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Ashtanga Vinyasa

Based on the primary series of ashtanga yoga, classes teach sun salutations, basic standing postures, and deep (Ujjayi) breathing. These classes are recommended for students at all levels. This class includes alignment instruction and demonstration.

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Core Power Vinyasa

Ready to sweat? Core Power Vinyasa is a rigorous yoga class with demanding strength postures that will have you moving, breathing and sweating! True to its name, the class focuses on building and engaging your core strength to support you in more advanced postures. Set to energizing music in a heated room, Core Power Vinyasa strengthens, balances, detoxifies and exhilarates the body and mind.

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Hatha Yoga Basics (level 1)

A slow paced class with detailed alignment instruction and demonstration. Meditation and breathing are taught. This class is essential for beginners. More advanced students can use Basics to deepen their practice.

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$5 Community Flow

This class is open to anyone. No experience necassary. A slow paced class with some alignment instruction and demonstration. The class flows from one pose to the next in a vinyasa style.

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Dance to Freedom

Dance to Freedom is all about moving and breathing. The music is a vibration, the breath a vibration, our body responds with a vibration called movement. We will start learning how to use and fill up the space and before you know it, build to a pulsating driving rhythm that is guaranteed to make you want to move. We will work our way to a seated meditation or a resting pose. Dance to Freedom is the dance between our body and our breath. Dance with us to celebrate, dance with us to release the tensions and burdens that the drudgery of our daily routines can place on us. Dance with us and just be!

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Forrest Yoga Basics (level 1)

A slow paced class with detailed alignment instruction and demonstration. Forrest yoga is intense, mindful yoga that builds flexibility, intelligence, and strength while helping students to deepen their relationship with their authentic self. More advanced students can use Forrest Yoga Basics to deepen their practice.

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Forrest Yoga Intensive (levels 2 & 3)

Vigorous and demanding, this class is a carefully constructed flowing series of intensive yoga asanas. Backbends, inversions and arm balances are emphasized. This class helps students learn to have freedom in their body. Students should be familiar with Forrest Basics and Vinyasa classes.

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Hot Power Practice

A “HOT” yoga practice with minimal cuing, no assists and smooth music, creating a synchronized quiet chorus of movement and breath. This class structure assumes you know basic alignment and that you want to sweat and flow.

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Mixed Level Classes (all levels)

These classes cover the range of Basics and Vinyasa classes. They are designed to specifically warm up key areas of the body like the abdominals, lower back and shoulders prior to moving into any flowing sequences. Modifications and variations are offered to increase or decrease the intensity of the class.

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Power Vinyasa

Heated (80+ degrees), flowing classes based on the Baptiste Vinyasa Power Yoga style. This style offers a vigorous, fast-paced series of poses designed to condition the whole body. Beginning with sun salutations, students move from one posture to another in a continual flow and link movements to breath with the aim of creating freedom in the body, peace of mind, and the ability to move more powerfully and authentically.

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Qigong

Qigong is a Chinese discipline of movement and breath used to protect health, enhance the spirit, qi, and the mind, and promote relaxation and mental balance. This class will introduce basic qigong exercises including the 8 pieces of brocade (baduanjin), the small microcosmic orbit, and stake standing. This is a slow, gently-moving class. No experience is necessary.

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Restorative

Restorative yoga is about moving the mind and body away from normal activity and into a relaxed state of being. Practicing a variety of asanas (forward bends, backbends, twists, inversion); each pose will be held for 5-20 minutes, allowing the body time to unwind and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system.

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Vinyasa

This fast paced class introduces the flowing form of yoga called Vinyasa. Vinyasa, which means breath-synchronized movement, is a vigorous style based on the performance of a series of poses called Sun Salutations, in which movement is matched to the breath. These classes typically start with a number of Sun Salutations to warm up the body for more intense stretching, inversions, or backbends done later in the class. More advanced students are offered challenging variations.

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Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a complementary yoga practice to the more dynamic and invigorating yoga styles that are predominant today. In Yin Yoga, floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive 'stress' on the deep layers of connective tissue in the body. Physically, Yin Yoga restores and maintains the natural mobility of the joints, primarily between the navel and the knees. Energetically, Yin Yoga opens the body's meridian system, which enhances the body's energetic flow and supports emotional equilibrium. And as this practice emphasizes stillness and silence, Yin Yoga prepares both the body and the mind for deeper experiences in meditation.

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Yoga Tune Up®

Yoga Tune Up® is a conscious corrective exercise format that improves your overall strength, flexibility and coordination. It helps you to identify where your practice is challenged by clearly identifying areas of the body that have been undetected, underused or lack awareness. We use asana as corrective exercise, and include a unique therapeutic element of self-massage with myo-fascial release therapy balls. In class we will excavate unhealthy tension patterns and blind spots, and discover a “new normal” while moving back into complete physiological balance.

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