Class Descriptions 2022-05-24T21:27:33+00:00
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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

At Yoga from the Heart, we believe everyone should experience the benefits of yoga. Our classes are tailored to support every body type, fitness level, and ability. The magic of yoga is a fusion of body, mind, and spirit. We encourage a joyful practice where you can explore, release, and get to know what makes your soul happy. The “true magic” is when we take what we cultivate, on the mat, out into the world!  Let our tranquil space surround you in peace, acceptance, and safety.

Not sure which class is right for you? Contact YFTH at 860.507.7244 or stop by the studio.

SLOW-PACED CLASSES (Great for Beginners)

Gentle Yoga:

When you just need to unplug and take a break from your busy life, this is the class for you. This practice links poses to breath in a mindful flow to reduce stress, increase inner strength, flexibility and support better sleep. You will be led through slow and focused movements in seated, standing, and reclined postures focused on stretching and relaxation. With the support of props, soft music, and a candlelit room…relax, breathe, and revitalize.

Gentle & Restorative:

This class fuses a gentle flow with a restorative ending.

A mindful Gentle flow, connecting your breath with movement, will prepare the body for a blissful restorative practice. With the use of props, you will move into quieting the mind and focusing inward allowing the body to rest, rejuvenate, and heal.

This practice offers well-being to muscles, joints, bones, and your physical health. Soft music and candlelight will enhance this blissful experience.

Restorative Yoga:

Want to relieve fatigue and stress from your busy day …this is it! Let us guide you through 5-6 poses with the support of props aimed to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation. Poses held for 3-5 minutes or more will also increase flexibility, improve capacity for healing and balance, boost the immune system and enhance mood states. This practice is enhanced with a candlelit room and soft music!

MODERATE FLOW CLASSES (Intermediate Yogis)

All Levels Vinyasa:

This vinyasa flow class incorporates different yogic traditions and styles, by teacher. This class moves at a moderate pace linking breath with movement to build heat promoting strength, flexibility, and balance. Modifications and options will be offered allowing you to move at your own pace and comfort level. Breath with movement, your way, we’ll supply a great playlist! Some yoga experience is recommended.

Vinyasa to Yin:

Do you love the savasana after a vinyasa flow? This class gets you both.. breath with dynamic movement in vinyasa and the benefits from a yin ending.

Yin poses are primarily passive in nature and held from 1 minute to well over 5 minutes in order to target the body’s connective tissue, rather than muscles groups. Holding yin postures does often require a degree of physical effort, but it’s the mental work of long holds that is often the real challenge.

Your all levels vinyasa flow will prepare you for the benefits of yin:

~ reduced stress

~ increased circulation

~ balanced organs and flow of prana

~ relief of tension

~ improved flexibility

~ encourages mindfulness and meditation

Yin Yoga:

Yin yoga uses seated and reclined postures, which when held passively for 1-3+ minutes, target the connective tissue of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. While it is not an easy practice, the benefits of Yin are vast. Yin asks you to sit in uncomfortable sensations of both the body and mind and use your breath to stay present. Truly a practice that brings it’s benefits into your every day life!

Yoga for Stress:

Come to class with stress and anxiety, leave with calm gratefulness! This class is designed for the effects of living during a pandemic. Our lives have been turned upside down with many of us working from home, juggling children, loss of job, and overwhelmed by the influx of information. Take this time to pause, leave your work and phone behind and use yoga infused with mindfulness to reset your body, mind, and spirit.

Every class will be supported using different mindfulness modalities…pranayama, yin, vinyasa, journaling, meditation, metta, and readings. Your practice will be about 50 minutes, allowing time for mindfulness.
A time for you to release, let go, rejuvenate, and move forward!

FAST-PACED CLASSES (Intermediate to Advanced)

Power Vinyasa:

A moderate to past-paced challenging and vigorous flow linking breath with movement. Creative and fun sequencing will encourage you to explore your edge. This practice will tone your entire body.. building strength, flexibility, stamina, and balance. Through the use of heat, breath, and a quick flowing sequence your mind will clear and your body will detox. This class is perfect for the intermediate to advanced practitioner looking for a challenge! This class is heated to 80-82 degrees.

Core & More:

Each vinyasa class will challenge your body, mind and spirit. Classes will begin with a heat-building warm up, followed by strength and stamina building with core mat challenges, squats, lunges and more… Be prepared to sweat!

Hot Yoga:

Expect a fun, creative and invigorating class incorporating the breath with vinyasa, cardio, core building and long-held poses to great music in a warm 84 degree room. The purpose of hot yoga is to encourage sweating to detoxify the body, improve flexibility, boost stamina, improve overall fitness, burn calories, relieve stress and increase circulation.

Katonah® Yoga:

Learn to experience your yoga practice in a new light by embodying the principles of Katonah Yoga with Lauren Taylor.

Katonah Yoga was founded by Nevine Michaan of Katonah Yoga Center over 40 years ago. It incorporates classical Hatha yoga with Taoist theory, sacred geometry, magic, mythology, metaphor and imagination in a practical framework designed to potentiate personal and communal well-being. Framing the practice with maps of time and personal space are defined and refined. Katonah Yoga is more workshop than flow where muscles are not the focus. It teaches us that when you use your bones as a boundary, you can only go so far, making you less likely to injure yourself, overstretch, or over twist. Poses are methodically aligned with the use of props and teacher hands on assists. The stability of alignment is rooted in geometry & Taoist theory of the organs and bones. 90 degrees is considered the most stable angle in the bones.