Jivamukti Yoga combines the practice of asana with the practices of bhakti (acting with affection), nada (inner and outer music), ahimsa (generating nonviolence), the study of yogic scriptures, and the practice of meditation. A typical class might involve chanting, a teaching on a spiritual focus relating to the asana practice and life off the mat, guided with good music and hands on adjustments. Some yoga experience recommended.
Ashtanga Yoga Class
Students are led through the full primary series of the traditional Ashtanga Yoga method as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Special emphasis is placed on tristhana: posture, gaze and breath, which when practiced in the context of vinyasa, work to purify the body, mind and nervous system. Students should possess prior ashtanga experience with sufficient ease and strength up through Navasana. This class is not for beginners.
Known as the "Yoga of Awareness," kundalini yoga aims to strengthen the nervous system, balance the endocrine system, and stimulate the various aspects of yogic subtle anatomy in order to bring about heightened states of awareness. The practice of kundalini yoga utilizes all aspects of yogic practice, including breathing techniques, physical exercises, mantras, and meditation. While there is some overlap with hatha, Iyengar, and other styles of yoga, kundalini yoga is a unique and somewhat different system of practice. In the kundalini yoga class offered at Yoga Shanti, you will be led through a series of dynamic and repetitive movements, punctuated by periods of silence and meditation. The goal of this practice is to generate and stabilize a state of shuniya, which means "zero" in Sanskrit, referring to a state of inner silence.
Lunch-Time Yoga (60 mins)
A well-rounded one hour lunch-time class for those of you that don't have time in your schedule to allow for a full 90 minute class. Class will begin with a warm-up of Surya Namaskar, move into Standing Poses, Backbends, Forward Bends or Twists to "cool-down", a 5 minute Savasana (relaxation), and a 5 minute Meditation to prepare you for the rest of your day. Reward yourself with this "Yoga Break" in your daily routine... you deserve it!
Community Yoga Class
Our Community Yoga classes are taught by a rotation of Yoga Shanti teachers and are an opportunity for everyone in the community to practice yoga. Classes are suitable for all levels and you are invited to participate at your own pace. These classes are donations based. We suggest a $10 donation but smaller and larger sums are welcome and graciously accepted by our kind teachers who donate their time to teaching these community classes. Please come along and spread the word!
Slip into the evening with a soothing blend of gentle and restorative yoga. Classes begin with breathwork & flowing sequences to release tension, and culminate in a series of restorative postures for deep opening and total relaxation. A blissful way to unwind for all levels of students.
Through observing our breath, noticing our thoughts as they arise, and then letting them go, we find unimaginable space. This space or openness—and the inherent basic goodness that it reveals—leads to peace. Each class will include meditation instruction, a short reading, and periods of silent sitting and walking meditation.
These classes are donations based. We suggest a $10 donation but smaller and larger sums are welcome and graciously accepted. All proceeds benefit Lotus Outreach, a non-profit dedicated to ensuring the education, health and safety of at-risk and exploited women and children in the developing world. Lotus Outreach achieves its mission by supporting the development of grassroots projects in vulnerable communities. Originally established to support refugee education, Lotus Outreach now also helps rehabilitate survivors of human trafficking and keep at-risk students in school.
Breathe, bend and bond with your baby! A gentle one-hour class designed exclusively for new mothers (or fathers) and their babies - from birth to crawling.
Children will be encouraged to use their imaginations through creative and unique yoga style games. Yoga games will incorporate listening skills, co-operation, co-ordination and team building - essential skills for success in school & life. Children will be exposed to global music with playful & peaceful messages, counting in Sanskrit, Sanskrit vocabulary, and literature which will promote themes such as fairness, respect & acceptance. Playful props such as scarves, pom-poms, yoga blocks and peacock feathers are incorporated to explore yoga poses in fun and challenging ways. As the weeks progress we will move into more challenging poses requiring strength, balance, focus & flexibility.
Class LevelsOPEN LEVEL
All levels are welcome to attend this challenging "vinyasa" class, (flowing from one posture to the next, motivated by breath). Open classes often include chanting, meditation practice, and teachings from ancient yogic scriptures. It is recommended but not required that you attend Basic or Level 1-2 classes before attending Open classes.
Our Basic level classes are geared towards beginners and are also suitable for any student who would like to reacquaint themselves with the fundamentals of asana and brush up on the basics. This class will give you the tools necessary to build a lifetime of yoga and is the perfect foundation on which to build your practice.
This is the step before an open class. A great class for intermediate students, or those wishing to go at a little slower pace than an open class.
Intermediate to advanced practice. The most challenging level, recommended for people who are ready to explore advanced variations of arm balances, inversions, jump backs, backbends and lotus. At this level the student will be familiar with principles of alignment and a wide range of asana. Assumes the student has ability to do Adho Mukha Vrksana (Hand Stand) at the wall and Urdhva Danurasana (Upward facing Bow/Wheel) with straight arms.
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