About Our Classes
Our hope is to nourish the strong community of friends and yogis who make the heart of Vayusha Yoga by continuously sharing their practice with us and welcoming newbies with an open heart.
In Sanskrit, there is a beautiful word for such a community: kula. Kula translates in many different ways, but the translation that really speaks to how we view Vayusha Yoga is a community of the heart, a group coming together of its own free will – an intentional community, a family.
So come to yoga as you are and feel as though you are part of a family, because you are. :)
A slower paced class incorporating internal alignment where poses are held longer to build strength, stamina and flexibility. Props are regularly used to allow the mind and body further and deeper explorations into specific asanas. Both static and dynamic poses build on breathing and relaxation techniques centred on a balanced practice. Learn the fundamentals of standing poses, forward bends, twists. Begin to explore backbends and inversions that help to reset your nervous system, energize and strengthen you. Suitable for all levels.
ROLL & STRETCH
A practice that incorporates massage balls (similar to a lacrosse ball). Using techniques specific to your anatomy, body rolling will condition and lengthen your muscles, improve core strength, enhance posture, flexibility, and balance. Rolling also realigns your spine and joints, relieving pain and muscle tension and providing a gentle workout, a massage, and a chiropractic session all at once. Suitable for all levels.
This is a great class for beginning and intermediate students as well as those looking to further their understanding of the foundations and subtleties of yoga poses and breathing techniques. Functional Flow classes focus on alignment, adapting poses, working with the breath, and increasing flexibility, strength, and balance. Assistance by way of props may be utilized to allow greater access, opening, and awareness throughout the body, and to allow students of various levels to practice safely and comfortably.
Yin yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang. A Yin yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body – the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. The poses are held for up to five minutes, sometimes longer. Suitable for all levels.
This class incorporates gentle yoga stretches, slow movement sequences, pranayama, and final relaxation to support increased awareness and mindfulness of the breath and body, while quieting of the nervous system. The use of props are often incorporated to help you relax further into the pose. Perfect for anyone looking for a better sleep and stress release.
Suitable for all levels.
A strong practice with well-designed intelligent sequencing to achieve wonderful results. The class takes the physical challenging components from Hatha Vinyasa roots, always balancing flowing rhythmic movements that are connected to the breath. Classes are suitable for all levels, but some yoga experience is helpful.
A prop-based practice (blankets, pillows, blocks, etc.) that promotes relaxation while bringing the body into balance. Among its many benefits, restorative yoga can help rehabilitate injuries, stimulate specific organs, reduce blood pressure and reduce stress hormones. Restorative yoga can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of flexibility or fitness level. Suitable for all levels.
YIN & YANG
Balance your energy and quiet your mind with this dynamic practice. In the first half of the class you'll move through active yoga poses, linking breath and movement to harness your energy and warm the body. Wind down during the second half of class with a sequence of Yin poses, holding each for several minutes to create a calming, meditative effect. Combining a Vinyasa Flow (yang) and a Yin practice promotes better mobility and strength in your joints, ligaments, and deep connective tissues, while also challenging your mind to stay present. Prior yoga experience and familiarity with basic poses recommended.
A strong connection between breath and movement creates a moving meditation to relax the mind while energizing the body. Classes may be faster or slower paced depending on the instructor. Expect music (sometimes upbeat) to inspire movement and personal power. Props may be used for support. Classes are suitable for all levels, but some yoga experience is helpful.