Beginner Amrit Yoga/Meditation: This class introduces Amrit Yoga concept and alignments and was designed to bring attention to each part of one's experience. Attention is given to the body, mind and spirit; as this attention grows, healing can be discovered. This class incorporates asana (postures), pranayama (breath), and Ayurvedic principles. Modifications are provided as needed. Students of all levels are welcome..
Amrit Yoga Therapy/Deep Relaxation: Amrit Yoga Therapy classes offer a unique style of restorative yoga. Using a combination of focused meditations and gravity-supported, static poses with the use of a wall or various props, students learn how to rest with and release blockages held in body zones such as legs, buttocks, hamstrings, heart and shoulders. This class is an ideal option for anyone who wants to deeply open and purify the mind-body complex. (LYB friendly)
We will alternate weeks between SUN and MOON themed classes.
Our SUN classes will be active, warming, with more movement, yoga-dance, or energetic poses or kriyas. Our MOON classes will be more passive, calming, with meditative movement, Yin, or calming kriyas. Rotating Santosha Staff for this class include Yoga instructors trained in Amrit Yoga, Meditation in Motion, Kundalini, Yoga Nidra, dance teachers, and other Yogic traditions. Join us each Tuesday to balance the Sun and Moon energies in your life!
Chair Yoga: Chair Yoga is perfect for you if you’re brand-new to yoga, if it’s challenging for you to get up and down from the floor, or if you want to try a yoga class that delivers the benefits of gentle stretching and breathing exercises. Many folks who have taken Janie’s Chair Yoga classes have reported how surprised they were that they got so much out of it – rejuvenation for mind, body, and spirit! (LYB friendly)
Amrit Yoga/Yoga Nidra: In this class for all levels (beginner to advanced), we combine the two major tools of Amrit Yoga: Asanas (postures) and Yoga Nidra (guided meditation in shavasana), As you move, breathe, and stretch, the flow of energy in your body will return to balance. Your mind will calm down and decompress. We seal in the benefits of yoga with deep relaxation in yoga nidra. All you need to do is lie down and follow the instructions. This ancient technique will melt away stress & heal you at all levels. No previous yoga experience is needed for this class. (LYB friendly)
Gentle Yoga: This class was designed to bring attention to each part of one’s experience. Attention is given to the body, mind and spirit, and as this attention grows, healing can be discovered. You will work on healing through physical stretching of the body, techniques to calm the mind, and compassion for yourself exactly as you are. Modifications are given to support a variety of needs. All levels are welcome.
Amrit Complete Sequence: In this class, students go through the entire Level I Amrit Yoga 26-posture Sequence. With continued practice, this sequence is specifically designed to lead students into a deeper experience of integration. Intentionally repeating this sequence is similar to chanting a mantra repeatedly…it focuses the mind so that the body can relax fully. Not suitable for those unfamiliar with yoga. Speak with one of our teachers if you're not sure about taking the class.
Advanced Amrit Yoga: This energetic class builds on Beginner Amrit Yoga. Join Nitya in a dynamic yoga class to awaken your body and revive your spirit, where she shares the principles of Amrit yoga through breath and meditation techniques while incorporating these practices into physical asanas that can be at times both physically and mentally challenging. Students are encouraged to stay inwardly engaged throughout the practice, which provides an opportunity for a deepened connection to Source and also serves to strengthen and feed prana (energy) in the body. The intention is to open the body’s energy channels and experience the effects as they manifest in the moment, remaining present for all that arises, thereby creating a safe and therapeutic environment for deep healing.
Kundalini Yoga is an ancient practice that targets the nervous and glandular systems for healing and empowerment. Each class follows a basic structure – we will do a kriya, or set of exercises, followed by long deep relaxation and a meditation. Within this structure there is wide variation; some classes may be active, while others may be more meditative. Movement, concentration, mantra, mudra, and breathwork are all techniques that will be explored. The yoga meets you where you are, so this class is suitable for all levels – beginners and experienced yogis alike.
Fundamentals of Amrit Yoga is based on Yogi Amrit Desai's Level 1 sequence. Designed with the intention of helping as many people as possible to achieve peace and happiness, Yogi Desai chose these postures for their ability to address the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies within each of us. Having no particular order to which of these bodies is mastered first, the practitioner is invited to do the postures to his/her capabilities and, then, experience how the posture manifests within. This class is for students at all levels. Watch a helpful video here!
I AM Yoga Nidra - Stress Reduction & Relaxation Class: Yoga Nidra is an ancient sleep-based meditation technique that has the power to take you to the deepest levels of relaxation where your whole body and being is permeated by peace of mind and profound stillness. Tension is not a problem. Stress is created when tension is not balanced by relaxation. Yoga Nidra/Integrative Relaxation is designed to create a profound relaxation response that rebalances excess tension. It is said by yogis that 45 minutes of Yoga Nidra is as restorative as three hours of sleep.
Gentle Flow Vinyasa: Join Maggie for an energetic flow practice that will be a safe container for all students. We will start slow and build our practice as we feel the energy of the class strengthen, so this class will be as energetic as we make it! All levels welcome.
Surya Namaskar w/Mantra Call and Response: This class will bring the Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar, in Sanskrit) to life, and add depth to the practice that you may not have known in the past. The simple, and gentle flow of Surya Namaskar will awaken your body and senses in concordance with the Sun’s rising. The Mantras acknowledge the sun and its many effects on us. Each pose in the flow is a representation of different aspects of the sun, and the corresponding Mantra adds even more reverence and respect for the importance of the sun in our lives. All levels welcome – and chanting the Mantras is optional.
Sunrise Amrit Sequence: The Amrit sequence you love with a mix of more sun salutations, longer holdings, and a slightly faster pace to wake the body and prepare for the day. A few variations of the standard sequence will be thrown in occasionally to practice keeping the mind at ease.
Sunrise Yoga Nidra: Start your day with meditation! We’ll practice about 40 minutes of Yoga Nidra, a guided meditation technique. Amrit Yoga Nidra is one of the easiest ways to meditate. You just invite your body to be still and follow the instructions as best as you can! Usually we are in a reclined position, or it can be accommodated for seated. You don’t need special yoga clothes and you won’t get sweaty. Sunrise Yoga Nidra is the perfect way to start your day with meditation and still make it to work or your next activity on time. We finish up with some very gentle movements to help ease you back into your body and into your day. You’ll leave feeling both relaxed and energized!