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Class Type descriptionS:

You are welcome in this learning and educational environment. We understand that starting something new can be intimidating. We are dedicated to helping you learn the practice that will make you feel great, improve your health and help you develop and deepen your practice over time. For expert insights getting started, email us at support@pranadasyoga.com.

BEGINNERS (60 Minutes):

A light-hearted class with workshop-style explanations, a physical practice designed for all levels and an exploration of some of the fundamentals of yoga. This class is also appropriate for new or relatively new (practiced less than 100 times) students that mindfully introduces you to the practice of yoga, including sun salutations, key asanas (postures), breathing, heating the body and safely experiencing all of the benefits yoga has to offer.  Please contact us if you have questions about whether this class is appropriate for you: info@pranahouseyoga.com. 

VINYASA (60 or 75 Minutes):

Vinyasa means “movement with breath.” Vinyasa classes include sequences of postures (Asanas), breathing practices to clear and purify the body and some reflection. Practitioners of all levels will be challenged and healed through this all-levels class taught with attention to each person and a focus on conveying the most effective practices of yoga to the room. 

YIN YOGA (60 or 75 Minutes):

In Yin yoga, poses are held for a longer duration with the objective of improving flexibility and restoring a fuller range of motion. This class soothes and heals the connective tissues—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments – that keep our joints healthy and body strong over a range of motion. You will leave feeling elongated, relaxed and renewed with the joints happier and revitalized. This class is appropriate for anyone, including brand new beginners. It particularly benefits those with arthritis and those with an active lifestyle. It is also a strong introduction to moving meditation and well suited for decreasing anxiety. 

ASANA HOUR (60 Minutes):

“Asana” means “Posture” in yoga. It is pronounced “Ahh-sah-nah with emphasis on the ‘Ahh.'” You will experience a collection of postures designed to accomplish opening of the body, increased flexibility, strengthening of the muscles, tuning of all of the systems of the body (cardiovascular, nervous, digestive, etc.) and energize you for the day. We teach to all levels and you will feel supported with modifications and postures that suit where you are at in your practice. 

MINDFUL FLOW (75 Minutes):

Mindful Flow classes bring a slower pace and a focus on breath to traditional vinyasa classes. Similar to gentle yoga, practitioners can expect a connective and enriching experience that leaves them with a deep stretch, an expansive breath practice and a restorative finish. Great for all levels, particularly for practitioners 50 and above. 

PRIMARY SERIES PRACTICE (75 Minutes):

One of the most enriching and gratifying sequences for any practitioner, this class follows the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga, which is the template for the great majority of yoga classes practiced in the West. This class will introduce practitioners to a very traditional and meaningful practice with both familiar and lesser practiced postures. It is meant as a therapy that will strengthen and open the entire body. Practitioners are encouraged to practice this regularly, as it is highly therapeutic for the entire body, opens the hips and back body, unites movement and breath and familiarizes students with the postures over time. 

FULL PRIMARY SERIES (90 Minutes):

We recommend that you attend the Primary Series Flow class at least 30 times before attending this class, or that you have been in a regular practice of yoga for over a year. Newer students are encouraged to begin in other class types and work towards this class over time. 

This is the Full Primary Series taught with its traditional count.In a Led Primary Series 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. These are focused, energetic classes. A Led Primary Series class is effective in flushing away unconstructive 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. There is little instruction in this class outside of the postures being called and the breath, as it is an opportunity for practiced students to experience the entire series without interruption.

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