OmTown Yoga Class Descriptions

Gentle Yoga

Gentle yoga is slow, deliberate and respectful of each student’s unique physique.  Great for seniors, recovering over-achievers, injured athletes and reforming couch potatoes.  Explore the therapeutic, healing benefits of yoga in this gently paced, integrated movement class. No experience necessary.

Basics and Beyond

Students with little or no experience will learn basic poses and vocabulary with confidence and care.  Continuing students will learn to apply alignment principles that can take their yoga to a new level.  Everyone will experience their breath and body in mind-expanding ways in a safe and friendly environment.  Your posture will improve!

All Levels

This well-rounded, full spectrum class welcomes anyone with no acute injuries and basic familiarity with a variety of yoga poses. You will be encouraged to build stamina, increase flexibility and delve deeper into your spiritual heart. Always open for drop-ins and make-ups.

Level I-II

A Beginning to Intermediate level class, appropriate for students with at least 3 months regular practice. Gain strength and flexibility of body, equanimity of mind and compassion of heart by practicing standing poses, twists, forward bends, backbends, balancings, Develop concentration and awareness through pranayama and meditation.

Level II-III

An Intermediate level class. Practice at a moderate to vigorous pace and learn advanced poses. Increase your subtle body awareness. Cultivate steadiness and ease. Experience and refine your understanding of biomechanical principles and energy anatomy. One year of regular class experience or private practice recommended.

Aging Well (formerly Boomers’) Yoga

Bring your ID, you may be carded!  While spiritual traditions universally elevate the status of Elders, today’s older Yogis may not find modern, youth-driven yoga classes relevant or friendly, and too hot or too fast. This class is grounded in reverent appreciation for lives well-lived and the physical realities of aging bodies.   Rated M –  for a Mature Audience, +50.

Slow Flow Vinyasa

Vinyasa is a general term that means movement coordinated with breath and is often based on a flow through sun salutations and variations on this sequence of poses.  By mindfully linking breath and movement in a creative sequence, an awareness of heart, breath, body and mind create the sense of authentic connection to self and others.

Viniyoga

Viniyoga is a particularly gentle form of Yoga with a strong focus on individual adaptation and breath development.  It is accessible for all body types and especially applicable for therapeutic purposes.

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga  increases mindfulness and healing with long-held postures that improve the strength and flexibility in our connective tissues, or fascia.  The method is especially supportive of joint, ligament, and fascial health.  Props are used generously in each class to help students relax fully into the postures and relax the mind as well.  Yin Yoga perfectly complements active ‘Yang’ activities like cycling, hiking, dancing and running.

TGIF: Relax & Renew

Rest deeply through restorative postures, guided breathing, meditation and visualization practices.  TGIF also may include enchanting live music and Yoga Nidra.  In Restorative Yoga, rather than doing the poses, the poses do us! Also known as “active relaxation”,  the body is supported with props to relieve the effects of chronic stress and tension. Yoga Nidra, “Sleep of the Yogi”, can help you experience a profound  sense of calmness and well-being, and promises a good night’s sleep.

Chair-assisted Yoga

Chair-Assisted Yoga is for those who find it difficult to get down on, or up from, the floor, for any variety of reasons. Anyone can enjoy the benefits of relaxation, conscious breathing, and gentle exercise  in this  class. Students are encouraged to use available props like  chairs and walls to practice exercises that support balance, strength and mobility.  Yes, you can practice at home in your easy chair!

Yoga for Chronic and Recurrent Pain

This  7-week program is based on clinical studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) using Yoga Therapy for the treatment of chronic pain.   No yoga experience is necessary. Class size is limited to offer personal attention.  Students are instructed how to practice simple and precise exercises drawn from the Yoga tradition that address chronic and recurrent pain from an integrated bodymind perspective.  There will be homework!