Adult Yoga Class Descriptions:
Align & Awaken: In this class we will explore breath work, alignment and longer holds in our traditional yoga poses to awaken a deeper level of awareness within us. Strengthening and conditioning the body (and core) while using props to support the student during this practice. All levels welcome, but this class is more challenging than a gentle yoga class.
Chair Yoga: A gentle practice in which postures are performed while seated and/or with the aid of a chair.
Gentle Yoga: A calming, stress-relieving yoga class to stretch and strengthen the body gradually. Emphasis is on building awareness of the breath and the body. Asanas/postures are practiced at a slower pace with attention to alignment, detail, meditation and mindfulness. Recommended for all levels looking for a lighter approach, especially those newer to yoga.
Sama Mama : Join other moms-to-be for an hour of gentle Prenatal Yoga focused on supporting you through your pregnancy. Including restorative yoga poses to help you relax your body and mind. (Usually offered as a mini-series.)
Bring in your new bundle of joy and get reacquainted with your yoga practice with our Baby & Me yoga classes. A postnatal yoga practice to strengthen and relax your body. Including poses to incorporate connection with your baby. (Usually offered as a mini-series)
Slo Flow: This class focuses on Hatha and Vinyasa style yoga (connecting breath to movement) and builds heat, strength and flexibility, but at a slower pace. Get connected with yourself with gentle rhythmic beats to keep you moving. Previous yoga experience is highly recommended. This class will be more challenging than Gentle Yoga.
Restorative Yoga: Restorative yoga helps to deeply relax the body and to still the mind. The use of props will enhance your practice and ability to let go and relax which allows the body to heal and return to balance. Most postures are done on the floor supported by props.
Yin Yoga: Yin Yoga draws upon the energetic principles outlined in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The poses we practice are thought to stimulate the meridian lines that run through the body, making the practice a form of self-acupressure. In Yin Yoga postures are more passive asanas, mainly done on the floor. Yin Yoga is unique in that you are asked to relax in the posture, soften the muscle and move closer to the bone. It is not uncommon to see postures held for 3-7 minutes. The time spent in these postures is much like time spent in meditation. Props are mainly used in Yin Yoga. Accessing the deeper tissues such as the connective tissue and fascia and many of the postures focus on areas that encompass a joint (mainly the knees, pelvis, sacrum, and spine). Yin offers a much deeper access to the body. Connective tissue is different from muscle and needs to be exercised mindfully and differently. Suitable for all levels: Beginner to Advanced. “If you gently stretch connective tissue by holding a yin pose for a long time, the body will respond by making them a little longer and stronger”. -Paul Grilley
Yoga+Dance: Each class combines a little bit of Stretch & Strengthen and flow, with dance & movement to hip music that will get you moving. (Usually offered as a mini-series)
(Classes range from 60 to 75 minutes in length unless listed otherwise.)
Before taking up a yoga practice you should seek advice from a doctor and discuss the suitability of these practices for your personal health. All Sama Mama students please contact your physician for clearance to practice yoga during your pregnancy and after pregnancy (postnatal). Those suffering from high/low blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, vertigo, nervous disorders, heart conditions and other chronic conditions or disabilities should always consult a doctor before taking up the practice of yoga and other exercises mentioned in this site. We do not give medical advice.