CLASS STYLES

VINYASA FLOW
A creative flow sequence dynamically linking movement with breath and improving strength, health, and flexibility while clearing the mind. This class is appropriate for all levels. Modifications will be given to beginners as well as seasoned practitioners.

POWER HOUR BASICS
A short but sweet and juicy twist of the Vinyasa Flow Class.  We will cover the basics of a Vinyasa Flow class focusing on cultivating the ultimate balance of strength, flexibility and mindfulness in 60 minutes. ALL LEVELS.

CORE POWER HOUR
Lengthening, strengthening and toning the entire body with special attention to our power house-THE CORE!  Just one hour long, this class will have you moving, breathing and sweating! Core strength is the ultimate necessity to get you into some of the more advanced yoga poses, but more importantly, core strength enhances balance and stability, preventing falls and injuries in athletics and as we AGE!  It also dictates how well the arms and legs move, all the while promoting a a nice, long, straight spine!  ALL LEVELS are welcome!

ASHTANGA – FULL PRIMARY SERIES
The system of Yoga taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. This method of Yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures — a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. ALL LEVELS.

INTRO TO 2ND SERIES – ASHTANGA
Nadi Shodhana, the intermediate or 2nd series of Ashtanga Yoga is a great compliment for those practicing the Primary series.  While the primary series focuses on forward bends & hip openers, the intermediate series’ main focus are backbends, twists and some arm balances.  This invigorating practice is meant to get deeper into the subtle aspects of the body to purify & energize you effectively.  This class provides a great introduction to this challenging sequence.  Modifications to make postures more easily accessible are always offered.  Experience with the primary series recommended, but not required.

AERIAL YOGA
If you are looking for a fun and exciting new way to stretch, strengthen and decompress the body and mind, then Aerial Yoga is for you! Master your centre of gravity as you build core power and improve your strength, balance, flexibility and endurance as you swing, fly and hang upside down on our Aerial Yoga swings. Our yoga hammocks are built around an extremely versatile, adjustable and comfortable Swing which has two handles with three grips at varying heights to enable you to achieve any conceivable posture, angle, movement, stretch or exercise imaginable. Anything is possible from vertical to horizontal and inversion techniques, with every conceivable option in between. Our aerial yoga classes are unique in that it offers you the ability to stretch and strengthen. It is also a therapeutic piece of equipment that can be used to practice Inversion Therapy which is ideal for gentle, passive stretching and traction of the spine. Hanging upside down can alleviate muscular tension and pain as well as promote increased joint mobility and flexibility, energy levels and improved blood circulation. All of these in turn will promote good health and well-being. All levels welcomed. Space is limited in our Aerial Yoga classes so pre-registration is required.

MYSORE
The traditional way of learning Ashtanga Yoga is called “Mysore Style”. Each student has a self-practice in whatever Series they are working on. The instructors are available to help with the postures by means of hands-on adjustments and reminding you of the sequencing should you forget. This style really gives you the opportunity to connect with your breath, move at your own pace and complete as many postures as what feels right to you. Each student finishes in their own time. The room is open for 2 hours with some students taking 2 hours to complete their own practice and others taking maybe only an hour. We recommend taking an Ashtanga Modified or Ashtanga led class a couple of times. ALL LEVELS.

KRIPALU
Kripalu Yoga is an integrated system of self-transformation that empowers you to realize your full potential. The journey begins as your revitalize the body through postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques. It deepens as you learn to focus awareness, enabling you to enter meditative states that awaken compassion and clear the mind. Kripalu yoga emerges from a Kundalini Yoga lineage ( emphasis on energy flow) and is grounded in classical tools of yoga: lifestyle, asana, pranayama and meditation. In  Kripalu Yoga, the cultivation of witness consciousness and attunement to prana lead to self love, connection with Source and deep personal transformation. Through the practice of Kripalu Yoga, you discover how to nurture the roots of health, catalyze personal growth, live with greater skillfulness and joy, and transform your sense of what it means to be alive. BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE.

YIN YOGA
A Taoist form of Yoga that targets connective tissue of the hips, pelvis and spine. Yin postures are held three to five to ten minutes at a time. The practice is quiet and passive and is a great compliment to your flow practice! ALL LEVELS.

YIN AND ASANA
Yin Yoga – melting the connective tissue to a state of release. Joining the mind and breath together breathing into a physical location encourages improvement within the body. Feeling of freedom in the muscles from the tensions or habitual holding we create in our bodies. This slow meditation causes powerful shifts and changes within the muscles, releasing tightness especially in the joints. Why add Asana to a Yin Class? As the body tightens and becomes challenged it compensates by engaging muscles to maintain homeostasis within the body to walk, sit, and continue with life’s demands and activities. Once the shift in the muscles from yin classes take place our skeletal structure must realign to find the necessary balance between the left and right side of the body. This class addresses the body beyond the release but continues to support the timed yin poses. We explore yoga poses in a slow, methodical way by selecting relational asanas that support the stretch and strength within the body. With the appropriately selected poses we cultivate the nourishment required within the body to experience a feeling of peace.

MEDITATION
The class is oriented for both beginners with little or no meditation experience and those with a meditation practice, who will gain new techniques and benefit from the group energy. Guided meditations, mindfulness, pranayama, and deep relaxation will be featured. Some classes will also explore shamanic meditation. Rob is the author of Psychic Power: Exploring Your Sixth Sense, which includes his meditation CD. Meditations from his upcoming book, The Gem Within the Lotus: Meditation for Busy Minds, will be incorporated into the class.

MEDITATION – BY DONATION ONLY
We are very excited to offer this weekly by donation community meditation class. We will be choosing a charity every other month and donating all of the proceeds from this class to that charity.

MEDITATION AND GENTLE YOGA
This class starts off with 15 minutes of meditation and then a 40 minute gentle yoga practice is followed by 20 minutes of progressive relaxation and visualization.

MAT PILATES
We take the classic work of Joseph H. Pilates and add the Moksha Twist!  A superior blend of strength and flexibility training that improves posture, reduces stress and creates strong, long, lean muscles without the bulk.  This class delivers a balanced approach so that no muscle group is overlooked or overworked.  Achieve a body that moves as an efficient, holistic system in sport and daily life. Take the class live the results!

YOGA FUSION
Take classic Yoga poses, add pure flexibility and the best of Joseph Pilates core exercises – thats Yoga Fusion! You will gain great core strength, so vital for prevention of lower back pain and of course a flat abdomen. Amazing flexibility, particularly focusing on postural alignment and alleviation of back, neck and shoulder pain and of course all the strength, balance and vitality that can be gained from your favorite yoga poses. A class not to be missed. ALL LEVELS.

STRETCH RESULTS
Stretch Results is a deep stretching, deep breathing technique designed to achieve optimum muscular balance, good posture and superior levels of physical performance, appearance, health and well-being. Clients are taken through a structured series of exercises to lengthen, strengthen and rebalance specific muscles of the body. Stretch Results is complementary to other fitness and body techniques, and can be used alone or in conjunction with other methods that help the body to build flexibility and strength (for example, Yoga, Pilates, Alexander Technique and Osteopathy). ALL LEVELS.

CANDLELIGHT RESTORATIVE
A slow flowing gentle yoga class that begins with meditation, focuses on restorative yoga postures and some fundamental pranayama exercises, then ends with a long savasana. In a candlelit room this class is sure to restore and rejuvenate the mind and body. ALL LEVELS.

YAMUNA® BODY ROLLING
Yamuna® Body Rolling – all levels welcome! Come and experience the immediate benefits of body rolling. Lengthen muscles, stimulate bone, restore alignment, heal injuries, increase core strength and create an experience of deep relaxation. This practice uses 6″ – 9″ balls to release tightness and tension. You lie on the balls and gently roll your body across the mat, allowing for a deep self-massage. As your muscles lengthen, you’ll discover an increase in your range of motion. Popular among athletes and post-rehabilitation alike, Yamuna® Body Rolling can be incorporated into any workout. ALL LEVELS.

CONNECTED WARRIORS
Ralph, A Marine Corps combat wounded veteran of the Vietnam conflict has created a specialized yoga flow to help war fighters control their emotions and reactions and help reintegrate into civilian life. The effects of an overseas deployment can often last for years. Soldiers often have unwelcome thoughts, emotions and memories – these yoga techniques can be used to recall whole, healthy and intact memories that have not been touched by trauma. This free yoga class focuses on learning skills proven to help you connect to the present – leaving anxiety behind while learning to feel safe and in control. By lowering your hyper-vigilance and your reaction to noise and stress, you will sleep better and have more control over your emotions. All military personnel welcome!

YOGA FOR CANCER & SURVIVORS

50 Min. of Breathing techniques which allow for the reduction of stress hormones and Cancer Yoga postures.  The goal of the postures is to keep the muscles relaxed so that muscle fibers elongate.   Elongating these fibers will improve joint range of motion, reduce inflammation and enhance respiration. The yoga postures outlined have been tailored to provide a structure for overcoming the many obstacles associated with changes and side effects.  25 Min. of Restorative  poses use props like blocks, blankets and bolsters to completely support the body in order to complete relax into stillness. Restorative yoga nourishes the entire body and its systems.

 

YOGINI & ME
Moms gain flexibility and serenity through poses and breath work as well as gaining strength and tone in abdominals, legs and buttocks. Exercises for your baby stimulate your baby’s basic motor skills, vision and coordination. Also a great place to connect with other moms! Dads welcome too! Class designed for 8 week old to crawling babies.

KIDS YOGA
In our fun and playful classes we will improve strength, flexibility, and coordination using traditional and animal yoga poses. Children will learn how to focus and center themselves with various games, breathing and visualization techniques. They will learn how to safely challenge themselves in a non-competitive manner developing a greater respect for themselves and those around them.

 

WHAT IS YOGA?
The word yoga means “union” in Sanskrit. We think of the union occuring between mind, body and spirit. The practice of physical postures or poses that we refer to as yoga can be more accurately described by the Sanskrit word “asana” Asana, the physical practice of yoga, is only one of the eight “limbs” of yoga. The remaining limbs are yama (ethical discplines), niyama (self observation), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samdhi (a state of joy and peace). Patanjali, the author of the Yoga Sustras, described the eight limbs of yoga as a tree of wisdom and sirituality unfold in the same manner as tree grows.


“99% Practice and 1% Theory”
— K. Pattabhi Jois
“Vinyasa is a natural sequence unfolding with creative intelligence, a conscious evolution connecting each moment with unifying breath. We explore embodying a living yoga in full spectrum – sun to the moon, wild to sublime, fullness to simplicity, action and being. There is yoga for everyone.”
— Shiva Rae

“Ashtanga may be utilized as a method of keeping physically fit or it
may be traversed as a pathway to explore subtle realms of spirituality.”
— David Swenson

“The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean
for the soul to reside in it.”
— B.K.S lyengar

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What class type or level is appropriate for me?
Moksha Yoga Studio offers many classes in various traditions. Most of our classes are open to all levels. Our teachers focus on making the class accessable yet challenging for all students. New students may also choose a beginner class to introduce themselves to the foundations of the ashtanga/vinyasa practice. We recommend trying different teachers and styles to find what works best for you.

Do I need to sign up ahead of time to attend a class?
You do not need to sign up ahead of time to attend a class with the exception of Aerial Yoga. Feel free to drop in whenever you are ready.

How should I prepare for class and what should I bring?
It is best to practice yoga on an empty stomach, so we suggest not eating for about two hours before class or a half hour after a light snack. Wear comfortable breathable clothing which does not restrict movement. Practice is done barefoot. Mats and all other props are provided for use in the studio if you do not have your own. Bring water or we have water for sale in the boutique. You may want to bring a small towel and be prepared to sweat!