Styles of Yoga
Body Balance Yoga
Founded by Jenny Otto in 1990, Body Balance Yoga expresses the self-healing aspects of eternal wisdom. In a Body Balance Yoga class, not only will you explore the timeless teachings, but you will also leap into present day wellness and medical research. Classes are taught with awareness, acceptance and adaptation. Sound, mudra, pranayama, visualization and meditation are used at the discretion of each teacher to help every student express the essence of the human spirit. Poses are creatively adapted to serve every student’s potential and journey into their own embodiment. The therapeutic aspects of yoga are emphasized in every class.
Yoga therapy can restore balance on many levels — physically, emotionally, mentally — by renewing our natural capacity for self-healing. Because it addresses our health on all levels through postures, breathwork, relaxation and meditation techniques, yoga therapy classes are helpful with a wide variety of physical conditions.
Vinyasa means 'breath synchronized movement' and involves flowing sequences of yoga postures which are linked together with the breath and mindful movement, with some poses being held longer, often emphasizing Sun Salutations as well as other creative flows.
Restorative Yoga consists of therapeutic and supportive poses done on the floor or at the wall in supine positions and with many props — allowing the body to open and relax. Designed to reduce stress, recharge our energy reserves and bring our nervous systems into a more balanced state, restorative yoga is an important part of any yoga practice. These classes can also be active restorative classes involving moving meditations.
Yoga nidra or 'yogic sleep' involves releasing tension and reducing stress through both guided meditation and breathwork to induce deep relaxation and musculoskeletal rest while reclined in restorative, supportive poses.
Learn and practice meditation and mindfulness techniques. Also pranayama, mantras and mudras. Open to all; no experience necessary.
(BEGINNER) Develop the foundation of primary poses and yoga basics, including the use of props. Suitable for beginners and continuing students.
(ADVANCED BEGINNER) This level accommodates beginners and continuing students developing a consistent yoga practice with more strength and flexibility, with some inversions.
(INTERMEDIATE) For continuing students seeking to deepen their practice. Intermediate poses are refined and advanced poses are introduced, including more inversions.
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED) Includes more advanced variations of inversions, revolved poses, arm balances and deeper backbends, may include chanting and breathwork. May move at a faster pace or include longer holds of poses; not appropriate for beginners.