Class Descriptions

FUNDAMENTALS

These classes are for beginners and everyone who is interested in reviewing the essential elements of a yoga practice. These classes focus on the shapes of the postures, principles of alignment, utilizing the breath, lines of energy and the language of the practice. These classes do not have a flow-based component with the exception of traditional sun salutations.

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YOGA BASICS

This is the best class for those new to yoga. In a comfortable environment, this class will introduce the fundamentals of a yoga practice, including breath, proper alignment, and mindfulness practices. This class is useful for those trying to work around injuries. Many long time students take Basics classes regularly because the pace of the class offers time for students to develop self awareness and refine their practice.

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ALIGNMENT-BASED HATHA

Practical yet insightful philosophy, precise alignment and a strong focus on community combine to make this class a full-spectrum invitation to expand your practice and deepen your understanding of yoga as a holistic lifestyle. Learn and refine key actions for a safe and effective yoga practice. Uniting innate intuition with the modern science of biomechanics empowers potent transformation and healing. This alignment-based class will focus on what your mind, body and heart need in order to master your strength, refine your sensitivity and increase your capacity to enjoy life.

This class is appropriate for beginners and injured folks as well as athletes and yoga teachers looking to expand their knowledge of structural alignment and performance acceleration. The tools acquired in this class can be applied to all other yoga practices, sports and life in general!

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TAPAS YOGA

Tapas yoga is a deep cleansing practice designed to detoxify and rejuvenate the body and mind. Performed in a studio maintained at 95-100 degrees with humidity levels at 50%, this series of postures and breathing practices in hot yoga require tapas, meaning the discipline of steady practice which will lead to immediate internal and external benefits. Muscles and joints embrace the warmth, allowing for deeper flexibility and enhanced muscle tone. Practiced regularly, this deep body cleansing practice will give you better circulation, a stronger immune system and higher energy levels.

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BREATH & MEDITATION

This class provides simple and effective breath and meditation exercises to apply in our daily lives to release mental, emotional and physical tension. We will begin with mild stretching to support the body to release stress, and practice ways of working with the breath and a variety of styles of meditation to enhance our capacity to be healthy, calm, aware and fully present.

FLOW BASED YOGA

Flow based classes tie breath to movement between individual postures. Focus will be on strengthening, lengthening, and stretching through a creative series of postures in constant motion. In order to thrive in a flow based class, your body should be free of injury and healthy and you should have a strong understanding of the individual postures.

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FLOW YOGA

Flow Yoga is the entry level class for all dynamic flow based classes at Breathe. This class is recommended for those whose bodies are free from injury and who have a solid understanding of the fundamental principles of alignment within individual poses before embarking upon connecting one posture to another through breath and movement. Through sun salutations and working our way toward approachable apex postures, emphasis will be placed on ways of establishing steadiness, ease, moving energy and efficient use of the breath. Moving from one posture to another, often to music, this class is designed to relieve stress and connect yoga students with the authentic self in a way that brings more ease and vitality to every day.

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RHYTHMIC FLOW YOGA

Rhythm can be defined as movement or variation marked by a regular occurrence of natural flow. Just as music incorporates elements such as accent, meter, and tempo, flow yoga when combined with elements of nature, can create an opportunity for transformation and holistic well-being. Rhythmic flow classes combine vinyasa yoga, energy rejuvenation, and mindful breathing and visualization to create a dynamic experience for the practitioner. Often set to music, rhythmic flow is intended to "get your groove on" and allow you body to feel free, playful and strong.

FORM AND FLOW

In this class, alignment-informed postures are linked together with the breath to create an intelligent flowing sequence. This class places an emphasis on safety of form, offers variations for postures, and promotes greater strength and flexibility.

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WARM YOGA FLOW

Warm yoga flow is a practice of postures sequenced in an intuitive manner with attention to alignment details, healthy transitions between postures, and the integration of breath and attention. Each class strives towards an even ratio of flexibility, strength and balance postures. Special attention will be paid to how we apply effort in order to maximize benefits while also maintaining safety in this heated class. Class heat will range from 80-85 degrees.

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MANDALA FLOW

Mandala means circle or essence, while the term, “flow” has been recognized across cultures as a state known as the “action of inaction” or “doing without doing.” A flow state is characterized as complete absorption, referred to as eighth limb in yoga, or Samadhi. Mandala Flow offers an embodied inquiry into stability within fluidity, because life is inherently in motion (and especially in this part of the world). This creative, progressive breath-based moving meditation explores the wise use of vital energy, experiments in balance and being present. Benefits of sustained practice include strength, balance and flexibility, but most essentially, a greater capacity to meet each moment with grace and intelligence.

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CANDLELIGHT MANDALA FLOW

In a room lit by candles, this practice is an intimate experience in a “moving meditation.” Mandala means circle or essence, while flow has been recognized across cultures as the “action of inaction” or “doing without doing.” A “flow state” is characterized by complete absorption, referred to in the practice of yoga as Samadhi. Candlelight Mandala Flow offers an intimate setting to create stability within fluidity, explore wise of vital energy. and practice Pratyhara, or turning our attention inward. Benefits of sustained practice include strength, flexibility and balance, but most essentially, a greater capacity to flow with life

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JIVAMUKTI

Jivamukti Yoga, pronounced (Jee-va-mook-tee). Founded by David Life and Sharon Gannon. These classes are vigorous and dynamic while integrating philosophy and spiritual teachings from ancient yogic texts, chanting Sanskrit mantras, meditation and inspiring music. The 5 tenets of Jivamukti are Ahimsa (non-harming), Bhakti (devotion), Dhyana (meditation), Nada Yoga (development of a sound body and mind through deep listening) and Sastra (scripture). Taken from the Sanskrit term Jivanmukta, Jivamukti broken down - Jiva=individual soul; Mukti=liberation, in essence, “Liberation while still living in the body”; thus reminding students of the ultimate aim of the practice - Enlightenment.

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YOGA FOR ATHLETES

The main goal of the YFA class is to both strengthen and increase flexibility of the major muscles used in repetitive endurance sports: hips, quads, hamstrings, calves, achilles, ankles, and feet. In addition, it includes work on balance, core, and mental focus. Your goals in training and competition can be achieved through form and breath - what is your most efficient and economical form and fullest breath available in order to stay present even in intense situations. The YFA flow is a sequential routine with specific yoga poses and stretches designed for athletes and those of us whose flexibility is challenged. With the improvement you will experience in balance, flexibility, strength, and focus the result will be improved performance, stability, injury reduction, and faster recovery. The mental benefits of YFA yoga include mental focus and staying centered during competition.

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VINYASA ALL LEVELS

Vinyasa yoga is a series of postures, one flowing seamlessly into the next, uniting body, mind, and breath. Designed as a moving meditation, every Vinyasa class is unique, creating the opportunity to become stronger, more flexible and balanced, while practicing being present to the moment. If you are new to Vinyasa Yoga, trying a Flow class first is helpful, but not required. Some classes may be 'hot'. Please check the schedule.

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MANDALA VINYASA KRAMA

Vinyasa means to place in a special way, Krama means to move the body intelligently, while mandala means “circle,” or “essence.” Like origami, or the Japanese art of folding, the body moves progressively, breath by breath, towards one or more apex postures, much like a conscious walk up an unexplored mountain path. A moving meditation utilizing historically early yoga-asana, innovative 19th century Krishnamacharya based yoga-asana and contemporary expressions of the practice we explore the wise use of vital energy, the notion of “one’s edge,” and how the practice itself is a moving metaphor for how we live our lives. Counter postures unfold the body for seated meditation. This class is for those with a pre-existing understanding of internal alignment and a love for yogic adventure.

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VINYASA BEATS

The definition of 'Vinyasa' is linking body movement with the breath. The definition of 'Vinyasa Beats' takes it a step further offering the linking of movement and breath through music. The flow is creative and has a tendency to be experimental while also challenging. The musical influences can be broad but tend to stay within the boundaries of instrumental hip-hop and electronic.

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BHAKTI VINYASA & DANCE

A dynamic, soulful and uplifting blend of Hatha Vinyasa yoga with Kirtan Dance (temple-style folk dancing), Sanskrit chanting, story-telling and meditation. "Bhakti" is the yoga of the heart; the path of love. In this tradition, song, dance and story are spiritual practices designed to deepen our personal relationship with the Divine. Opening the voice in sacred chanting, the body through asana and dance, and the heart and mind through meditation can be profoundly healing and empowering. This class will have you moving, sweating, singing, and dancing with all your heart, and resting in the deep stillness of meditation that follows.

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BHAKTI VINYASA FLOW

"Bhakti" is the yoga of the heart, the path of love. This unique class incorporates traditional bhakti practices like kirtan, storytelling, mantra and meditation into a strong, flowing asana practice that is not too hard and not too soft. Together we will work to create balance, connection and healing for body and soul. Recommended for practitioners who already have foundational experience with alignment principles.

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FULL LED PRIMARY

A dynamic, flowing vinyasa practice, the Ashtanga Primary Series is the foundation for many modern flow, power, and vinyasa style classes. The series is a set sequence that starts with sun salutations and standing postures to build internal heat and strength, and moves on to an increasingly deeper set of forward folds and hip openers that are linked together through active vinyasa. The finishing postures of backbends and inversions serve to integrate this intense, purifying practice. Strong attention is given to the connection of breath and movement. Not appropriate for absolute beginners to flow-based practices.

*On new and full moon days, there will be NO Ashtanga practice at Breathe. Please check the live schedule before attending.

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MYSORE

The traditional method for practicing the Ashtanga Vinyasa method, Mysore is a self-led form of practice. To the new comer, the practice may feel disjointed and chaotic, but after a period of assimilation, a meditative flow guides one's practice. In a Mysore class, you develop a close relationship with your teacher, your breath, and your bodymind. You will be given postures one at a time, and be asked to 'learn' the series before moving on to more complex poses. The aim is to build a progressive, safe, and sustainable practice that facilitates continuous awakening from patterns and habits. If you are new to vinyasa-based yoga, expect a vigorous, dynamic practice.

*On new and full moon days, there will be NO Ashtanga practice at Breathe. Please check the live schedule before attending.

THERAPEUTICS

These classes are designed to alleviate physical and emotional stress, and intelligently address how we work with injuries and/or chronic physical conditions. Yoga Therapeutics benefits all levels of practice and all ages. Please inform your teacher of any injury, pain or chronic conditions prior to class.
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YIN YOGA

A meditative, healing practice using passive, long-held floor poses. Yin yoga bypasses the muscles and allows you to nourish and strengthen the deeper tissues. Connective tissues, fascia, joints, ligaments and bones receive gentle, low load stress. The poses are held between 2-5 minutes and the muscles stay passive in order to pass the stress on to the deeper tissues. Each Yin pose is an opportunity to go inward and find an appropriate balance of effort and ease. It is a wonderful complement to an active (Yang) practice and a much needed tool for anyone who needs to unwind a tight body, mind or heart. Yin is suitable for all levels, including beginners.

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RESTORATIVE YOGA

Restorative Yoga is an excellent pathway to quiet the mind and calm the body. With the use of props such as blocks, bolsters and blankets, restorative postures release tension and encourage surrender into a deeper sense of relaxation and stillness. Restorative yoga classes are perfect for all ages, all levels of experience and stages of flexibility.

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CORE RELEASE & RESTORE

Core Release and Restore™ uses restorative and therapeutic yoga as well as neurogenic tremoring influenced by the TREs by David Bercelli, to help promote psoas and iliopsoas health to enhance our emotional and physical well-being. The psoas muscle is a primal, instinctive, multi dimensional muscle that directly interacts with our brain and nervous system and is the only muscle that connects the upper and lower body. Throughout our daily interactions, they are constantly communicating with all of our organs and other systems in the body including the kidneys, the heart, the diaphragm and reproductive organs as their nerve endings literally integrate with one another.  At a physical level, these muscles connect the upper and lower body and are also know as our hip flexors. At an emotional level, this muscle plays a major role in our survival instincts and is the primary muscle that activates fight or flight and is instructing our nervous system at a primal level as to how to activate that system.   At an energetic level, it is located in the area where our first four chakras reside and greatly affects the overall energetic body. Certain physical activities, the stresses of everyday life, physical or emotional trauma, and aging can wreak havoc on our psoas muscles which can cause dehydration to the muscle, limited mobility, pain, emotional issues, and a deregulated nervous system.   This class investigates ways to subtly (and not so subtly) release, unravel, hydrate, lengthen, and soften our psoas and iliopsoas muscles through gentle/restorative asana, somatic movement, sound, and neurogenic tremoring. This is an all levels class and is suitable for just about anyone. Not recommended for those who are pregnant. If you are pregnant, please let the teacher know at the beginning of class.

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GENTLE YOGA

Gentle Yoga is a combination of postures coordinated with the breath, performed at a gentle pace which allows time to be present in each pose. This class provides the opportunity to explore your practice, to find the play between strength and flexibility, stability and ease, and to gain a greater understanding of physical alignment and balance. Gentle yoga is for all levels of experience and flexibility.

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KUNDALINI YOGA

The term, 'Kundalini', is derived from the sanskit word for 'coiled'. It refers to the life force of energy that exists at the base of the spine. Every human on earth has this reservoir of energy, and there is now a resurgence of yogis that are experiencing a new vitality in their lives by practicing the art of awakening this coiled energy. A traditional Kundalini Yoga class consists of postures, pranayam, mudras, mantra, and meditation. The kriyas, or 'set of actions', are scientifically designed to strengthen and stimulate the nerves, digestion, circulation, glands, and brain. Balancing and restoring health to the chakras, or 'energy centers', is also a major focus, as well as enhancing the beauty of the aura. As a result, practitioners are often seen as having that healthy "yoga glow". Their radiance is palpable and contagious and a general sense of emotional well-being and confidence exudes when a yogi takes on a daily practice of this ancient science and technology. Aside from the fitness-based benefits Kundalini Yoga offers, there is a very profound transformation that yogis of this lineage also experience. We are living in a time when millions of people around the globe are asking the question: "Who am I and what is my purpose?" This spiritual awakening is a process of discovery and purification of the powers and knowledge that naturally exist within us. It is a process of alignment of our physical, emotional and mental bodies, which once aligned give us the projection of the Self with a strength never experienced before. Kundalini Yoga & Meditation is such a process. It is an ancient science and technology often referred to as the "yoga of awareness". Because its dawning on the planet is said to be around 40,000 years ago during a very harmonious, peaceful time, it is also referred to as the "mother of all yoga". It is a practice that stands up for our higher Self and the wellness of all living beings, so that we are destined to experience the happiness and fulfillment for which we strive.

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YOGA FOR CANCER*

In partnership with Cancer CAREpoint, Breathe offers this free weekly class to support our South Bay community. This class incorporates breath work, guided meditation, gentle movements, and supported resting postures to improve circulation and reduce stress, while emphasizing the unique needs of the cancer patient, survivor, and caregiver. No prior experience is required, and all levels of health are welcome. This class is intended for the following populations only:

  • People who have had cancer or are going through treatment now
  • Caregivers of people with cancer
  • Professionals (medical, complementary therapists) who work with cancer
  • Yoga teachers who want to work with people with cancer

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WELLNESS YOGA

This class provides a way to improve total quality of life for those dealing with with chronic pain, compromised immune systems and chronic stress from illness or injury. Through practicing supported restorative postures, gentle movements, healing breath, guided imagery and relaxation techniques, you will learn how to to effectively apply yogahealing tools. No prior yoga experience is needed; please inform your instructor of any specific needs.

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CHAIR YOGA***

This gentle form of yoga is practiced in a chair. Some standing poses will be practiced (chairs can be used for support). We will focus on strength, flexibility, balance and breath. This is a great class for students with mobility issues due to aging and body constitution or those recovering from recent surgeries.

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TThis traditional yoga class is designed to gently awaken and strengthen the mind/body connection through the combined use of asana (postures), pranayam (breath work), and meditation/guided relaxation techniques. This class uses a breath-centric approach to help you find and connect to your early morning energy and explore the old world traditions of yoga. Each class begins with breath work and builds on the breath in varying ways to enhance the experience of the postures. By integrating the breath into practice, we develop the connection between body and mind using mindfulness to stay present and consistent. This gentle, but therapeutic class is welcoming! Come and learn to listen to your body, grow strong, and find a little peace of mind.
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TERGAR MEDITATION GROUP**

Based on the Joy of Living teachings of Mingyur Rinpoche, our unique approach to meditation focuses on working with the challenges of day-to-day life to create a peaceful mind and open heart. Our meditation group includes short presentations on the basics of meditation practice, guided meditations, and group discussions. The group is open to everyone, regardless of religious or cultural background. Feel free to drop in anytime.

ASIAN ARTS

Often referred to as meditation in motion, Asian Arts incorporates tai chi and qi gong, an entirely distinct modality that compliments a traditional yoga practice. Easy on the joints, these practices are designed to harmonize the internal organs and energetic systems.

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TAI CHI - QI GONG

Learn how to maintain and increase your own vitality with this simple but profound class. Each class will integrate gentle movements that stretch and strengthen your entire body with techniques that expand your breath and balance your mind. Each morning you will have a chance to learn simple and effective routines that energize, cleanse, and harmonize your body’s internal organs and energetic systems. Sometimes called "Chinese yoga," Tai Chi and Qi Gong healing exercises were developed in the earliest dynasties of China and have now spread throughout the globe. This unique opportunity to practice these ancient Chinese energizing techniques is not to be missed!

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TAI CHI FLOW

Adam teaches tai chi in a format that imparts the spirit and benefits of tai chi without the years of study. This style was originally created in China in the 1920s as TaijiCao and enables you to learn tai chi without having to learn all the long, technically complicated forms. In fact, there’s no learning at all; students just follow the instructor to the gentle beat of music. Most students feel Qi flowing through their hands in their very first class. The goal of this class is to develop a flow state and maintain it throughout the class. Even the least coordinated students will find themselves flowing in Adam’s tai chi class; developing balance, coordination, proprioception and more. Adam Sewell has been playing Yang, Wu and Chen styles of tai chi for over 20 years. His website can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/adamsewellness/. His Facebook page can be found at ‘Adam Sewell Yoga And Tai Chi.’

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DAOIST YOGA

Rather than focusing on stability, as in many Indian yogas, Daoist yoga emphasizes mastery of change. Daoist yoga fosters grace, strength, and flexibility by using unique exercises that delve deep into your structural web and reach your very bones. Here you will learn to tap into your own vitality using a combination of Daoist animal calisthenics, slow gong-fu (kung-fu) movements, yin and yang yoga postures, internal alchemy, and qigong (chi-kung) flow. Try this class to explore a new layer of yourself, or use it to add more depth and integrity to your physical movements.

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YOGA FUSION

Yoga Fusion addresses the elements of our human being; the mental, emotional, energetic and physical being. Practices will be used from both Taoist and Indian yoga traditions and will include Hatha Yoga poses and breathing, Qi Gong, self-massage, yoga philosophy and meditation. The practice will take a holistic approach that involves building awareness of the various levels of our being (mental, emotional, bio-energetic, and physical). The goal is to build an actual skill set that will allow us to become self-empowered in managing our own holistic health. We will be actively working to transform our relationship to our body an our minds. Please be aware that the class for mat will be more workshop oriented and less of a workout format. The class will usually begin with a ten minute lecture or discussion to introduce the principles that will be covered during the class. The class will end in seated meditation.

HYBRID/FAMILY

Breathe’s mission is to empower everyone, from babies to seniors, to practice a style of yoga that is right for their bodies. Classes that take place in the air (Flying Lotus™) or on a paddleboard (Floating Lotus) offer innovative ways of engaging your yoga practice so that yoga isn’t something that just takes place on the mat, but in every aspect of your life.

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FLYING LOTUS YOGA™ - ALL LEVELS

Flying Lotus™ Aerial Yoga offers you a new way to enjoy your yoga practice. The fundamental principles of flight are introduced in a fun, mobile setting combining breath work with postures using a sling! Open to all levels. This class focuses on strength conditioning and safety to help build your confidence to take your flight training to the next level! Focused on the basics of the Vinyasa series, we cover techniques and postures to manage the use of a sling and develop more confidence in each pose. This class is suitable for beginners. If you're interested in learning more about our flight classes, please see our FAQ page. Note: Children under the age of 12 years old will not be eligible for this class without an interview with a Flying Lotus™ teacher.

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YOUTH YOGA

Calling all youth ages ~4-12 ... come and explore yoga in a fun and safe practice cultivating strength, flexibility, mindfulness and an awesome connection with peers. We will practice youth-friendly postures, breathing, partner poses, thai yoga, and other fun activities centered around themes such as compassion, gratitude, honesty, adventure, etc. Parents/grandparents/caregivers are welcome to attend the adult flow class that will be offered in the opposite room, same time! Come enjoy something for EVERYONE!

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MOM AND BABY

Mom and Baby yoga is a class for mothers and their babies from 8 weeks to 12 months. Its a time of bonding with baby, while incorporating yoga poses. We will sing, share stories, andtake part in Yoga Asana while bonding with our little ones. This is a free flowing class where mothers are free; to nurse, change diapers, or just simply relax with their babies. Mothers will experience the healing that Yoga Asana brings to postpartum bodies, as well as the beautiful bonding that happens in exercises with our babies. Please make sure to bring a baby blanket and anything your baby may need. Mothers will need a yoga mat. Since this class is mixed levels and mixed ages, we will have modifications for exercises.

  

*Donation-based classes are funded through memberships. They are community classes for populations that need our help and support. Most classes have a recommended donation amount. Please inquire when signing in at the front desk.

**Free classes are supported by our membership and regular scheduling.

*** Community classes cost $8 for a drop-in instead of the regular $22.