New To Yoga

What Is Yoga

Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India (exactly how long ago is up for debate). It is a means of synchronizing mind, spirit and body through postures (“asanas”) and breathwork.


Anyone can practice yoga - no matter their body type, physical abilities, gender, creed or religion. There are no prerequisites and no need for a certain level of flexibility or strength. These are not required, but are gained from a regular yoga practice.


For a brief description of various Yoga Styles, please see below


What To Expect

To ensure your safety in any class remember that Yoga is not a competition! It is an individual experience so honor your body and go at your own pace. Be sure to make teachers aware of any injuries or limitations you have so they can offer modifications to better suit your needs. Rest whenever you must regardless of anyone else and never force your body to do anything it doesn’t want to. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.


Yoga is generally done on a yoga mat. We have some available for your use, or you may bring your own. Sometimes instructors may suggest certain props to assist in getting you into the proper alignment for each position; we also provide these props.


Please plan on bringing some water to drink during / after class.


For your first class please arrive a few minutes early to allow a little time for filing out a waiver and release (you may print and fill out ahead of time).


The teachers at Golden well being Yoga look forward to seeing you on your mat!


Namaste!



  Yoga Styles

Easy Flow

Easy Flow yoga utilizes hatha-based alignment principles accompanied by a gentle flow and breath. This class meets students where they are - beginners and advanced practitioners alike can benefit from slowing down and simply enjoying the beautiful practice of yoga.


Gentle Yoga

Gentle yoga classes are typically described as appropriate for those who want a softer, nurturing, slow-paced, well-supported and relaxing practice. The approach hopefully includes carefully orchestrated movements, controlled pressure, and well-measured stretches, including range of motion exercises. Postures may be approached in gradual steps, with plenty of time to focus on breathing and repetition so that the practice is simple to do and easy to remember.


Hatha

The most widely practiced form of yoga in the United States today, Hatha Yoga, is gentle and focuses on breathing, holding the pose and quieting the mind, all of which are the basic building blocks to any yoga practice. Hatha is a general term to describe a wide variety of yoga styles.


Mindful Gentle Yoga

Gentle Yoga is a more basic set of poses and flows that are wonderful for every range of practice, whether it is your very first class or your thousandth. Mindful Yoga is a much slower and more intentional form of practice. We will spend more time at the beginning of class working with our breath, take more time to understand and feel each pose, both physically and energetically, and we will take a short time for meditation at the end of each class. In addition to learning about our physical body we will be learning about the other aspects of Yoga such as the energy body, the chakras, mantras (phrases to assist energy flow) and mudras (hand positions to assist energy flow) among other things. I look forward to seeing you in class and together delving deeper into the art and science that is Yoga.


Mindful Vinyasa

Vinyasa Yoga is a more challenging set of poses and flows working with matching our breath to movement. We will work with more challenging sets of poses such as balancing, arm balances, and inverting or going upside down


Mindful Yoga is a much slower and more intentional form of practice. We will spend more time at the beginning of class working with our breath, take more time to understand and feel each pose, both physically and energetically, and we will take a short time for meditation at the end of each class. In addition to learning about our physical body we will be learning about the other aspects of Yoga such as the energy body, the chakras, mantras (phrases to assist energy flow) and mudras (hand positions to assist energy flow) among other things. I look forward to seeing you in class and together delving deeper into the art and science that is Yoga.


Restorative

Restorative yoga is a series of relaxing, nourishing and healing poses held for longer amounts of time. This class uses props to open the body in a more passive way. It is designed to restore the body and mind.


Therapeutic Yoga

Therapeutic applications of the principles of alignment into gentle muscle toning and stretching, joint releasing, along with restorative postures, breath-work, guided meditation and Yoga Nidra for pain management and deep release. Excellent for participants with injury, dis-ease, chronic pain, anxiety, depression or those seeking a gentle yet fulfilling class incorporating Ayurveda principles to heal the emotional body.


Vinyasa and Gentle Vinyasa

Considered the most complete yoga practice by many practitioners. It focuses on core strength, flexibility and balance while offering a more active practice that is part cardio, part muscle building. Taught through a series of Sun Salutations and long holding poses, this practice is well suited to complement current workout routines.


Vinyasa

Vinyasa is a sequence of asanas or poses synchronized to the breath. It can be fast paced or slower and is often referred to as flow for its emphasis on movement. This movement is also sometimes called a "moving meditation" when incorporating a dharma or theme that flows through the class.


Yoga Basics

Yoga Basics is a gentle, all-levels class meant to help students cultivate fundamental skills—body awareness, flexibility, strength, use of breath, and alignment—while exploring foundational Yoga asanas




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