Class Series are beneficial to all who are looking to make traction on an intention and find continuity in a theme. We are mindful that finding a class that serves you on a regular basis off of the "drop-in class menu" can be challenging. To ensure that you are able to have one of your practices/week be about growing in a particular area, the drop-in classes will be opportunities to integrate the newly absorbed material.
These class series invites you to commit... to yourself, to a teacher and to a practice. It is true to the tradition of yoga, where knowledge is given from teacher to student over time. It allows us as teachers to develop programs that are designed to build each week over the course of the session.
develop a strong student-teacher and community relationship
witness growth in your own practice, as well as other's
build strong foundations for a personal practice
move toward an intention, one that you will be supported
Theory and Practice of Yoga Asana
This Intensive Class Series will provide the resources and time to learn the theory behind the alignment of all of the base yoga postures, divided into 3 basic categories to be explored in a 3 week series. Keep a look out for them on Tuesdays at 12:30-2:30 pm.
2. Seated and Kneeling
3. Arm Balances, Inversions, Prone and Supine Postures.
All of which are practiced with the balance of effort and ease. Focus will be given to the effective ways of engaging in the most beneficial variation/modification of the pose.
Breath Series: Witnessing the Miracle
Learn breathing techniques proven to relieve stress and improve mood and mental focus. These benefits have been enjoyed by thousands of adults and children worldwide, health-care practitioners, yoga teachers, military veterans, and individuals with PTSD, anxiety, depression, ADD, cancer, and other medical conditions. Many people who have practiced these techniques say they have been transformed, and that they never would have imagined something so simple could be so powerful and helpful.
Pranayama, like yoga, is best understood through practice, versus the study of theory. It is best approached with gradually introduced exercises from simple to complex. . The eight limbs of yoga as written by Patanjali, Pranayama evolves from the practice of asana, while building toward meditation. One of the important aspects of asana practice is awareness of the breath and following it. This class will attempt to develop that awareness using both asana and mudra so that by viewing and feeling the breath one understands the actual breath. This will aid in transitioning the focus from the outward practice to the inner practice.
We try to improve breathing patterns by strengthening the muscles that allow easier breathing while loosening muscles that constrict the breath. This will lead to an understanding of how the breath moves in the body, how it changes, how it can be guided, and especially how limited our breathing may be, often using less than our full lung capacity. In fact, we often “work too hard” resulting in breathing less rather than more, while using a great deal of effort.
These classes are an attempt to “unfold the breath” from a mental conception into an understanding of the breath and then evolving into Pranayama practice leading toward meditation.
Cost of The 3-Week Series:
$60 for Essencia Yoga Members
$120 for Non-Members
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Note: Our series require a minimum of five registered participants, by seven days before the start date; if you are considering joining please register early.
Previously Requested Series
Yoga of Devotion and Worship of God
Through its intentional deep engagement with breath, heart, and body, yoga provides a uniquely effective pathway for connecting with the Divine. Incorporating Bible readings, prayer, & liturgy, we will use yoga as a devotional tool to seek out and soak in God’s healing presence within our own lives. This class is taught at a gentle, flowing pace to create & preserve internal stillness--ideal for newer students to become comfortable with the essentials of yoga, while allowing more experienced yogis to deepen the spiritual aspects of their practice.
Classes Series can be purchased online, on the phone or in person, but must be done at least one week ahead of the Starting Date of the Class Series.
A Class Series will vary one from another (%10 discount)
Empowering practice for Tweens & Teens Girls
In this class designed especially for girls ages 12-18, we will explore multiple ways to manage stress, deepen spiritual connection, cultivate body awareness, & uncover strength. We will incorporate discussion times, inspiring music, & intentional lightheartedness as we grow this opening, nurturing space for young women.