Class Descriptions

EveryBODY Classes

Have you tried yoga and said, “This just isn’t for me?”  Do the images you see on tv intimidate you and you feel you “can’t do yoga?”  Do you have physical limitations, but still want to practice yoga in a way that makes sense for your body today?  If so, this class is designed just for you.  Each class is taught based on each individual who is present in class- hence the name ‘everyBODY.’  Class will be modified based on who is in class and you will be welcomed and cared for exactly as you are.

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.

  • Yoga for EveryBODY focuses on deep breathing and gentle floor movements.  Any standing is done with assistance of a chair.  Class typically includes restorative yoga poses as well.  All poses are done with the support of the floor, blankets, bolsters, a chair, or the wall.
  • Flow for EveryBODY includes breath-initiated moment, some standing poses and balance work with gentle stretching to close the class.  Think of this as your EveryBODY plus one!  These are the next stages if your body is ready to move a little more than our Yoga for EveryBODY.  Also a great class for those new to yoga or those intimidated by starting a yoga practice.

Meditation

Practicing yoga changes your life.  Practicing meditation changes the landscape of your mind.  You can, literally, rewire your brain with meditation learning to pause, soften and connect to each moment as it occurs.  Less reactive.  More responsive.  This class will give you the tools to do just that!  These are tools you can take home and craft into your own home meditation practice. Meditation can be done in a chair, seated on yoga blankets, or lying down, all levels of comfort are welcome. Beginners to regularly practicing meditators will benefit from this class and from connecting with a community of meditators each week.

Mindful Flow Classes

This is our signature offering at Greenville Yoga.  It is difficult to put into words what it is like to experience a Mindful Flow Class.  The moment you step on your mat and take a full deep breath, it is a reset for your entire life.  Keep moving with the breath and then you find yourself leaving class feeling balanced and ready to face whatever happens next.  The effect of these classes are cumulative- the more you come, the larger the buffer is between you and the chaos of the modern world.  All you have to do is show up and breathe. Class pace and energy will be determined by the teacher, based on the students in the room for any given class.

  • Level 1 & 2 allows you to move slowly and feel each movement as you go.  More directions are given for each pose. Perfect for beginners.
  • All Levels will offer a more moderate pace and you may learn systematic ways to get in some poses that are new to you.
  • Level 2 & 3 is perfect once you know the breathing and poses well and are ready for a little challenge.
  • Mindful Flow & Yin is half gentle, standing yoga and half pure bliss, floor yoga (see Yin description below).
    • Level 1 & 2 is great class for beginners. Very little weight bearing on hands, wrists and shoulders.
    • Level 2 & 3 will have less verbal instruction, longer holds and a little added challenge for the body, heart and mind.

Prenatal Yoga

If you are expecting, all of our teachers have been through prenatal teacher training and we welcome you to join any of our classes. Learn how to use yoga as a tool to support you physically and emotionally through your pregnancy and to prepare for the childbirth process. All of our classes will explore yoga postures that help to relieve common aches and pains of pregnancy as well as prepare and strengthen your body for childbirth. Breathing exercises will aid in relaxation, calm your nervous system, and are beneficial to practice in preparation for childbirth and childrearing.

If you are new to yoga and pregnant, please join any Level 1 & 2 or Flow for EveryBODY classes for the best way to begin.  If you are an existing yoga practitioner, please join us for any of our classes on the schedule.  We will help support you and your growing baby through all stages of pregnancy and beyond.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga is the ultimate in nurturing self-care, a passive practice that offers a welcome alternative to the chaos of fast-paced days and restless nights. The strategic use of numerous props will comfortably and fully support your body as you relax into each pose for 15-20 minutes. Possible results include relief from chronic pain, lower blood pressure, improved digestion, lower stress levels, better sleep, a calmer mind.

Salute the Sun: Level 2 & 3

Looking for the perfect, active way to begin your day with intention or to let go of a busy day of work or family?  If so, Salute the Sun is just what you have been looking for.  All levels welcome.

Susan will help you close the day and leave the chaos of your work-life behind you.  Begin with your active sun salutations to burn away the events of the day.  Move through standing poses to open the shoulders, chest and hips from sitting at your desk.  As your energy comes down and the mind settles, move to the floor for some deep releases for the hips and lower back eventually leading to your final resting pose.

Sivananda Yoga

Experience self-care and nurturing in a whole new way- from a balanced place of effort and ease.  Caroline will help guide you to a place where everything in your world feels right just as it is.  She also offers nurturing and guidance to challenge you within your own practice on each given day.  When you begin Caroline’s class, you begin laying down with eyes closed- letting the world around you fall away.  Her lyrical voice guides you through some moderate flowing movements to stretch the body in all ranges of motion while building energetic reserves for the days ahead.  She then sings you into your savasana where you fall into a deep state of rest.  Caroline is one of Greenville’s master teachers – she has been teaching over two decades and she has a depth of insight that she shares in every class she leads.

Sivananda Yoga is a traditional 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.

Seasonal Flow & Yin

Want greater health and balance of mind, body, and soul?  Join Matt for a class that is mindful of the daily, monthly, and seasonal cycles occurring in our world.  Energy levels shift and change with the natural cycles of the season and the moon. Let these changes be honored as you move through your yoga practice each week.  Matt’s time on the farm combined with his gifts as a yoga teacher culminate in this special practice.  Each class will continue to challenge you in different ways at different times of year. Instead of your practice feeling routine, making seasonal changes  shifts both your practice and your perspective. Winter time classes will be slower, more yin, longer holds.  While summer time will offer more vitality and wakeful energy to honor the extra hours of the sun.  This will be a fun way to end your work day and settle into the evening hours.  You will be guaranteed to learn something new along the way.  (If you love this class, be sure to join Matt’s 2-hour Seasonal Yin classes each equinox and solstice to give special attention to times of transition in the natural world.)

Yin Yoga

Warning!  Yin Yoga has been known to lead people to states of deep inner peace, calm and even bliss.  This class is like nothing else out there.  Yin Yoga gives us quietude, stillness and nothing to do.  Your job in this class is to get into a suggested shape (to your appropriate edge) and stay there a while.  The effects will be long-lasting and might even create the desire to practice Yin Yoga and meditation daily.

This class is suitable for ALL bodies.  All work will be done on the floor and supported by soft props.  Longer holds of poses allow for a deeper stretch that promotes healing for the physical body.  Meditative tools will be used to help calm the mind and open the heart as well.