Yoga Class Descriptions

Ganesha’s offers a variety of classes to suit any level of experience, from beginners to advanced practitioners. This list of class descriptions should help introduce you to the many styles of yoga offered at our studio, as well as entice you to give one a try!

 

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga is a style of yoga that was founded by K. Pattabhi Jois. It is named after the eight limbs of yoga mentioned in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and is intensely physical and athletic. Ashtanga yoga is a practice of prescribed asanas, energy channeling using bandhas (locks), and concentration on singular point using drishti (gaze) in asanas.

 

Back Care Yoga

This class combines therapeutic postures and breathing techniques that alleviate back and neck pain, develop abdominal strength for back support, great posture, and renewed energy. This class is ideal for those who sit for long periods of time or have frequent back pain.

 

Gentle Yoga

Gentle yoga is a class that is far less strenuous than others offered. It can be very useful for people who are not capable of fulfilling the demands of other practice, such as seniors, women who are pregnant, those recovering from injuries, those in poor physical condition,or even those who are advanced practitioners who are looking for a more relaxed yoga practice. More time is given between poses in order to allow the body to recover.

 

Hatha Yoga

This class focuses on physical and mental strength-building exercises and postures. In this class, there is no flow between the poses. It is a slow-paced stretching class with simple breathing techniques and some meditation. This is a good class for beginners to learn poses, relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with yoga.

 

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul. In this class, the most important thing to take away is your experience. Kundalini combines breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purify the blood. It brings balance to the body, mind, and soul. This class is perfect for householders, for people who have to cope with the daily challenges and stresses of holding jobs, raising families, and managing businesses. It is a path for everyone who wants the skills to cope successfully with the challenges of our times. Beginners to advanced. In this class, you are encouraged to wear all white, as well as cover your head with a white cap, hat or turban.

 

Restorative Yoga

This slow-paced class seeks to achieve physical, mental, and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. Modern restorative yoga was invented by B.K.S Iyengar, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest yoga masters in the world. Restorative yoga provides healing for the body and the mind. It is known that restorative yoga can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which enables automatic control of the body. Constant practice of restorative yoga will make your body less vulnerable to stress-related illnesses and help you achieve optimal health. Restorative poses are held for a few minutes at the least and can be held as long as 10 to 15 minutes. Some of the commonly practices poses include Legs Against Wall pose, Child’s pose, Reclining Bound Ankle pose, Savasana, etc.

 

Vinyasa Flow

In this class, movement is synchronized to the breath. It is a smooth way for poses to run together and become like a dance. This style allows for a great deal of variety, but will almost certainly include sun salutations. It is appropriate for all levels of practitioner, especially those looking to increase heart rate while controlling the breath.

 

Yin Yoga

Our Yin class is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures or asanas that are held for comparatively long periods of time (2 minutes or longer) per pose. It was founded and first taught in the United States in the late 1970s by martial arts expert and Taoist yoga teacher Paulie Zink. Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues – the tendons, fascia, and ligaments – with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. In addition, these poses are also designed to improve the flow of qi, the subtle energy said in Chinese medicine to run through the meridian pathways of the body. Improved flow of qi is hypothesized to improve organ health, immunity, and emotional well-being. If you are looking to gain flexibility, this is the class for you.

 

Beginner’s Yoga

Beginner’s yoga is a slow-paced class where they student is introduced to yoga. The students will have lots of interaction with the teacher in order to learn beginner yoga poses, as well as learn beginner yoga terminology. As one begins their practice, it is of the utmost importance that they learn how to do poses to the best of their ability and learn yoga terminology. These two components are the foundation from which all else will be built upon. It is for this reason our team is committed to helping the beginning practitioner build a strong foundation which will support their lifelong practice.

 

Yoga+Aroma

In this class the student will move through various poses while enjoying the scent of various essential oils, which are coordinated and aligned with the poses. In addition, the poses together with the essential oils align with the chakras. It is a relaxing class! Beginners to advanced.

 

Morning Vinyasa

In this early morning class, students go through a series of poses at a fast pace. Increase circulation, improve mental focus and balance, and strengthen and tone the body first thing! It is a great way to start the day. Beginners to advanced.

 

Hot Classes

 

Hot Yoga

Hot yoga is practiced in a room heated to a minimum of 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and in most cases, the temperature reaches over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The hot yoga class is designed for anyone who is looking for a challenge. It is not recommended for anyone who has a heart condition or other health problem that might be exacerbated by fast moving strength poses in a hot environment. It is designed to work the entire body, as well as detox the body through prolonged and profuse sweating. Benefits of this class include increased flexibility, weight loss and improved organ functionality. Beginners are welcome.

 

Hot Vinyasa Flow

This one hour hot vinyasa flow class is a challenging, yet energizing class. The student will go through a series of yoga poses in a smooth, fast-paced environment in infrared heat of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Beginners to advanced.

 

Hot Ashtanga

The student will be challenged by various poses in a heated infrared environment of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more.

 

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