Yoga Classes

Here is a description of the Yoga classes we offer at YogaSoul.  To see our current class schedule and to register, click here.

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation
Kundalini Yoga uses ancient yogic techniques to unify body, mind and spirit. Classes include movement, postures, strength training, mudras (hand positions), mantras (chant), & meditation. Kundalini was first introduced to the western world in 1969 by Yoga master Yogi Bhajan. It is an ancient and powerful form of yoga, considered to be the mother of all other forms of yoga. Although ancient it is a very appropriate for the times in which we are living in and ideal for the active person who needs to lower their stress level, achieve inner peace, calmness, and improve their health and well-being.  Students come to class for many benefits including increased flexibility, heightened metabolism, healthy weight maintenance, spiritual awareness, relief from depression or insomnia, and overall increased vitality.

Kundalini Yoga is referred to as the yoga of awareness. It works to integrate the glandular system and the nervous system. The benefit is a balance between the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the self. The breath, combined with posture and mantra, focus the mind and can help to eliminate harmful negative thought patterns. It is truly a scientific technology that can affect the consciousness.

Community Kundalini Yoga (Donation Class)
Kundalini Yoga and meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan to create a healthy body, happy mind and a sense of peace and fulfillment. Pay What You Can to the YoagSoul Teacher Training Scholarship Fund.

Kundalini Yoga For Prosperity
Break through the blocks that are keeping you from creating true prosperity in your life with the science of Kundalini yoga. Each class will offer you tools, techniques and opportunity to create and draw more abundance into your daily experience.

“Make no excuses for your desire to be prosperous; it is a divine desire that should be given divine expression.” ~Yogi Bhajan~

Yoga For Low Back And Hips
Yoga for Lower Back and Hips is a gentle yoga class focusing on stretching and creating space and healing in these typical problem areas. This class will focus on opening the hips, loosening the lower back and relaxing the sciatic nerve. When we give attention to these areas we may be able to relieve lower back pain.

Restorative Yoga
A specialty class held on a periodic basis. This class starts with Gentle Yoga poses to warm the body. The use of props, blankets, bolsters, essential oils, and scented pillows provide a completely supportive environment for total relaxation in each Yoga pose. Each sequence will move the spine in all directions for optimal balance. This relaxing class will also provide an environment where the flow of blood restores and renews the cells by enhancing the exchange of oxygen on a cellular level. Restorative Yoga poses also help relieve the effects of chronic stress. The Teacher may incorporate Reiki and Thai Yoga Therapy for an even more energetic experience.

Yin Yoga
Yin yoga is considered by some to be the oldest form of Hatha yoga.  Yin is distinctive from other forms of yoga, however, because it is designed to stretch the connective tissues, ligaments, tendons and joints in the body and not the muscles.  Poses are done primarily in a seated or lying down position and are targeted towards the lower back, hips, pelvis and legs.  Each posture is typically held from 2-5 min.  The intention of yin yoga is to keep energy flowing smoothly through the body by lengthening and strengthening the tissues that are often overlooked.  Yin is considered an ideal form of conditioning to aide one in the process of prolonged meditation.

Hatha Yoga
Hatha yoga classes are designed to cultivate a deeper awareness of poses (asanas), attention to alignment and understanding of yogic breathing (pranayama).  Many other styles of yoga, including kundalini yoga and yin yoga, have it roots in Hatha yoga.  Hatha comes from the Sanskrit words “Ha” meaning “sun” and “Tha” meaning “moon.”  Hatha yoga is a path to unite these currents of energy to bring harmony and balance into the body.

Vinyasa Yoga
Vinyasa YogaSoul offers a truly unique Yoga practice based on intuition. Vinyasa heals, detoxifies and exhilarates the body and mind with emphasis on movement, balance and intention and uses a warmer environment to do so.

Vinyasa links the postures practiced in other traditional Yoga classes (such as Hatha) into a sequence of movements that “flow” with Ujjayi breath in a more vigorous series. Vinyasa involves moving from one posture to another with very little rest in between. This creates a practice that is invigorating, empowering and it allows the student to embrace life with renewed personal strength. Teachers at YogaSoul believe in proper alignment while allowing students the freedom to flow with their own intuition, using breath as their guide.

Variations on the Sun Salutation are often used as a warm-up, followed by a standing sequence, balancing poses, and then seated poses. Inversions* may also be introduced. As in all Vinyasa classes, relaxation ends the class. Vinyasa is recommended for students who are familiar with Sun Salutations and are interested in exploring a more movement-oriented class. Gentle YogaSoul is a great way to get familiar with many of the poses used in Vinyasa. YogaSoul has created a challenging program that combines strength, flow and spirituality.

This class is offered to beginners and advanced students, Vinyasa YogaSoul emphasizes breathing to connect the body and mind.

Intuitive Yoga
In an intuitive yoga class, you never know what to expect! Each class is tailored towards the needs of the students present. An intuitive teacher will use their intuitive gifts to tune-in to the group consciousness and teach yoga postures based on that resonance.

YogaAbs Express
Try this fun variation of Yoga abdominal work! Yoga philosophy states that a key to vibrant health is a strong digestion.  Whenever we strengthen our abdominal muscles we strengthen our digestion.  This 45-minute class focuses on giving you strong firm abs and builds our power center at the navel point. All levels welcome!

Community Laughter Yoga (Donation Class)
Laughter Yoga is a simple, yet powerful practice. Your body knows how to laugh regardless of what your mind has to say. The brain doesn’t know if you are happy because you are smiling/laughing or if you are smiling/laughing because you are happy. The is very important, because you do not need to have a sense of humor, know jokes, or even be happy to attend a Laughter Yoga class. Laughter Yoga invites you to fake it until it becomes real.

This class is appropriate for students of all levels of yoga experience and all levels of fitness. Pay what you can to the YogaSoul Teacher Training Scholarship Fund.

“Laughter Yoga combines laughter with yogic breathing exercises. It is a perfect way to laugh and get exercise at the same time. It approaches laughter as a body exercise so it’s easy to laugh even if you’re depressed or in a bad mood. I’ve tried it, and it works.” Oprah Winfrey

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Workshops and Events

gongDouble Healing Gong
With Tarisa and Michele
Fri. Sept 4, 2015 | 6:30-8 p.m.
Warm up with yoga and breath work, then be prepared to experience the deeply healing and relaxing vibrations of TWO gongs.

YogaSoul Drumming Circle
With Susan and Nan
Fri. Sept 11, 2015 | 6:30-8 p.m.
Bring your drum and join us in the simple joy of drumming. We begin with a short mediation honoring the drumming circle and will then drum to call and response and see how it flows. Stay after for conversation, tea and treats. *No need to own a drum to attend, there will be a few extra drums available to use.

denise with props Props for Postures
With Denise
Sat. Sept 19, 2015 | 1-4 p.m.
Come to this fun and inspiring workshop to learn how to use props effectively, inspire your own creativity and expand your teaching potential. This workshop is for Certified Yoga Teachers only.

Candlelight Restorative with Healing Gong
With Michele
Fri. Sept 25, 2015 | 6:30-8 p.m.
The class will begin with pranayam (breath work), then move through 6 restorative postures held while the Gong is played, ending with a long savasana.