All levels of practitioners are welcome in all classes, however students should have some yoga
experience prior to attending classes that are noted as “Advanced” or “Intermediate”
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YOGA LIGHT STUDIO AND/OR ITS INSTRUCTORS CANNOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE
Acro Yoga is a mix of partner acrobatics and partner yoga. You’ll come away with a better appreciation for the power of partner work in the understanding of your own body, and how working with others (& trying some of these poses), can accelerate your personal practice. All levels welcome, no prior experience or partners required.
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.
Advanced Ashtanga (1st and 2nd series): This class is a mix of the 1st and 2nd series of ashtanga yoga. Knowledge of the primary series is generally required.
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.
Family Yoga is a fantastic activity for the whole family. Classes will be designed based on the needs and abilities of the participants, and will be accessible to all. The benefits are improved posture, strength, flexibility, stress relieve, improved balance and coordination and so much more!
FLOW & YIN
These classes start with a Vinyasa flow that will warm up the body, and build strength, and will end with a yin practice to allow students to stretch and cool down.
FUNCTIONAL YOGA & MOBILITY
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.
“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 no Vinyasas (or flows) in a Hatha class.
MOVEMENT & MEDITATION
During meditation, the individual trains the mind to acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content. Living Meditation, the approach that will be applied in this class, is an approach that can aid anyone who is looking to make the most out of life or navigate challenges on his/her path. This class starts with a vinyasa flow and stretching postures to prepare the body for a sitting practice, and then moves to a guided meditation where students will have the chance to use techniques to dig really deep within to observe, learn, heal, and find freedom. You’ll leave feeling more at peace and present with what is. No prior meditation experience is required.
Pilates is a system of exercises, sometimes using props, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture.
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.
STRENGTH & MOBILITY
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.
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 (Chaturangato Upward-Facing Dog to Downward-Facing Dog and/or their variations), which are commonly practiced throughout a vinyasa class.
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.
YOGA FLOW WITH REIKI ENERGY HEALING
The Reiki practitioner connects to universal life force energy (chi) and uses this to clear and balance energy channels (chakras). This class will start with a Vinyasa flow, and will conclude with individual and group Reiki energy balancing, focussing on the needs of the participants in any given class.
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).