In each type of class, the poses are similar. The sequencing, pace, and class energy differs based on the teacher and their teaching style. Feel free to try all styles of yoga to find one that suits your needs, or mix and match classes for what your body needs in a given day.
Styles of Yoga
Ashtanga Yoga is a well-preserved, ancient system that is based on a lineage of teacher to student tradition. It is a focus on yoga as the eight limbs of practice, asana (the poses) being just one eighth of practice. Most characteristic of Ashtanga is its fast pace and routine sequence of asanas [poses], designed to be a journey of moving meditation. The practitioner learns to focus and concentrate their energies into three aspects: posture, breath, and gaze. In this class students will learn the sequence of postures that make up the Ashtanga practice as it is currently taught in Mysore, India. This is a very physical practice in a heated room that will help guide you within. The poses are the same in each class so you can feel your body as it progresses through this system. In addition to the sequence, students will learn how to customize postures and for their own bodies so that everyone feels that they are moving forward in their own individual practice.
Mindful Flow Classes
A $5 class offered throughout the week. This is a beginning level class that is suitable for first time students, or students who enjoy a slower paced class. Class on Saturday & Sunday is the same gentle flow with an additional meditation to close your practice.
Classes are centered around deep breathing and working with each student’s needs, as well as the collective needs of the group. Mindful Flow takes into account any injuries or pre-existing conditions you show up with. The pace of class is set by deep, fluid breathing which is taught at the beginning of each class. From there, we move with the breath through standing poses and balance poses to build strength. Next, we move to the floor for poses to release stress and tension from the body. This is a balanced practice that will leave you feeling better than when you walked into class. If no level is stated, it is an all levels class.
- Level 1 & 2 is suitable for beginners or those that enjoy a slower flow. More time is spent on alignment and breathing. Pregnant students welcome to attend.
- Level 2 & 3 is an intermediate practice with slower transitions and longer holds. An understanding of deep breathing and basic alignment in the yoga poses is expected.
This is Power Yoga in the style of Bryan Kest. This challenging class moves you through poses that will strengthen and awaken every part of the body from head to toe. This practice builds internal heat making you feel enlivened long after class is over. Class includes standing poses, balance poses, floor work, breath work and meditation. This class is for all levels, you just have to listen to your body- don’t push and rest when you need to rest.
Yoga for Women’s Health
This class is for all women at any stage of life- prenatal and postnatal students are encouraged to attend. The poses taught are beneficial to all women; however, the benefits for those going through life changes or physical changes are even greater. Flow gently through class with poses that will strengthen the body and spirit, while calming the mind. This class is appropriate for all levels and bodies.
A system of hatha yoga (the yoga of movement) that progresses systematically through the body’s major muscle groups and energy (chakra) areas. Be prepared to experience boosts of energy and mental keenness, as well as deeper sleep and personal peace. Appropriate for all levels.
Therapeutic Yoga Offerings
Yin & Restore
A deeply relaxing practice that features fully supported postures on bolsters and blankets paired with soothing breathing practices. Minimal movement with only 4-5 yoga postures per class. Great practice to calm the nervous system and relax body and mind. Great for relieving stress and decompressing from the busy-ness of day-to-day life.
Yoga for EveryBODY!
This class is designed around each individual who is present in class- hence the name ‘everyBODY.’ Each class will be slightly different depending on each class’ specific needs and energy level. Students who have limited mobility, chronic pain, injury or even those who just enjoy a more gentle yoga practice are welcome to attend. The focus of this class is healing the body from the inside out. Class includes instruction on breathing, gentle movement and guided meditation. All poses are done with the support of the floor, blankets, bolsters, a chair, or the wall.
Specialty Class Offerings
A guided class, perfect for all levels of experience, including beginners. Consistent meditation practice promotes: a calm and peaceful mind, relief from stress and anxiety, physical wellbeing and improved relationships. Each session will include a brief introduction, a guided meditation and a brief closing discussion. Everyone is welcome. No special clothing is required. Classes led by Kelsang Nyema of the Ganden Center in Columbia, SC.
Mom and Baby Yoga
A gentle practice designed for postpartum moms and their infants. This class will address common aches and energy challenges of the postpartum mom. Please come at least 4-6 weeks after your baby has been born out of respect for your body. Please talk to the teacher before class so she can help create a class that addresses your current needs and physical level. Mothers can come who are new to yoga, or those with an existing yoga practice. All mothers are welcome to attend this class.
Bhakti Flow Yoga
Bhakti Flow combines aspects of love, compassion and healing with the grace of vinyasa flow yoga. Class will start with a short talk, which will introduce a theme based on a short inspirational reading. This theme will be woven throughout the class. Flow of the class will be a bit faster than many of the current mindful flow offerings, however it will still be centered upon moving into and out of postures with the breath as the focal point. Specially selected music will enhance the theme and energy of the class. Closing of the class will incorporate singing universal mantras together (Kirtan).
Breath, Balance & Being
Begin your day in the best possible way in order to support and expand your own personal commitment to health and well-being. This hour class will set the tone for your work day at home, office, or school. This class is suited for all levels and circumstances. Each class will include:
- Balance – that comes from a variety of postures (asana) and sequences
- Breath – breath work (pranayama) that is simple, deliberate and life supporting
- Being – an ongoing and varied practice of walking and seated meditation (dhyana) as well as conversations about how to live wholly, healthfully, and joyfully in this world.
This class will focus on deep breathing techniques to safely guide each student through a series of hip and hamstring yoga postures that will relieve the lower body of tension and calm the mind. All of the postures will be practiced on the floor seated or laying down. The pace of the class is slow and postures will be explored for one to three minutes. Brian will encourage you to find your own perfect degree of intensity. Modifications will be made to ensure safety and promote a healing experience. This class is the perfect compliment to any Yoga practice and is appropriate for all levels of practitioners.
Restorative Practice for Facing Cancer
Greenville Yoga and the Greenville County Cancer Society offer this class to all whose lives have been touched by the challenge of facing cancer. The group comes together to create space for relaxation, healing, returning to peace… There is no cost for this yoga class and no prior yoga experience is needed. More information and additional support programs by the Greenville County Cancer Society at http://www.cancersocietygc.org.