Our classes include physical postures, breathing exercises, chant, philosophy, guided meditation and deep relaxation. The following descriptions are meant to give you a general idea of the pace, intensity and style of each practice, but each class is as unique and inspiring as the teacher who leads it. Check out the About Us page to learn about each teacher's individual approach.
The Shala offers several community classes. Use your current membership, purchase Community Class Drop-In or 10 Community Class Card to be used at designated 1-hour community classes. Please review schedule for current community class offerings.
By Donation Yoga
The Shala offers a weekly by-donation class on Sundays at 5:30pm taught by owner, Laura Josephy. 100% of the donations will benefit a local organization. Every few months a new philanthropy is selected. No one turned away due to lack of funds. Current memberships and punch cards will not be debited for attendance in this class.
Flow: Level 1: These classes are ideal for beginners or those with some experience looking to who seek to reawaken their mind-body connection. It is also appropriate for students healing from injury or working with limitations. Explore foundational postures and learn how to safely modify your practice while building strength, awareness and flexibility. Using the repetition of small breath-directed movements, this gentle and therapeutic class focuses on the key actions that lie at the foundation of all yoga practice. An easy to follow sequence offers the body stability, symmetry and balance while returning healthy range of motion to stiff hips/shoulders/spine. These classes cover basic yoga instruction including breath and alignment techniques.
Flow: All-Levels: A mixed level class designed for athletic beginners and those with some Yoga experience. Flow classes synchronize breath and movement to build heat, flexibility, strength and endurance. Though creative sequencing varies from teacher to teacher, the fluidity of the Sun Salutation is a key component of any given class. All-Levels classes encourage students to work at their level by offering pose modifications as well as opportunities to intensify as needed.
Flow: Level 2: Designed for intermediate students with a recommended 1-year of vinyasa flow yoga experience. Level 2 classes are challenging and dynamic. A solid understanding of the Sun Salutation, basic postures and breath technique is encouraged. Inversions, arm balances and the upward bow (wheel) posture are part of the Level 2 repertoire. Pose alternatives are encouraged though may not be covered in great detail.
Community Hour: All-Levels: Our playful lunch hour class welcomes students of all abilities. Your Shala teacher will not only tailor the experience based on the needs of the group but will offer variations to allow for an appropriate degree of challenge for both new and veteran students. Whether you need an invigorating flow or a centering mid-day reset, these classes will keep you flowing without resistance throughout the rest of the day.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is the original flow practice out of India. The linking of breath and movement through a specific sequence of postures originates with Ashtanga Yoga. Based on the traditional method as put forth by Sri K Pattabhi Jois, these classes are comprised of sequences and subsequences determined by the general ability of the group.
Ashtanga: Mysore Style:
Students of all levels are welcome! New students can expect to practice for approximately 45 minutes. We request that those new to yoga or those new to the Mysore Style method arrive a half hour after the start time of any given class or later. Knowledge of the Primary Series in not required to attend this class.
In the Mysore Style tradition students are given individual instruction within the group setting. Students may come and go freely anytime during the two-hour class period. Students are introduced to the Primary Series, a sequence designed to align and detoxify the body, beginning with the Sun Salutation and Standing Poses. Through repetition students gradually commit the sequence to memory and take the first steps toward establishing a personal practice. Each student will receive individual instruction and hands on assists as they practice and advance through the series at their own pace.
Ashtanga: 1/2 Led Primary Series: A class designed for athletic beginners and those with some Yoga and/or Ashtanga Yoga experience. This class will focus on the first half of the Ashtanga Primary Series (through Navasana) using the traditional Sanskrit Vinyasa Count and Pose Names. A general understanding of the sun salutation, standing pose sequence and tristana (breath, bandha and drishti) recommended but not required.
Ashtanga: Full Led Primary Series: This vigorous class is not suitable for beginners. This class will move through the full Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series using the traditional Sanskrit Vinyasa Count and Pose Names. A committed Ashtanga Mysore Style practice is recommended for attendance in this class.
Ashtanga Improvisation: All-Levels: A class suited for athletic beginners or those with an existing yoga practice, this Ashtanga short forms class will focus on subsequences from either the primary or secondary series and employ bonus and research poses to safely and creatively explore classical postures.
Contemplative & Restorative Yoga
Yin: Yin Yoga is a practice of being, rather than doing, helping to relieve the effects of stress and bring the body and mind into balance. We work very hard in our lives, and though we may sleep, we rarely take the time to truly rest and restore. Yin classes utilize props to support seated, prone and spine postures that target the hips, shoulders and spine. Postures are held for 3-5 minutes allowing for a deep opening and release of large muscle groups and joints. Classes are for students of all-levels interested in receiving the amazing benefits of yoga without the strenuous activity of a other methods. Yin Yoga classes are great way to balance an active practice or lifestyle. Come rest and renew your body-mind and leave with greater energy and clarity.
Yoga Philosophy & Chanting: Deepen your practice with an understanding of the philosophy of Yoga as defined in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. By studying the sutras, the practice of Yoga becomes a method for transforming the way we think, communicate, and act by teaching us how to direct our attention inward in order to cultivate contentment, clarity, and peace of mind. In this monthly class, we will chant the sutras in the Sanskrit language and discuss the meaning of the concepts found in this ancient text. Chanting in Sanskrit helps to open the voice and lungs and improves memory and listening skills. Chanting and memorization of sutras turns understanding into revelation helping us to apply this knowledge in everyday life. No experience required. Texts provided.
Chanting: Connect with Sanskrit’s timeless sounds through the chanting of the Bhagavad Gita and other selected stotrams. The practice of chanting helps to elevate and expand the mind and our consciousness. Benefits that can be experienced through chanting are increased focus and memory, healing vibrations for the body and emotions, enhanced breath capacity and connection to something higher than ourselves. Chant books are provided and no experience necessary.
Open Studio encourages students with an established self-practice to maintain consistency and devotion to the process. No formal teacher guides the Open Studio time. Students must be able to direct their own personal practice. All styles of yoga, meditation and breath practice are welcome. Current membership or drop-in rate required to attend.