Class Descriptions


Vinyasa Yoga

Consciously linking the movement of the body to the movement of the breath, these classes are a dynamic, flowing practice which leads you through a balanced series of postures to strengthen and build flexibility, promoting physical stamina and a sense of deep inner calm.  

Suitable for students with at least 1 year of regular practice to advanced practitioners.


Yoga Roots offers:

 


Core Flow w/ Donna

Get in touch with your core and feel more powerful and stable in your body!  Inspired and informed by my Barre practice, this flow class will help restore and strengthen the muscles in the core and also the muscles deep in the body that support the spine. Each class will incorporate vinyasa, breath and traditional core work. Suitable for experienced students that enjoy a challenge.

Core Flow w/ Chessy

Enjoy a vigorous vinyasa flow emphasizing moving through asanas that utilize your core.  Inspired by my background in Ashtanga and Pilates, Mula and Uddiyana Bandhas are incorporated to build deep core strength and stability.  Strengthen your core to support you in your yoga practice and during your day to day routines. Suitable for experienced students that enjoy a challenge.


Heated Vinyasa Flow

An invigorating Vinyasa Flow taught in a heated environment (80 to 85 degrees) that stretches the body, mind, and spirit while toning the muscles, increasing range of motion of the joints, and releasing toxins through breath and sweat. Suitable for experienced students that enjoy a challenge.


Morning Flow

An energizing class that will kick start your morning and inspire you to move through the rest of your day with intention and ease. This class unites body and breath by integrating rhythmic breathing with conscious movement.  Suitable for all levels.


Sweat & Surrender

Experience a blissful balance of strength and surrender with 45 minutes of a heat-building Vinyasa practice for strength, flexibility, and balance, followed by 30 minutes of  deeply opening yin postures, held for 3-5 minutes each and practiced in candlelight. Suitable for students with at least 1 year of regular practice to advanced practitioners.



Vinyasa/Yin

This class progresses from movement to stillness to bring balance to both body and mind. Class begins with a warming Vinyasa flow to stimulate the Yang energies of heat, movement and effort, followed by 2-3 passive Yin poses which promote coolness, relaxation and ease. This soulful class will leave you feeling refreshed and energized to take on the week ahead.   Suitable for students with at least 1 year of regular practice to advanced practitioners.


Niyama Vinyasa
 

This all levels slower moving vinyasa class is energizing and contemplative. Focusing on one of the 5 Niyamas while flowing with your breath, can generate a connection and integration between body and mind that leads to a deeper asana practice, and a content and joyful life. The Niyamas are inner yogic observances and the second limb of study from Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga.


Vigorous Vinyasa

A high-energy, strong & sweaty flow class recommended for intermediate students. Integrating breath and movement you will flow through a sequence to upbeat music that builds vitality, strength and balance.  Have fun, challenge yourself, and leave feeling uplifted and vibrant!



Alignment Based Yoga

These classes spend more time breaking down yoga poses to learn safe alignment techniques and practices.  Learning good alignment will elevate your practice and help prevent injury from repetitive movements.

Suitable for students with at least 1 year of regular practice to advanced practitioners.

  
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Anusara Inspired - Level I/II

This multi-level class combines precise alignment instructions with heart oriented themes to leave you feeling integrated, open and energized.  You will learn a wide variety of poses including variations on standing poses, balancing poses as well how to safely break down handstand, wheel and other level II poses.  Suitable for all levels. 


Yoga for the Stiff and Sore
 

Think you are too stiff and sore to take a yoga class? Join Andrea, yoga instructor and PT and learn how to safely stretch and breathe in to your stiff and sore places. In just a few weeks of regularly attending this class, you will begin to feel more open and flexible. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Suitable for all levels. Beginners welcome!


Vibrant Warriors

Designed for active 50+ students who want to remain vibrant and strong well into their 90’s:-) Learn safe alignment that builds bones, increases flexibility in body, mind and spirit, and keeps you feeling confident, courageous and vibrant! Expect to break down poses and increase your awareness of small alignment based adjustments, that will yield big results on and off your mat! Wrists, ankles, elbows, knees, hips, and shoulders cranky from overuse?  This is your class! Suitable for all levels. Beginners welcome!


Ashaya Yoga

Blends precise  alignment with a spiritually uplifting philosophy drawn from Kashmir Shaiva Tantra. This Hatha yoga class leaves you feeling strong, confident, peaceful, openhearted, and ready to engage with life wholeheartedly. Suitable for all levels.




Quieter Practices for Stress Relief and Mindfulness

These classes focus on releasing stress and inviting relaxation to infuse your being.  You will learn what it feels like to have a relaxed body and a quiet mind and in time you will learn how sustain this kind of peace throughout your day.


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Restorative Yoga

Give yourself the healing gift of conscious relaxation with this deeply therapeutic style of Restorative Yoga. Let stress and tension melt away as you are guided through 3-4 longer-held, fully supported postures. Guided imagery, breath work, and music are used to deepen the relaxation response to balance body, mind, and spirit. Some gentle movement to warm and prepare the body to let go and receive. You will emerge rooted, radiant, and revitalized.


Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is a beautiful slower practice that involves holding poses, mostly seated, for longer periods of time. Poses are generally held for up to 3-5 minutes with a focus on the connective tissues and the joints. The main physical benefits of yin yoga are the hydration of the connective tissues and the increased blood flow in the joints. We tap into our parasympathetic nervous system so we can relax and allow our body to do its natural magic restoring and nourishing our tissues and systems. This is a great counter practice for the more heat building and muscular focused core and vinyasa yoga classes.



Meditation

This weekly hour-long meditation time is a wonderful gift you can give to yourself. Learn how to still the chatter in your mind and enjoy dropping in to your quiet center. Teachers will guide you and teach a variety of meditation methods since this is not a “one shoe fits all” practice. Scientifically proven to reduce stress and create the conditions for vitality, greater focus and health.

Destress Yoga

Unwind and return to your center. This class incorporates pranayama, meditation, mudra and asana to help release tension while gaining strength and flexibility. Particular attention is paid to areas where we typically hold stress: the neck, shoulders, hips and chest. Postures are suitable and adaptable for all levels due to the wide use of props. Modifications will be offered. Partner and restorative poses may be incorporated into some classes.

 
 

New to yoga?  Looking to slow down the pace? Recovering from an injury or other health challenges? 

These classes move at a slower pace and will help you become stronger and more flexible.  Suitable for beginners to advanced practitioners.

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Beginner Yoga

Learn to integrate the foundations of yoga: breathing techniques, postural alignment and how to be more present to your mind, body and spirit. You will learn how to build strength and balance by creating a solid foundation that is rooted in good alignment, body awareness, breath and heart.


Chair Yoga

This class offers all of the benefits of regular yoga without having to get onto the floor. Using a chair for support while learning a pose enables you to practice yoga safely and with confidence, while encouraging the body to stretch. Guided breathing with proper movement of the body encourages optimum flexibility and health. Perfect for anyone that would like a gentle yoga practice or is recovering from injury or personal challenge. This class is beneficial to help regain lost flexibility, stamina and balance.


Gentle Yoga

Practice gentle asana sequences to calm your mind and open and strengthen your body. Breathing techniques and the use of props will help you develop a deeper connection with the inner core of your being. You can expect a gentle, playful approach with attention to right action more than form. This class is suitable for all levels and is especially healing for those dealing with arthritis, osteoporosis and carpal tunnel syndrome as well as those recovering from illness or injury.  Suitable for all levels.  Beginners welcome!

 

Slow Flow

In this class, yoga postures are linked together with breath creating a graceful “flow”. Students will be encouraged to visit poses for several breaths, allowing adequate time to make adjustments that help deepen their practice or align the physical body. Various styles of music will be in incorporated into each class to help students tune out the day and discover their true Self.

 

Other Practices:


Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of radiance. Each class includes movement, mantra (sound), mudras (hand gestures), meditations and wonderful music. This joyful practice will guide you toward the awakening of your true self “your Sat Nam”.

 

Nia

Nia is a holistic fitness practice for your - body, mind and spirit.

This cardio-dance workout inspired by dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts. Each mindful workout will tone your muscles, increase your cardio health and leave you feeling energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced.

Nia is practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes (similar to yoga clothes) and bring a water bottle.