Yoga 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.
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.
Yoga 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.
Yoga 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.
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.
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.
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.