GET UP ‘N GO MORNING FLOW
MON, WED & FRI 6.45 – 8AM
Free parking right outside the studio until 8.30am
Start your day off just right!! This Intermediate/Advanced 1 1/4HR class includes dynamic flows to warm up the body, with a strong focus on standing poses, standing balances and core work to build strength, improve flexibility and enhance balance and co-ordination skills. The practice also includes arm balances and inversions to challenge students upper body strength. Breathing exercises and cleansing practices will enhance the benefits of the asana practice and leave you feeling physically energized and strong but also clear headed, centered and inspired! You will leave ready for a day ahead of work and play!
MEET THE TEACHER – KARIN KUHN
DAILY 8.30AM (except Wed mornings)
The morning classes are guided by Karin who brings her 15 years of teaching experience and a unique blend of asana, yogic philosophy, and chanting to create an uplifting experience that energizes the body, calms the mind and opens the heart! The slightly longer class provides students with enough time to explore and find proper alignment in a pose while still challenging themselves to move dynamically, building heat and strength. The classes have a strong focus on standing poses and balances to build functional strength in the legs and to the open hips; core work to support upper body strength and gentle backbends to strengthen the back and open the shoulders. More advanced poses such as deeper backbends, inversions and arm balances are explored towards the middle of the class and seated hip openers and cooling inversions follow at the end. This well rounded practice will develop strength, mobility and balance.
BAPTISTE POWER YOGA
MEET TEACHER – CARA GRIFFIN
TUES & THURS 6.45 – 8AM
MON, WED & FRI 10.30 – 11.45AM
TUES & THURS 5.30 – 6.45PM
Free parking right outside the studio until 8.30am
This dynamic vinyasa class builds heat, stabilizes the joints, and allows the body to experience full range of motion through intelligent sequencing. With an emphasis on spinal alignment, pelvic stability, and a healthy sense of humor, these classes use props and hands on assists to optimize biofeedback through experiential learning.
Baptiste Power Yoga encourages the development of an inner wisdom by utilizing breath expansion exercises, or pranayama to explore an embodied awareness. Each class progresses systematically towards a MAHA or peak posture, challenging the practitioner to be open to transformation through forward momentum. Suitable for advanced beginners and long time practitioners, this holistic practice includes standing postures, balance, twists, arm-balances, backbends, core, inversions, seated hip opening postures, svanasana and meditation.
You’ll leave feeling connected, inspired and prepared to respond to life’s challenges off the mat.
DEEP STRETCH – HIP AND SHOULDER OPENING
MEET THE TEACHER – KARIN KUHN
WED: 5.30- 6.45PM
SAT 8.30 – 10AM
All levels welcome! This class is designed to move at a much slower pace. Many of the poses are propped and held for a few minutes so that we can really “sink” into areas of tension and holding. We can move into deeper tissues such as tendons, ligaments, scar tissue and fascia. There is deep attention to the breath and exploration of how moving slowly and breathing deeply can profoundly transform the shape of the body and the mind.
Most poses are done on the floor with use of props (straps, blocks, bolsters and blankets). There are no “Sun Salutations”, very few standing poses (if any), no standing or arm balances. Inversions are cooling and most often propped. Classes can include pranayama and students get to enjoy a longer savasana.
This class is a perfect counter balance to a stronger more dynamic practice but offers more poses than a restorative class or yin class. It provides an excellent “active rest” day/practice for those students with a strong, regular vinyasa practice. It is the perfect way to wind down from a busy day or week and to start the weekend off relaxed and refreshed!
HATHA YOGA FOUNDATIONS
MEET THE TEACHER – MELANIE EHLAN
MON 5.30 – 6.45PM
This class is ideal for students new to the practice or more experienced practitioners looking to slow down and work on alignment and refinement of foundational poses.
The primary focus will be on standing poses, standing balances, core work, and gentle backbends. Poses will be practiced both on the floor and standing. The feet will be greatly strengthened, knee range of motion improved, the legs will be strengthened and hip range of motion vastly improved. A strong attention to developing deep core stabilization strength will improve balance and upper body range of motion and strength.
This class has a slow pace, poses are held longer and with great attention to alignment through the use of props (straps, blocks, blankets, bolsters, bars and the wall)
Students will receive clear and precise verbal instruction, gentle and appropriate adjustments and education on the use of props and variations to suit their needs. The slower pace allows students to develop good practice habits and understand the art and science behind intelligent, progressive sequencing which will allow them to go deeper into the poses safely. They will gain the skills to develop a home practice and cultivate the confidence to move into a more challenging group environment.
Viniyoga is an ancient Sanskrit term that implies differentiation, adaptation, and appropriate application. As a practice methodology it offers a comprehensive and authentic transmission of the teachings of yoga including āsana (body), prāṇāyāma (breath), bandha (energetic locks), sound/chanting, meditation (mind), personal ritual and study of philosophical texts .
What distinguishes Viniyoga from other forms of yoga?
There are four points that characterize the main difference between the Viniyoga approach and most other forms of āsana practice:
- Function Over Form – The emphasis on function rather than form in āsana practice, and the science of adapting the forms of the postures to achieve different results
- Breath and Adaptation – The emphasis on breath as the medium for movement in āsana, and the science of adapting the pattern of breathing in āsana to produce different effects
- Repetition and Stay – The use of repetition into and out of the postures, as well as holding the postures
- Art and Science of Sequencing – The refined art and science of sequencingwhich allows teachers to create practices of different orientation, length, and intensity to suit the intention and context of each practice and/or practitioner
MEET THE TEACHER – KATE NEWELL
TUES 10.15 – 11.30AM – CLASSES RESUME OCT 17TH
The Kaiut method is a biomechanics yoga practice developed by Brazilian yoga teacher Francisco Kaiut. It is deeply influenced by his professional practice as a chiropractor and his education in craniosacral and polarity therapies, deep tissue massage and hatha yoga.
Kaiut yoga uses basic poses and shapes to create a practice that is challenging and yet accessible to all regardless of flexibility, strength, age or experience. It has been designed to focus on the joints and work through chronic pain and injuries as well as general aches and stiffness. The teaching style encourages a state of relaxation throughout the class facilitating stress reduction and support of the Parasympathetic nervous system.
HATHA YOGA FUSION
MEET THE TEACHER:
Saturday 10.30 – 11.45am
This class is a delicious fusion of Kundalini , Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra. The practice opens with Kundalini exercises, breathing practices and simple mantras to set a clear heart based intention for the practice ahead. Following this warm up students move to the Hatha Yoga practice with a focus primarily on standing poses, standing balances and gentle backbends. This more heating element of the practice is then balanced as students come to the floor for supported restorative hip and shoulder opening poses in order to cool the body. The practice closes with a 15 min Yoga Nidra which guides one towards a state of deep relaxation that allows the body to integrate the physical and energetic practices, leaving one feeling relaxed but open and ready to move into the day.
CORE CONDITIONING PILATES
MEET THE TEACHER – LINDA STOBART
TUES 10.30- 11.45AM – start Oct 17th
This class has been developed with Yogis in mind! Linda Stobart is a highly experienced Pilates teacher and devoted student of Yoga. Karin Kuhn, Owner and Senior Teacher at Maha Yoga, has been teaching yoga since 2004 and is a certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. Together these teachers have identified areas of weakness or compensation that often present in a yoga practice and through day to day movements in work and sports. This class will use classic mat Pilates exercises as well as other Core Conditioning exercises and drills to support better spinal mobility and strength, hip strength as well as to cultivate the upper body flexibility and strength needed to support and progress a Yoga asana practice in an intelligent and safe way.
This will be a full body “conditioning” class using yoga props (mats, blocks, blankets, straps) and other stability challenging tools. Emphasis will be on developing proper moving and breathing mechanics through progressions to cultivate strength and control. The class will close with a full body stretching routine to balance out the strength work.
In this class you will :
- Learn how to move efficiently and effectively
- Develop a strong core – flat abdominals and a strong back
- Gain long, lean muscles and flexibility
- Create an evenly conditioned body which will improve sports performance and prevent injuries
MEET THE TEACHER – CHANDRA NANETTE BOWEN
STAY TUNED!!! Dates TBA
Yoga Nidra(“yogic sleep”) is a state of consciousness. Like lucid dreaming, it lies between sleep and wakefulness, a place where ancient yogis believed one could realize one’s true Self.
iRest® Yoga Nidra meditation is a modern-day adaptation of this ancient practice of healing. It is a form of mind-body training, with clinically researched demonstrable effects shown to increase happiness, improve sleep, increase energy, and decrease stress, anxiety, and depression.
This meditation practice begins with a gentle movement series, followed by a supported restorative meditative posture (you’ll rest in a supportive reclined position with props). We will then explore the space between wakefulness and sleep where deep healing and restoration can occur.
All are welcome. No yoga or meditation experience required. ALL YOU NEED IS YOU!
TAOIST QI GONG
MEET THE TEACHER – TYLER STATTIN
FOUNDATIONS – MON 7-8PM
INTERMEDIATE – MON & WED 7-8PM
These classes are not available on a drop in or class pass pass. Only through the monthly membership program.
Taoism is the study and embodiment of Natural Law aka Universal Principal. The study of Taoist medicine includes Acupuncture, Herbology and Qi Gong.
Qi Gong means “Energy Skill.” Qi Gong is physical exercise that includes methods to increase strength, flexibility, stamina, focus, circulation, concentration, agility, timing, and intuition. Traditional Taoist Qi Gong is deeply healing and immediately improves one’s overall quality of life and awareness of the oneness and connectivity of Nature and the Universe.
The Foundation Class/Membership is for those committed beginners ready to learn the foundational practices and principles.
The Intermediate Level Membership offers twice weekly classes (Mon & Wed evenings) are for those students who have built an appropriate foundation and have been invited to study at deeper levels.
The Qi Gong practices are taught by a direct lineage holder Master and are an entry point for deeper study for those who prove themselves worthy and capable of carrying the responsibility of humanities oldest Taoist techniques of power and internal alchemy. Deeper level study in Taoist skills includes and is not limited to swordsmanship, music, kung fu, and the healing arts.