Yin Yoga Super Stretch :: Mon @ 5:30 pm :: 60 min
Yin Yoga supports balance for a busy life, melting tension and stress in the body and mind. Yin Yoga releases blocked energy that can cause fatigue, frustration and extreme mental states like anxiety and agitation. Yin Yoga allows everyone to relax into the elastic nature of muscle, connective tissue and the organs. By staying in poses for 3-5 minutes, space is created for deep healing and rejuvenation. This class is a beneficial experience for everyone, no matter where you are in your yoga practice!
Journey to Inversions :: Mon @ 5:30 pm :: 75 min
The journey to inversions series is designed to introduce students to the basics of inversions and give you the opportunity to practice going upside down in a supportive, focused environment. Often the biggest hindrance to inverting is fear and grasping. This series will give students the chance to consistently practice inversions in a fun and mindful way to address those fears and build confidence.
Each class will start with a strengthening warmup to prepare for inverting before we move into turning our lives upside-down. Bridget will teach you how to strengthen and engage the deep postural muscles in your yoga practice to be able to hold yourself up. Throughout the series, Bridget will share all her tips and tricks to unlocking your inner strength and balance in support of different types of inversions, including headstand, forearm stand and handstand!
All levels are welcome, however students with blood pressure worries, glaucoma, or neck/shoulder injuries are encouraged to contact Bridget before to ensure this is an appropriate class for you. This is also an ideal class for those who are comfortable inverting but would like to learn skills to refine their practice and take everything up a notch. Or 20 :)
Wake Up! :: Tue/Wed/Thu @ 7:30 am :: 60 min
Instead of dragging ourselves into the new day, we practice awakening slowly, focusing on the breath and the present moment. We build up to integrating movement (including sun salutations), looking at alignment and strengthening. By the end of class you may find yourself in an effortless inversion! We often include the use of a wall to find different ways to practice familiar postures. The best way to start your day! On Thursdays (and some Tuesdays) Jackie Nappi accompanies us on piano.
Mindful Yoga Basics :: Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri @ 12:15 pm :: 60 min
This class creates an oasis of calm in the middle of a fast paced day. We begin by connecting to breathing techniques that relax the mind and body. These are simple exercises that can be practiced throughout one's day. The bulk of the yoga class releases obvious points of strain in the jaw, shoulders, lower back, hamstrings, quadriceps and feet. These movement sequences are well researched to deeply repattern chronic tension. This class is open to all levels. No prior yoga experience necessary.
Dharma Flow :: Tue @ 5:30 pm :: 60 min
Inspired by Sri Dharma Mittra's Maha Sadhana practice, this class is an inspiring, vigorous yet graceful practice. Several rounds of Surya Namaskara are followed by Shiva Namaskara, a powerful sequence that helps to build strength and inner concentration. We always cover the 5 main postures: Sirsasana (headstand), Sarvangasana (shoulderstand), Matsyasana (fish), Urdhva Dhanurasana (upward facing bow), Paschimottanasana (forward fold). This class is not for the novice yogi, but no one is ever excluded :) Bart offers lots of modifications and suggestions for those with tightness or injuries. Live percussion by Rob Chamberlain!
Yoga for Dudes :: Tue @ 7pm :: 60 min
This class is for Dudes. Dudes of all shapes and sizes. All genders. Just make sure to leave the toilet seat up. During this class we work on building 'core' strength. From a keg to a sixpack. Strengthen the upper body. Get yuuuge. Work on tight hips/hamstrings/shoulders. Get all flexible and stuff. No yoga experience necessary. Dude.
Chandra (Moon) Flow :: Wed @ 5:30 pm :: 60 min
Chandra (Moon) Flow invites you to connect with and cultivate the lunar energy generated by the moon. The movements are no less intense than in Surya (Sun) Flow, but the intention, pace and quality of movements are very different. Bridget invites you to draw your awareness inward, inviting a sense of receptivity into your practice, and paying special attention to the quality of each movement. Instead of moving quickly - jumping into and out of poses as you would in Sun Salutations - we will move slowly, as though moving through water. You are welcome to add spontaneous movement, called Sahaja, within the forms of poses. Sahaja is movement that arrives when we are receptive to our innate inner wisdom. This is a great practice for those who are under stress, and are looking for something to balance their fiery energy, calm the mind, and draw their awareness inward.
Mindfulness & Meditation :: Wed @ 7 pm :: 60 min
Please join us for a simple yet powerful meditation practice, in Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village tradition. This light & accessible practice is focused on finding present moment awareness through the body and the breath. We sit for about 10-15 minutes (blankets and bolsters provided, or you can bring your own), followed by a short walking meditation. Afterward Bart shares some insights from various Buddhist teachings (the Anapanasati Sutra, the Heart Sutra, 4 Noble Truths, Noble Eightfold Path, Mantras of Love, 5 Mindfulness Trainings), and how you can apply these mindfulness practices to your everyday life. We do a brief check-in (Dharma sharing) to see how everyone is doing, practicing deep listening. Open to all levels. No meditation experience required. $5 suggested donation. All proceeds support the Ingrid Education Centre in the Matopeni slums of Nairobi (Kenya).
Yoga Lab :: Thu @ 5:30 pm :: 60 min
Unfold into power and grace with this vigorous yet accessible yoga practice! Explore & go deeper into your asana practice in a supportive environment of enthusiastic practitioners. As we go deep within, we begin to unlock our true potential. We start class with a warming sun salutation practice, and work our way toward various 'challenging' postures.
This class is not recommended for novice yogis, or students with injuries, but no one is ever excluded. We will touch on inversions, arm balances and deep backbends. You don’t need to already know how to do these postures, but come ready to explore them!
Rainbow Yoga :: Thu @ 7 pm :: 75 min
Feel the unique flow of subtle energy in your body, cultivate universal love for the full spectrum of living beings, and try amazing things you've never done before. This colorful class is open to yogis of all levels who want new perspective. Each 75 minute session is a journey inside the Self, designed to direct the flow of energy upwards (mukti) with mindful breathing exercises and asana sequences, yielding inspiration, freedom and liberation. We then direct intentions and energies back down (bhukti) through the chakras to manifest more goodness, healing and rainbows in the heart of mankind. Rosco focuses on a different chakra each week to guide students in exploring its crucial role in the chain of energy. Try this unique way of practicing and observe increased vitality in yourself and your community.
Kickasana: Yoga for Strength :: Fri @ 7:30 am :: 60 min
AKA "Yoga To Get Ripped". Set to a soundtrack that will make you shake your gluteus maximus, this class blends a traditional Asana practice with challenging and often entertaining 'core' and upper body strengthening practices. This is a great way to build the strength and endurance that will help support your 'regular' yoga practice. Abs of titanium guaranteed. And of course the (optional) reward of gourmet coffee and a plate of amazing breakfast! Vegan and gluten-free, because that’s how yogis roll.
Dharma Yoga :: Sat @ 9 am :: 90 min
This class is a 'complete' practice: Mantra (devotional chanting), Pranayama (breath control), Asana (physical postures) & Dhyana (meditative absorption). Inspired by the classical Hatha/Raja Yoga lineage of Sri Dharma Mittra, we use this time to let go of our attachment to 'small self', so we can arrive into Samadhi (union with our Higher Self). We start with chanting, followed by several powerful yet accessible breath practices. After Surya Namaskara Asana (sun salutations) & Shiva Namaskara Asana (advanced sun salutations), we cover the King (Headstand), Queen (Shoulderstand) and Prince (Fish) of the poses. We end class with at least 15 minutes of Deep Relaxation. Even though this is a more 'advanced' class, it is still open to the novice Yogi. Live percussion by Rob Chamberlain!
Foundations of Asana :: Sat @ 11 am :: 60 min
Foundations of Asana is designed to help anyone understand the basic powerful principles of Yoga, including breathing practices, Asana postures, anatomy, undistracted focusing, and meditation. Each class will cover a particular aspect of movement (for example forward bending), and examine the core benefits and techniques for execution in an intelligent, personalized manner. A student will learn some foundational sun salutations, and practices to do at home so they can deepen their understanding of how and why we practice yoga. Nina Be (ERYT500) teaches this class. Often there will be other teachers in the room as well, allowing space for each individuals needs, with personalized guidance. Open to all levels.
MBCY Centering w/ Singing Bowls :: Sun @ 9 am :: 90 min
'Centering' is a concept used to describe the process of gathering a potter's clay at the center of the wheel so that the clay does not get thrown out into the spinning world. This is exactly what happens to human beings when they live in a busy world that can fragment and 'stress' the strength of the vessel. This specialized class is supported by the powerful resonances of sacred crystal & Tibetan bowls, to awaken different aspects of the body each week. Yoga techniques of breath, Asana (as an integrating body Mudra), Nada Yoga & Mantra strengthen and revitalize the MindBody, releasing tension and imbalanced patterns. Whether you are a seasoned yogi, recovering from an injury or surgery, or have recently decided it's time to bump the self-care routine up a notch, this class will be highly restorative & supportive. MindBody Centering curative techniques deliberately awaken deep aspects offered within the Yoga Arts and Sciences.
Yoga Mala (108 Sun Salutations) :: 1 Friday a month @ 6 pm :: 90 min
In this monthly practice of 108 Sun Salutations, we burn off the old to make place for the new. We break up 108 salutations into 4 sets of 27. 4 different teachers, 4 playlists, 4 different types of salutations. Some are gentle, some are challenging, but all are fun! Even if you are a yoga novice, you can do a Yoga Mala. And all proceeds benefit building and sustaining the Ingrid Education Centre in the Matopeni slums of Nairobi (Kenya).
Yoga Supper Club: Yoga + Food :: 1 Friday a month @ 6pm
The best way to close your workweek: yoga & a gourmet dinner! Join us for a 60 minute all-levels class, set to a beautiful soundtrack. And afterward... dinner! Fresh, organic, vegan, and gluten-free ingredients! Yum!
Yoga is 6-7 pm. Dinner starts around 7:15 pm. You can do either, or both! You can use any class pass (5/10, monthly, 10 day intro) to pay for class (or do a drop-in). Please prepay for dinner.