The Hot 90 class follows a classic series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises made popular by the disciple of Bishnu Ghosh, Bikram Choudhury. Also known as Bikram’s Beginners class. This series follows a set of breathing exercises, warm ups, and postures that are focused on spinal health and mobility. The same 26 postures are performed in two sets, so that you get a chance to master the alignment of each pose. This practice is our hottest style offered – the room is heated to a relative climate of 105 F and 40% humidity. It is recommended that your first hot yoga class be the 90 minute series because it is slower paced with more resting time between postures.
Our Hot 60 class follows the same sequence of posture as the Hot 90. The only difference is that there is only one set of some postures, less rest for time between postures, and some postures are sequenced together without a resting period. It is advisable that a new student first practice the Hot 90 sequence to become familiar with the practice, then begin the 60 minute practice, though all classes can be practiced by beginners. The room is heated to 105 F and relative humidity of 40%. This is a great sequence if you are short on time and seek to maintain an already established practice.
26 and Flow
The 26 & Flow practice is designed as a mixed style practice, blending both the Hot 90 series with Ashtanga principals. Ashtanga was made popular by Pattabhi Jois, and is also known as vinyasa yoga, or power vinyasa. You will find all 26 beginner postures represented with additional postures and a variety of fluid movements. Classes may also offer a focus such as arm balances, inversions and pranayamas (breathing exercises). This series is a dynamic and thoughtful blend between two lineages of yoga – Bishnu Ghosh and Krishnamacharya.
The 84 Series, also known as “advanced series” is an original series of postures made popular by Tony Sanchez in his “Original 84 Asana” poster. This class is 2hrs and is sometimes accompanied with music in a lower heat than our Hot 90 series. The 26 postures in the Hot 90 class are a part of the full 84 series class with the addition of many deeper postures with arm balances, inversions, and abdominal exercises. It is recommended that students who come to this class have previous experience in the Hot 90 class, however any yoga experience will be sufficient. The class is very powerful and can greatly deepen students understanding of yoga asana, even if flexibility or strength is a concern – you will find it through practice!
Yin is a very unique form of yoga asana practice that is commonly thought of as “newer”, when in fact many of the postures are as ancient as any other style. Yin is a great compliment to all our other styles, as well as other vigorous exercises and sports (i.e. body-building, running, soccer, crossfit). Yin yoga is performed in a warm to cool environment between 70 – 85 F. All postures are seated or on the floor and held for long durations, about 3 – 7 minutes depending on the pose. This is in order to access deeper connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and fascia which can attribute to about 40% of our overall flexibility. It is also a very calming and soothing practice done either silent or with music. Great for stress reduction, peace of mind and tranquility after a long day, therapeutic to joints and internal organs.
Gentle does not mean easy. This class focuses on mobilizing joint ranges and works to find optimal muscle lengths. Classes focus on problem areas like necks, shoulders, wrists, hips and lower backs, areas where pain arises due to the habitual non natural way in which we hold and use our bodies. The class moves slowly and is easy to follow. Alternatives are always given if something proves too hard. Room not heated for this class.
Kundalini yoga Is a dynamic blend of breathing, warm-up movements, stretching, mantras/chanting, meditation, relaxation and gong bath savasanas. It’s potency arises from systematic techniques that strengthen the nervous system and balance the glandular system, resulting in increased stability and vitality.
Kundalini Yoga practices usually offer all eight limbs of yoga in each practice. In this practice stress is released, awareness awakened, creativity nourished and connection with oneself, inner wisdom empowered and experienced. Clean out old patterns and support your potential.
This style of yoga was developed for people who live full and demanding lives, and want quick and real access to stress relief, spiritual connection and greater capacity to fulfill their inner calling.
For many centuries it was guarded as a secret practice only for the privileged, and it was suppressed and misrepresented. In 1969 Kundalini Yoga arrived to the western world through Yogi Bhajan. It is said that Kundalini Yoga awakens our soul and liberates us, by connecting us directly to source energy, our intuition and the universal wisdom that flows within in us . The primary goal of Kundalini Yoga is to raise consciousness through the release of kundalini energy. Kundalini literally means coiling. In the classic Hatha yoga Kundalini is described as a coiled serpent at the base of the spine.