Class Descriptions

 

CORE 

INTENSITY: MEDIUM - STRONG

Lengthening, strengthening and working the entire body with special attention to our power house -THE CORE!  This class will have you working hard, breathing and sweating.  Core strength is the ultimate necessity to get you into some of the more advanced yoga poses, but more importantly, core strength enhances balance and stability, preventing falls and injuries in athletics and as we age.  It also dictates how well the arms and legs move, all these while promoting a long and healthy spine. 

 

ALL LEVELS are welcome!  This class may include breathwork.

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FLOW

INTENSITY: MEDIUM - STRONG

This class is mixed-level and is offered for students who understand how to create the alignments that are instructed in SOW Hatha and who is curious to explore the more challenging side of the practice in a reasonable moving pace, while still being heavily supported. 

This class is best suited for students who are already familiar with core postures in yoga, and have a fair to strong understanding of their body alignment, and are able to hold up longer in different standing poses, and are interested to link up different poses together into a smooth flow. 

We will explore in this class with more playful and complicated standing posture, arm-balancing, backbend and inversion depending on the theme of the month. 

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HAND BALANCE

INTENSITY: STRONG

This class focuses only to balance on your hands and in a variety of positions, and transitioning between them gradually. Learning to stand on your own hands then is a very basic form of a hand balancing class.  

The class will include variety of drills, conditioning, pre-hab exercises and stretches to gain the appropriate strength and mobility in order to stand on your own hands.

You are prepared to work hard in this class!  No drop-in/ trial available, student will need to take a course with package of 10 or 20 classes.

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HATHA

INTENSITY: MILD - MEDIUM

This class is all about the details and going SLOW to understand and digest them! 

All-levels appropriate from first-timer to advanced – everyone will GROW their practice and benefit from the added attention to the subtleties of the practice. 


Poses offered in class will include progression/ regression, prep-poses, technique and alignments to suit each student.   


Students will be given with clear instructions and are encouraged to move into their highest potential, and learn how to connect to their bodies and breath through different asanas, breathwork and meditation practice.

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GENTLE HATHA

INTENSITY: MILD 

There are days that we may hit our physical limit and would like to take the practice slow and easy, in order to heal the body and bring it back to its normal. 

This class is designed to focus on giving our body and mind with more love and mindfulness.  Poses will still strengthen and stretch chosen muscle groups but the pace and posture choice will be gentler, for the purpose of bringing the body back to health. 

This class may include breathwork, chanting and meditation.

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RELAXATION

INTENSITY: MILD 

Give yourself the healing gift of conscious relaxation with this class.  The class begins as you prepare the body to let go and receive through postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques.   It deepens as you learn to focus your awareness in the present space and moment, enabling you to enter meditative states that awakens compassion and clears the mind.   You will emerge rooted, radiant, and revitalized.


This class may include breathwork, chanting, and meditation.

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SOUND THERAPY

INTENSITY: MILD 

A traditional healing practice which uses the vibrations of sound and frequency emitted from singing bowls, chimes or gongs, to help reduce anxiety, stress and release repressed emotions.  Your body surrenders to sound, and it is effortless in helping to clear any blockage.

This class may include gentle asana practice, breathwork, chanting and meditation.

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YOGA STRENGTH

INTENSITY: STRONG

This class is aimed to build muscles and strength in your arms, legs and core - and it doesn’t involve going to the gym or working with any weights.  If you are lacking of the strength to go upside down in our popular hand balance class or any inversion, this is the class for you.

The class is primarily a strength - based yoga practice.   It excels at using your body weight to make you stronger and increase muscle tone, build functional strength that helps you in your everyday life.

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ASHTANGA

INTENSITY: MEDIUM - STRONG

Ashtanga Yoga is is a highly structured vinyasa-style class. It begins with ten sun salutations (five A and five B), continues with a series of standing poses done on each side, and finishes with a set of inversions and seated poses, which are linked by a vinyasa sequence.

Ashtanga yoga is for you if you want a challenge and you love structure. The practice is identical from day to day, and it takes most people years to move up a level. If you have sensitive muscles or joints, this may not be the practice for you.  But because the series is so demanding (and in traditional practice you’re expected to practice most days) you will get really strong really fast. There is no part of the body that doesn’t work hard in this practice.

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CHAIR YOGA

INTENSITY: MILD - MEDIUM 

Chair yoga offers the same benefits of “regular” yoga but it removes the need to get up and down off the floor.  All postures – including Sun Salutations! – can be adapted for either sitting in a chair or using a chair as a prop for stability.

Chair Yoga can be practiced at work, at home, or at the studio. All you need is a solid chair and maybe a block (or something similar) to help your feet plant solidly on the floor.

The "Chair" is a multi-purpose prop that offers a vast number of applications for all types of asanas and all levels of yoga students.

Using the chair to refine alignment creates balance, strength, support, freedom and increases sensitivity of the body in different poses.  Students can explore fun and creative use of the chair which leads to an exploration of different areas of the body thus enhance progression and integration of one's own practice.

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YOGA THERAPY

INTENSITY: MILD - MEDIUM

Yoga therapy is the adaptation of yoga practice for students with health challenges such as illness, pregnancy, or chronic illnesses related to old age or frailty.  Through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga, the class is aimed to reduce symptoms, restore balance, increase vitality, and improve the state of mind for the students.

 

Yoga therapy includes a wide range of mind-body practices, from posture and breathing exercises to deep relaxation and meditation. It is designed as such to treat a variety of mental or physical dysfunctions holistically, ranging from back pain to emotional distress.

 

This class is suitable for practitioners of any level. Practices may include Pranayama (breath control) and Asana (yoga poses).

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YIN YANG

INTENSITY: MILD - MEDIUM

Yin and Yang is a Taoist concept.

 

Yin-Yang Yoga combines two distinct yoga styles - passive (yin) and active (yang) yoga into one practice. Rooted in Taoist philosophy, it is believed that Yin and Yang complement each other and are absolutely essential. These two relative qualities exist in everything in this world and in life.  Yin is inward, passive, cooling and downward; while Yang is outward, energizing, warm and upward. Yin-Yang yoga practice uses an alternating practice of these two qualities to restore our balance physically and mentally.

 

Yin yoga is a slower practice in which asanas are held passively for longer periods of time to relax connective tissues and joints.  In contrast, Yang yoga is a more powerful and fluid asana practice that builds muscular strength and promotes the flow of prana, resulting in increased strength, endurance and flexibility.

 

This class is suitable for practitioners of any level. Practices may include Pranayama (breath control) and Asana (yoga poses).

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