All classes are open to drop-in's except the beginner series.
Class Types Most of our classes can accommodate all levels of physical ability and yoga experience. For a less strenuous practice we suggest the gentle, soma, and yoga for relaxation classes. Please inform the instructor of any injuries or physical limitations before class so they can best support you and your needs.
Hatha Yoga ~ Traditional Hatha yoga class with an emphasis on alignment and some vinyasa elements. Each class is sequenced to bring proper alignment and understanding of the asanas (postures), while incorporating awareness of the breath to each movement. Props are incorporated into each class to assist in teaching postures/movement and provide modifications to accommodate different levels of physical abilities.
4 Week or 6 Week Beginner Series ~ Perfect for anyone new to yoga! This course is a progressive series of classes to learn the foundations of a yoga practice. The class will introduce the yoga postures (asanas) in a safe, supportive manner - incorporating breath awareness and alignment in the body. We will also explore the many health benefits of yoga such as stress reduction. Reconnect your body with your mind and spirit to bring balance to your life. Next 6-week series begins Feb 17th in Seaside and Feb 20 in Salinas
Beginning Yoga (on-going Saturdays) ~
A dynamic practice specifically for students new to yoga or those who wish to refresh their fundamental skills. Strong focus on effective alignment with breathwork and meditation applied to posture practice. Class sequences are focused on a theme or goal posture to prepare each body in a step-by-step way to meet its own unique challenges. Students learn to integrate the actions required to create comfortable stability in the body and mind, while releasing habitual tension and inviting relaxation.
Restorative Yoga ~ Learn to let go: release chronic tension, stress, and anxiety from the body and mind. Restore the body from the inside out with supported postures and guided breathing. This class offers a deep state of relaxation; soothing the central nervous system. Appropriate for all levels and physical conditions.
Yin Yoga ~
Originating in China, asanas are held for up to 5 minutes in a relaxing posture. No forced flexion or engaging the muscles and bones happens in Yin Yoga.Yin yoga aims to lengthen the connective tissue thus greater motion in dailylife! The use of props (cushions,blankets, blocks, even belts) is diverse and encouraged in order to fully relax the muscles and eventually the tendons. A typical class will focus on 5 to 10 poses.Yin lends itself to calming the mind, letting go will, and unforced breathing to bring stillness.Yin Yoga differs from Gentle Yoga in that poses are generally held from 3 to 5minutes. No strengthening or standing asanas. It is similar as they both rely heavily on props.If you love Hatha Yoga, you owe it to your practice, your connective tissue, and breath to experience Yin! This class is suitable for all yoga abilities.
Sivananda Yoga ~ Sri Swami Sivananda was a great yogi and sage who devoted his life to the service of humanity and the study of the Vendanta. He summed up in six simple commands, "Serve, Love, Purity, Meditate, Realize". In Sivananda Yoga we practice the five principles - proper relaxation, proper exercise, proper breathing, proper diet, and positive thinking and meditation.
Dynamic Yoga ~
This class offers individuals an opportunity to mindfully connect with their body through breath work, (pranayama) andpostures, (asanas). This class is designed to release stress through a variety of Vinyasa style sequences, as well as an assortment of additional postures to inspire, challenge, and connect one with their body, mind, and spirit. Essential oils are used to encourage stress release. Dynamic yoga is an ideal class for inexperienced as well as experienced yoga practitioners.
Dynamic Hatha Yoga ~
A practice which integrates the five techniques of hatha yoga – asana (stillness), pranayama (breath), bandha (integration), vinyasa (rhythm), and drushti (presence) – to create a holistic practice addressing the body/mind/spirit in its entirety and inviting the possibility for meditative absorption. Focus will be on creating dynamic alignment through broadening, lengthening and spiraling actions in movement first as a way to prepare the body/mind to become stable, at ease, sensitive and aware for a length of time in stillness. Class sequences flow in a gradual way from less challenging to more challenging postures and generally follow a theme which can be directed by the students' needs or desires while accommodating all levels of practitioners.
Yoga Flow/Vinyasa ~ This
class focuses on the synchronization of breath and movement, flowing
through postures (asanas) to the rhythm of the breath. There is more
emphasis on moving sequences of postures (vinyasa) with hold time to
balance movement. This moving meditation practice is an excellent way to
increase awareness of breathing, while enhancing flexibility and
stamina and building strength.
Gentle Yoga ~ Tuesdays: A gentle, therapeutic class emphasizing flexibility, balance, core strength and hip stability. Leave feeling rejuvenated and peaceful. Suitable for all ages and abilities.
Thursdays: A beginning practice that emphasizes increasing range of motion through gentle movement and breath.
Yoga for EveryBODY/Relaxation ~ We invite our community in the celebration of Wellness to our yoga classes. These classes are appropriate for every body, including those who have never done yoga, all body types and ages, and those who lack flexibility or have physical limitations. Each class offers the use of props to allow for modifications or accessibility to the postures, including chairs for those who need to be seated. Our mission is to serve our community by creating a sanctuary to promote health and Wellness through the practice and education of yoga. Cost: Suggested donation of $7-$15 for Sunday's class
Free Community Yoga~
All Levels Yoga: Sundays This class is an all levels practice that encourages connection to the breath through properly aligned postures.
Adaptive Yoga: FridaysThis free class is designed to accommodate various physical conditions & using yoga to support healing such as back care, joint/arthritis support, recovering from an illness or injury and other adaptive needs.
Classes are led by teacher training students & staff.
Yoga For Midlife & Beyond ~ Using props and variations, Yoga Simply for Seniors seeks to support the older yoga student in practicing beginner to intermediate Hatha yoga poses. The use of breathing combined with movement is also emphasized. Chanting and meditative practice is included so that class members can benefit from all that yoga has to offer the body, mind, and spirit.
“Yoga is a gift for older people. One who studies yoga in the later years gains not only health and happiness, but also freshness of mind since yoga gives one a bright outlook on life.” Geeta S. Iyengar
Ayurvedic Yoga ~
Each class will begin with an Ayurvedic topic, followed by hatha yoga
that will move through the doshic phases: Vata - to calm the mind, Kapha - to get
the cardio going, and Pitta - to cool down. A perfect way to start your
Sunday and ease into the week. Open to all levels.
Prenatal Yoga ~ Pregnancy is a transitional time in the life of your family, both physically and mentally. At no other time in your life are there so many opportunities to grow along with the change. In joining our prenatal yoga class, not only will you learn postures to help you feel better physically; benefiting the health of you and your baby, but you will begin to prepare mentally for labor, birth, and motherhood. Click here for More Prenatal Information
Postpartum Yoga& Mommy & Me Yoga ~ Grow, laugh, sing and play as we move through our yoga practice together. We have combined the immediate postpartum period and Mommy & Me Yoga into one class. This class targets the postpartum practice and where you are welcome to
bring baby to class with you! This class offers gentle poses that emphasize building strength,
maintaining openness & flexibility in the shoulders, hips and legs
& addresses the health of the pelvic floor. Most of all, mothers benefit from the support offered to each other by listening to stories and offering parenting tips. Ages: newborn to ~18mos. (We recommend bringing your own baby blanket to lay over studio blankets and/or mats. The studio has some play mats and baby toys and parents are welcome to bring their own.)
Toddler and Me ~ Yoga for children up to age 5 and their parents. A fun class aimed at getting young children active in a way that stimulates creativity and imagination, and gets the whole family moving and stretching together. A good way to introduce healthy activity to small children, and allow parents to explore yoga in a fun, whimsical and noncompetitive manner.
Yoga For Kids ~ Through games and stories kids begin to explore yoga poses and breath work. In this four-week session kids learn various yoga poses, how to bring awareness to their breath and, most importantly, how to relax. This class is for kids 5 to 11 years old and is intended for kids without their parents. This class gives kids their own time to play with yoga and decompress from their hectic day! Every Tuesday in Seaside, 4-4:45pm
Sacred Movement~ SACRED MOVEMENT is a practice of daily
awareness and self honoring based on ancient and beautiful techniques
found within the 5,000 year-old healing system
of medicine known as Ayurveda, along with powerful practices from
global traditions that incorporate and free your own inner muse and
restorative senses. Through techniques of yoga, meditation, martial
arts, and mystic dance, Laura Brink McKenna will be your guide into the
world of YOU (yielding...opening.. unveiling): your inner sanctum of
self-love and expression.
Self Led Meditation~
A quiet space offered for anyone to come sit and meditate. There is no charge for meditation.
Cultivating Bliss: Kirtan, Candle Light & Crystal Singing Bowls With Char Pias
"Kirtan is a joyful way to reconnect to the core of our Being, to our heart, and to our connection with each other.” One of the oldest sacred music traditions of the world, the kirtan call-and-response chanting genre comes to us from India. It developed centuries ago as a spiritual practice and was known as a way to connect with the Divine. While meditation doesn't come easily for many people, kirtan is a simple and powerful way to meditate. The music does the work for you as you flow with the melody and sounds. It calls upon transformative energies, which serve to quiet the monkey mind, remove obstacles, and return us to the center of our being.
Singing is the heart of kirtan and no one cares what you sound like. Everyone is part of creating the experience as all voices merge together to become One Voice. It’s not so much a performance as a journey into Connection through the practice of listening & singing. Char will guide participants through a short warm up of movement and sound exercises before we embark on the Kirtan experience. The chants are relatively simple and handouts of the words will be available. The evening will close with a guided meditation while listening to the crystal singing bowls. By donation.
Gentle Vinyasa Yoga~
This practice is designed for those who
would like some movement in their class, but with a gentle, kind, and
relaxed approach. Focusing on pranayama, meditative postures, and
learning how to care and connect to yourself through the gentleness
Kundalini Yoga ~ With this
particular practice of yoga we are able to harness the energy of the
mind and the emotions - so we can be in control of ourselves, rather
than being controlled by our thoughts and our feelings. Kundalini Yoga
was kept very secret and only emerged in the West in 1969 when Yogi
Bhajan challenged the age-old tradition of secrecy. A compassionate
man, he wanted to help stop human suffering through this very ancient
practice. Aside from the mind/emotion aspect the practice of Kundalini
Yoga also balances the glandular system and strengthens the body’s
nervous system. Kundalini Yoga deals specifically with the most
fundamental element of the universe, the basic life energy, known as
prana. Prana is the sub-atomic energy, the life force in us all. Known
to yogis for thousands of years, Prana is what is received with every
breath. Kundalini Yoga, known as the "Yoga of Awareness" is the path of
discovering the source of prana in each of us and then, teaches us to
harness and use it. Doing is believing - come and have an experience
with us. Anyone, any age, can practice and do this yoga.
Ashtanga Inspired Yoga~
Ashtanga Yoga is a form of Hatha yoga
developed hundreds of years ago, which focuses on postures (asanas),
breath control (pranayama) and internal focus (drishti). It is a
prescribed and rigorous series of standing and seated postures linked
together with movement and breath. The Ashtanga Inspired class will
introduce and explore this traditional form of yoga to the beginner and
the more advanced practitioners. As we learn to move out of our heads
and allow the body and the breath to take over, this practice
becomes a moving meditation bringing us awareness of our true selves.
"Practice and all is coming..."~ Pattabhi