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Aligned Hatha

It is mid-week and you need a class that is well-balanced, dynamic yet refreshing and recharging.

This class will focus on safe and effective practice through alignment and skillfully adapted postures. This is not a flow class. It is designed for those with neck and shoulder restrictions and tight hips and hamstrings, who will find more ease and freedom in the body and renewed calm and focus in the mind. Active practice followed by relaxing poses and breath work at the end of the class.

It is appropriate for complete beginners as well as seasoned practitioners as the postures will be modified if needed.

 

Ashtanga Yoga

In these classes students will be provided a step-by-step approach to learn Ashtanga VinyasaPrimary Series. The asana in the primary series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga are curative in nature. They are also referred to as Yoga Chikitsa (purification). When we practice Ashtanga Vinyasa we start a purification process. We purify the body by practicing the physical asana. We purify the nervous system by the mechanism of Ujjayi, or Victorious Breath. We purify the mind by disciplining the mind to be focused on one thing at the time as we focus on the gazing point or the Drishti in each posture. The intent is to demystify all the postures in the series and try to learn the essence of each pose, rather than being too focused on how the poses look. At the beginning of the class we willexplore some of the curative aspect of a particular pose and at the end students will enjoy a guided deep healing relaxation. This class is available to all levels of students.

Ashtanga Foundations
This classes introduces students to the basic concepts and poses of the Ashtanga Yoga Series in a gentle, safe, and effective way. Basic philosophy is introduced along with an introduction to the sun salutations, standing poses, and some seated postures.
Extra time and attention are devoted to the breathing techniques and to establishing correct alignment within each posture. This class is designed to give the practitioner a firm and solid foundation in the practice, and is a great class for those new to the series or the experience student who seeks a class devoted to detailing their existing ashtanga practice.

Beginner/Intermediate Ashtanga class
This class builds on the basic introduction given in Ashtanga Foundations class, adding further intergration of breath and movement to the detailing of poses in the Foundations classes. In these classes all poses from the first half of the Primary Series are covered with variations for those newer to the practice. This class is recommended for those who have a strong background in yoga, athletics, or dance, or those who have had a comfortable experience in the Ashtanga Foundations class.

Baby and Me

For babies and their caregivers from 0 to 6 months (pre-crawlers).

This is the perfect postpartum activity whether you have had a natural or cesarean birth.

Benefits Include:

Increase strength and emotional balance.
Reduce back tension from nursing and carrying your baby.
Build core strength and abdominal stability.
Make new friends with other moms and their babies.

What to Bring:

Yoga mat
Soft baby blanket
A few toys your infant loves to have near by.

Please check with your health care provider to obtain clearance for physical activity.

No registration is required for this or any other regular classes at YiY. 

David Roche’s Adapted Series

The Adapted Series was created by David Roche, a certified Ashtanga instructor in his 70’s with a background in Modern Dance and Hatha Yoga. It is based on Ashtanga with concepts from Tom Myers’ “Anatomy Trains” (myofascial lines). The Adapted Series is less strenuous than the Ashtanga Primary Series. It is appropriate for someone who is injured, pregnant, older, or otherwise physically stressed, or who finds the Primary Series too challenging as a daily practice, whether temporarily or longer term.

The Adapted Series does not depend on a knowledge of Ashtanga series; it can form the basis for a “stand-alone” yoga practice, for a beginner or an advanced practitioner. The Adapted Series continues the focus of Ashtanga, coordinating breath with movement. It will teach you to recognize your own “edge” each day and help you find permission–and the knowledge–to modify your practice according to what your body needs.

There are four series following the anatomy trains, which we will practice sequentially, one per class, each Tuesday and Thursday:
1. Superficial Front and Back Lines; and Lateral Lines (lengthening of the body, flexion of the torso and hips; balancing the body front to back and side to side)
2. Spiral Lines (focus on twists, stabilizing the body in all planes)
3. Functional Lines (focus on core and strength)
4. Deep Front and Back Lines (focus on core stability, and supporting the head and neck)In addition, the arm lines (hasta vinyasas) in each of the series help mobility and strength of the arms, neck, and shoulders.

Deep Healing Relaxation

Deep Relaxation rejuvenates and energizes the entire body.  It stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities and helps to normalize the circulatory system’s function.  Relaxation also dispels tension and fatigue in the physical body and relieves depression, anxiety, headaches, and cravings.  In this class we will experience deep relaxation through Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep). In accordance to Yogic philosophy as well as modern psychology there are three basic types of tension (muscular, emotional, and mental) that are responsible for all agonies of modern life. Yoga Nidra is a powerful technique in which you learn to consciously relax. It is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. In Yoga Nidra, we reach the state of deep relaxation by turning inwards, away from outer experiences. During practice of Yoga Nidra, one appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level and for this reason Yoga Nidra is often referred to as deep relaxation with inner awareness.

Energy Aligned Vinyasa with Lynn

A moving flow style of vinyasa bringing awareness to the subtle energy centers of the body (chakras) through breath, movement and meditation.  When one energy center in the body is blocked or misaligned, we suffer physically, mentally and emotionally, or vice versa. Practicing yoga in this class will support you to be in balance by building awareness of how energy is moving within the body through yoga poses (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation. Being aware is the first step toward being balanced and energetically aligned.  This class is open to students of all levels.

Flow for Strength

This Flow for Strength class is designed and paced to keep you moving without rushing. Each class includes a brief centering and meditation, a carefully planned warm up, deliberately organized strength building flow sequences, cool down stretches/postures and a well deserved savasana. Most classes also reserve a bit of time to practice inversions (with alternative postures for those not inverting). Students can count on building strength in the major muscle groups – core, upper body and back – without sacrificing attention to detail. Although challenging, focus is on poses that students can approach and/or accomplish by applying step by step instructions given by the instructors as well as adding the personal intention to practice with more ease, confidence and patience. 
 
Class sequences remain similar each week allowing the student to know what to expect and dig deeper into postures and approaches they are already familiar with. Little by little new postures, variations and actions are introduced – providing the challenges necessary to keep the mind bright and the body growing and developing. Students report they are pleased with the progress that “consistent” attendance at these classes gives them. They see the improvement in their overall strength and internal equanimity almost immediately. Contact the instructor Julianne Rice at julirice@yahoo.com and/or Ever Leon at everleon25@gmail.com  if you’d like their input on whether this class is a possible match for you.

Friday Ashtanga Led Primary Series

In this led class, the teacher calls out the postures and vinyasas (counted movements linking the postures with the breath) of the Ashtanga Primary Series.

The group moves and breathes together in sync, as each breath is counted out. These are focused, highly energetic classes and recommended for experienced students.

A Led Primary Series class is effective attenuating self-practice habits such as a wandering mind, losing the connection with the breath, or fidgeting between postures, and provides an opportunity to refine your practice by following the ‘count’ as it is traditionally prescribed.

Iyengar

Iyengar Yoga is a mainstream, tradition-based type of hatha yoga, taught worldwide. Developed by the Indian master teacher, B.K.S. Iyengar, now in his 80’s, Iyengar focuses on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation.

Iyengar differs from other approaches in three main ways:

•  Its emphasis on precise alignment. This helps students dissolve stubborn physical and psychological blocks. It also helps beginning students gain a good understanding of yoga’s poses.

•  The use of props — such as blocks, chairs, blankets and belts — to help students towards proper alignment while inside a range of motion safe and effective for their individual bodies.

•  Holding the poses longer as the student advances. The body thus becomes more and more purified by the poses as the student’s practice progresses.

While the poses in Iyengar are similar to the poses in Ashtanga and other schools, there is no set series of poses utilized in each and every class. Besides poses, a class usually includes a relaxation period and, perhaps, some separate breath work. A “vinyasa,” or flow sequence, is often presented as part of a class.

Iyengar with Yoon

Safe, well-aligned asana (posture) practice to avoid injuries now and in the future, guided step by step! Modified according to your ability and any existing injuries.

Iyengar differs from other approaches in three main ways:

•  Its emphasis on precise alignment. This helps students dissolve stubborn physical and psychological blocks. It also helps beginning students gain a good understanding of yoga’s poses.

•  The use of props — such as blocks, chairs, blankets and belts — to help students towards proper alignment while inside a range of motion safe and effective for their individual bodies.

•  Holding the poses longer as the student advances. The body thus becomes more and more purified by the poses as the student’s practice progresses.

While the poses in Iyengar are similar to the poses in Ashtanga and other schools, there is no set series of poses utilized in each and every class. Besides poses, a class usually includes a relaxation period and, perhaps, some separate breath work.

Lunch Time Flow with Thoa

An ideal yoga workout during your lunch break through this challenging vinyasa flow yoga practice, in which movement is synchronized to the breath. This energizing class involves sun salutations, standing, balance, and seated poses, twists, backbends, relaxation.  Leaving the class physically, and mentally refreshed in a lighter and stronger body with a calm mind.

Lunch Time Yoga with Mojdeh

Come and experience lunch-time yoga with Mojdeh to ease workplace stress; increase your flexibility; improve balance and core strength; and gain a sense of calmness. The class in an hour of vinyasa flow that provides you with what you need in the middle of the day, followed by deep relaxation.  You will live the class renewed, rejuvenated, rested, and ready for the rest of the day. 

Meditation ($10 drop in)

Meditation is a mind-body practice in complementary and alternative medicine. There are many types of meditation, most of which originated in ancient religious and spiritual traditions. In this class a person learns to focus attention. You will be invited to become mindful of thoughts, feelings, and sensations and to observe them in a nonjudgmental way. This practice is believed to result in a state of greater calmness and physical relaxation, and psychological balance. Practicing meditation can change how a person relates to the flow of emotions and thoughts.

Benefits:

Improvement of body luster and general health-When your mind focuses on a particular part of the body, the blood flow to that part increases and cells receive more oxygen and other nutrients in abundance. Today, many of the film stars and fashion models include meditation in their daily regimen.

Improvement in concentration – Many of the athletes and sports professionals regularly employ meditation methods. Studies have found a direct correlation between concentration exercises (meditation) and the performance level of sports professionals. Meditation strengthens the mind, it comes under control and is able to provide effective guidance to the physical body to effectively execute all its projects.

Though meditation is usually recognized as a largely spiritual practice, it also has many health benefits. The yoga and meditation techniques are being implemented in management of life threatening diseases; in transformation of molecular and genetic structure; in reversal of mental illnesses, in accelerated learning programs, in perceptions and communications beyond the physical, in solving problems and atomic and nuclear physics; in gaining better ecological understanding; in management of lifestyle and future world problems. Some benefits of meditation are:

  • It lowers oxygen consumption.
  • It decreases respiratory rate.
  • It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.
  • Increases exercise tolerance in heart patients.
  • Leads to a deeper level of relaxation.
  • Good for people with high blood pressure as it brings the B.P. to normal.
  • Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
  • Decreases muscle tension (any pain due to tension) and headaches.
  • Builds self-confidence.
  • It increases serotonin production which influences mood and behaviour. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, obesity, insomnia and headaches.
  • Helps in chronic diseases like allergies , arthritis etc.
  • Reduces Pre- menstrual Syndrome.
  • Helps in post-operative healing.
  • Enhances the immune system. Research has revealed that meditation increases activity of ‘natural-killer cells’, which kill bacteria and cancer cells.
  • Also reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress.

Meditation with Julianne

Join Julianne for this special 30 minute session which will include brief meditation instructions, a period of meditation practice and restorative pose(s). Over time a variety of meditation techniques will be introduced, taught and practiced.
(No charge)

Mysore Style Ashtanga

Please note, that if you are new to YiY or new to Mysore Practice please email info@yogaisyouth.com to attend our morning mysore classes.

WHAT IS MYSORE-STYLE ASHTANGA YOGA?

Mysore-style Ashtanga is the traditional method of learning and practicing Ashtanga Yoga as taught by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and now his grandson Sharath in Mysore, India.

Unlike most yoga classes where the students practice in unison, here everyone works at their own pace. It’s  a self practice in a group setting. The teacher gives individual attention to each student according to their needs (based on age, health condition, injury, flexibility, level of experience…) to ensure a safe, and sustainable practice.

The room is almost silent. The main focus is the breath and the meditative flow that comes from the practice.

HOW TO START YOUR MYSORE STYLE PRACTICE?

To start your Mysore practice come and observe a class for half an hour or so.  We recommend attending a busy class, usually Sundays at around 8:00 A.M.

After that first encounter, arrive at 6:30 A.M. any day Monday to Thursday for the next two weeks. This ensures that our teachers have the time to start you on your practice when it is quiet. After those first 2 weeks, you can practice any time.)

The teacher will assign postures to you in accordance with your ability. Beginners tend to have a much shorter practice than more experienced students. As strength, flexibility, and concentration are gained, additional postures are given to the student.

If you get confused about the correct sequence of postures or need help with a particular posture, please let the teacher know. We are happy to help, no matter how many times you ask! If you are accustomed to led classes, the Mysore-style setting can seem strange at first. But with commitment and a little patience, you will be encouraged by how quickly you learn to do yoga as a self-practice.

COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRACTICE

The practice room is open between 6:00 A.M. and 9:00 A.M. during the week  and from 7.00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. on Sundays. However, instruction starts at 6:30 A.M. and ends at 9:00 A.M. (7:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. on Sundays).

Traditionally, in the Ashtanga method we practice every day except for Saturdays and Moon Days, which typically occur twice a month. New students are encouraged to make a commitment to practice at least 3 times a week for a month, it may be very difficult to commit to a daily practice, and it often takes one or two years to establish discipline.  Don’t be discouraged if you’re “only” practicing twice a week at first; your practice will grow.

To see Moon Days (rest days) click on the schedule page for the pdf.

CHEAT SHEETS

If you have a diagram of the Ashtanga yoga primary series postures, we encourage you to review and study the postures at home instead of bringing it to class. This allows you to learn the order of the postures more quickly and to place more focus on your breathing during class.

QUESTIONS?

For additional questions about starting a Mysore practice at YiY, email Sabina at yogaisyouth dot com or Beata dot s at mac dot com.

Pranayama

This is a 20 minute class and everyone is welcome, even if you have not practiced Pranayama before. Pranayama is the formal yogic practice of controlling the breath. We start the class with the cooling breath (shitali), continue with short belly breathing to oxygenate the body (kapalabhati), then go on to alternate nostril breathing with retention (nadi shodhana) and finally 10-15 second retentions (kuhmbaka). The class ends with a few minutes of meditation.

Prenatal Yoga

Moms-to-be come from all over the SF Bay Area to be in this community with other mothers, build resilience for child birthing, feel more comfortable in their changing bodies and deeply relax during the end of each class.

Modifications are offered to suit all trimesters and thus, each participant is given individual attention and care.

This practice provides the tools to prepare for birthing and postpartum recovery.

It is mixed levels (beginners welcome).

Sutra Discussion (free class)

Yoga for Aging Well

No yoga experience is required.  Individual attention is paramount in this class setting.
This one hour class provides detailed instruction and preventive strategies to support healthy, vibrant aging.

The focus of this practice is based on seven essentials to address physical, emotional and mental health.

  1. Strength and Muscle Tone
  2. Flexibility
  3. Balance
  4. Better Sleep
  5. Relaxation
  6. Weight loss
  7. Detoxification

Senior discount applies for those 65 years of age and older.

Contact Marti directly if you have specific needs. Email: marticfoster@yahoo.com