The Iyengar method places special focus on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation. The standing poses emphasized in this system of yoga build strong legs, increase general vitality, and improve circulation, coordination and balance. Iyengar Yoga is meditation in action – the mind is focused on the actions of the posture and the movement of the breath. As the mind unites with the body and the breath students move into a meditative state. Self exploration occurs through discovery and release of physical tension patterns and psychological resistance. As practice continues, a student’s ability to relax and to concentrate improves and inner awareness is enhanced. Only teachers that have passed the stringent certification may be classified as Iyengar teachers. At Yoga Within we are honored to have Kofi Busia, Karyn Bristol, and Denise Wendler as certified teachers.
This class incorporates many facets of a complete yoga practice: philosophy, breath awareness, postures, and mental focus. Each session could include discussion, breath work, flowing sequences of poses, and some longer, static postures. The goal is to increase strength, flexibility, and awareness. Hatha Yoga is a generalized term referring to any of a number of approaches based on Patanjali’s 8-path approach to yoga (Ethics toward others, Discipline toward self, Breath awareness, Postures, Sensory Control, Concentration, Meditation, Enlightenment).Hatha Yoga is the most common type of general yoga class.
These classes are aimed at beginning students who are looking to learn about yoga and begin a practice, in a supportive community of other beginning students. New students are welcome to drop-in at any time. Postures will be explained and demonstrated, and options will be provided to make the practice feel both challenging and safe for everyone.
These classes are suitable for all practitioners, but special care is made to assist those with minor back issues. Overall emphasis is also placed on building a strong and healthy back for everyone, so as to avoid future back-related problems. If you have serious back injuries please speak with the instructor beforehand.
Viniyoga is a therapeutically-oriented style of yoga that emphasizes safety and adaptation based on the needs of the student. This class may be beneficial for those with low back pain, upper back and neck tightness, scoliosis, sciatica, and other back issues. We will be sure to include our other body parts, as well. Anyone looking for a gentle, therapeutic practice for healing or prevention, is welcome. This class would not be appropriate for acute conditions.
Start where you are! Learn the basics of this therapeutic form of yoga practice. This class begins with a focus on the breath to calm the Autonomic Nervous System, before moving into gentle preparation with breath-centric poses. Then the class builds to stronger poses and holding the postures as applicable. Technique, alignment, and functional bio-mechanics will be taught. Individual modifications are offered with each class.
This class is a unique offering: half the class time is dedicated to yoga fundamentals and the other half is dedicated to meditation practices. Each practice informs the other: the body is explored as a gateway to acceptance and compassion. Beginners, continuing beginners, and long term practitioners are all welcome.
This slower-paced class is designed for the specific needs of mid-life and older students. Learn yoga in a supportive, light-hearted atmosphere. Props and modifications are used to increase mobility, flexibility and strength. Students of all abilities, and all body shapes and sizes are welcome.
Founded in 2008 in Santa Cruz, California this program grew out of the need to make yoga available for those with mobility challenges. Our current student population includes those living with spinal fusion, paraplegia, quadriplegia others live with post polio syndrome, cerebral palsy, fibromyalgia, hip or knee replacements, cancer, traumatic brain injury, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. In AYP we explore how Yoga awakens within us the wisdom to meet the needs for transformation on any level. In every class we spend time developing breath awareness, practicing gentle yoga postures for strength, balance and flexibility and utilizing restorative postures for stress reduction. Students who have some yoga experience as well as those new to Yoga are welcome to attend our safe and accessible Adaptive Yoga Classes.