Yoga Classes at Cleveland's Yoga 101
The Primary Series is called Yoga Chikitsa or yoga therapy for the body, mind, and spirit. It is designed to realign the spine and build strength, flexibility, and stamina. The method of practice taught in Ashtanga yoga involves linking the breath and movement with a progressively challenging series of postures. This produces an intense internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies the muscles and organs. It is a vigorous moving meditation that helps to develop a strong body and calm mind. Student should feel comfortable with Half Primary or Modified Primary before taking this class.
Modified Primary Series
The MPS builds strength, endurance and flexibility as students move through a condensed version of the Primary Series (see above). This class prepares students for the entire Primary Series at a slower, more manageable pace and offers modifications for more challenging poses. Some yoga experience is advised before taking this class.
Mysore style, the traditional method of learning Ashtanga yoga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India, is assisted self-practice. While students do their own practice at their own pace, the instructor circulates around the room and gives each student individual instructions and hands-on adjustments. In the class, you can progress your practice or slow it down to work more therapeutically. Whatever your goal, join Mysore to build an independent practice supported by an attentive teacher and the energy of other students.
A mixture of postures taken from first and second series of the Ashtanga system. Enjoy a fun mix of hip openers, backbends and inversions. Modifications will be give for more challenging poses. You must have experience in Vinyasa or Ashtanga to take this class. No new beginners please. Contact us with any questions.
Mixed Level Vinyasa
This dynamic class seamlessly moves through postures from various forms of yoga to strengthen and tone the body, while also calming and clearing the mind. Since all levels are encouraged in this class, modifications will be given for postures to suit the beginner or seasoned practitioner. Student should have some yoga experience to take this class.
Deep Stretch / Yin
Postures will be held for a longer period of time while working deeper into the layers of connective tissue- tendons, ligaments and fascia- aiming to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility. Students may also find a meditative component during the practice while attention is placed on the breath. This class is appropriate for students of all levels and is a great compliment to flow practices.
A gentle healing form of Yoga that is practiced with props to provide a supportive environment for total relaxation. These gentle poses and stretches create physiological responses which are beneficial to your health and can reduce the effects of stress-related illness. The class is slow, deeply nurturing and suitable for all ages – particularly those with chronic pain or limitations. Learn yogic breathing and meditation techniques while your body is supported with bolsters, blocks, straps and blankets. Suitable for all levels.
Relaxation & Meditation
Relax and unwind in this slower paced class. Deep, conscious breathing and attention to the present moment are encouraged as students move gently through flowing as well as restorative postures. Poses are held longer to allow the body to relax into them. Soothing music, aromatherapy, gentle massage, and use of props encourage total relaxation. A guided meditation period of 10-15 minutes is incorporated into each class. Suitable for all levels.
This class will offer you the chance to explore the basics of vinyasa yoga by going through postures and routines suitable for the very beginner. In this class you will learn the basics of the Sun Salutations and foundational standing and seated postures.