Classes descriptions

POPULAR CLASSES

Foundation a

Improve your flexibility, strength, and stamina and learn basic breathing and stress relief techniques. The practices in Foundation A can help relieve and prevent degenerative conditions like arthritis, high blood pressure and back problems. Suitable for all regardless of fitness level, health conditions or age. Teachers will provide modifications for your unique needs in this non-competitive environment.

Yoga for Anxiety

In the US approximately 18% of the population can be diagnosed with some form of anxiety disorder at any time. However, nearly everyone has experienced anxiety for various periods of time. Major symptoms of anxiety affect the body, energy, emotions, mind, and spirit. Therefore, yoga is an excellent resource to alleviate anxiety. Yoga integrates practices that address all aspects of our being, cultivating a state of awareness that can help you become more objective and present, resulting in decreased stress and anxiety.

Healthy Back

Learn yoga practices to create and maintain a strong, supple and healthy back.  Many of these techniques can be used on and off the mat to prevent and heal many low back problems. This class focuses on learning healthy alignment, while strengthening, stretching and balancing the supporting structures of the spine.  You will learn to recognize and strengthen the core. Breathing and guided meditations are included to help release deeply held tensions that often exacerbate back pain.

Slow Flow

Take time to slow down from the hustle of the season and move through a slower paced vinyasa flow class. This subtle flow class will conclude with pranyamana and meditation. 

Yoga for Healthy Aging

Support your body’s aging process. This mixed level class is appropriate for all ages, body types, and fitness levels. Chair-based practice is an option.

Foundation B

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Satyananda Yoga Classes

Foundation A

Improve your flexibility, strength, and stamina and learn basic breathing and stress relief techniques. The practices in Foundation A can help relieve and prevent degenerative conditions like arthritis, high blood pressure and back problems. Suitable for all regardless of fitness level, health conditions or age. Teachers will provide modifications for your unique needs in this non-competitive environment.

Foundation B

Improve cardiovascular health and upper body strength with flowing Sun Salutation and more challenging asanas. You will also develop mental focus and concentration through more advanced meditative practices.

All Levels

Each technique in this class is presented with different options so you get a practice customized for your own strengths and needs. Every class includes yoga postures for strength and flexibility along with breathing practices and meditation for stress relief.

Intermediates

Deepen your practice by exploring the theory behind more advanced postures, breathing practices, meditation techniques, and mudras. Be able to comfortably perform 6 rounds of full Satyananda Yoga Sun Salutation, know basic breathing techniques such as nadi shodana and ujjayi, and sit comfortably still for at least 20 minutes. Please speak with an instructor or phone 216-371-9760 to obtain permission to attend, especially after the first week of a session.

OTHER Classes

Slow Flow

Take time to slow down from the hustle of the season and move through a slower paced vinyasa flow class. This subtle flow class will conclude with pranyamana and meditation.

Yoga for Anxiety

In the US approximately 18% of the population can be diagnosed with some form of anxiety disorder at any time. However, nearly everyone has experienced anxiety for various periods of time. Major symptoms of anxiety affect the body, energy, emotions, mind, and spirit. Therefore, yoga is an excellent resource to alleviate anxiety. Yoga integrates practices that address all aspects of our being, cultivating a state of awareness that can help you become more objective and present, resulting in decreased stress and anxiety.

Healthy Back

Learn yoga practices to create and maintain a strong, supple and healthy back.  Many of these techniques can be used on and off the mat to prevent and heal many low back problems. This class focuses on learning healthy alignment, while strengthening, stretching and balancing the supporting structures of the spine.  You will learn to recognize and strengthen the core. Breathing and guided meditations are included to help release deeply held tensions that often exacerbate back pain.

Breathe & Heal

Explore pranic practices through breathing and awareness of our life force energy, and why these practices heal body & mind. Includes the technique of prana nidra, a practice similar to yoga nidra.

Chair Yoga

Do you or anyone you know have trouble getting up and down off the floor yet need to move in some capacity? This practice will bring more ease and less pain to your aging body. Chair yoga is a form of modified yoga poses which makes practicing accessible to people who have chronic pain, lack mobility or are unable to move easily. We will work on strength, flexibility and balance.

Mahamrtyunjaya Mantra Chanting

Join a group chanting of the Maha Mrtyunjaya Mantra 108 times every Saturday from 4:30-5 pm. This mantra, chanted on Saturdays at The Bihar School of Yoga in India and Satyananda ashrams around the world, is believed to encourage healing. Names of people in need of support may be added to a list which is read and remembered before each chanting session.

Yoga Nidra / Meditation Level 1

Start each class with the very popular practice of Yoga Nidra, a guided relaxation that rests you at all levels of being! Once relaxed, the sitting mindfulness meditation becomes much easier and yields better results.

Yoga Nidra/ Meditation Level 2

Must have completed at least 6 months of yoga nidra/meditation classes and obtain permission of teacher.

Yoga for Healthy Aging

Support your body’s aging process. This mixed level class is appropriate for all ages, body types, and fitness levels. Chair-based practice is an option.

Slow Strength Flow

A slower paced flow class complimented by longer holds and increased focus. Emphasis will be on breathing into areas of the body that “wake up” when asked to support longer holds. Energy will flow and new depths of practice will be unearthed. Students will leave this class with new found strength and awareness of mind and body. Modifications will be offered to all practitioners to support each individual practice. Appropriate for all levels of practitioner.

All Levels Vinyasa

A flow class welcoming to all levels of student from beginner to advanced. These classes are set to tasteful music, are fun and playful, and will provide opportunities to increase and decrease challenge as each student sees fit. Foundational postures and transitions spiced up with

intermediate options are common in the sequencing. A nice restorative cool down with a soothing savasana (rest) will integrate all that was accomplished in practice. Come with a sense of adventure and prepare for a transformative experience. Appropriate for all levels of practitioner.

Half Primary Series (modified)

In this modified Half Primary Series class we will practice traditional Sun Salutation A & B, the full Ashtanga standing sequence, and a modified selection of the first half of the

Primary series asana and transitions. We will begin to explore supported backbends and finish with restorative closing postures, pranayama, meditation, and rest. Practice will be opened and closed by chanting (call and response) of the traditional Ashtanga Yoga mantras. Expect to feel challenged, supported, and accomplished in the very best way – this practice is transformative! Props and modifications will be provided to support all who join class. This class is appropriate for all levels of student – however, will be challenging for a complete beginner to Yoga.

Ashtanga Foundations

Ashtanga Foundations is an introduction to the traditional Sun Salutations, standing postures, backbends, closing postures, and breathing techniques of Ashtanga Yoga. While this is not a “flow” style class, connecting breath and movement is an essential and recurring theme of this practice. The sequencing of this class will remain the same every week providing students an opportunity to learn, adapt, integrate, and observe changes in their mind and body. This class is appropriate for all levels of student.

Full Primary Series

The Primary Series is the first of 6 series learned when practicing Ashtanga Yoga. Yoga Chikitsa, the Sanskrit name, translates to “Yoga Therapy”. It is a series of postures designed to strengthen, stabilize, and purify the mind and body. This class is taught in the traditional manner using the Sanskrit counting system and names of postures, as well as Sanskrit opening and closing mantras (call and response). This is a challenging class requiring strength, focus, and stamina along with a deep awareness of self – honoring one’s own limits. The Primary Series is deeply therapeutic when practiced

with care and devotion, consistently, over a long period of time. This class is appropriate for students who are comfortable practicing the Half Primary, Intermediate and Strong Vinyasa, and athletes. Beginners may want to explore Mysore, Ashtanga Foundations, and/or the Half Primary before attending the Full Primary Class.

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