GET UP ‘N GO MORNING FLOW
MON, WED & FRI 6.45 – 8AM
Start your day off just right!! This 1 1/4HR class includes dynamic flows to warm up the body, with a strong focus on standing poses, balances and core work to build strength, improve flexibility and enhance balance and co-ordination skills. Breathing exercises 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!
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.
THURS: 5.30 – 6.45PM
All levels welcome! A slower paced Vinyasa class with a strong focus on foundational standing poses, standing balances, backbends and seated hip openers. The slightly slower pace allows for focus on proper alignment, along with the appropriate use of props as needed. The practice opens with joint mobility work and simple poses to release neck, shoulder and upper back tension. These are followed by slow and gentle Sun Salutations on the floor to create a soft heat in the body that releases tension in the hips and lower back. Standing poses and standing balances release tension in the legs while still building strength and prepare the hips and spine for gentle backbends. These foundational backbends bring strength to weaker back muscles and open the chest for fuller breathing. These poses are followed by cooling inversions which are well supported. The seated poses include gentle twists, forward bends and hip openers to wind down the energy of the class which then closes with simple pranayama and a juicy savasana.
Arm balances and heating inversions are not included in this practice so this class is well suited for those students with wrist or shoulder injuries, students new to a vinyasa practice or for those students who use their upper body muscles extensively in their work or sports. It is also a perfect way to unwind from a hard day’s work!!!
DEEP STRETCH – HIP AND SHOULDER OPENING
MON: .30- 6.45PM
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
TUES 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.
SAT 10.30 – 12PM
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
TUES 10.15 – 11.30AM
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.
TUES & THURS 7 – 8AM
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 Qi Gong practices at Maha Yoga 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.
After students build an appropriate foundation, they may be invited to study at deeper levels with higher level masters and grandmasters abroad. Deeper level study in Taoist skills includes and is not limited to swordsmanship, music, kung fu, and the healing arts.
WED: 4 – 5.15PM
Pilates conditions the whole body, By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely in tune with your body and learn how to control its movements. In Pilates the quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency.
Pilates is gentle – but also challenging! Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight bearing. Pilates is so safe, it is used in physical therapy facilities to rehabilitate injuries.
Modifications to the exercises allow for a range of difficulty ranging from beginning to advanced.
Develop a strong core – flat abdominals and a strong back
Control of the core is achieved by integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle.
Gain long, lean muscles and flexibility
Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.
Create an evenly conditioned body, improve sports performance, and prevent injuries
Many conventional workouts tend to work the same muscles. This leads weak muscles to get weaker and strong muscles to get stronger. The result is muscular imbalance – a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain.
Learn how to move efficiently
Pilates exercises train several muscle groups at once in smooth, continuous movements. By developing proper technique, you can train your body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion – invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture and optimal health.