Hatha Yoga is the most widely practiced form of yoga in the world (and, in fact, Vinyasa is the flow style of Hatha Yoga). Hatha Yoga uses postures—asana—and conscious breathing—Pranayama—in combination with mental focus to develop awareness, strength and flexibility, and relaxation. Through proper alignment and mindful actions of the body, Hatha Yoga brings balance, strength, and a sense of well-being. Suitable for all levels.
This is the ideal class for anyone new to yoga and interested in beginning a Vinyasa (i.e., linking breath with movement) practice. Vinyasa Flow will help you build strength, increase flexibility, learn about breath control, and find focus. This class is moderately paced, leaving adequate time to learn the fundamental postures and principles that create a satisfying and rewarding yoga practice. Modifications are taught, modeled, and encouraged. Set to music, this class will invigorate your entire body.
A Vinyasa Flow Yoga class…in candlelight! Faster moving at times, but suitable for all levels.
Traditional 26-Posture Hot Yoga
Hot Yoga is a series of 26 postures performed in a precise order, set to music, in a heated room. These postures systematically work the entire body, toning muscles, promoting weight loss, reducing stress, and increasing overall vitality while incorporating strength, balance, flexibility, and breath control. Do not fear the heat–embrace it! This class is appropriate for yogis from beginner to advanced. Hot Yoga is addictive. 🙂
This class incorporates many of the 26 postures from Hot Yoga, plus others, and connects them in Vinyasa sequences that are simultaneously challenging and relaxing. It’s the best of both worlds. Modifications are taught, modeled, and encouraged.
A contemplative Hatha class presented in a slow, breath-focused flow style during which postures are held for a longer time between transitions that you might find in Vinyasa Flow or Candlelight Flow. Class starts with breath work and ends with meditation.
Gentle Yoga is a great place to start if you’re a beginner, or if you’ve been away from yoga for some time, or if you just prefer a class that moves a bit more slowly. In Gentle Yoga, we don’t spend a lot of time on our hands, and there aren’t repeated up and down transitions like you might find in a Hatha or Vinyasa Yoga class. All the stretch and breathing with less of the difficulty.
Yin Yoga is a practice that targets the ligaments, joints, and connective tissues of the body, focusing primarily (but not exclusively) on the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. Targeting these areas requires patience and muscular relaxation, so Yin Yoga is a slower, more introspective practice comprised of longer holds and set to gentle, meditative music. Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the more dynamic yoga classes and it’s suitable for all levels, but don’t mistake Yin Yoga for being boring, passive, or easy. Holding postures long enough for them to be beneficial to the ligaments, joints, and connective tissues can be quite challenging. We can remain in the postures anywhere from one to ten minutes! Yin and yang (i.e., muscular) tissues respond quite differently to being exercised. You need to experience this class to really understand it. Practiced in a warm room for comfort.
A delicious, restful yoga practice for healing the body, mind, and soul. Chronic stress compromises the body’s capacity to heal itself. The antidote to stress is relaxation, and restorative yoga is designed to move the spine and the breath in all directions in gentle, fully supported postures. Using blankets, bolsters, straps, etc., to cradle the body in rejuvenating postures allows the it to proactively rest. This stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, bringing balance to the body and stillness to the mind. This practice is suitable and encouraged for all students and highly recommended for anyone going through a difficult period or healing from injury. Practiced in a warm room for comfort.
This class is free to the public! Donations are appreciated, but no one will be turned away, and donations of $3 or more will enter you into the door prize drawing each week. The free class will rotate between all of our classes on the schedule, and it is designed to give practitioners a broad sample of YU’s offerings. Classes will be announced every Saturday, or you can find a list of them on this website under the News & Inspiration tab.
Yoga is for everyone! No matter what age you are or what condition you are in, you can experience the health benefits of yoga. In Chair Yoga, we perform most yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation techniques from a chair, or using the chair for balance. Everyone, from desk workers to students to senior citizens–even people recovering from injuries–can participate in Chair Yoga.
Qi Gong is an ancient yoga-like health practice rooted in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts. It can be described as a moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and calm meditative state of mind through a practice comprised of standing warm-ups followed by repetitions of eight “sets,” or exercises designed to work the whole body. This is a perfect class for seniors or others who have difficulty with the up and down floor to standing demands of a traditional yoga class. The Qi Gong practice is a fully standing class, and can be modified to be practiced from a chair. Great class for people with balance challenges. Qi Gong may be used as a daily routine to increase overall health and well-being, as well as for disease prevention and longevity. It can be used to increase energy and reduce stress. In China, Qi Gong is used in conjunction with other medical therapies for many chronic conditions, including asthma, allergies, cancer, headaches, hypertension, depression, mental illness, strokes, heart disease, and obesity. Qi Gong is presently being used in Hong Kong to relieve depression and improve the overall psychological and social well-being of elderly people with chronic physical illnesses.
- Private lessons: $80/hour. Add a second person for a total of $100, to share the cost. Contact Lynda for details.