Hatha Yoga

Mindful movement and  focused breath work are centered around varying themes for each class. This style of yoga is appropriate for most students, although we recommended those just beginning their practice to start with Restorative Yoga. The structure of the classes vary by instructor and each class is meant to be a unique experience for the student. A strong emphasis is placed on breath work and short meditations are often incorporated into the sessions. 

Restorative yoga

This type of yoga focuses on gentle movement, sustained postures, and calming breath work to promote deep relaxation and restful sleep. Props such as bolsters, blocks, and straps are implemented to assist you in holding poses longer. This allows the body to release tension, giving the mind time to slow down and reflect. Beneficial for people of all fitness levels. 

vinyasa yoga

Vinyasa yoga will enliven and challenge you, while serving to connect your body, mind, and spirit. This style of yoga includes an uptempo cardio component that is not recommended for students who are new to the practice, are recovering from a recent injury, or have blood pressure issues. The structure of the classes vary slightly but all classes start with a warmup, a flowing standing series, and a floor series including Savasana (resting pose) to conclude the session. The instructor will provide pose variations but to maintain the fluid nature of the class, poses will not be deconstructed. A strong emphasis is placed on breathing through pose transitions as well as stationary poses. 

flow into yin yoga

A  fusion of slow flow Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga practice.  Wind down the day with a slow flow of traditional hatha yoga postures followed by a dive into Yin practice, where we open up the body in a deeper way to promote a healthy physical response from the joints and deeper connective tissues.  The resulting release of prana restores a harmonious balance to both mind and body.  
Although the practice is slower, it can be quite challenging...it is not the same as restorative yoga. Furthermore, it is recommended that students recovering from a recent joint injury should wait until fully recovered to attend this class. This class is not recommended for students new to yoga.

metcon

MetCon is short for Metabolic Conditioning. These high intensity classes help build muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance. Formulated sequences of various exercises are arranged in circuit training sessions. Please bring clean soled running or cross-training shoes to wear during class; street-worn shoes are NOT allowed on our delightful new studio floors.

barre

A ballet-inspired sculpting class that combines Pilates with elements of dance, yoga, and sculpting. This class incorporates mat work and small accessories including hand weights, small rubber balls, and yoga straps to challenge students of all fitness levels.  The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements.        

During this dynamic and invigorating workout, we start with a warm up and sequence of upper-body exercises which include free weights, pushups, planks, and other moves to target the arms, chest, and back. We then use the ballet barre and body weight resistance to focus on legs and hips. For the cool down, we perform a series of stretches to increase flexibility which allow the muscles to recover. In this class, you will need a mat and are welcome to use no-slip yoga socks, although bare feet are perfectly groovy. 

MAT PILATES

This Pilates mat class incorporates short periods of simple mindfulness-meditation practices. The practice of Mindfulness allows us to be fully present in everyday life through purposefully paying attention in the present moment to our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment in a non-judgmental way.                                                                                            

For over 30 years, scientific research has documented the physical, psychological, and social benefits associated with mindfulness: improved memory and better attention skills which help learn and tune out distractions, boosted immune system, reduced obesity, increased positive emotions with reduced negative emotions, enhanced relationships, and diminished stress.  The mindfulness-meditation practice is based on elements of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR Program at UMass Medical School and is completely secular.
   
This all-levels class offers modifications and is suitable for everyone from all walks of life, including people working with injuries, limited range of joint mobility, muscular imbalances or postural issues.

latin dance

A fusion of street and technical dance steps based in the Latin rhythms of Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Tango, Salsatón, Reggaetón, Bachata, Quebradita, and Flamenco.  Music ranges from the Queen of Salsa classics of Celia Cruz to the modern Reggaetón beats of Daddy Yankee.  The class is not a step-by-step instructional design, instead incorporating dance styles at an intermediate to high fitness level.                                                                                                                                           

Come prepared to have fun, smile, and sweat!  Recognizing that dance is unique to each individual, there is no 'right or wrong' way to dance in this class.  Every movement is a masterpiece in your personal design, in how it makes you feel to create it.                                                                   

Each class encourages participants to build confidence and dance skill through repetition of a core group of songs with additional 'new' songs continually added into the rotation.  Typical Salsa and Tango styles require partnered dance.  In this class, each of you takes the lead as a solo dancer in a non-competitive group environment.  There are no expectations of a performance, just your own personal goals for dance expression and fitness. A heartbeat rhythm and positive attitude are the main class requirements! 

zumba

This 45 minute class has routines guaranteed to make you shake/shimmy and party yourself into shape!  You'll be laughing and sweating throughout this cardio-based dance class, leaving you feeling refreshed, renewed and invigorated, and grinning from ear-to-ear.  Come move your body; enjoy some music and feel the joy of dancing!

medical chi gong

*Although this class is no longer offered on the weekly schedule, Jules continues to weave elements of Chi Gong into her Hatha and Restorative Yoga classes.*

Following the guiding principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chi Gong protocols change with the seasons. These moving meditations are the building blocks of Tai Chi and are beneficial to people of every fitness level. Chi Gong techniques are practiced individually as well as woven into familiar yoga poses to expand students' understanding of esoteric anatomy, including the meridian and chakra systems.