Welcome to Practice Yoga, where anyone can learn to practice yoga in a supportive and encouraging environment. Instructors will demonstrate poses for you, teaching from the mat as an active participant as well as offering alignments and adjustments.
We offer a varied schedule of Traditional Ashtanga, Classical Hatha, Power Yoga and the unique Yoga Wall ®. Periodically, we rotate our class schedule, so check our schedule link to get the most current offerings and class descriptions. All our classes are 90 minutes long, with the exception of the noon classes. Each class is designed to be accessible to the drop-in or new student.
Our philosophy of yoga instruction holds that the teacher-student relationship is a fundamental aspect of yoga and that a teacher should set an example of how best to practice, so that the student has a proper model from which to gain insight and experience. We also think our classes should be a chance to come together as a community, as well as a chance to just have fun!
In all of our classes, you’ll get to know your fellow students and have the chance to share their joy and progress, while gaining inspiration and support in your own yoga journey. We know people come to yoga from different places and for different purposes, but that we share a desire to learn and practice a discipline that has brought peace and fulfillment for centuries. Come and be a part of our happy yoga family!
OUR CLASS RATING SYSTEM:
The Ashtanga Series’ represents the pinnacle of physical yoga and, for many, the gateway to the spiritual benefits of yoga and meditation,. Practice Yoga offers both Ashtanga First (**) and Ashtanga Second (**) Series classes, teaching the full sequence of poses from start to finish in a 90 minute class. We also offer our popular Ashtanga 1-2-3, (*) which is a mix, or masala, of poses from first, second and third series, combined in a whimsical, fun sequence within a 90 minute class.
Lovers of Power Vinyasa will recognize Ashtanga as the complete, unadulterated parent of popular Americanized yoga. Ashtanga can be challenging exercise, but we hope you will see it as much more than that. The best thing for beginners is to just jump in! Students of all levels enjoy the fun and supportive environment we create, where newcomers are welcomed by veterans, and each on draws energy and inspiration from the other! When you are ready to experience traditional yoga, try Ashtanga!
Hatha classes at Practice Yoga are designed to teach students the individual poses which make up the Ashtanga series of classical yoga. Conducted at a more measured pace than Ashtanga Series classes, Classical Hatha (both * and **) instructors will spend time gently focusing on each individual asana, emphasizing new ways to stretch your yoga talents on the floor. You’ll see each of the poses demonstrated and have the opportunity to carefully enter into poses with hands-on adjustment and assistance.
New students and veterans alike gain from Hatha classes a better understanding of the name, purpose and benefits from each asana. New practitioners soon discover how easily a student can move from static Hatha poses to the dynamic Ashtanga Series of asanas. Hatha is more sedately paced than Ashtanga, but as challenging as you want to make it!
We offer a “Back to Basics” (*) Hatha class designed to put you at ease. Start here, if you’re unsure of your capabilities, or come back to this nurturing class time and again to experience this warm, spiritual hug.
Therapeutic Wall (*) classes bring the restorative benefits of the Wall to the yoga student in a series of traction-based poses designed to lengthen constricted joints, loosen tight muscles and relieve painfully pinched nerves. Have a chronic inflammation in your back? Try hanging in butterfly pose, suspended at the hips, and let gravity ease the pressure and stress. We use a series of gentle postures to bring relief to the neck, back, shoulder, hip and knees. Not experiencing any pain? Then try it, just to relax. No experience necessary, besides, where else would you go to get experience?
We also offer open practice time following the last class of the day. Are you already registered as a Practice Yoga student? Then come on, hang with us!
Power Wall (****) classes will challenge your core! You’ll learn how to use the Wall and gravity to boost your core power in suspended crunches, elevated pikes and supported backbends, as well as inversions that build your inner strength and circulation. Try doing your best Warrior or Triangle on the wall, and see what it does for your floor practice. Power wall will leave you with a healthy sheen of perspiration and an abdominal wall of steel!
Yoga Wall Masala (***) combines the best of both worlds of Wall yoga. Masala is a mix, so we take elements from both Therapeutic and Power Wall and combine them into a mid-range class. Looking for a little stretch, then a little workout, finishing out with some more stretching? Then try Yoga Wall Masala. As with all our Wall classes, no prior experience is necessary.
For the urbanite with drive! The Yoga Power Hour is a “Masala” or mix, condensed into an efficient hour-long class. The Ashtanga Power Hour (**) takes you through warming movements with a selected series of poses drawn from Traditional Ashtanga, while the Hatha Vinyasa Hour (**) is a focused hour of strength, balance and core poses from the Hatha tradition. Each hour-long class is available for drop-ins, so take your lunch hour and make it an hour of power!
® The Yoga Wall is a registered trademark of The Great Yoga Wall, Inc.