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.
FLOW & HOLD YOGA
This class guides you through upbeat vinyasa flows and long-held asana to provide a well-rounded practice. It starts with flow to warm the body, bring movement to the joints, and provide a focal point for the mind. Then as the asana practice deepens, we attempt to find ease and stillness in our postures, refining them, holding them, and resting between them in order to notice the sensations that arise as we allow ourselves to sink into this quieted space. The contrasts of movement and stillness, tension and relaxation, and shifts in focus and breath deepen our awareness of our current state.
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.
MEDITATION AND FLOW
This class is designed to blend the benefits of a traditional flow class and seated meditation practice. The majority of the class will be creating fluidity in your yoga practice with sun salutations and an apex posture. We will be linking breath to movement. A smaller portion of the class will be spent in guided meditation. The idea is to cultivate mindfulness within the fast flow of life and also within the stillness. The benefits are improved strength, flexibility, and overall energetic awareness.
Morning Flow. It’s better than a cup of coffee. Greet the morning with this 75 minute alignment based flow class that incorporates movement, pranayama and meditation. 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. Classes will end with a brief meditation to get centered in preparation for the day ahead. This class is aimed to a wide range of practitioners, with a moderate level of intensity. Come sleepy, leave happy.
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.
FUSION FLOW + FITNESS
Traditional yoga with an emphasis on building strong, mobile, functional legs & feet, and core integration. Classes vary and may be peppered with Tai Chi inspired movement, muscle toning, and cardio bursts, but always with the goal of building breath, bandha, dristi, inner space and good form. Generally, the class will be warm-up, flow & tone, mobility, inversion, pranayama/sitting, savasana.
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.
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
Sadhana, or “Spiritual Practice”, combines the technique of vinyasa flow with meditation, pranayama, Sanskrit chanting, and sonic seasonings (great music). This dynamic yet sustainable practice imparts both modern and ancient yogic teachings while exploring personal structure and form for efficacy and embodiment of the yoga poses. This mental, physical, and spiritual practice culminates into a deeper dive into your own unique and personal Sadhana while in joyful community. Be prepared to move, sweat, and laugh. Although this class is open to all levels, this practice does vary in its intensity and it’s recommended that you have a basic knowledge of your body in motion to receive the full benefits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ARM BALANCE RECESS
There are many mental and physical benefits when arm balances are practiced in a safe way. In this class we will cultivate both ahimsa (non violence) and aparigraha (non attachment) as we build the fundamentals for asana with our hands as our base. Safety and fun being the top priority, this class will focus on the hands/wrists, arms/shoulders, and core. At certain times, concepts will be broken down in detail as you would find in a workshop setting. Knowing where your limits are, come with a playful attitude and be ready to have some fun. Students should have a basic vinyasa practice.
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.
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 Together. Please check the live schedule before attending.