The Classes

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundation under them. – Henry Davis Thoreau

Art of Balance Yoga offers a wide range of classes 7 days-a-week to accommodate your schedule and ability.  Currently we offer: Energy Hour, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Slow Vinyasa Flow, Gentle Yoga, Gentle Strength, Core Yoga, Strength + Alignment, Chair Yoga Fusion and Therapeutic Yoga. One Monday morning a month we offer Rock and Roll: Myofascial Release.

ALL LEVELS YOGA

This class is usually offered when we combine classes on holiday weekends. “All levels” means that if you’ve never done yoga or you’re an experienced practitioner, you’ll feel as challenged or as at ease in this class. The teacher will provide poses that are attainable at several levels. Remember this wise advice to all students, no matter what level you are: listen to your body and rest when you need to.

Bhakti Flow

Bhakti is the Yoga of love and devotion, and in Bhakti Flow we honor that tradition by mindfully moving from our center, the space of our heart with our unique creativity, to build our relationship with our Self and the world around us.

As we tap into universal love, we naturally develop a sense of trust and relaxation so as to cultivate a deeper connection to everything beyond us. Through the art of Vinyasa, mantra, mudra, sound, and plenty of fun flowing sequences, we'll warm, strengthen, and refresh the body, heart and mind.

Chair Yoga Fusion

This class is open to all levels - No Yoga experience needed.

This is a unique yoga style that adapts yoga positions and poses through creative use of a chair, bolsters and other props. Options are given for each posture to allow students to find the optimal balance between support and challenge. Learn more here.

CORE Yoga

This class is open to all levels.

It is designed to strengthen all aspects of the core and increase range of motion throughout the body. It is also a class that gets to the core of a pose, depending on the focus of each particular class. You will gain more structural insight into poses and will see an improvement in posture and strength and vitality, building a solid foundation for your yoga practice.

Energy Hour

The Energy Hour is traditional yoga open to all levels.

We will work to generate more mobility in our morning body and allow space for the prana (the life force energy) to flow. This class will hone the connection between body and breath to inspire movement, create more vitality and wake up our inner power. Finding moments to bring awareness to the self, focus on energizing your soul and preparing your body for the rest of the day.

Gentle YOGA

This class is good for those just beginning yoga, for seniors, and those recovering from illness or injury.

Gentle Yoga is for anyone who desires a practice that focuses more on meditative breath with a series of poses taught with proper alignment and movements to increase range of motion. After class you should notice an increased energy level and a positive outlook on your day. Learn more here.

Gentle Strength

This class is open to all levels. 

"Gentle Strength" was coined by our gentle Yoga students who had become so steady and confident in their practice that they wanted MORE!  So we used the gentle Yoga class as a stepping stone to this class where we build on our strength overall by holding posses longer, using elastic bands or add repetitions to some of our favorite poses such as Boat Pose. There is always the option to stay with the gentle version of any pose so as to honor what we need from a class vs. what we don't need on any given day.

Gentle yoga + Restore

This class is open to all levels. 

It combines gentle Yoga to bring warmth, tone and resilience to the body followed by restorative poses using bolsters, blankets and the wall to open and support the body while releasing tension from the body and mind overall. Come and let the cares of the day roll off your shoulders with every breath. Please dress in layers, and bring an eye cover and socks.

Restorative Yoga

This class is open to all levels.

Restorative yoga is a receptive practice focused on calming the body's nervous system. We use the wall, bolsters and blankets so your body is supported and relaxed throughout the class, allowing you to release and restore. You will explore the union of breath, body, and mind during long-held, passive asana. No experience is required; simply come with the willingness to be still and present with yourself and recharge for the week ahead! Please dress in layers, and bring an eye cover and socks.

Rock & Roll: Myofascial Release

A complement to your Yoga practice!  Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy that helps to release pain, increase mobility, and improve tissue hydration and general circulation. Even a few minutes of fascial release can have a profound effect on your yoga practice and well-being.

Our body has a covering of connective tissue called fascia, is a band or sheath, primarily made up of collagen, that attaches, encloses, and separates muscles and internal organs. In a healthy, happy, well-functioning body the fascial system is strong, fluid and flexible, ensuring healthy movement, support, and protection of all body systems. Evidence suggests that injuries/disease, repetitive actions, sedentary lifestyle, even stress can damage fascia and underlying muscles. Students will learn how to use tennis balls, blocks and functional movements in this empowering therapeutic practice. The outcome is similar to the effect of a deep tissue massage. 

Slow Vinyasa Flow

This class is perfect for those with some yoga background wanting to try Vinyasa slowly, with care, to build on strength and skills.

Like Vinyasa Flow, this class will teach you to move with the power of steady breath while connecting one pose to another with mindful transition poses. This class will introduce you to and help refine sun salutations, bringing strength and confidence with attention to alignment. A variety of options will always be offered for varied abilities. The class will also offer twists and stretches designed to help students unwind, open the body, and feel revitalized. Learn more here.

Therapeutic Yoga

Suitable for beginners through advanced practitioners.

This is a gentle yoga class that utilizes a joint-freeing series of exercises for range of motion, flexibility and muscle strength and stability. Additionally, self-myofascial release techniques with balls are used to ease tension, tightness and discomfort throughout the body.  Learn more here.

VINYASA

This is an energetic class so yoga experience and strength is recommended although customizations of poses will also be offered. Vinyasa flow is a series of poses that will move you with the power of steady, synchronized breath from sun salutations to other intelligently sequenced flow series.  Learn more here.

VINYASA 2

This is an energetic class with powerful movements for more experienced students.

Vinyasa 2 is a dynamic practice that will move you with the power of steady, synchronized breath as in Vinyasa, but it's also a place for those who already have a strong yoga practice to challenge themselves a little more in balance, strength, and inversions.

YIN YOGA

This class is open to all levels.

In traditional Hatha Yoga classes the muscles are the target, but in Yin Yoga it's all about targeting the connective tissues such as the joints, ligaments and fascia of the body to untie knots and increase range of motion to the joints and energy flow throughout the body. These poses are very different from other Yoga poses and are mainly done on the floor. Some might look similar but the intention will be different. It involves stressing and strengthening tissues using gravity as a tool. Soft music and mellow lighting, helps make the experience meditative. This is a different kind of exercise — think of it as innersize! Please dress in layers, and bring an eye cover and socks. Learn more about the Yin practice here

Yin / Yang Yoga

This class is perfect for all levels.

Combining both Yin and Yang elements in one class provides a balanced practice and can have a powerful effect on one's energy levels. If you are low in energy, starting with some Yin poses can be a good way to get your practice started. By practicing Yin yoga first you can carry over this mindful way of practicing into a Gentle Yang practice, creating more awareness and care. Learn more about the Yin/Yang practice here.

Yoga for strength + alignment

This class is a safe place for beginners and experienced students to practice together.

The focus will be on principles of strength and alignment; effort and ease. Emphasis is on developing resiliency and stamina of the physical body through a series of poses that allows you to build confidence and skill. Using alignment to support our strength in order to hold poses longer while keeping a steady and easy breath. Poses may be experienced in more than one way to get a better understanding of the mechanics of a pose by breaking them down before building them up again.

Yoga Breath

All levels welcomed!

Yoga is a practice. In our practice we explore a lot of postures. The postures are a wonderful way to cleanse the body on a physical level, but we must go within to know ourselves on a much deeper level. Breath work is a great way to explore the body. The breath connects the mind and body. It can sustain us; whether in a class or moving through our busy days. The better we know our breath, the better we know ourselves.

In this class we will explore various types of breath techniques, sound and mantra, contemplation and reflection. Please dress comfortably and warmly to be settled into seated and reclined postures. We will also do some gentle movement. Please bring a journal to record any noteworthy experiences.