Yoga Village students can choose from a diverse range of yoga classes.
Kundalini yoga, a Raja or royal yoga, is known as the yoga of awareness. It was introduced to the west by Kundalini Yoga master Yogi Bhajan in the late 1960s. Using breath work, movement called kriyas, chanting and meditation, students can experience physical, emotional and spiritual healing and uplifting. Kundalini yoga balances and strengthens the glandular and nervous systems and so is a powerful tool to help relieve stress and anxiety and bring about a sense of peace and calm in our daily lives. Every class is different and appropriate for beginners to experienced practitioners. Read more about Kundalini Yoga here.
Hatha is the style of yoga people typically think of when they hear the word yoga. It includes a combination of physical postures and exercises that work on the body and, in turn, the mind. A Hatha practice relaxes the body, calms the mind and brings greater awareness to life. There are many types of Hatha yoga, such as Vinyasa, Power and Restorative, each focusing on a specific aspect and benefit of yoga such as flexibility, strength and relaxation. Read more about Hatha Yoga here.
A detoxifying approach to Hatha, this yoga is practiced in a room that is heated to about 100-degrees. The heat allows the muscles to become more flexible, and creates internal and external heat so the body can release impurities and toxins by sweating. Heat the body from the inside out with a continuous flow of asanas, synchronized by an inhale or an exhale to every movement. Get ready to sweat and rid toxins from your body. Some yoga experience is suggested. Water and towel required. Ages 16 and older.
Warm and Hot Flow:
In a heated room — about 85-degrees for Warm Flow, and about 95-degrees for Hot Flow — this class combines the sweat and toxin-release of a hot class with the breath and movement connection of a Vinyasa Flow. Students will practice several postures, changing sequences with each practice. They can choose to move gracefully with ease, or they can power it up, depending on their energy at that moment. Leave the ego at the door and have fun! Warm flow for all ages, hot flow for ages 16 and older.
Amrit Yoga, developed by Gurudev Yogi Amrit Desai, is a metaphor for life: The skills of mindful attention and meditative awareness you develop on the yoga mat extend to challenges you encounter in life. Connecting yoga practice with the ancient roots and fundamental principles as codified by Patanjali, Amrit Yoga combines the strengths of Hatha and Raja Yoga into one system. It utilizes the mental and spiritual disciplines, plus inwardly focused attention and meditative awareness along with postures and pranayamas. It uses the body as an entry point to explore, experience and release psychosomatic blocks that prevent us from tapping into the source of the infinite potential within. The purpose for the practice is to enter the integrated state of our being.
Yoga Nidra, the deep sleep of the yogis, is a unique combination of alert awareness and deepest relaxation. It takes you to the alpha and theta states of consciousness, far beyond ordinary waking consciousness. In these deep states, the mystical integrative powers of the higher centers of consciousness are released, giving you direct access to your own intuition, creativity, health and abundance. The purpose of Yoga Nidra is to awaken the infinite potential that is dormant within you. All physical, mental or emotional tensions must be countered by the balancing factor of deep rest and relaxation. Yoga Nidra is designed to provide just that level of relaxation and integration where natural healing is awakened spontaneously and effortlessly. Students are guided through a series of breathing exercises and simple instructions while lying down or seated comfortably. This class requires no previous yoga or meditation experience.
Ashtanga classes consist of a sequence of postures taken from the primary series flow developed by K. Pattabhi Jois. It began in the early 1900s with the belief that it was the original asana practice as intended by Patanjali, involving all eight limbs of yoga. The intention is for students to learn a set sequence of postures so they can focus on the breath during each movement. It is a meditative practice that offers an opportunity for students to gain both the spiritual and physiological benefits of yoga. This class is appropriate for intermediate to advanced practitioners.
Vinyasa is a ayoga technique where a progressive series of postures is synchronized with a specific breathing technique. It usually produces an internal heat that detoxifies muscles and organs, leading to improved circulation, a strong body and a calm mind. This energetic class, appropriate for all levels, also enhances flexibility and balance and creates an awareness of how breath assists movement.
This class is a challenging blend of sun salutations, arm balances and inversions for the athletic yogi. The teacher will guide students through the sequences and offer modifications. Great for building strength and revving up the metabolism.
Pregnancy is an exceptional time for a mother-to-be to connect with her baby physically, energetically and spiritually in a unique way. Our Kundalini and Hatha-based Prenatal Yoga classes feature exercises and stretches that build strength and stamina, and soften and open the hips, helping an expectant mom to help prepare her body for labor. Prenatal yoga classes also include special pregnancy meditations to help mom feel peaceful and tranquil during her pregnancy. Read more about Prenatal Yoga here.
Baby & Me:
At six weeks postpartum, moms are ready to get out, meet other moms, and share some fun time with their babies while also beginning to restore the energy and strength they used for pregnancy and birth. Yoga rejuvenates in a gentle yet strengthening way and offers new moms a place for quiet, companionship, laughter and support. The gentle yoga class flows with baby’s feedings and diaper changes. It’s a relaxed, casual atmosphere where no rules apply. Moms and babies who are not yet crawling can come as they are to enjoy yoga, relaxation and friendship. No yoga experience required. Bring water and diapers! Read more about Baby & Me here.
This fun and lively yoga class combines children’s love for movement with stories, songs and games. Children will strengthen their bodies while learning to focus their minds in this kid-sized introduction to yoga and meditation. Best for children ages 4 through 9 who are comfortable in a class without a parent.
Restorative yoga uses restful poses and props to stimulate and relax the body as it moves toward balance. It is sometimes referred to as “active relaxation” and is an excellent way for students to take a rest and rejuvenate from the outside world. Restorative is a meditative practice that is also beneficial for those recovering from or dealing with physical pain, muscle tightness or illnesses in their bodies. No yoga experience needed.
Meditation and Gong:
Following light movement and meditation, students enjoy a long savasana (corpse pose) while listening to the sound of the gong. Meditation serves to calm the mind, offering the practitioner a way to come to a neutral mind and a place of peace. Partnering it with the wave-like sound of the gong further restores and heals the body. No yoga experience is required, just a desire to rest and restore.
A Oneness Blessing is a transfer of energy, known as Deeksha, where a trained deeksha-giver places his or her hands on the recipient’s head to share a Divine energy that can help the recipient to awaken spiritually. Oneness can also help one to experience a growth in consciousness that can lead to an expanded awareness of love, joy, compassion, togetherness, and focus in all of life’s activities and when facing life’s inevitable challenges. In addition to regular blessings, the Oneness community offers occasional trainings and special events at Yoga Village.
Thank you to Shakta Kaur Khalsa for her kind permission to use information from her book “K.I.S.S. Guide to Yoga.”