Level 1 classes generally move at a slower pace and incorporate less challenging postures, than Level 2 or Level 3 classes. Instructors of Level 1 classes typically provide more detailed explanations of postures. These classes are suitable for a beginner student and someone who has never practiced yoga, as well as more experienced practitioners who desire a slower paced class.
Level 2 classes move at a faster pace than a Level 1 class, and generally include more advanced versions of postures. These classes are suitable for students who have previously practiced yoga and are familiar with the names of various postures.
Level 3 classes are generally challenging and move more quickly from posture to posture, as compared to other classes on the schedule. They are suitable for students with an established yoga practice.
Ashtanga is a rigorous style of yoga founded by K. Pattabhi Jois. It follows a specific sequence of postures which link every movement to a breath. Yoga Light Studio offers Led Primary Series, as well as classes that are based on a combination of the Primary Series and Second Series. The “Beginners’ Ashtanga” class introduces students to postures of the primary series at a slower pace, and more time is spent on modifications for the traditional postures.
“Hatha” refers to the practice of physical yoga postures. Postures may be held for brief or longer periods, in either a heated or non-heated setting, and there are usually less vinyasas (or flows) in a Hatha class.
In vinyasa yoga classes, students coordinate movement with breath to flow from one pose to the next. Vinyasa is also the term used to describe a specific sequence of poses (Chaturanga to Upward-Facing Dog to Downward-Facing Dog and/or their variations), which are commonly practiced throughout a vinyasa class.
This class is similar to a vinyasa class in that students coordinate movement with breath to flow from one pose to the next, and “”vinyasa flows” will be incorporated throughout the class (chaturanga to upward-facing dog to downward-facing dog and/or their variations), which are commonly practiced throughout a vinyasa class. However, more attention will be paid to specific postures that build strength throughout the body, and movements that will contribute to improved mobility, including tissue softening, self-massage and isometric stretching.
As in a regular vinyasa yoga class, this class coordinates movement with breath to flow from one pose to the next. There will be a particular emphasis on postures and movements aimed at strengthening the core muscles.
Yin is generally considered a passive practice, where students are guided into variations of seated and supine poses which are typically held for 3 to 5 minutes. The practice allows students to stretch connective tissue around the joints, and is an excellent compliment to other more vigorous styles of yoga (or other physical practices).
This class is suitable for anyone who has never practised yoga as well as continuing students who wish to approach the fundamentals of the practice is a slower and more comprehensive manner. More detailed instruction will be provided, as well as modifications for all needs and abilities.
The class is a mix of partner acrobatics and yoga. Essentially, it builds a practice of the understanding of trust. Trust within the body, trust within the community, and trust in the fact that it’s a lot of fun to do these amazing things you never thought you’d be able to do.
Family Yoga is a fantastic activity for the whole family. The benefits are improved posture, strength, flexibility, stress relieve, improved balance and coordination and so much more!
Restorative yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props makes it easier for you to maintain balance while you are stimulating and relaxing your body. The props provide support for your body when you are stretching or relaxing. While some restorative yoga poses are beneficial to the entire body, others target specific parts of the body, such as the heart or the lungs.
Many restorative yoga poses are similar to normal yoga poses, except that they are performed with the support of props. Each restorative yoga pose is held for a few minutes, and it can even be as long as 10 to 15 minutes.
Restorative yoga works to create balance between the body and the mind through the use of breath work and poses aimed at opening the body and relaxing the nervous system. The aim is to leave you feeling relaxed and renewed.
Functional Yoga & Mobility (with Natalie Marnica)
These classes are designed to restore the function of the body using various yoga techniques and mobility exercises. Each technique selected is practical and useful, rather than attractive, with the focus on proper alignment and how to move your body freely and easily.
Benefits include improved joint range of motion, posture, muscle strength, body awareness, and mood, as well as reduced compensation patterns and the prevention of injuries.
As a certified Yoga Therapist, Natalie ensures that her classes are safe and accessible for people with various injuries and ailments.