Types of Yoga
No matter what kind of yoga you do and if you have never done yoga before, there are classes at XploreYoga that are just right for you. With 35 classes offered a week, there is heated Gentle Yoga for beginners to ‘flow-based’ classes such as Vinyasa and Power Yoga, Yin, and Bikram Yoga. Try the variety of classes as each teacher has a different style.
Ashtanga Yoga is a specialized sequence of asanas (postures) based on the dynamic linking of rhythmic breathing and flowing movement. Immense heat is created deep within your core that acts to cleanse and purify the body. Focused breathing calms the mind and soothes the nervous system leaving one with a deep meditative calmness.
Ashtanga Flow is a challenging series of movements incorporating dynamic transitions, inversions, while incorporating breathing and stretching. “Ashtanga” is Sanskrit meaning eight limbs, “Flow” will be the tempo of the hour long class as we go through a series of different “asanas” postures challenging the body’s leverage whilst recruiting the breath. The goals of the class is simply gain greater “core awareness”, strength and flexibility.
The sequence combines poses from series one and two of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system as taught by Larry Schultz with a few deviations. This is a powerful sequence that focuses on strength, flexibility and mainly concentrates on Ujayi breath focus. This class is filled with powerful flows, inversions and transitions. The class has little instruction, designed to help you discover your body’s true ability to surpass the limitations of the mind. The sequencing is designed to challenge an array of yogis, from the eager beginner to the more advance yogis. Some yoga experience is recommended before attending to this class.
This is an hour long stimulating workout of 26 postures and two breathing exercise to get your energy flowing for your day. Expect to sweat, be challenged, and rejuvenated!
Bikram yoga is developed by Bikram Choudry and practiced in a heated room, which allows for a loosening of tight muscles and profuse sweating, which promote detoxification and cleansing. The practice consists of 26 various postures and two pranayama breathing exercises.
The goal of “Crossflow” is to integrate the benefits of flexibility, balance and coordination that are typically found in a Vinyasa program, with the strength, endurance, speed and power emphasized in a metabolic conditioning (“metcon”) program, similar to those used in Crossfit studios.
In this class, students will warm up with a 30 to 60 minute, lowly-heated Power flow session, followed by a particular benchmark “WOD” (Workout Of the Day). WODs are short and intense workouts (lasting between 5 – 15 minutes) that are repeated once every few months. WODs are measured and timed for each student, providing a reference point for them to gauge future progress.
Intensity and power production is the ultimate goal of the WODs. Simply stated, intensity (power) is a measure of how much work output one has done over a given amount of time. For example, an athlete that finishes a race faster than someone else has generated more power. Or a grandfather who used to take 60 seconds to go up a flight of stairs, but now only takes 40 seconds to go up the same flight of stairs, has become more powerful. Without a doubt, more power is generally a good thing, as it leads to increased mobility, functionality and better quality of life. The beauty of WODs is that it helps athletes quantify and measure intensity and power output over time – whether through completing more repetitions than last time, or a having a faster finish time since the last attempt.
Exercises will generally be bodyweight focused, and sample exercises (and their many variations) in the WOD may include Burpees, Pushups, HSPU (Hand Stand Pushups), Air Squats, Pistols (e.g. one-legged squats), Floor Dips, Floor Bridges/Wheels, etc. It is highly encouraged that all students participate in the WOD’s, as that leads to optimal class energy and dynamism. Exercises are scaled to experience and individual needs (e.g. not everyone can do handstand pushups, so there will be modifications), making it perfectly suitable for anyone, regardless of age or experience.
When you step onto your mat, this class will guide breath awareness and connection with your body. The physical postures and sequence will be similar to a Vinyasa flow by using harmonious and playful sequence, which will unfold and open your body to allow the free flow of energy. This class will bring you to your limit with mindfulness and understanding; while embracing the gifts given to you from asana to asana. Increasing the heat in your muscles, expanding your lung capacity and raising your heart rate, this class will eventually wind down to give you the opportunity to find stillness, serenity, and rest.
This class will take traditional Vinyasa flow and give it some edge. The concept of ‘flow’ in yoga is about linking breath to movement, creating a moving, mindful meditation. At the same time, ‘flow’ in musical terms is about connecting rhythms to rhymes creating a lyrical cadence, often over a strong beat. Here, we give your flow a little flow and put some bass in your chakra. You’ll balance strength with flexibility, power with fluidity, and focus with adaptability; and you’ll do it all to hot tracks and dope beats. Come challenge your body, mind, assumptions and convention all at the same time.
A powerful combination of Pilates and Yoga, this class is a well-rounded workout that incorporates the use of core strength, pilates, cardio, and yoga. You will increase your muscle tone and definition, improve balance, bone density, and reduce risk of injury by building muscles to protect joints. Power PiYo also helps you burn calories for weight loss and increase metabolism by adding lean muscle to entire body. So, come and fire up your body!
This class will move fluidly through a challenging Vinyasa practice while encouraging each practitioner to move into the postures to their own degree of practice. Modifications will always be offered and encouraged; making this class great for the seasoned practitioner and those who are ready for a challenge! We will explore variations of sequencing and postures, and explore the practices of pranayama (breathing exercises), twist, backbends, arm balances, and inversions.
Vinyasa Flex will take the approach of a typical vinyasa flow sequence where movement is linked to breath, but add to it the dynamics of greater flexibility. In each class, we will work on postures that deeply open the hips, hamstrings, spine, and shoulders in a safe manner. You will find that not only will it open and stretch your musculature, but also your spirit and mind as well. The emphasis will focus on improved flexibility, extensions, and balance. Modifications and variations will always be offered.
Vinyasa Flow is a practice where postures or asanas are connected through the breath for a transformative and balancing effect. This class builds internal heat, endurance, flexibility, and strength. The creative sequencing found in a vinyasa class is often built around surya namaskar (sun salutations). Vinyasa as a practice is always evolving and teachers weave together wisdom teachings and music that can inspire physical, energetic, mental, intuitive, and pure bliss states of consciousness.
Expect this class to concentrate on learning traditional asana (postures), breathing, mindfulness, and listening to the body. Unlike our Vinyasa based classes in which students flow through postures connected by sun salutations, this class emphasis is placed on longer held postures, core strength, flexibility, balance & concentration. At the completion of this class, you will discover and enjoy peace, radiance, and glow. (All Levels)
The practice of yin yoga provides the perfect balance to your active yoga practices and your busy life. Focusing on long-held floor poses combined with breath work and meditation, yin yoga goes beneath the superficial muscles to target the dense connective tissues of the body – often in the hips, pelvis, and low back – which are difficult to open and can result in both limited flexibility and stagnant energy. This deep practice is gentle, yet intense, helping practitioner not only to open the body, but also to cultivate the ability to observe and stay with sensation. (All Levels)
Yoga fusion is combining a fitness aspect to the traditional series of yoga poses. It is a rotation of different modalities of yoga: Bikram Xpress, Power, Power Pi-Yo, Vinyasa Flow & Yin Yoga. Classes are conducted in a heated room for 60 minutes. It promotes strength, balance, flexibility, breathing work, and cardio exercise. This yoga comprises of 30 postures and pranayama breathing techniques; it is fun and challenging.