Most of our classes can accommodate all levels of physical ability and yoga experience. For a less strenuous practice we suggest the gentle, 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.
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.
Iyengar Yoga ~
Iyengar yoga teaches
stability and openness through sensitive attention to alignment so that the flow
of energy and the focus of the mind are found in each pose. Through this understanding and the use
of props, the poses can be modified to be accessible to anyone in any physical
"You will know that alignment is there when mind
does not wander." BKS Iyengar
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 ~
An alignment based practice, 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.
Dharma Yoga ~
Dharma Yoga is a deep and meditative yoga
practice that is known as “Shiva Namaskar,” salutations to the divine within.
Incorporating vinyasa or flow, stationary poses, inversions, and a thorough
floor sequence for all levels. Dharma Yoga reintegrates the continuous flow of
prana (cosmic energy, life force) through the spinal column, emanating into all
areas of the self. Dharma Yoga is gracefully challenging and physically,
mentally, emotionally and spiritually healing—celebrating the power of
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.
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: Fridays This 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.
Therapeutic Yoga ~
This class modifies and tailors yoga postures to the needs of individuals dealing with health concerns or injuries. The practice is a step-by-step approach to postures and breath work to help manage conditions, reduce symptoms, and improve overall well-being. Therapeutic yoga serves as a tool to empower individuals towards better health, regardless of age, through deeper awareness of body and mind practices.
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
Yoga for F.O.G. (fine older guys)~
A gentle practice for men with attention to alignments.
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
Happy Mommies, Happy Babies (Postpartum Yoga, Seaside) ~
A Yoga practice for mommies, babies welcome to attend (newborn - 18 months). This special class will guide you to strengthen and tone your whole body while deepening your sense of well-being. Instruction includes gentle guidance for self-care, and the essential exercises to prepare your body before entering a normal workout routine. Yoga poses focus on specific areas of fatigue for the post partum period: neck and shoulders, abdominal, lower back and pelvis. Whether you have practiced yoga for years or are new to yoga, this class will be invigoration, yet gentle and restorative.
(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.) *2/2015 - This class is currently on a break and will return soon!
Post Natal Class: Plug Into Playtime for Baby and a Grown Up! (Salinas studio)~
Bring yourself and your baby, your yoga mat if you like, a baby blanket, and a safe space for baby to rest (car seat or stroller perhaps?) while you exercise and stretch. This class is intended for babies from birth to crawling.
Babies have a big job to do! To go from birth to crawling in the span of around eight months, they must work every day on building movement skills and conﬁdence. Thankfully, your baby's daily "work" is fun, made up of games, songs, cuddles and ﬁngerplay. New parents will enjoy helping their little one develop his movement skills and they may recognize their own patterns as we explore each developmental phase.
In a "Plug Into Playtime" class, we will explore the developmental patterns that underpin your infant's growth from newborn to crawler, and play games to stimulate these developmental "lines of movement". The class combines tummy time and interaction with Baby with exercise and stretching for you as we explore the lines of movement in our posture and through yoga and Pilates. Your instructor, Donna Luder, has 18 years experience as a movement educator and teaching Pilates and the Franklin Method as a certiﬁed instructor and earned an M.S. in Kinesiology (and she has 14 years of parenting experience too!) www.donnaluder.com
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.
(Class to return in early 2015)
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! Tuesdays in Seaside 3:45-4:30pm and Thursdays in Pacific Grove 4-4:45pm.
Teen Yoga ~
For ages 12-17. Dharma Yoga for teens promotes physical and
mental flexibility to discover balance within one’s practice. Designed to lower
stress and heighten individual awareness, Dharma Yoga encourages mindfulness in
every asana to achieve physical and mental strength
Family Yoga ~ Family
yoga is a unique way to deepen the connection with those you love in a
fun, peaceful and playful way. Through the use of yoga games,
individual, group and partner poses, breathing and meditation exercises,
everyone will have an opportunity to cultivate emotional and physical
bonding within the family and the community. Mindfulness, playfulness,
and self expression through yoga is encouraged. Bring anyone you love
and awaken the inner child within! All ages welcome. Cost: Drop-in fee covers one adult & one child, $5 additional for each family member. (On break until early 2015)
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 ~
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
Tribal Style Belly Dance~
Come learn the breakdown of fast and slow steps of Tribal Style Belly Dance. We will only take a few slow and a few fast steps in each class.
formations will be taught, as well as the easy right left right zill
pattern. This will lead up to performance in restaurants and events!
How fun! Learn the art of dancing with tribal sisters and tapping into
your inner goddess.