CLASS LEVELS

Classes at Global Breath Studio are accessible to various levels of practice. Please make sure to choose a class that fits your own condition. Even classes that are more 'challenging' can still be joined by most people. Modifications are always offered, and props are available.

THESE ARE THE CLASSIFICATIONS THAT ARE USED TO INDICATE THE LEVEL OF CLASS:

Open Level: Gentle stretching & restorative.

Level I: Basic Asana (postures).

Level II: Basic to Intermediate levels. Some advanced postures. May include inversions/back bends.

Level III: Intermediate to Advanced levels. Includes inversions, back bends, Pranayama & Mantra.  


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Yin Yoga Super Stretch :: Mon @ 5:30 pm :: 60 min :: Open Level / Level I

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!

Wake Up! :: Tue, Wed & Thu @ 7:30 am :: 60 min :: Level I/II

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 Jackie Nappi accompanies us on piano. 

Mindful Yoga Basics :: Tue, Wed & Thu @ 12:15 pm :: 60 min :: Level I/II

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 :: Level II/III

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 :: Level  I/II

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 :: Level I/II

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 :: Open Level

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). 

Ultimate Flow Yoga :: Thu @ 5:30 pm :: 60 min :: Level I/II/III

The experience of moving every part of the body to its fullest range, expands our physical, mental and emotional capacity for joy, strength and longevity. By challenging our habitual patterns of experience, we grow! This class includes 7 forms of classical movement technique: Yoga (Ashtanga, Iyengar, Dharma), Dance (ballet, jazz, modern) and Alexander Technique. Join us and have a blast!

Rainbow Yoga :: Thu @ 7 pm :: 75 min :: Level I/II

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 :: Level II/III

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 :: Level II/III

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 :: Level I/II

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 :: Open Level

'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.

Kundalini Yoga :: 1 Friday a month @ 6 pm :: 90 min :: Open Level

Kundalini Yoga uses movement, sound, breath and meditation to relax and heal your mind and body. This powerful yoga is a great way to recharge and heal your body quickly. It stimulates the nervous and immune systems, while improving strength and flexibility. This class explores the magic of Kundalini yoga and meditation, combined with the healing vibration of the gong. It centers the mind and opens the spirit, bringing a feeling of well-being and happiness. This is an open level class. All are welcome!

Yoga Mala (108 Sun Salutations) :: 1 Friday a month @ 6 pm :: 90 min :: Level I/II

The significance of the number 108 is open to interpretation. It has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga. Traditionally, Malas (garlands of prayer beads) come as a string of 108 beads. A mala is used for counting as you repeat a mantra—much like the Catholic rosary. Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence. This number also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: the average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. Such phenomena have given rise to many examples of ritual significance. According to yogic tradition, there are 108 pithas, or sacred sites, throughout India. And there are also 108 Upanishads and 108 marma points, or sacred places of the body. 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).

* Fix My Knees Please! ::  Sun July 2 @ 2 pm :: 120 min :: Open Level

If you or anyone you know suffers from knee discomfort...this is your workshop!We will cover the anatomical structure of the knee, what causes pain and weakness in the knee, and how to recover from knee pain forever! We examine several specific series of movements to strengthen the support of the knee, and take time to discuss the various symptoms and causes of knee pain. So don't get surgery before you've come to this workshop! Nina prevented her own knee surgery with these helpful practices. This workshop has been attended by hundreds of people, who recovered the fun and comfort in their lives by following the suggestions covered in this seminar.

*Mindful community in action :: Fri July 7 @ 6 pm :: Open Level

At Global Breath Studio, we are committed to offering a space where community can be built and strengthened, and where we can support one another both on & off our yoga mats.  Once a month we host a "Community in Action" potluck for our community (and extended community) to come together and support each other as we work to make our city and country more safe, equitable, fair, and loving.  This event will consist of an afternoon of practice, mindfulness, and community action where those of us who are invested in deepening our understanding of what it means to live our values in today's world can meet and share ideas, nourishment, and/or action. Following a short and accessible asana practice and mindfulness meditation, we share a vegetarian meal (just bring a dish). For those who wish to take concrete actions towards creating your vision for the city, state, country, and world, we will have various options for actions to take, such as making phone calls and writing postcards to government officials. We will also be putting together care packages to give to the homeless.  

DETAILS: 

- Please bring your computers and/or phones to make calls, and write emails/ letters, as well as one vegan food item to share with the group!

- We will provide all of the necessary supplies and support that you might need (scripts, stamps, addresses, etc)  

- Kids and families WELCOME (feel free to bring a friend who is new to Yoga or meditation - our opening practices will be very accessible)  

- Follow-up emails with additional resources will be sent to all who would like to receive them

SCHEDULE: 

1:00-1:45PM - Yoga Asana & meditation for everybody

2:00 - 4:00 PM  -  Action and Nourishment 

*Alexander Technique Anatomy of the Lower Body :: Sun July 9 @ 2 pm :: 120 min :: Open Level

The Alexander Technique is a way of learning to move mindfully through life. The Alexander process shines a light on inefficient habits of movement and patterns of accumulated tension, which interferes with our innate ability to move easily and according to how we are designed. It’s a simple yet powerful approach that offers the opportunity to take charge of one’s own learning and healing process, because it’s not a series of passive treatments but an active exploration that changes the way one thinks and responds in activity. It produces a skill set that can be applied in every situation. This workshop will focus on the anatomy of the lower body, and how to 'release the legs'. It's open to all levels. There will be some movement, so just make sure to wear something comfortable.

*Special Live Performance* Lobo Marino & John Westmoreland (By Donation) Friday July 13 @ 8:30 pm

Join us for some great live music by Lobo Marino (experimental folk) & John Westmoreland (multidimensional).  Doors open at 8:15pm (right after Rainbow Yoga), music starts 8:30pm. Tickets are by donation. Click here to purchase!

Yoga Supper Club: Yoga + Food  1 Friday a month @ 6 pm :: 120 min :: Open Level

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.  

*Alexander Technique Anatomy of the Upper Body :: Sun July 23 @ 2 pm :: 120 min :: Open Level

The Alexander Technique is a way of learning to move mindfully through life. The Alexander process shines a light on inefficient habits of movement and patterns of accumulated tension, which interferes with our innate ability to move easily and according to how we are designed. It’s a simple yet powerful approach that offers the opportunity to take charge of one’s own learning and healing process, because it’s not a series of passive treatments but an active exploration that changes the way one thinks and responds in activity. It produces a skill set that can be applied in every situation. The main focus in this workshop for the upper body will be on the spine (what it is, what it does, where it is, how it moves), the anatomy of breathing, and learning how to think about your ribs in a different way that is freeing for the whole torso and arms. The workshop is open to all levels. There will be some movement, so make sure to wear something comfortable.

* Heart Opening and back Bends Sun July 30 @ 2 pm :: 120 min :: Levels II/III

Back bends support a healthy heart. Many yoga students miss out on the benefits of powerful back bends, because they are afraid of getting hurt. This stands to reason, as opening the front of the body releases lots of energy that can build up when we protect ourselves by armoring the loving heart. This fun 2 hour 'playshop' will equip you with accurate anatomical information about the spine, and its connection to the physical, mental and energetic exuberant expression of the heart. After a warm up Asana practice focusing on strength and finding center, we will explore various forms of back bends, including Ustrasana, Urdhva Dhanurasana and Pincha Mayurasana.It is best that all students have had a consistent yoga practice for at least one year when participating. If you suffer from spine injuries, or have blood pressure issues, please make sure to confer with your doctor before participating