Yoga Styles

Yoga Styles
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Vinyasa

Vinyasa classes are an intermediate to strong moving flow classes that cultivate balance, stability, flexibility, and vigor. Vinyasa movements are smoothly flowing and can be almost dance-like and classes consists of a series of poses that will teach you to coordinate with the flow of your breath. Breath awareness and coordination are carried throughout the practice as the asana ebbs and flows between effort and ease. Intensity levels & personal style varies by each unique Thrive Yoga teacher. Classes are still accessible to all level practicitioners via the offering of modifications.

Prana Vinyasa

Prana Vinyasa is an energetic, creative, full-spectrum approach to embodying the flow of yoga, as cultivated by Shiva Rea and the Global Vinyasa Collective of Teachers. Students of all levels are empowered to experience prana – the universal source of breath, life-energy and conscious intelligence – as the navigating source of their yoga practice. Practitioners learn classical and innovative approaches to vinyasa yoga and the state of flow, inspired by Krishnamacharya’s teachings, Tantra, Ayurveda, Bhakti, and Somatics. Prana Flow classes are breath inspired journeys that offer a complete spectrum (ha-tha) of rhythms from meditative and rejuvenating to the challenging and empowering. Every class is well rounded, following the mandala of the body and asanas – to create whole body transformation of strength and fluidity, circulation and centering.

Iyengar

Iyengar yoga focuses on precise body alignment, the use of props to help students of all abilities perform the asanas, and an understanding of the therapeutic potential of yoga. The asanas build strength, flexibility, stamina, balance and aid in stress reduction. Postures are held for longer periods of time in order to cultivate control of the breath, concentration, and inward self study.

Restorative

Restorative yoga is a very relaxed practice which utilizes props to support, open, and create ease in the body. A totally rejuvenating practice comprised of seated postures and supported inversions which are held for longer periods of time to allow for deep relaxation in the postures. Designed for all levels and may include breath work, guided meditations, and an extended savasana.

Slow Flow

Slow Flow is a mindful, slower paced yoga class that is meditative and emphasizes peace and calmness of body and mind. Poses are held for a longer period of time to teach principles of proper physical and energetic alignment. This means that you can plan on taking several rounds of breath in each pose, instead of moving to each breath. The challenge in the class comes from holding postures for a longer period of time and the simultaneous steering of consciousness to the awareness of breath and movement. Breathing and mindfulness practices are taught in simpler sequences. Slow Flow is a great place to start if you are new to flow-style yoga or anyone wanting a methodically paced class that still emphasizes the connection between breath and movement.

Meditation

Experience the power of the collective while meditating in our sacred studio space. Open to all practitioners of all styles of meditation and those wishing to start a meditation practice. Classes may be guided or unguided and may include silent sitting meditation, movement, chanting, and breath work.

Yin

Yin yoga is a deeply relaxing practice that targets the joints and interconnective tissues of the body to restore range of motion and flexibility while relieving pain and chronic tension throughout the body.  This practice complements any active yoga practice or exercise routine. Finish the practice with Yoga Nidra, a deep form of guided relaxation and meditation that heals and rejuvenates.

Yoga Basics

This is an all-levels class that introduces yoga asanas (postures), details optimal body alignment, integrates the use of props while stretching and teaches useful breathing exercises. You can expect straight-forward sequencing and time to take multiple breaths in each posture. This class can be considered gentle at times, but the alignment-work can be quite challenging.
It is recommended for those new to yoga, stiff athletes or anyone looking for a deeper focus on breath and alignment.

Kids Yoga

Give your kids a moment of breath, self-love and centering. We love connecting with our younger yogis! They will explore their breath, postures and the philosophies of yoga though super creative activities, sequences and meditations! Kids yoga classes can weave together fun poses, music, games, stories, and other sensory-integrated activities to promote flexibility, strength, balance, collaboration, mindfulness and wellness both on and off the yoga mat. Check out the Kids yoga page.

Kundalini-Inspired

Kundalini-Inspired Yoga is known as the yoga of awareness, and consists of a combination of asanas (postures), pranayama (breathwork), mudras (hand postures) and mantra (repeated sound currents to focus and elevate the mind). It is an all-levels practice that works on the nervous system, glandular system, meridians, organs and the electromagnetic field to improve overall health, vitality and well-being.

Gentle Yoga

Gentle Yoga is a combination of postures coordinated with the breath, performed at a gentle pace which allows time to be present in each pose. Classes focus on releasing tension, connecting with the breath and helping students gain strength and flexibility. Gentle yoga classes are likely to use commonly recognized, classical hatha postures with slight variations to accommodate all levels of yoga students. 

Pre-Natal Yoga

Pre-Natal Yoga is a profoundly peaceful way to prepare yourself for the many physical, mental and emotional transitions that you will experience during pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood. This class emphasizes the building of strength and stamina, as well as concentration and breath control; which are invaluable tools for a mother to be! Prenatal yoga class is a wonderful opportunity for pregnant women to connect and celebrate their changing bodies and growing babies. This class is appropriate for women in all stages of pregnancy and no prior experience is required.

Vin Yin

Vin-Yin Yoga is a combination of vinyasa flow and yin yoga. We’ll start with the passive long holds of yin yoga to target joints, connective tissues and fascia, supported with props while holding poses for 2-5 minutes, then follow it with a super-slow vinyasa practice where we’ll linger in our asanas a bit.
This class is open to all levels.

Therapeutic

Therapeutic Yoga uses a methodic application of sequences to unwind fascial patterns of holding and pain in the body. Much of the work is floor-based and passive, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy! This therapeutic style of yoga resets the nervous system, opens the joints, and releases patterns of restriction in the body, using long holds and specific alignment. This is an all-levels class and everybody—athletes, couch potatoes, young and old, will find this practice accessible and will benefit from it!

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