class descriptions

 

Regularly Scheduled Classes

At Harmony Yoga Studio we offer classes in Hatha yoga.  We encourage you to explore different class styles to find the perfect fit for your fitness level and personal goals. Experimenting with different teachers is also beneficial, as each teacher brings their own energy, personality, prior training, and life experience to their class.
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Gentle Yoga (all levels) – Perfect if you have never tried yoga. Gentle Yoga is especially great for those recovering from an injury, senior citizens, or if you are a seasoned yogi wanting to slow down your practice. Standing postures are kept to a minimum and broken down step-by-step, and as always the focus is on building awareness through proper breathing techniques. The postures can be modified to accommodate all levels and body types.

Hatha Basics (all levels) – Get back to the basics and build your yoga postures from the roots to the branches. Learn the foundation of a Hatha yoga practice that includes asanas (postures), simple transitions, pranayam (breathing techniques), relaxation, and meditation. We stick to the classic poses and techniques in order for you to build good habits as a beginner, or revisit them again if you’re a seasoned yogi.

Hatha Yoga  (all levels) – A practice for those who enjoy a class that is slow and steady. Class includes techniques to soothe the mind by using the breath; physical postures to improve flexibility and strength; and deep relaxation and meditation. With regular practice, Hatha Yoga will aid both the mind and the body into a place of inner peace.  The aim of Hatha Yoga is to merge/unify both the left and right sides of the body. Essentially, balance, which is why all postures are repeated on the left and right side of the body.

Hatha Yoga II (intermediate) – A practice for those with some basic experience and are ready to explore a bit more. Class includes techniques to soothe the mind by using the breath; moderate level physical postures to improve flexibility and strength; and deep relaxation and meditation…..but be ready to play with new postures, more complex variations of traditional poses, as well as some more advanced postures (and, YES, some arm balances and inversions!). With regular practice, Hatha yoga II will contribute to an even deeper opening in the body, creating space for a solid yoga practice.

Yin Yoga (all levels) – Yin yoga is a practice of long-held and deeply penetrating poses with a focus on the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. These asanas open and energize the body, restoring youthful joint mobility. All poses are designed to revitalize the deeper connective tissue and help restore balance and harmony in your body and mind. Poses are held longer to liberate the body’s chronic holding patterns and relieve pain. Yin Yoga enables you to heal yourself, move out negative emotions, prevent injury, and find a deep sense of peace in your body, mind, and spirit.

Harmony Flow (all levels) – With movements that smoothly lead you from one posture into the next, Harmony Flow class will help dissolve your worries and to-do lists. Generating more heat in the body, this class is geared to those who want a more active experience in yoga class. It is taught in a playful and creative environment where students are encouraged to be curious and expressive as they explore and evolve in their yoga practice. You can take it easy with a basic approach or you can kick it up a notch, trying inversions and arm balances. The class atmosphere fosters free expression and positivity. Towards the end you will relax into deep, lengthening seated postures that promote excellent joint restoration and flexibility. The class ends with a blissful rest that will leave you feeling open and rejuvenated.

Meditation and Mindfulness (Free Class) Practicing meditation and mindfulness is simple, but not easy. Coming together as a group is a great way give and receive insight and inspiration. John will facilitate a brief discussion and provide tools and suggestions that will help you reduce stress, improve your quality of life, and experience peace no matter where you are. There is a powerful energy exchange when we mindfully meditate silently together, and it will help you cultivate your personal practice.

Restorative Yoga (all levels) is simply that – restorative. It is the centering of your breath and body – aligning the physical and mental by practicing stillness or gentle movement for extended periods of time. The props assist in helping you to hold poses longer.

Mama & Baby Yoga Bring your baby (2 months to walking), your blankets, and even toys if you like (to use as baby focal points!) and practice yoga with other mamas. Class won’t be silent or rigid or even very serious, but you’ll get some healthy movement for your own body and a nurturing playtime for your baby, too! Balancing life after childbirth can be challenging, and having a yoga practice and a community of other mamas who understand can help. Plan on class being productive, flexible, and fun!

Prenatal Yoga Class This class is designed for women during any phase of pregnancy as well as postpartum mothers. Together, we share in the journey of pregnancy, practicing physical postures, breathing exercises, and concentration skills to prepare for birth and motherhood. We stretch and tone, we breathe, we chat, sometimes we cry, and we definitely laugh a lot.