class descriptions:

 Yoga 1: A solid foundation is needed to build any structure. The same goes for the soil before anything will grow. This all levels class is very welcoming to those who are curious about yoga but are unsure of alignments principles of postures and are not familiar with breath work. It is also good for the regular practitioner who craves to know more about the specifics of a posture and what effects it has to the body (perfect to help you develop your home practice). When a solid foundation is constructed you will find growing stability and from there the sky is the limit on how far you will grow! This class is a broad format taught by many teachers with the intention of sharing basic yoga knowledge. There is 5000 years of knowledge out there to be shared. Come and experience yoga: the practice of balance and connection through breath and movement and stillness.

Restorative Yoga: A gentle yoga practice focuses on returning vitality to the mind, body, and spirit with postures, meditation, chanting. The restorative principals of the practice are derived from yoga therapy, myofascial release, and Ayurveda (yoga's sister healing science). Regain range of motion, decrease pain, and cultivate peace within your body when you come to this class. 

Pilates:  Pilates is a series of rhythmic movements that utilize strength, flexibility and concentration to create balanced development throughout the body. Created by Joseph Pilates, the series was originally called “contrology,” referring to control of movement, breath and focus during the exercises. The benefits of a regular Pilates practice are numerous: increased strength and flexibility, improved posture, injury prevention and a general sense of well-being. Pilates will run until mid September. 

Ashtanga inspired flow: This ancient system of yoga utilizes synchronizing breath with movement through a progressive series of postures.  Ashtanga practice incorporates specific sun salutations, standing and seated asanas and vinyasa increasing your internal heat resulting in improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.  This class will help you learn, understand or refine your vinyasa practice while you explore meditative movement.  This class is all levels, with asana modifications for the beginner yogi and advanced options for the more experienced practitioner. 

Vinyasa Zen: Expect to move and breathe as you explore 45-1hr minutes of vinyasa flow followed by 15-30minutes of restorative postures to stretch, soothe, and support your body. This class is an opportunity to explore intuitive movement and discover "the teacher within you" while being guided thought your practice. Each class ends with practicing some of yoga's more subtle aspects. Incorporating kriyas, mudras (hand gestures), pranayama (breathing exercises), mantras, or a guided meditation. All levels welcome. 

All Levels Yoga: One of the greatest blessings of teaching and practicing in a small community studio like we have at the Yoga Shack is most classes can be catered to the individual needs of the people who show up to class. Our average class size is 5 people. This gives your teacher a huge opportunity to arrive to class with a solid blue print theme for class but tweak it to meet the needs of everyone in the room. Larger studios simply can not provide the individualized attention to alignment, injury recovery and prevention, and over all well being of the students when class sizes are too large. Expect your teacher to ask if their are any limitations, injuries, or requests for specific movements or postures prior to class starting. This class is taught by some of our more seasoned teachers and their adaptability to meet needs and requests is part of the advanced training and length of teaching they have. Our tiny studio has been open for a few years now and occasionally we have a tribe of regularly seasoned yogis who come to class. When this occurs and you can expect more advanced offerings (physically and or energetically). Have no fear if you are new to the practice. You too are always welcome to join us for this individualized, hands on assisted, vinyasa/flow based class. We promise to offer ample modifications to stay safe and motivated to keep practicing if you are just starting your journey on the mat.

Buti Yoga: Expect to sweat as we move and breathe to heart pounding rhythms and beats. Buti yoga is a mixture of african tribal dance and vinyasa power yoga. Buti Yoga workouts transform your BODY + SOUL with cardio-intensive bursts of tribal dance, primal movement + conditioning woven into a dynamic yoga practice. Buti Yoga utilizes the Spiral Structure Technique to sculpt + tone the deep abdominal muscles that stabilize and strengthen the body. Instead of linear movements, Buti favors movements that challenge the body along all planes of motion - THE RESULT - long, lean muscles. Buti Yoga isn’t a workout - it’s a chance to create - let go - connect - and sweat with intention. Every time you step on your mat, you have a chance to break through the emotional or physical barriers that can set you free. It isn’t going to be easy. Don’t overthink it - just trust that if your curious you should come to class.

Functional Flow: This class is designed to help strengthen and lengthen your muscles during the same workout. During this 75minute class we take time in the beginning to warm our bodies with vinyasa flow. Then we turn up the heat and strength building begins. We push ourselves to the max with high intensity interval training for two 7-10 minute. A small break for balancing in-between and then a second set of high intensity intervals. We end the class with a cooling vinyasa flow to stretch the muscles groups we just worked. There is jumping and plyometric exercises involved in this class. Feel free to wear clean gym shoes to class but the are not necessary unless you have sensitive arches or joints. 

Yin: We live in a world where we are constantly going. Our minds are trained to think about the future and the past, to have several projects going on at once, and to prioritize tasks above our selves. The pace of modern culture becomes our pace in our yoga practice. Sometimes, it can be more difficult to sit still in one position, quiet our thoughts, and focus only on the breath than it is to push ourselves physically; climbing a mountain or running. Yin is a direct contradiction to this way of life. It restores the body and, most importantly, teaches us patience, peace of mind, resilience, and a mastery over the self as we go through the motions of our daily routine. Mindfulness becomes a constant flowing part of our lives thus creating stillness during our every day routine. A yin class starts with a basic warm up and an introduction and reflection on our state of breath. It then leads into a series of meditative, deep stretching poses. As opposed to the rhythm of one breath, one movement of my other classes, a yin class will consist of a handful of poses for several minutes at a time.  This teaches us to create this stillness mentally, to scan the body, and to learn how each part of our physical, mental, and spiritual body reacts to different postures. Yin is a beautiful compliment to the entirety of our yoga practice because we become deeply acquainted with the postures we use when we are in a state of constant flow. We can come into a yin class and reflect on how our practices evolves over time, how the physical activities and the stress we hold in our physical bodies outside of the studio changes us day to day and week to week. We can crate gratitude here for the work we have done for our bodies in our other classes. Use yin to practice mindfulness for how you carry your bodies when you are moving it and how you master your mind when living in it.

Yoga Baby Yoga Momma: This class is for moms and their babies (under 12months). Pregnancy and the first year of motherhood creates a lot of changes and challenges to moms. After baby arrives mom spends a lot of her time with baby but often times longs to bond with others and have time for self care. This class is a time for both of those needs to be met. Weekly we will gather to share, bond, and move with other sisters from our community and our infants. Gentle stretching and strengthening, breathe work, self-myofacial release will be the foundations for the moves. Babies get to bond with moms during our strengthening exercises and mom's will learn the power of infant massage for their babies. Mom's be sure to bring a blanket for your baby to lay on during their massage time. Yoga Momma Yoga Baby is on hold for now. Please email us if you'd like to see this class added to the schedule.