This class is for the student who wants to learn the Ashtanga Yoga method. It is structured to help the new ashtanga student become familiar with ashtanga postures and transitions that make up the primary series sequence. You will be guided with sun salutations and basic standing and seated postures. At a meaningful pace you will learn how to move in a safe and healthy way. Through the fundamentals of breath and movement we explore how to enter into postures, the activation needed to take our practice deeper, and the techniques for transitioning and finding rhythm to practice.
Ashtanga Guided Full Primary
Wednesdays and Saturdays
Thursdays 9:15 - 10:45 am
Fridays 9:30 - 11:00 am
Ashtanga Guided Full Primary is the complete practice of the full primary series of Ashtanga Yoga. Students move in unison according to the counting and guidance of the teacher. This is a well-balanced, yet rigorous practice that contains both movement as well as holding postures for short periods of time. There are minimal verbal alignment cues given, as the emphasis of the class is on moving through the sequence at a consistent, steady pace and in unison with other practitioners. To participate in this class you should have some yoga or movement experience, and it is also traditionally practiced weekly by even the most advanced ashtanga practitioners. It is perfect for those students who practice ashtanga mysore or those practitioners who are familiar with other forms of yoga and want to experience the ashtanga sequence.
9:15 -11:15 am
Tuesdays and Thursdays
6 - 8 am
Ashtanga Mysore Practice is meant for all levels of practitioners who want to practice the ashtanga method, from an absolute beginner to an advanced practitioner. It provides an open forum for you to work your personal practice under the guidance of an experienced Ashtanga teacher and practitioner. As a beginner you will be taught the primary sequence of Ashtanga Yoga from the very beginning, starting with Surya Namaskara A (sun salutation A). Once that has been integrated and memorized, you will continue to be guided, posture-by-posture, in a specified order. You will eventually learn to move through the sequence at your own pace alongside other practitioners and always with the support and guidance of a teacher. The teacher offers one-on-one instruction, modifications, and hands-on assists, allowing for individualized attention.
A Mysore style practice is appropriate for all levels. It requires a strong commitment and a readiness to apply the necessary effort. Our mysore room is open for two hours at a tie. You may come any time during that period to start your sequence as long as you finish by the end of the two-hour period. If you are new to Mysore, plan on spending 45 to 60 minutes on your first visit.
Yoga Life 101
5 - 6 am
We know that beginning a yoga practice, restarting a yoga practice, or even trying a class means that you often have questions - every practitioner and teacher at YLC began just that same way. So we've created a class where you will learn the basics in a supportive and interactive environment. This class is designed to give you the guidance you specifically need from the very beginning of your practice and help you grow your learning. Many students may feel most comfortable here for quite some time, or you may decide to discuss moving to something additional, and your teacher will happily explore those options with you.
7:15 - 8:15 pm
Gong meditation heals us with sound and vibration frequency. Our body's cells vibrate at different frequencies and factors such as stress, depression and illness trigger non-optimal frequency changes in parts of our bodies, causing dis-harmony. Through gong sound meditation your body is able to absorb sound waves and vibrations to help restore harmony to the body, mind and spirit.
This class will begin with light movement and incorporate simple breathing and meditation along with gong listening.
YL Heated Flow
7:15 - 8:15 pm
An energizing guided practice rooted in breath and Hatha postures that get your body moving. Each practice is infused creatively to build strength, find full range of motion and promote balance. this practice has intentional music and mindfulness that leaves you feeling awake and focused. Expect a moderately heated room to help with releasing tension, working deeper into muscle tissue and detoxification.
YL Heated Peak Flow
6:15 - 7:15 pm
11 am - 12 noon
Our peak flow combines vinyasa movement with modern music and is structured to improve mobility and allow for a higher energy level workout. We will often move on each breath and you will get both a flexibility and strengthening workout in a high-energy sequence that will prepare you for a specific posture or type of postures. After the flow and before cool down, you will be given instruction based around the peak posture. You should be able to step from downward dog to the front of your mat with one foot to join this class, and you should have some understanding of yoga principals and alignment. This class will focus less on the alignment of each posture because it will flow more quickly and focus on breath connected with movement, meditative focus, and expression. This class is moderately heated (about 80-85 degrees).
6 - 7 pm
9 - 10 am
Fridays 8 - 9 am
This guided practice is created with intentional slow and light foundational movement. You will feel grounded in seated postures that encourage a meditative state, and also find some balanced energy in some active postures. This class is a perfect way to balance your energy and calm your nervous system with some refreshing movement that is not too strenuous.
YL Ropes Explore
9 - 10 am
6:15 - 7:15 pm
10:15 - 11:15 am
Yoga wall ropes provide a very unique perspective on practice. They allow us to feel alignment in an uncompromised way, lift gravity from our joints and body in ways that create lightness with less effort, and allow us to experience postures in different planes, which creates different engagement patterns and challenges. The ropes are also a great tool for opening shoulders and hips as they guide our movement within a specified range and allow us to understand what portions of our body need to provide stability in order to allow others to move. This class will increase your overall mobility allowing you to understand better how strength and flexibility work together. It is designed for all levels and will offer modifications and additional challenges so that you can choose where to take your practice for the day.
YL Ropes Align & Strengthen
10:15 - 11:15 am
6:15 - 7:15 pm
This class is designed to challenge your strength and help you understand alignment in more advanced postures. Expect to get off of the ground completely in ways that create life and require stabilization. We will work both front body core strength and back body core strength while also exploring how ropes assist or change arm balances, inversions and bends.
YL Ropes Flight
4 - 5 pm
Increase your focus skills by finding your center balance in different planes of movement. This class will take you front aligned standing balances to shapes in flight on the wall to upside down inversions in a safe traditional way. We will also explore some peak postures and how the ropes help us to find more balance and mobility to move deeper into those specific postures. You must take two Ropes Explore or Align and Strengthen classes or a Ropes Workshop before taking this class.
Give Back Sound Meditation
11:15 - 12 noon
A guided meditation followed by the healing sounds of crystal singing bowls. This class is free - it's our way to give back to our community. This class is for both a seasoned meditation practitioner and anyone who has ever wondered how to start meditating or who finds meditation difficult or complicated. In this class you will be introduced to some basic breathing techniques and then guided through a meditation, ending with a restorative rest while listening to singing bowls. No experience is required - the guidance and sound will help make the process of meditation more approachable.
12 - 12:30 pm
Join us for a group seated meditation session. We will briefly discuss meditation for a few minutes and then meditate together in silence while seated. This is the traditional type of meditation that teaches us to find stillness by listening and simply observing. We will discuss the benefits of this style of meditation and students are welcome to share and discuss their experiences.