Types of Yoga Classes at Yoga East
 New to Yoga? Quick Glance at Types of Classes
  • Gentle Yoga: classes are relaxing and less physically demanding than other classes, easy on the wrists, knees, back and hips. Teachers instruct in how to use props and give adaptations for students with *limitations.
  • Hatha Yoga: teaches yoga postures with correct alignment, form and breathing. Recommended for students in good general health even if you have never done yoga.
  • Yoga Flow: is for athletic students in good condition who enjoy moving from one posture to another incorporating the breath and movement, sometimes with music. 
  • Ashtanga Yoga: is a challenging class with sun salutations and 48 postures thatinclude arm balances, backbends, shoulder-stand and headstand. If you have *limitations, attend Hatha classes or call Laura Spaulding about Mysore-Style Ashtanga classes.
  • Ashtanga Slow Flow: teaches the first 24 postures of the Ashtanga sequence with props and adaptations.
  • Mysore-Style Ashtanga is adapted for the needs of each student whether you are extremely limited in your practice or advanced. All levels practice in the same room with individual attention and instruction. You must have a Mysore membership to attend. No drop-ins are allowed.
  • Regular attendance is more important than any level of ability.
What is Hatha Yoga?

Gina Harper in WarriorYoga is the world's oldest system of physical fitness, wellness and relaxation.

Yoga postures (asanas) strengthen and tone every part of the body.

Breathing exercises (pranayama) help relieve respiratory conditions, and calm and center the mind.

Deep relaxation at the end of each class dissolves stress and tension so that you can meet life's challenges with cheerfulness and courage.  

What to Expect in Class

All Yoga East classes are taught with correct alignment and breathing and end in deep relaxation or a meditation period.  Each yoga class is slightly different because the teacher will adjust the sequence to fit the level of students in the class.

A typical yoga class includes postures that take the body through a full range of movement including forward bends, backbends, side-bending and twists.  Class begins with warm-ups, then moves to more vigorous poses that build strength and flexibility. Floor poses help prepare for ending relaxation. 

Gentle Yoga is a Great Place to Begin
Gentle Yoga or Level 1 Classes are the perfect choice for students new to Yoga East yoga, out of practice, or students looking to build a stronger foundation in their practice. These classes are challenging and rewarding! This class focuses on fundamental standing poses, seated poses, easy inversions, and relaxation poses. The poses that are learned at this level are a necessary foundation for all of our other classes. 

Anne_JanushirshasanaYoga is for people of all ages and abilities.  You do not need to know anything or have any special ability to practice yoga well. Our experienced instructors are here to help you at every stage of your practice to enable you to get the full benefits of yoga from your very first class.  Yoga props, such as straps and blankets as demonstrated by Anne in the photo, help you to safely experience all the benefits of each pose. 


Hatha Yoga Level 1-2
Level 1-2 is a mixed level class and is for most students in normal health. This is the level of most Yoga East classes. 

These classes are geared to stude
nts in normal health who are still working to learn fundamental postures as well as those who have more experience and are seeking to expand, refine and develop their yoga practice at more subtle levels. Sun Salutations and series of flowing poses are incorporated at this level. Students are strongly encouraged to practice regularly, 2-4 days per week, so that their personal understanding of yogic postures begins to fuel their understanding of the refinements taught in class. This class continues to focus on the basic alignment of the standing poses and introduces a broader range of sitting poses, twists, forward and back extensions and inversions. In Ashtanga classes this will include Sun Salutations, standing poses and the first part of the sequence up to Navasana (Boat Pose).  Some inversions may be introduced if there is time in class.

What is Yoga Flow and Ashtanga Yoga?

Heather Cash in King Pigeon PoseYoga Flow are classes which usually have a faster pace and are intended to be more athletic and challenging.  Poses are often connected with sun salutation movements, often using music to set the pace and flow of class.

Flow and Vinyasa evolved from Ashtanga Yoga.  In the original Ashtanga Yoga tradition, classes were not held on Saturdays, but since Saturday is a popular yoga day in the West, Ashtanga teachers like Tim Miller and Larry Schultz created sequences out of Ashtanga Yoga postures to teach for fun on Saturdays.  Those sequences which are called "Sun Salutation C" and "Rocket Yoga" evolved through their students into Power Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and numerous other styles of yoga.  They all teach the same hatha yoga poses, but in different orders and different paces. 

Frequently-Asked Questions  

Q: How often should one attend yoga classes? 
A: Daily practice is recommended by yoga authorities and medical professionals.
Like any form of exercise, the most benefits are obtained by a regular practice.  Many new students complain that they do not have the time to come to class, but you have to make time!  Yoga will help you feel better, sleep better, function better, and deal with life, work and family challenges better. Realistically and objectively look at your schedule and make time for yoga!  You will not regret it.

Core Strength Yoga 1-2 & 2
Core Strength Yoga
Building strength is important for yoga and the activities of daily life. As we get older, it becomes even more important to maintain muscle and bone mass. This class practices yoga postures that strengthen the core muscles of the abdomen, back and pelvis and increase upper body strength. Postures include Downward Dog, Plank, Handstands at the wall, arm balances, Boat Pose, leg raises. This is a challenging class, but many modifications are given for new students. Students at all levels will see immediate gains in strength and confidence.

Level 1-2 gives more detailed instruction on how to work up to being able to kick up to a handstand.
Having handstand experience is strongly suggested for Level 2.
Inversions Class 1-2
2013-01-06 13.51.18Inversions build strength in the arms, legs, abdominal organs and the spine.  Headstand, Sirsasana and Shoulderstand, Sarvangasana are considered the King and Queen of all asana.  Come to this mixed-level practice is you want to start building a solid Headstand and Shoulderstand practice.  You will learn safe modifications and postures that lead to successfully practicing these two important inversions which not only build strength, but boost confidence and help relieve stress.  Please see the online class descriptions for a list of contraindications for this practice.
Pilates with Kara Price

Pilates improves endurance, agility, and posture, and reduces joint, lower back pain and tension by focusing on core conditioning. Pilates classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 pm at our East End studio, and are taught by Kara Price, an experienced, certified Pilates instructor.

Intermediate and Advanced Classes

Imtermediate and Advanced Hatha Yoga Classes are described more fully on the 300 Hour Teacher Training Page.  Go there for more information about our classes for experienced students.