Yoga Class Descriptions

Yoga Class Descriptions

Chair Yoga: Chair Yoga is a practice using a chair for seated poses, and the chair as a balance point for standing poses. Perfect for those who are unable to get up and down off the floor comfortably or anyone who likes a gentle yoga class.

Gentle Yoga & Meditation: Gentle Yoga & Meditation is a practice of melding together breath and movement, most of which is seated on the floor. These classes have a longer meditation than others.

Gentle Vinyasa: The word Vinyasa is translated from Sanskrit to mean: “to be placed in a special way”. Often used in its place is the word “flow”. In a Vinyasa practice, one poses flows into the next and the movements are linked to the breath. The Gentle Vinyasa class gets up and down off the floor with the majority of poses seated. Each class has pranayama (breath work) and some level of mediation incorporated.

Vinyasa: A moving mediation with some vigor, this class begins with a centering and is a continual movement and linking together of poses and breath and building heat in the body.  This class consists of more standing poses than seated.

Candlelight Vinyasa: With the room lit by candles, this class is a moving mediation with some vigor. Beginning with a centering and is a continual movement and linking together of poses building heat in the body. This class consists of more standing poses than seated.

Hot Yoga:  With the room heated to 90 degrees, this class is a moving mediation with some vigor, begins with a centering and is a continual movement and linking together of poses and breath and building heat in the body.  This class consists of more standing poses than seated. *Best for those are would consider themselves moderately physically fit.

Hot Vinyasa: Heated to 90 degrees, this class is a steady flow of movement and breath and a cultivation of inner awareness. A moving mediation with some vigor, this class begins with a centering and is a continual movement and linking together of poses and breath and building heat in the body.  This class consists of more standing poses than seated.

Power Hot: At OM the studio is heated to 90 degrees for hot yoga classes. Power is a vigorous class with a lot of movement up and down off the mat, rigorous poses, a powerful flow of breath and movement and a deep cultivation of inner focus. * This class is not for the beginner.

Advanced: The OM Center Advanced Practice is for the dedicated yoga student. The room is heated to 80 degrees. These classes include deeper pranayama, meditation, and advanced poses. Woven into the class are some of the deeper aspects of yoga, philosophy, history, as well as a level of practice to be taken home. *This class is not for the beginner and is for those students who have been practicing yoga regularly for at least a year.

Class Levels

Level I. A level one practice at The OM Center is a gentle form of Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa. Our gentle classes still have an element of heat building in the body. These classes have more seated than standing postures and the bulk of the class consists of flowing, gentle movements with short periods of holding. Each class has an element of breath (pranayama) and meditation. These classes require you to get up and down off the floor (for those who have difficulty in this area- Chair Yoga is a great option).

*Beginner- Advanced

Level II. The Level II class has more standing postures, longer holding of poses, deeper work with pranayama (breath) and a cultivation of inner focus and awareness throughout the practice. Teachers offer a range of variations and modifications for all levels.  Hot classes 90 degrees, Regular 72.

*Beginner (with some level of physical fitness)- Intermediate – Advanced

Level III. Level III classes are considered “Power” classes and include more rigorous poses, standing postures and flows and may include arm balances or inversions. These classes are for those who are physically fit and up for the challenge of blending a deep physical practice with the cultivation of inner awareness.  Hot classes 90 degrees, Regular Classes 72.

*Intermediate-Advanced  

Advanced Practice. The OM Center Advanced Practice is for the dedicated yoga student. The room is heated to 80 degrees. These classes include deeper pranayama, meditation, and advanced poses. Woven into the class are some of the deeper aspects of yoga, philosophy, history, as well as a level of practice to be taken home. This class is not for the beginner and is for those students who have been practicing yoga regularly for at least a year.

*Advanced