VY Flow is our standard level vinyasa class that links yoga poses with breath, creating a meditative movement experience, and flushing the entire body of stagnation by bringing in fresh oxygen to each cell through this well rounded practice that touches every part of the body. Flow moves to a somewhat faster pace during the warm up sequence, followed by poses being held for 3-5 breaths to fully assimilate and integrate body and mind and prana. This class that can be accessible to practitioners with a few months of experience and beyond, or even those new to yoga who are up for challenging themselves.
VY Sunrise Flow
This is our standard flow class that begins with a slightly slower pace as we wake up our bodies.
VY Essentials Flow
This is our take on a beginner level class, which includes more instruction on transition into and aligning in poses, as well as proper breathing and prana techniques to optimize the results of practice. This is ideal for practitioners who have been practicing for less than a year, or for those who perhaps have been practicing asana for many years but have taken a break due to injury or life circumstances, and would like to re-learn these essential tools for practice.
Gentle Hatha is a gentle yoga class that emphasizes static postures at a slower pace so that practitioners can work on alignment, learn relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with doing yoga while building strength and flexibility. This asana practice helps us to be in touch with our feeling and emotions, and if we allow ourselves to notice all that arises with acceptance and awareness we will open up to the feeling of freedom and inner joy that follows. This awareness transforms both our internal state and our bodies, and brings us to a state of contentment. The practice of awareness without judgment can be carried into all yoga styles and into living with Freedom rather than Resistance.
Yin Yoga has its roots in the original Hatha Yoga tradition and improves our health on many levels. While most forms of yoga today are dynamic, active practices; this practice is slower and emphasizes holding poses for a long time. Yin Yoga allows us to access the deeper Yin tissues of our ligaments, joints and even our bones and mobilizes and strengthens the joints, fascia and connective tissue. Yin Yoga is very supportive is accessible to most students. Different levels of poses as well as props such as blankets and bolsters are used during the sessions in order to help the practitioner surrender to gravity in held poses. The magic ingredient in Yin Yoga is that we hold the poses for 3- 5 minutes. In doing so, the fascia tissues have an opportunity to lengthen as space is created with the breath and the posture. After a Yin practice the body feels extremely relaxed as if the practitioner just experienced a deep tissue message. Yin Yoga can also help the student reach deeper expressions of poses and find a sense of ease in their more active vinyasa - flow practice.
Restorative yoga is a slow practice where we use passive stretching to open the body. During the long-held poses of restorative yoga, your muscles are allowed to relax deeply. Restorative classes regenerate the soft tissue and refresh the muscles, making them a good complement to more active practices and an excellent antidote to stress. In restorative yoga, props are used extensively to support your body so you can hold poses for longer periods of time. In this class, the teachers focus on supporting wellness and encouraging an opening to a deeper awareness. They take care to help students feel welcome and safe and offer modifications of poses to make them accessible to all.
A 1-hour all levels practice at lunchtime, so you can get your flow on and get back to work on time. No one will even notice you were gone...but you will!
Vinyasa Yoga, also called "flow yoga" is a type of yoga that links movement and breath to attain increased strength and flexibility as well as balance in the body and mind. Some say it is a synthesis of the more traditional forms of Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga, both stemming from the great teacher Krishnamacharya. At Village Yoga, our training background is in these formal lineages, and we have designed our more and more popular Vinyasa style classes just for you based on our experience from studying in these traditions. So our yoga is modern, but the foundation in formal lineage is there...that's why we call our yoga real yoga, and why it works!
Information for New Students:
Welcome to Village Yoga! We look forward to meeting you on the mat! A few things for our new students to keep in mind: It is important in yoga to listen to your body and respect its limits on any given day. If at any time during the class you feel discomfort or strain, please be responsible for yourself to gently back off or out of the posture rather than perform any postures to the extent of strain or pain. Please come to class wearing comfortable clothes...loose fitting pants, shorts, or leggings for example. We appreciate if you can try to arrive 15 minutes ahead of class to check in and set-up your mat. You may bring your own mat or buy or rent one at the studio. And lastly, please leave shoes and worries outside of the yoga room. We look forward to seeing you soon! Namaste