Classes

Class Descriptions

Most classes are offered in a warm environment.  While the temperature generally runs between 80 and 90 degrees, some classes vary depending on the teacher and needs of the students. Hot summer days for example may invite windows open for a nice cool breeze. Regardless, we try to maintain a healthy level of humidity to ensure the body’s/skin’s natural balance as well as to encourage one of the human body’s best regulating and detoxifying functions: sweating.

Vinyasa/EMVY classes

Be. in Union yoga is EMVY (EMpowerment Vinyasa Yoga).

Yoga is about YOU. Vinyasa simply means incorporating breath with movement. The physical aspect of the practice helps builds strength, muscle length, alignment, mobility, and better bodily function overall. But the physical asanas are tools–less stress is placed on the heat or the “power” aspect of the practice, and more focus is placed on using the asanas and movement to breathe, to build awareness and connection to your mind and body.  We invite students to really own and feel empowered by their practice. 

All of our classes at be. are founded on the notion of empowerment. All classes are all levels, designed for every|body, whether you’ve never practiced or have practiced for eons.  Emphasis is given to practicing yoga: building your practice and adapting the yoga postures to your body, not adapting your body to the yoga postures.

EDGE

Consider this class your weekly new years resolution/intention reset. This class will explore challenging your limits–not just physical. Each class will be designed to invite you out of your comfort zone, offer opportunity to redefine|re-find|refine your practice and challenge you in different ways.

Sunrise Yoga

Start your day off right! This is an hour long class aimed at awakening and energizing your mind, body and soul.

Foundations

Our Foundations class is a slower vinyasa based class focused on the fundamentals of alignment necessary for building a strong, safe yoga practice.

be. the CHANGE (donation based*)

Whether your donation is one penny, flowers, helping clean the studio or dropping a $20 in the donations jar…our commitment to the community is to make yoga accessible to everyone. All proceeds go towards the studio–toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap, cleaning supplies, etc. Open class for all levels.  Mat, towel, water costs still apply.

Power Flow

An hour-long flow that gives space for building mental and physical strength and flexibility, finding relaxation and getting all the same benefits of a 90 minute yoga class while maintaining our busy life schedules.

Just Yoga

This is an all levels vinyasa flow based class that focuses on the power of yoga to strengthen, restore, heal, and calm the mind, body and soul while encouraging the letting go of physical and emotional stress.  Sequencing may be infused with mindful awareness and/or meditation or other practices of yoga such as ashtanga, hatha, yin, or even core work.  This class is the perfect antidote to an active life and balances a more vigorous asana practice.

Meditation

Research has shown that mindfulness meditation helps to lower blood pressure, improves immune system and brain function, and minimizes pain sensitivity. It can even change the structure of the brain, particularly in the regions responsible for one’s sense of stress, self, memory, and empathy.

In this class, we’ll practice a variety of mindfulness meditations, including breath awareness, mountain, walking, body scan, compassion training, yoga nidra and more. Everyone is welcome, from longtime practitioners to those new to meditation.

Open Flow

This class is an opportunity for all practitioners to build on their practice and learn new poses (including arm balances and inversions), modifications, and variations of flow.

Bump Your Flow

Using music as a powerful meditative tool allows us to transcend the chaos of the external world, to get out of our heads and just do. Using an eclectic mix of acoustic, 80′s, R&R and who knows what else, at a bare minimum it’s sure to be fun and uplifting! Come and breathe to the beat.

Core & Restore

This all levels class, especially great for beginners, starts out with some breath work, meditation and grounding. Then the party starts! Using a mix of Pilates, Vinyasa, and core strengthening this class aims to build all of those yoga muscles and bandhas, or “locks”, in a balanced, fun and invigorating way. The class concludes with gentle opening, restorative poses to cool down after all that hard work.

Running on Yoga

This class is designed to stretch and strengthen the muscles that are tight and over used by runners or anyone who works on their feet for long periods of time. Lunge variations, deep stretches, hip openers, strong focus on range of motion in the hip joint. Boost mobility, enhance strength, improve performance or gain flexibility. Increasing hip mobility can increase speed and endurance and support better alignment overall!

Momasana

Whether you are a new mom or mom to be, this is your yoga.  Monica, our pre-natal certified teacher, will be teaching a no-heat (room will still be warm) slow, gentle vinyasa flow aimed at providing breath, movement and alleviating known stresses and uncomfortable and sometimes painful conditions/side effects of being a new mom or carrying a child…not to mention giving birth! There will be space provided at the end of class for discussion, support or just a few extra minutes of sanity. Partners, midwives, doulas, friends, and everybody else (pregnant or parent or not) is welcome. No day care? No Problem!  Or, simply want to practice with your baby?  Bring your baby/babies with you…children who can not yet walk are welcome.

Yin Yoga

This class journeys into the quiet, calm, cool, “yin” side of yoga. Yin yoga seeks to restore balance to our bodies, countering the heat and power of “yang” practice. Where yang draws energy up, yin calms energy down. Where yang stretches muscles, yin creates space in ligaments, joints, and bones. And where yang moves, yin finds stillness. This all-levels class emphasizes floor poses, extra support with bolsters and blocks, and long holds for a luxurious, meditative, integrating practice at the end of a long week.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga nidra is a conscious state of deep sleep, or deep relaxation. This meditative yoga will reduce everything from your headaches to anxiety, ptsd and everyday stress and bring a bit of clarity and calmness to your mind and body. In preparation for yoga nidra the class will begin with a restorative vinyasa and light pranayama. Yoga nidra is a wonderful and powerful compliment to your yoga practice.

Yin Nidra

A fusion of yin yoga and yoga nidra. Each makes the other more accessible and more powerful. This is the best way to end a hectic week, to restore and re-nergize yourself and your body.

Community Class

Vinyasa and Ashtanga based, all levels flow aimed at making yoga accessible and affordable to all, and to spicing up your mid-day, work day. This one hour flow class will leave you energized, revitalized and ready to tackle the rest of your day.

Small Group Yoga Training

Love Yoga and the after effects?? But also trying to squeeze in a “workout” or strength training? Well drop the weights! We carry enough as it is. Besides, most of us aren’t looking to dead lift 400 pounds in our workday or day to day. This is a 1 hour Small Group Yoga Training class aimed at strengthening our core, muscles and joints and increasing flexibility and agility.  You’ll still get that savasana high, but you’ll also get your ASS kicked.

All levels. As you will be using your body, you will work at your level and all principals of yoga still apply! Pre-registration REQUIRED

Open Practice

Ever wanted to work on your practice? … to bring your home practice to the studio? …to practice for just a few minutes or half an hour? …to have a private yoga lesson? Well…Open Practice will give you access to the studio, heat, props, walls and semi-private coaching and assists from our teachers. You’ll be able to create your own flow in your studio. Come any time during the hour slot. See schedule for times.

Private Sessions

60-minute and 90-minute private sessions provide the opportunity to work one-on-one with our teachers on any aspect of your practice.   Contact a teacher after class or via email to set up a private session.

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