We recommend that you explore a variety of styles and teachers to really find what resonates with you. Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic flowing yoga practice and it is our “Signature Style” here at Y3. Vinyasa literally translates to breath-synchronized movement and it is cardiovascular by nature. You will be guided to move and flow connecting the postures together with the breath to create a dance-like sequence or as some have called it, a “moving meditation.”
Whatever style, tradition or teaching you discover, know that the fundamentals should all be the same, and the message we are sending at Y3 should be clear, everything you need to know, you can find within. Enjoy the journey…
• Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga – Ashtanga is a dynamic form of Vinyasa Yoga that has a set series of specific postures that are always done in the same sequence. We teach both the Led Primary Series and the “Mysore” style of Ashtanga.
• Ashtanga Led Primary Series – The Primary series can be extremely challenging in keeping up with the timing of the class, as the postures move at a fast rate and pace. From the moment the class starts you will not stop moving. Bring your “A” Game to the Ashtanga Led Primary Series and have a thorough understanding of Sun Salutations, Ujaii Breathing, Bandas & Drishti.
• Ashtanga Mysore-The “Mysore” style of Ashtanga is the ultimate in discovering and nurturing your own personal practice and moving at a pace that is right for you and your own individual needs. The teacher is there to help you, however you go through the sequence on your own and as you become more accomplished the teacher will add postures to your set sequence. Depending on your level or your schedule, your mysore practice could be 30 minutes to 2 hours long. The Mysore room is generally open for 3 hours and you can drop in whatever suits the length of your practice. You must take “Intro to Mysore” prior or have the approval of the teacher before this class.
• Baby & Me Yoga– Yoga for Mother’s, Father’s or Caretaker’s. This class will allow you to explore the benefits of yoga while connecting to your body and your baby. New mother’s will gain back their core strength and flexibility after childbirth in a safe and nurturing environment. Everyone will benefit by increasing your overall sense of well-being in a fun and active way with your new baby. Babies must be at least 8 weeks-old but not crawling.
• Bhakti Yoga– The only requirement for Bhakti Yoga is an open mind and loving heart. Bhakti Yoga is the practice of spiritual devotion in a variety of forms. The goal of Bhakti Yoga practice is for the Yoga practitioner to attain oneness with their divine inner state or chosen deity. Throughout class you’ll be led on a journey that will lift your heart, assist to clear your karma and awaken your chakras helping to create space for your divine vision and awareness to unfold.
• Hip/Hop Yoga– Keeping with our Yin/Yang philosophy at Y3 we like to mix things up a bit sometimes. This fast paced Vinyasa Flow class is not for the newbie but is an all-level practice. Come rock your core and sweat through the flow along side visiting club DJ’s. Strengthen and challenge your practice in a fun an invigorating way.
• Hot Yoga– Hot Yoga is practiced in a heated room. Hot Yoga is not for everyone. But, the benefits can be transformative for those new to yoga, athletes with tight short muscles or someone recovering from an injury, as the heat warms up the muscles allowing for greater range of motion and lengthening and opening up of the muscles, ligaments and tendons.
• Kundalini Yoga– If you can breathe you can do Kundalini Yoga. Each class is unique, but all classes are formatted into sets as taught by Yogi Bhajan. The sets can be for the spine, the glands, stress relief, abdominal strengthening, releasing toxins, mental balance, etc. There is a guided relaxation after the set, and then a meditation. Meditations include Mudras (Hand Gestures), Pranayama (Breathwork) and sometimes Mantras (Chanting). Kundalini Meditation is a specific technology than can help one overcome anxiety, anger, depression, focus and calm the mind, increase energy and strengthen the nerves.
• Live Music Yoga – Music has been used as a healing force for centuries. Both Modern science and ancient wisdom traditions agree that the universe is a symphony of vibrational frequencies. Join us for an all level Vinyasa Flow class accompanied by local Kirtan musicians. This class is sure to have you ringing at a higher vibration.
• Meditation– Meditation is available for all. Release any reservations you may have about this ancient practice, as the health & wellness benefits are too many to list and shouldn’t be missed. Meditation is sustained and uninterrupted concentration that leads to a highly focused mind. To maintain and deepen meditation, the mind must have something to focus on. Objects for meditation can be Mantras (sounds/chanting), Yantras or Chakras (visual images), light or flame, breath, or prayer. The mind can be transformed from a state of unrest & disharmony to a state of calmness & equilibrium. The ultimate goal is to attain expanded states of consciousness in which we not only have increased awareness of previously unconscious thoughts and feelings, but also awareness of more subtle and universal principles, and comprehension of the world in a more complex and integrated way. In this state, we can experience great joy and inner peace.
• Men’s Yoga– You don’t need to touch your toes to do men’s yoga. Whether you are an elite athlete or you lift 12 ounces on the regular, yoga will enhance your sport.
• Mommy & Me Yoga– Mommy & Me Yoga is for Mother’s, Father’s, Caretaker’s and your 3-5 year old yogi. (one child per adult) Explore this opportunity to bond with your little one and introduce them to the life changing practice of yoga. Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. You and your child will exercise, play, connect more deeply with your inner selves, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds you. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface.
• Open Mat Class– If Ashtanga Mysore & Quantum Yoga were to have a love-child, it would be the Y3 Open Mat Class. In a personal one-on-one fashion you work with one of our advanced teachers to determine the Dosha regulating practice best suited for you. This sequence is then practiced in the open mat room with a teacher there to help. However, you move at your own rate & pace. A private lesson with a senior level Quantum Yoga instructor is required before participating in the “Open Mat Class and/or the approval of the instructor.
• Prenatal Yoga– Prenatal Yoga explores postures and breathing exercises to enhance a woman’s comfort during pregnancy and childbirth. Whether you are trying to conceive or are already pregnant join us in this beautiful practice for growth and support embracing this amazing time in a woman’s life.
• Pranayama– “When the breath is steady or unsteady, so is the mind, and with it the yogi. Hence the breath should be controlled.” Hatha Yoga Pradipika ch. II.2.
Breathing affects your respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, muscular, and psychic systems, and also has a general effect on your sleep, your memory, your energy level, and your concentration. “Everything you do, the pace you keep, the feelings you have, and the choices you make, are influenced by the rhythmic metronome of your breath.”
• Quantum Yoga– Quantum Yoga is dynamic Vinyasa Flow. There are 3 different types of QY Classes that coordinate with the 3 different Ayurvedic Doshas (Biological Humors or Body-Mind constitution) of each individual, Vatta, Pitta & Kapha. Class levels range from the Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced & the Master Class.
• Restorative Yoga– Restorative Yoga is a state of being rather than doing. Taking time out each day to relax and renew is essential in your overall health. Restorative Yoga helps relieve the effects of chronic stress in the body. Props (Bolsters, Blocks, Blankets, etc.) are used to provide a completely supportive environment for total relaxation. Each sequence is designed to move the spine in all directions. You are only as old as your spine is healthy & supple. Restorative Yoga can be experienced as too gentle for some. However, do not underestimate the power of the practice. Those that steer away from it are probably the ones needing it most. Relax and Renew with Restorative Yoga.
• Yin Yoga– Yin Yoga is suitable for almost all levels of students. Fundamentally it is a quiet practice where each posture is held for several minutes, targeting the connective tissues, such as ligaments, bones, and the joints of the body that are not exercised in Yang (active) asana practices. Yin Yoga stimulates the vital energy body and gives you an overall sense of well-being. Both Yin and Yang forms of exercise are necessary and supplement and compliment one another.
• Yoga for Athletes– This is Yoga for Athletes, not Athletic Yoga. This class will focus on stretching and lengthening the over-worked muscles of runners, cyclists, swimmers, boxers, basketball players, lacrosse, and soccer enthusiasts. This class is less about flow and more about anatomical alignment and modification for proper stretching and strengthening to keep you injury-free.
• Yoga Nidra– Yoga Nidra or Yogic Sleep is available to all as the only requirement is to sit down or lie down and listen. It is a time-honored, re-educational process that teaches you how to blend profound relaxation with innate wisdom into every moment of your waking life. Yoga Nidra is not hypnosis, but rather the deepest and most profound but very natural state of meditation. It is not unusual for you to feel like you have had a full 8 hours of sleep after a session of Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra takes you beyond waking and sleeping as you are lead through a guided meditation from the Instructor that could include guided imagery, breath awareness, physical body awareness, emotional awareness, chakras (energy centers) and sensing feelings, thoughts or beliefs.
• Yoga Therapy– Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner. Depending upon the nature of the illness, Yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels. Yoga Therapy is offered in both private and group settings.