Foundations of Yoga
Tailored for beginners and anyone returning to their practice, this class focuses on the core elements of a traditional yoga practice. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of yoga including seated, standing and grounding poses, breathing exercise, stress-reduction through meditation, and basic yoga philosophy.
Foundations of Yoga is a gradual progression as students will have the opportunity to get specific guidance to help improve balance, flexibility and to build strength & stamina creating a strong foundation for your yoga practice and everyday life!
This class is oriented toward new and experienced students who are interested in a more moderately paced practice. In this class, we review the fundamentals of basic standing, seated and supine poses with attention to precision of movement and body alignment. We begin the exploration yogic breathing and linking breath with movement. With regular practice, expect to build strength and flexibility in the entire body. Variations and modifications are offered so that students may experience poses in a way that caters to them personally.
Refine poses learned in ‘Yoga Basics.’ In this class, we begin to link poses and start to incorporate Sun Salutations. You'll learn additional standing, seated and supine poses that develop balance, increase flexibility in the hips and hamstrings, and poses that build strength in the upper body and core.
A dynamic class that focuses on building strength, increasing flexibility, and preparing the body for a deeper practice. Increase flexibility in the hips, back, and hamstrings while strengthening the abdomen, back, and upper body through standing poses, balancing poses, forward bends, back bends, revolved poses, and hip-openers. Focuses on precision of movement to maximize the benefits of poses. Modify poses as flexibility increases and hold poses longer to build strength as the session progresses. Arm balances and inversions (headstand, shoulder stand, and handstand) are introduced with step-by-step instruction. Explore breathing techniques.
Build strength and stamina by flowing from pose to pose in this moderately-paced class. Emphasis is on sun salutations, maintaining steady yogic breathing, standing poses, seated poses, and twists. In this fun, flowing class poses are linked together in sequences that focusing on pairing breathing with movement to stretch the body while releasing tension and clearing the mind. Poses may be held between flow sequences to build strength.
This class combines traditional yoga poses & breathing techniques with functional movements designed to build strength in your whole body. Emphasis is placed on training your muscles to work together to prepare them for daily tasks, sports, or work. Each class is designed to build strength in areas that lead to improved stability, balance, and focus. Students are offered a variety of modifications in order to challenge themselves, at their level, with the guidance of the teacher. Some yoga experience is helpful! Formerly "Yoga for Strength," this class is offered at an Intermediate level.
In this slow-paced class standing, supine and seated poses are done with the support of blankets, blocks, chairs, and other props. Emphasizes strengthening and improving flexibility, developing body awareness, and learning to move with proper alignment and support of props. This class may be appropriate for seniors, anyone recovering from minor injuries, and for those with chronic physical conditions. Beginners welcome!
Yoga for Osteoporosis & Osteopenia
Osteoporosis is a serious condition that affects 55,000 Americans. It weakens bones and increases the risk for serious fractures of the spine and hips. Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall developed a yoga practice, accessible to everybody, that has been shown to improve bone density in 80% of their study participants. In this class you will learn important information about osteopenia and osteoporosis, the 18-20 poses that were chosen specifically to strengthen and increase bone density and modifications of the poses to keep you safe. Forward folding and Sun Salutations will be avoided in this class. Each student will move through the three levels of poses to reach their fullest potential. Props are available as needed. In this class you will strongly engage your muscles and use oppositional force to encourage the bones to improve their density. Missy will help you to move safely through the varying levels of the poses to help you reach your highest form.
Yoga with Weights
Yoga with Weights is a fun and innovative way to add weight-bearing exercise to your yoga routine! By adding light 2-5 lb weights to your practice, this class will help you improve muscle mass, bone density, and even cardiovascular fitness. The teacher will guide you step-by-step and offer variations that you can do! Please bring your own small weights or soup cans.
Trauma Informed Yoga
This class focuses on mind-body awareness to build tolerance to the sensation of trauma, learn resources to help steer away from overwhelm, and gain a better understanding the mechanics of trauma in the body. It incorporates dynamic, somatic movement, breath work, and guided meditation to create a safe and supportive space that promotes emotional regulation. Students are encouraged to explore the poses to whatever extent they feel comfortable, learning to approach each posture and sensation with curiosity, in an effort to honor individual emotional and physical needs. Multiple variations for each pose will be offered for all levels and abilities.
Please note, while the teacher of this class is highly trained and certified to teach this modality, he/she is not a clinician.
Yin yoga is characterized by longer held, fully supported (mostly) seated and supine poses. The intent is to find that moment where you just begin to feel a tug (or stretch) and then soften into the pose for 3-5 minutes, or more. Among the myriad of effects are more resilient connective tissue, enhanced hydration & circulation in the tissues, restored normal range of motion, and a sense of peace and well-being.
Tai Chi & Qigong
Qigong & Tai Chi are centuries old forms of movement, mediation, and breath work that have been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic and digestive functions. These modalities involve slow and flowing movements that do not require practitioners to get down and up from the ground.
Yin Yoga & Myofascial Release
During the course of this class we will work to hydrate and restore mobility to target areas of the body. Yin, often known as the “quiet practice,” is a series of grounded, passive, and longer held postures that work to train your nervous system to relax while gently tugging on the connective tissues of the body. Myofascial release provides stimulation to the body’s largest sensory organ, the fascia, to facilitate healthy glide between all moving tissues of the body. Among the benefits of this practice are increased blood circulation, lymphatic flow, range of motion, and down-regulation of the nervous system, which results in an overall sense of well being.
Perinatal Yoga (also known as prenatal and postnatal)
The benefits of yoga are well known: stress reduction, better sleep, increased energy, flexibility, and stamina, and much more. During the perinatal period (pre- and post-partum), a yoga class tailored to expectant parents also teaches breathing techniques, positions for labor, and helps individuals build confidence for labor and delivery.
Most importantly, this class fosters a sense of community and connection with others awaiting birth or adjusting to the newborn period. Your yoga teacher is honored to walk alongside you during this transformative experience.
This class begins with some gentle yoga to prepare you for stillness and 30-40 minutes of Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra is a guided body scan meditation that gently draws your awareness inward and down regulates your nervous system. This shift in nervous system activity slows heart and breathing rates, lowers blood pressure and promotes digestion. This deeper state of relaxation encourages recovery from stressful influences.
Held the 1st Friday of every month.
Pilates is a mind-body exercise routine that targets four components of fitness: Strength, Stretch, Stability, and Stamina. It provides a full body workout while giving special attention to the core muscles of the abdominals, back, shoulders, hips, and glutes. This class incorporates modifications to adapt exercises for various levels and body types.
Strength & Conditioning
Lead by a personal trainer, this FUN class will get your heart rate up and your muscles working! Students will move through a series of exercises with short rests between exercises. Dumbbells, resistance bands, TRX, bodyweight, & more are used. Warm-up, detailed instructions, and a cool down are included.
Flow & Explore
This class builds dynamic flow sequences to develop strength and flexibility, and ends with a workshop vibe where participants take a deep dive into a featured pose such as an arm balance, backbend, inversion, or standing balance. Flow sequences are thoughtfully designed to prepare the body for the featured pose. You will move with the breath, shed some stress, and explore the possibilities of your practice. Everyone is welcome & modifications are always offered, but some vinyasa (flow yoga) experience is recommended.
Start your weekend on a hot note with a 60-minute heated flow class! This energetic class incorporates unique sequencing and strong flows to leave you feeling powerful and ready for your weekend.
Water and yoga towel recommended. Room is heated.
Sunrise Hot Yoga
An awakening heated sunrise flow designed to stretch out and wake up your body, energizing you for the day ahead! We’ll open up the hips, loosen up our shoulders and warm up into sun salutations, twists and heart openers before finishing off with a guided savasana! Suitable for all levels.
Water and yoga towel recommended. Room is heated.
Heated Vinyasa Flow
A heated, powerful and energetic form of yoga where students fluidly move from one pose to the next while connecting their breathing to their movement & music. The practice is centered around working on stamina, strength, flexibility, and endurance.
Water and yoga towel recommended. Room is heated.