Vinyasa Vinyasa means "to place in a special way." Vinyasa was developed in India by Krishnamacharya who was a teacher to Ashtanga founder Pattabhi Jois. Asana's ( yoga poses) are placed in flows at a faster pace. We move through Sun Salutations, vinyasa flows, standing balance, twists, forward folds, core work and deep stretching. We have beginner, all levels and advanced classes. In all levels and up it is common to begin to work on arm balancing poses like crow and firefly as well as inversions like headstand, forearm stand and handstand. Vinyasa is a fun style with fun music with importance placed on breath, alignment and form. Classes are different every time, there is no set sequence.
Ashtanga Inspired These classes move through the traditional Ashtanga Primary Series developed by Pattabhi Jois and continued today by his children and grandson. We are not an authorized KPJAYI school nor do we wish to be. We embrace modern, contemporary Ashtanga. The Ashtanga Primary Series is called Yoga Chikitsa which means Yoga Therapy. It is designed to heal the body, build strength and flexibility, loosening tight muscles and realigning and detoxifying the body and nervous system. It is a breath based practice and a moving meditation. Ashtanga is the mother of Rocket Vinyasa, Power Yoga and Modern Vinyasa Flow. Ashtanga will enhance your practice no matter what your preferred style is with refinement of foundational poses like triangle and forward fold and deep connection to breath, meditation and pranayama. Rocket Rocket was developed by the late Larry Schultz as a way to make Ashtanga accessible to the West. He studied with Pattabhi in Mysore and returned to San Francisco and opened one of the first yoga studios. He was soon called on tour to teach yoga to the Grateful Dead, who asked Larry to mix up the traditional Ashtanga Primary Series. Larry began to play with the series and Rocket was born. Breaking the hierarchy of Ashtanga poses and Guru mentality, allowing students to progress and take modification and variations. While modified Ashtanga, it is still an Ashtanga system with breath counts, bandhas and drishti. Rocket students are encouraged to study and practice traditional Ashtanga as the inspiration for Rocket. Rocket is known "to get you there faster" creating strength with inversions, creative arm balance sequences, while dropping into the meditative state Ashtanga is known for with the breath.
Rocket 1 Rocket 1 is based in the Primary Series of Ashtanga, with a focus on forward folds. Modifications are allowed as well as fun variations. We don't do jump backs after each pose and leave out some of the poses of Ashtanga Seated series. Includes the traditional Ashtanga Sun A and B and finishing series. Rocket 2 Rocket 2 is based in the secondary series of Ashtanga which focuses on more arm balancing and back bending. Opens with traditional Ashtanga Sun A and Sun B, creative arm balance sequences and backbends. Rocket 3 Rocket 3 is lovingly called the yoga "happy hour" as it is a combination of both 1 and 2, so over 150 poses! This class is fun and inspiring and moves fast.
Gentle This class moves at a slower and steadier pace than your typical Vinyasa class. An emphasis is placed on incorporating props and modifications to protect sensitive joints. This class is great for those seeking a less intense and more nurturing class.
Yin A more gentle practice with longer holds of poses. Physically yin yoga is working on our connective tissues and fascia, we hold poses for 3-7 minutes to allow release to happen. Can help with pain, flexibility, insomnia, anxiety and more. Yin is amazing for releasing the connective tissue, fascia and pain in the body. This is a class you can come to spur of the moment with neck, back, shoulder, hip, or any pain and can count on the teacher working a pose in just for you. Great for rehabilitation from injury, stress relief, insomnia and so much more.
Restorative Restorative Yoga focuses on releasing tension in the body by holding poses for a longer time with props such as blocks and bolsters. We may do a restorative flow at the beginning of class to warm the muscles before going into poses focused on releasing tension in the legs, hips and lower back.
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