about yoga

Yoga has something to offer everyone. It is an ancient practice that dates back thousands of years. Through proper alignment of postures, yoga develops strength and flexibility. Using pranayama (breath practice), it cultivates mindfulness, balance and relaxation.  

What To Expect in a Yoga Class

All classes are rejuvenating and relaxing. Classes typically start with a pranayama centering practice and then flow through a series of poses, called asanas. The asana practice is designed to move the body in different directions, encouraging strength, flexibility & balance. Pranayama practice calms the mind & encourages focus & well being. We offer classes that emphasize different aspects of practice. Please see our Schedule or talk with us for more information. Many yoga classes use the Sanskrit word Namaste at the beginning or end of class. It is a greeting that means “I acknowledge and honor the light in you.”

Preparing for Class

Plan to arrive a few minutes early so that we can start & end promptly

as well as give you a moment to settle in and relax.

Please leave cell phones outside the studio. Yoga is about unplugging from distraction.

Please remove shoes & leave them in the cubes near the front door. Yoga is done barefoot. Wear comfortable clothing that you can move & breathe in.  

Mats are available for use, but if you become a regular we encourage you to get your own so that it suits you & feels like home. You are investing a lot of time & energy into this little rectangle of space! We have mats for sale if you need one in our Boutique.

Be sure & let the instructor know if you have any special concerns or injuries before class. Remember that while yoga can be challenging, it should not hurt - feel free to leave out or modify anything according to your intuition - take care of yourself & enjoy the process


Practice Is Perfect

Ultimately, a yoga practice is best done consistently. The progress of your practice is not about how flexible you are or how your poses look, but about how you approach each class. The reward is the journey. Make the commitment & discover the power of yoga!

 

 

 

Yoga Postures

This is a list of some common yoga postures, or asanas. Click on the terms to learn more. But don't worry - we teach in English and just sprinkle a little Sanskrit in...

 
 
 

Sanskrit                                                 English

Adho Mukha Svanasana                      Downward-Facing Dog

Adho Mukha Vrksasana                       Handstand (Downward-Facing Tree)

Anjali Mudra                                          Salutation Seal

Ardha Chandrasana                             Half Moon

Ardha Matsyendrasana                       Half Spinal Twist

Baddha Konasana                                Bound Angle

Bakasana                                               Crane

Balasana                                                Child's Pose (relaxation)

Bharadvajasana                                    Bharadvaja's Twist

Bhujangasana                                       Cobra

Chakrasana                                           Wheel

Chaturanga Dandasana                      Four-Limbed Staff

Dandasana                                            Staff pose

Dhanurasana                                        Bow

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana                  One-Legged King Pigeon

Garudasana                                          Eagle

Gomukhasana                                      Cow Face

Halasana                                                Plow

Hanumanasana                                    Monkey (named after Hanuman)

Janu Sirsasana                                      Head-to-Knee Forward Bend

Kakasana                                               Crow

Krounchasana                                      Heron

Kukkutasana                                        Cockerel

Kurmasana                                           Tortoise

Makarasana                                         Crocodile (relaxation)

Matsyasana                                          Fish

Matsyendrasana                                  Lord of the Fishes (named after Matsyendra)

Mayurasana                                         Peacock

Natarajasana                                        Lord of the Dance

Pada Hasthasana                                Standing Forward Bend

Padmasana                                          Lotus

Paripurna Navasana                           Full Boat

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana                  Revolved Side Angle

Parivrtta Trikonasana                         Revolved Triangle

Pasasana                                              Noose

Paschimottanasana                            Seated Forward Bend

Prasarita Padottanasana                   Intense Spread Leg Stretch

Salabhasana                                        Locust

Sarvangasana                                      Shoulder Stand

Savasana                                              Corpse Pose (relaxation)

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana              Bridge, Half Wheel

Siddhasana                                          Perfect Pose

Simhasana                                           Lion

Sirsasana                                              Head Stand

Sukkasana                                            Auspicious Pose

Supta Baddha Konasana                   Reclining Bound Angle

Supta Padangusthasana                   Reclining Big Toe

Supta Virasana                                    Reclining Hero

Svastikasana                                        Prosperous Pose

Tadasana                                              Mountain Pose

Trikonasana                                         Triangle

Upavistha Konasana                          Open Angle

Urdhva Dhanurasana                        Upward Bow, Backbend, or Wheel

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana                Upward-Facing Dog

Ustrasana                                            Camel

Uttana Kurmasana                             Upside-Down Tortoise

Utkatasana                                          Chair

Uttanasana                                          Standing Forward Bend

Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana      Raised Hand to Big Toe

Utthita Parsvakonasana                    Extended Side Angle

Utthita Trikonasana                           Extended Triangle

Vasisthasana                                       Side Plank

Viparita Karani                                    Legs-up-the-Wall

Vajrasana                                             Thunderbolt

Virasana                                               Hero

Vrksasana                                            Tree

 

Sources: Wikipedia & Yoga Journal

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