Yoga Styles

Yoga Styles
Find the style that is right for you

Vinyasa

Vinyasa classes utilize smoothly flowing and consist of a series of poses that will teach you to coordinate with the flow of your breath. Vinyasa movements cultivate balance, stability, flexibility, and vigor. Breath awareness and coordination are carried throughout the practice as the asana ebbs and flows between effort and ease. Because vinyasa practice puts a strong focus on sun salutations, most vinyasa classes will focus heavily on this sequence. The continuous movement of vinyasa reflects the impermanence of all forms and the necessity of accepting change to achieve balance and completeness.

Align & Flow

This is a mindful movement practice that incorporates meditation and pranayama.  It will be a moderate pace of practice and options will be provided for all levels of practitioners; some yoga experience is recommended. We will workshop a different posture each week that may take a different shape for each individual depending on accessibility and mobility.  The intention of this class is to move thoughtfully and slowly enough to offer alignment instruction to build functional, sustainable movement patterns that increase the health and wellbeing of each practitioner, but quickly enough to build heat, strength, and stamina.
 
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Hot Power 60

Hot Power 60 is a 60 minute heated (90 degrees) Power Yoga class taught in the style of Baron Baptiste. This class will have strong sun salutation sequences with the emphasis on POWER (think planks). Join us for this class and be prepared to sweat and get strong!

Mobility & Foam Rolling

Let’s get moving in a meaningful way! In this movement mobility class we will focus on functional, full-body strengthening exercises (think plank, and variations), balance, tension release (ball and foam rolling), and stretching. This class builds stability and strength in a safe way, so we can continue to move with confidence and intention in our daily lives.

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Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar yoga is a type of hatha yoga based on the teachings of BKS Iyengar, and on the eight limbs of yoga as described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. It focuses on precise body alignment, the use of props to help students of all abilities perform the asanas, and an understanding of the therapeutic potential of yoga. The asanas build strength, flexibility, stamina, and balance, and the postures are held for longer periods of time in order to cultivate control of the breath, concentration, and inward self study. Classes are characterized by their precision, with teachers giving detailed verbal instruction and actively correcting misalignments.

SLOW FLOW YOGA

Slow Flow is a mindful, slower paced yoga class that is meditative and emphasizes peace and calmness of body and mind. Poses are held for a longer period of time to teach principles of proper physical and energetic alignment. This means that you can plan on taking several rounds of breath in each pose, instead of moving to each breath. The challenge in the class comes from holding postures for a longer period of time and the simultaneous steering of consciousness to the awareness of breath and movement. Breathing and mindfulness practices are taught in simpler sequences. Slow Flow is a great place to start if you are new to flow-style yoga or anyone wanting a methodically paced class that still emphasizes the connection between breath and movement.

Therapeutic Yoga

Therapeutic Yoga uses a methodic application of sequences to unwind fascial patterns of holding and pain in the body. Much of the work is floor-based and passive, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy! This therapeutic style of Yoga resets the nervous system, opens the joints, and releases patterns of restriction in the body, using long holds and specific alignment. This is an all-levels class, and everybody—athletes, couch potatoes, young and old, will find this practice accessible and will benefit from it. 

Kaiut yoga

This yoga practice was designed to serve the modern body and mind. Francisco Kaiut’s method is influenced by his professional practice as a chiropractor and his education in craniosacral and polarity therapies, deep tissue massage, and hatha yoga. The Kaiut Method works deeply with the joints, to return the body to its optimal structure and function, thereby allowing the internal systems to work as efficiently as possible for as long as possible—anti-aging yoga from the inside out. By focusing on the joints instead of stretching the muscles, practitioners can work with the cause behind the symptom. This inclusive method uses simple shapes to create a yoga format accessible to all practitioners regardless of flexibility, strength, age, or experience, and is intended to restore true freedom of movement to the body, and in turn the mind.

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Original Hot YOGA 26/2

This class follows a regular series of 26 yoga poses and two breathing exercises. The poses are designed to work all areas of the body in an efficient and effective order. The room will be heated. The heat warms the muscles, invigorates the circulatory system, and improves the heart rate, and the resulting sweat releases toxins and impurities through the skin. In this 1.5-hour class each posture is performed twice. 

Embodied Mantra Yoga

This is a soul nourishing class, where we dive deep into the synergy of sound and movement. We’ll commence with a blissful Kirtan session, immersing ourselves in the melodic exchange of call and response chants, setting the tone for our journey within. Transitioning seamlessly into invigorating Kriya meditations, where our movement, sound and breath bring us deeper as we awaken and cultivate our inner radiance. As the rhythm of the mantras infuses our being, we’ll expand to free flowing movement–rising to our feet, shaking off stagnant energy and embracing the freedom of expression in a dance of liberation. Guided by the pulse of the music and the wisdom of our bodies, we’ll flow, twist, and sway, tapping into the innate power of embodied movement.

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HIIT w/ Tabata

HIIT (High intensity interval training) with Tabata is a high intensity interval training workout with timed intervals and short recovery times. Tabata is named after a Japanese speed skating coach who designed the workout to improve cardiovascular fitness and build muscular strength. In a traditional Tabata workout, there is 20 seconds of maximum exertion followed by 10 seconds of rest. This repeats 8 times for a total of four minutes. Tabata focuses on going fast and then slow. This approach gives your body time to perform at an all-time high and then recover. We will use a mix of mobility movements for both warm up and cool down and then the focus of the class will be Tabata intervals for a metabolic boost!

Kundalini

Through gentle yet powerful movements, breathwork, somatics and relaxation, we will move through kriya and stillness as we steady ourselves in this Shakti awakening class. Drawing from yoga, dance, and somatic practices, this class is an opportunity to release deeply stored energy and cultivate inner radiance and resilience. Holding the present moment as we find stillness, breathing into the fluidity of asana, as we reconnect with our innate wisdom. Each breath, anchored, every movement, an invitation to self realization! Join us for this unified movement as we align and uncover the deepest parts of who we are. 

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Yoga at delicious orchards

Yoga at Delicious Orchards (Big B’s) Join us in the orchards for a special practice in nature! Our diverse and experienced local teachers from PYMC will take turns each week to lead this offering. Mats will be provided. Locals and visitors alike are welcome at this festive class! This class is a $15 drop-in.

Yoga in Paonia Town Park

This fun and expansive practice will be led outside at the Gazebo in Paonia Town Park! Join us for this seasonal practice, weather permitting. This is a donation-based class (suggested donation $10-$20) Mats will be provided. In the event of bad weather, our alternative location will be: PYMC, 217 Grand Ave. 

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Silent meditation

We start each session with a simple chime, followed by 30 minutes of silence and meditation. The silence is broken by another chime. Tea will follow, and conversation is then welcome. You are invited to bring your favorite sitting surface to this practice. This free class is a weekly community offering.

KIDS MOVEMENT & MINDFULNESS

Join us weekly for a 60 minute movement and mindfulness class. This class is perfect for kids ages 6-11. It will weave together fun poses, music, games, stories, and other sensory-integrated activities to promote flexibility, strength, balance, collaboration, mindfulness and wellness both on and off the yoga mat.

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Acro Yoga

Acro Yoga, or “Acro” combines the practices of partner yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage. Classes and workshops all begin with yoga and mobility movements before moving into a playful “solar” expression – otherwise known as the more acrobatic movements – with tutorials on safety in “basing,” “flying,” and conscious spotting. The experience then winds down into the “lunar” side of the practice, with tutorials on Thai massage and partner therapeutics. You can share acro with partners, children, roommates, and friends as these movements require no props and can be explored with people of all ages and abilities when done from a baseline of safe alignment and clear communication. No partner required to attend. 
 

Yoga conditioning

Step into a transformative journey of “Yoga Conditioning”—-where we extend principles of yoga beyond the physical. Immerse yourself in a practice that conditions not only the body, but also our mind and spirit, enabling the profound power of transformation. This class guides us in finding balance amidst chaos, cultivating comfort and peace in the unknown. Embrace radical acceptance for uncertainty by fostering resilience and stability within. Join us as we steady the mind, body, and spirit for a journey of profound ease and self-discovery. In this class we will move through the 8 limbs of yoga, working with kriyas and a deep level of release through Yin. This class is multi-dimensional, and will always be something different, depending on the students who attend.

breathwork

Breathe to Transform. The breath is an entry point into ourselves. With it we can transform our energy, our physicality, the way that we relate to ourselves, others, and the world around us. It also serves as a portal to altered states of consciousness. Join Matthew and Levitie (on varying weeks) to try out ways of using your breath to access the subconscious, tap into deeper ways of knowing, improve your energy, breathing efficiency, and to become more embodied in your daily life.

sound bath

A sound bath is a full-body meditative experience where recipients lie down and listen to resonant sounds. ClaireZane’s sound baths include both crystal and Himalayan singing bowls, weighted tuning forks, and a singing crystal pyramid. Currently offered on Wednesday evenings immediately following the vinyasa class. 

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