This class will help to strengthen and stretch our bodies and will cultivate mindfulness through the exploration of synchronized breath and movement. Through both held poses and flowing transitions, we will focus on both alignment and guided movement, leaving us feeling centered, open and energized. This class is suitable for any practitioner with some yoga experience. Variations will be offered to give each practitioner a suitable and safe challenge.
Using the styles of Iyengar, Ashtanga and classical yoga, Hatha classes move through a variety of poses, themes and focuses. The poses and themes will be chosen to suit those present, and aim toward a balanced body and mind: aware, powerful, and present. The pace is slower than that of a flow class, which makes Hatha classes valuable for both beginners and to experienced practitioners providing an opportunity to play with the foundation and subtleties of poses. Students are given suggestions for a range of possibilities so that they can express each pose in a way that suits and addresses how they feel. The class contains asanas (poses), pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation in order to address health and wellbeing on all levels.
A slower paced Vinyasa flow class, allowing for more attention on the breath, alignment, and awareness. This nourishing practice focuses on both held poses and flowing transitions, so we can focus on grounding, strengthening, and settling the body and will leave us feeling centered and open. Mellow Flow is accessible to beginners, and experienced yoga practitioners alike.
An alignment based class that focuses on using awareness and breath to drop deeply into a variety of poses. Classes place a strong emphasis on each student finding an authentic practice that fits their current needs. The class is appropriate for practitioners of various levels. Modifications and variations will be offered in a supportive way for each person to practice being where they are. Most classes will include sun salutations, standing poses, seated poses and inversions.
Renewal: An All-Levels Gentle & Restorative Yoga Practice
During the first half of the practice there will be gentle stretches and easy to follow poses that will help to increase your flexibility and warm up your body. The second half of the practice will included longer and deeper stretches, as well as restorative poses to help decrease stress, soothe your nervous system, and prepare you mentally and emotionally for the week to come. Often the classes will have a theme that will help to guide and tie together the sequences of poses. The classes will also include breathing exercises (pranayama) and guided mindfulness or meditation that will help to add another layer of meaning and focus to your life both on and off of the mat.
Living in today’s world can take a toll on the mind and body, especially your nervous system, which is why taking the time to release stressors from your whole being is so important to your overall health. Feel tensions melt away in a class which utilizes bolsters and props to support the body in restful positions low to the ground and held for longer periods of time. Poses support you in consciously letting go, encouraging the body to open and the mind to replenish in a quiet and compassionate atmosphere. Open to people of all ages, all levels, in all states of health – if you have a body you will benefit!
Stretch and Strengthen
A simple one hour class that combines strength conditioning exercises, traditional yoga poses, basic stretches, and relaxation exercises designed to strengthen and tone the body, and to focus and calm the mind. Props and humor will be used frequently in class. All levels welcome.
An evolving and creative form of yoga, Vinyasa Flow classes integrate breath and movement, awareness and alignment. Vinyasa is a logical arrangement and placement of asana (postures) where the intelligence is guided from within. Each class is unique, influenced primarily from hatha yoga traditions as well as other healing and expressive arts.
Yoga and Movement
Yoga and Movement weaves elements of various yoga and movement styles with rhythms and music. While focused and thematic, the class structure has a flow dictated by the needs of the students be it injury recovery, balance and movement techniques or movements focused on supporting our changing bodies. The class includes fundamental elements of yoga with the added joy of movement and music. It is accessible to beginning students as well as seasoned practitioners interested in exploring a fluid movement based practice.
This is a great class for beginning and intermediate students as well as those looking to further their understanding of the foundations and subtleties of yoga poses and breathing techniques. Yoga Basics focuses on alignment, adapting poses, working with breath and increasing flexibility, strength and balance. Assistance by way of props may be utilized to allow greater access, opening and awareness throughout the body, and to allow students of various levels to practice safely and comfortably. Self exploration occurs through discovery and release of physical tension, habitual patterns and psychological resistance. As individual practice continues, a student’s ability to relax and concentrate improves and self understanding is enhanced.
PILATES BASED CLASSES
Buff Bones ® Method – Build Strong Healthy Bones
An osteoporosis safe workout designed to enhance agility, fitness and bone strength.
Core and More
One hour of deep simple core work, stretching and strength building. The aim of this class is to get you deep into the strength of your center, to strengthen and stretch your muscles, and to build better posture and awareness of body mechanics. This class is appropriate for all levels, and recommended as an active recovery for athletes and yogis.
Pilates Mat – Mixed Level
Mat work is the core of Pilates training. The precise exercises developed by Joseph H. Pilates in the 1920’s are tried and true in building core strength, increasing flexibility & range of motion, improving coordination, control of movement, alignment, and deep full breathing. With practice and intention, building strong abdominal and postural muscles – also known as the powerhouse – is invaluable in the support of the skeletal system. Pilates exercises focus on using the breath to channel core energy into the center of the body and out to the limbs. From there, Pilates works toward creating symmetry between the left and right sides of the body helping the body learn how to naturally prevent injury and improve overall physical performance. Over time, core-strengthening exercises can be incredibly invigorating and educational by informing one’s daily motions, athletic performance, yoga practice and overall health in general. The Pilates classes at Bernal Yoga are intended to help students gain a deeper awareness and respect for their own, unique bodies.
(Each Pilates exercise can be modified to suit most people, of any age or fitness level. At the same time, Pilates is widely recommended by doctors, physical therapists, and chiropractors for older people and those undergoing physical rehabilitation. If this is the case, however, please let the studio and your instructor know so that we can help direct or accommodate your concerns safely and effectively.)
The 45 Minute Workout *
A quick, yet calm, 45 minute morning workout aimed boost your strength, flexibility and over all body awareness as you rev up to start your day. Whether you are looking to add some focused strength work and alignment principals to compliment your Yoga practice or you are looking to find a mindful full body workout, this class would fit the bill. The workout consists of a combination Pilates, Yoga, Calisthenics and lightweight and resistance band training that will tone and sculpt your body, and focus and calm your mind.
* Regular Class Passes Not Accepted