Class Descriptions

Yoga Basics Class: Hatha Yoga Level 1

This class is for beginning yoga students, those with special needs, and anyone who enjoys a mild gentle stress management practice.  You will learn proper alignment in the yoga position, how to adjust a yoga position to your level of flexibility, proper breathing, the art of relaxation and mindful awareness.

Hatha Yoga Class: Level 1 - 2

This class is for those who have attended the yoga basics class. It is a nice class for the on-going student who would like to practice a softer stress management form of yoga.  The hatha yoga class expands on posture alignment, breathing, relaxation and mental focus of yoga basics.  It also builds on the yoga warm ups, standing positions, floor positions, and is also appropriate for most beginning yoga students.

Restorative Yoga Class: All Levels

This is a gentle practice that encourages deep relaxation.  Learn the art of conscious relaxation while resting in support postures that help quiet and calm the mind and body.  Treat yourself to an hour of restorative yoga each week and learn poses you can practice at home to relax and renew.  Restorative yoga creates a delicate balance between body, mind, and spirit.

Vinyasa Yoga Class: Level 1

The  Vinyasa yoga class is a class that transitions a yoga student from Hatha yoga into a flowing practice, adding variations of the sun salutation to yoga warm ups.  This class is for students that have been practicing yoga regularly for a year or more. It builds on the hatha yoga class, developing the standing posture sequence, back arches, forward bends, and inverted postures.  This class guides the student towards cardiovascular health, some gentle strength training, deepening flexibility, developing more balance and endurance, along with the yoga breathing, relaxation and mental awareness.  Each student at Lotus is guided to the most appropriate level of practice, where he or she will receive the most beneficial effect for body & mind.

Vinyasa Fire Yoga Class: Level 2-3

The Vinyasa fire yoga class is a dynamic session that incorporates intermediate and advanced poses by joining them together for a flowing practice.  The classroom is heated to 75-80 degrees to encourage toxin release and enhance muscle flexibility.  This class consists of sun salutations, a standing series which includes many inversion poses, a seated posture series and finishes with a guided meditation.  This class is for students that have been practicing yoga regularly for a year or longer.  

Structural Alignment Yoga Class: All Levels of Practice

This class is open to students enrolled in Lotus Yoga on-going programs, and is a key class to attend.  Once a person has developed a good understanding of yoga basics, and has practiced regularly for six months to a year, this is where to learn to fine tune your practice.  The student will learn how to attune to the yoga position mindfully, to harmoniously move into the position, and then to engage certain muscle actions to properly align the bones and joints (skeletal system).  We also discuss aligning the visceral body and pranic body, creating good lines of energy.  This class will be different from other classes, as there will not be a flow (vinyasa).  We will do yoga warm ups, and than break down, in detail, each yoga position and slowly practice one posture at a time.  After each pose, we will have a discussion, question and answer period.  Finally, there will be a guided deep relaxation at the end of the session.  This class is also open to yoga teachers, all styles and traditions welcome.

Prenatal Yoga

This class is taught in a peaceful, positive and calm environment that honors the changes occurring within expectant mothers.  The benefits include: helping to improve sleep patterns, decrease lower back pain, nausea, headaches, and shortness of breath, increase strength, endurance and flexibility of muscles needed for childbirth.  Before enrolling in prenatal yoga program, confer with your heath care professional. 

Private & Semi-Private Yoga Instruction

Personal training _ Develop a personal home practice using the five principles of yoga.  Train at Lotus Yoga Center or in the privacy of your own home.

Yin Yoga

The ancient practice of Yin Yoga provides the perfect balance to your active (yang) flow practice and your active life. An inwardly drawn practice that focuses on long-held floor poses combined with breath work and meditation, yin yoga goes beneath the superficial muscles to target the joints and dense connective tissues of the body-often in the hips, pelvis, and lower back- which are difficult to open and can result in both limited flexibility and range of motion as well as stagnant energy. Good for all levels of yoga.