, blocks, and straps) this slow paced class focuses on creating structural balance and health through postures that build strength and flexibility combined with breathing techniques that help to calm and focus the mind.

Suitable for first time beginners, you will often find experienced students in this class as well. A wise teacher once said, “the most experienced yoga practictitioner is the one who knows how to take care of themselves.”

Hatha Open Level

Hatha in Sanskrit (the ancient language of yoga) means  (Ha)Sun and (Tha) Moon. Hatha yoga simply means a style of yoga that includes postures, breath and meditation. Each class will feature postures that build strength and flexibility both physically and mentally as you are guided through precise alignment instructions to keep you safe, healthy and to delve deeper into your own experience of the postures.

Open level class are suitable for everyone, although they will not have as extensive instructions for the first time beginner student. Many classes offer more advanced options (as well as arm balances and inversions) for the more experienced practitioner as well as modifications for those who are newer students or are recovering from injury.

Intermediate

Vinyasa is a style of yoga that moves with breath. Typically the Vinyasa style builds heat through sequences that are centered around the Sun Salutation cycles (Surya Namaskara). Each class will feature postures that build strength and flexibility both physically and mentally as you are guided through precise alignment instructions to keep you safe, healthy and to delve deeper into your own experience of the postures.

Intermediate classes are for yoga students who have a well established practice, have some experience with inversions and have a familiarity with the Sanskrit names of the postures. Although there will be alignment instructions, the intermediate classes will not have as extensive basic instructions as a foundation of the practice will be assumed. Many classes offer more advanced options (as well as arm balances and inversions) for the more experienced practitioner although there will be modifications offered for those who have injuries or need a less advanced option.

Open Level Vinyasa

Open Level Vinyasa is available for all levels of students who have some experience with yoga and are looking to continue to evolve their personal practice. Synchronizing breath with movement, you will experience a fiery vinyasa flow that will challenge endurance as well as strength (with an open invitation to modify). This class is structured with an intention to help students find balance and focus through self-empowerment, self-discovery, and self-love.

Open level class are suitable for everyone, although they will not have as extensive instructions for the first time beginner student. Many classes offer more advanced options (as well as arm balances and inversions) for the more experienced practitioner as well as modifications for those who are newer students or are recovering from injury.

Pilates

Pilates workouts focus first on developing strength through the core of the body–the back, abdomen and hips. This provides a foundation to continue working the rest of the body. Previous experience not required. All levels welcome.

Power Flow – Open Level

This class incorporates the classic style of Ashtanga Sun Salutations, blended with a variation of postures to insprire a moving meditation.

Open level class are suitable for everyone, although they will not have as extensive instructions for the first time beginner student. Many classes offer more advanced options (as well as arm balances and inversions) for the more experienced practitioner as well as modifications for those who are newer students or are recovering from injury.

QiGong: The Taoist Way of Energy

QiGong translates to “Life Energy Cultivation” and is a holistic practice combining movement, breathing and meditation. These movements are based in Chinese medicine and martial arts and bring awareness to the body’s energy pathways to cultivate balance. The practice increases focus, vitality, and ease for greater health and offers tools for stress relief in everyday life.

Vinyasa Level 1

Vinyasa is a style of yoga that moves with breath. Typically the Vinyasa style builds heat through sequences that are centered around the Sun Salutation cycles (Surya Namaskara). Each class will feature postures that build strength and flexibility both physically and mentally as you are guided through precise alignment instructions to keep you safe, healthy and to delve deeper into your own experience of the postures.

Level 1 classes are the bridge between our beginner and Open Level classes. If you have been taking beginner classes for awhile and are looking to break down some of the intermediate postures that you may encounter in Open Level, Level 1 is for you!

Yoga Fusion

Mixing Yoga, pilates, and barre this core strengthening class is accessible but also challenging.  A great way to cross train and strengthen and deepen your yoga practice.  Work up a sweat with spot specific movements that change your body by helping to develop strength to get to the next level in your practice and for further stability and strength in your daily life.

Yoga Props For Beginners

Come explore the many uses for yoga props, including (but not limited to): bolsters, blocks, straps, blankets, chairs, and so much more! If you have ever wondered what props are used for and how they can support and enhance your practice, this is your chance to find out!

Beginner yoga is suitable for both the first time student and any student interested in becoming further rooted in the basics of yoga. Each class is a breath centered blend of poses aimed toward opening channels in the body through proper alignment. The actions in each pose are ones that can be translated into any yoga class, enhancing and building the student’s understanding of more challenging poses.