The word Yoga literally means “to yoke together” or to create a union. Yoga is a time honored practice originally developed in India over 800 years ago. The practice of yoga was intended to quiet the mind of the practitioner, and thus, to reduce his or her suffering. With consistent practice, the physical practice of yoga or “hatha yoga” has been proven to have incredible physiological, mental and spiritual benefits. Movement and the holding of postures are coordinated with breathing techniques to create strength, flexibility, and agility in the body and provide a peaceful mind and wonderful sense of well-being. Yoga enhances all systems of the body; respiratory, circulatory and nervous, while lubricating the joints for better mobility and, often the alleviation of pain.Yoga supports your daily activities as well as enhancing athletic abilty. Vinyasa yoga classes provide cardio conditioning, while creating a toned, muscular appearance and a healthy, optimally functioning body. Yoga practitioners claim to experience a deep inner stillness that arrives when the mind is at peace, the body is free from stress, and the emotions are in harmony with the needs of the moment. Yoga can be practiced by people of all ages, all body types and all levels of fitness.
Increased strength & stamina
Improved balance &flexibility
Alleviation of pain
Sense of well-being
Management of chronic conditions
Decreased depression, anxiety and insomnia
Note:If you are currently practicing yoga or are just beginning your practice, please remember that it is not a contest and there is nothing you have to perfect, prove or accomplish (dont you have enough of that in your life already?)
(Open to all) This class is an invitation for ANYONE to experience a yoga class at River Rock for a minimal donation. A $5 minimum donation is suggested.
(Open to all):A refreshing blend of asana that includes breath awareness, restorative postures & gentle movement. Explore how the breath can be used to bring a meditative aspect to both stillness and movement, creating an atmosphere for renewal.
(Open to all) A gentle yoga class that includes intro to vinyasa flow, which combines attention to the breath, synchronized with gentle, flowing, therapeutic movement.
(Open to all): Developed to specifically promote deep openings in the body. The intensive use of props aids in slowly opening tight places. (It is not unusual to spend the entire class lying down!)
(Open to all): Focusing on long held, deeply relaxing, “stretching” seated poses combined with attention to the breath, Yin Yoga goes deep into the connective tissues (bones, Joints, fascia) with emphasis on the hips, pelvis and lower back. Benefits include greater range of motion & flexibility, improved circulation, deeper relaxation & release of tension. In “yin” yoga the pose is typically held for 3 to 5 min, allowing for deep tissue opening.
(Open to all except new beginners) A balanced, flowing series of poses, awakens the breath, balances the body and creates flexibility & strength. This warming, revitalizing vinyasa practice supports the various systems of the body, while quieting the mind. Sun salutations, standing poses, balance poses, backbends, twists and forward bends are used in unique combinations of pose/counterpose.
(Experienced Beginner/Intermediate): This powerful practice, based on the ashtanga primary series, synchronizes the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat & a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles & organs.
(Intermediate/Advanced): Explore and refine foundational yoga asana at a deeper level. Ability to perform multiple sun salutations will enhance your experience. Asana are held longer to increase strength & endurance. Practices include pranayama, meditation, vinyasa krama, balancing postures, intro to inversions & deeper exploration of yoga philosophy. Students have the opportunity to use their intuition as they explore limitations & boundaries.
(Beginner) A continuous 9 week series, teaching basic postures to introduce movement, breathing and relaxation techniques. Written material is offered to support your understanding of what you learn in class.