Core 26 is a beginner level class created for total body health, done in a room heated to 105 degrees. This sequence was originally developed by Bikram Choudry, and it is part of a larger series of postures in the Bishnu Gosh lineage. Core 26 works to increase strength and flexibility in joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones, while also providing a cardiovascular workout. The spine and pelvis are targeted areas in all postures. This class is appropriate for people of all ages, body types, and levels of experience, including those with injuries who are looking to heal the body.
A vinyasa class is a moving meditation. Synchronizing movement, internally and externally, with one's breath, the intention of the class is to place in a special way, one's body, breath, and being in an asana practice. A focus on the integrity of the breath, alignment, and proper modifications and variations are integral to each class so that a vinyasa practice can be accessible for a range of practitioners. Because it is not a one-size-fits-all practice, it is common for practitioners to be doing different expressions of an asana in a vinyasa class. Each class is intelligently sequenced so that each posture prepares the practitioner for the next.
Warm Vin-Yin is a hybrid class that combines vinyasa and yin postures into one fluid sequence. All classes will involve some active vinyasa postures and sequences (such as sun salutations and active, strength-based standing poses) and some yin poses where practitioners are invited to breathe slowly and remain still while holding and opening various body parts. Warm Vin-Yin and Restorative Yoga are the most gentle classes we offer, and they are appropriate for all ages, body types and levels of experience.
Ashtanga is a system of asana practice introduced to the West by Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois. In addition to a vigorous, heat-building warm up and fundamental standing postures, the Primary Series (Yoga Chikitsa) is comprised of 56 asanas practiced in a particular order to produce effective opening in the tissues of the body as well as the substance of the mind. Feel free to check out additional information about this practice at: http://www.ashtangayoga.info/practice/
Strength and Conditioning is a combination of yoga, physical therapy exercises, muscle testing, strength training, and myofascial release. It is designed to increase body awareness and improve your yoga practice as well as your overall fitness by building stability, balance, stamina, and muscle tone, and improving your alignment. Taught with a variety of props in a class/workshop style, this is a great way to find out why you have more trouble balancing on your left leg, why chaturanga is so difficult, why you feel stuck in your backbends, or why you can’t do a handstand, and what you can do to enhance your physical and mental capacities in these areas.
Restorative and yin yoga are practices designed to reduce the effects of chronic stress, lengthen connective tissues, induce a deep state of relaxation and healing, and restore your body's nervous system. Typically, your body is supported with props and postures are held for several minutes at a time to create lasting changes. Each class sequence will move your spine in all directions, massage your internal organs, and give you an opportunity to create space and stillness in both the body and the mind. There are incredible physiological benefits to these practices, including improved flexibility, mobility, digestion, mood, immune system functioning, and sleep. These classes are also designed to help you release habitual tension patterns so that you may think, feel, and behave more intentionally in your life.
Yoga Fundamentals is a class designed for beginners who would like to learn more about their bodies and how to get the most out of their yoga practice. Often times, when new folks sign up for class, they have questions about the practice and how it fits with their particular set of injuries, history, and life experiences. This class is designed to address exactly that! Yoga Fundamentals is a 4-part series that repeats each month, and anyone is welcome to drop in any point in the series. The first three classes focus on Mental Training, Breath Training, and Movement Training, and the final class of each month will be an Open Posture Clinic. Even if you are a seasoned practitioner, you might consider attending the Open Posture Clinic, as this is an opportunity to ask any individual questions you have about your body or particular yoga postures with which you are having difficulty. This class is included with any package or membership you purchase at SGY, including the introductory offer.
The second Friday of each month is Friends for Free Friday. On this day, you can bring one friend to each class that you attend. So, if you take all 5 classes on Friday, you can bring 5 friends for free that day!
On the last Friday of each month at 6pm, we hold a Core 26 music class. Students from our community put together a music mix with everything from classical, trance, hip hop, dance, rock, electronic, soundtrack music, and sometimes even broadway showtunes! We practice this class together without verbal instruction. Dancing and laughing are encouraged though not required. This class is open to everyone, although we recommend that you have taken at least 5 prior Core 26 classes so that you are familiar with the sequence of postures.
On the last Sunday of each month at 12:30pm, we hold a community class by donation. All donations go to support a local charity chosen by the teacher leading class. Previous classes have supported Food for Lane County, Arts Umbrella, Womenspace, Greenhill Humane Society, and Living Yoga.