When looking for a class that is a good fit for you, keep this in mind: almost all of our classes are appropriate for any level. All of our instructors are professionals who are trained and experienced working with all ability levels and offer modifications and challenges for each posture. This means that you can come to any class, and be confident that you will feel comfortable yet challenged.
Yoga is a personal practice, and the experience you have in class is largely up to you. There are no rules or guidelines that you must follow. We encourage our students to honor and listen to their bodies as they practice yoga. This means that you should never feel pressured to keep up with the instructor or the rest of the class. On the same token, if you want more of a challenge, and the instructor is not suggesting it, you have the power to step it up a notch and go deeper into a posture.
That being said, we recommend that you try as many different classes and instructors as you are able. Every yoga instructor teaches differently, with a unique style and background, and it may take a few classes to find the style and instructor that you resonate with. If you are a beginner, taking the beginner’s class is recommended, but not required. Any class is appropriate for any ability level. If you are recovering from an injury or illness, a slower-flow might be more suitable, but it is up to YOU to decide, so come to any and all classes and see what feels right.
Below is a loose description of what you can expect from the different classes at our studio. Each instructor teaches differently, with the same goal in mind: to make you feel good.
Traditional Hatha yoga is a holistic yogic path, including disciplines, physical postures (asana), breathing (pranayama), and meditation. The Hatha yoga predominantly practiced in the West consists of mostly asanas, or physical exercises. It is also recognized as a stress-reducing practice.
In the Hatha classes at The Bombay Room, you can expect to start with relaxing pranayama (breathing exercises) to prepare the body and mind for your practice. The aim is to set a foundation for deep relaxation. We will then warm up the body with sun salutations. Gentle Vinyasa is integrated as we move into standing and strengthening postures. You can expect movements that include balancing, twisting, and stretching. Class winds down with gentle floor work, and ends in deep relaxation.
Vinyasa is a flowing style of yoga with its foundation in Ashtanga. The asanas (postures) mirror those of Ashtanga, but are done in a free-flowing sequence. Each instructor brings their own distinct style and sequence into their instruction. Vinyasa means “breathe-synchronized movement”, so the postures are timed with the breath. Vinyasa (or “Vinyasa Flow” or “Flow Yoga”) is fluid; each posture flows into the next, linked together with a series of movements also called a “Vinyasa” (plank, low plank, upward-facing dog, downward-facing dog). The beauty of this class is that the sequence, or “flow”, can be different in each class, even with the same teacher. The instructor can focus on different areas of the body from day to day, or modify instruction depending on the demographics of her class. Vinyasa is appropriate for any ability level, from beginner to advanced practitioner.
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Vinyasa Core Flow:
This class will blend elements of vinyasa flow with focus on core strengthening and lifts by incorporating and breaking down arm balances and other abdominal work. Developing and maintaining core strength will enable students to feel more weightless and confident when getting into and holding many postures, as well as improve alignment and allow transition between poses to flow effortlessly during practice. Class will be Vinyasa flow in style, with emphasis given to strengthening the core.
This is a Vinyasa Flow class, slowed down a bit. Focusing on proper alignment and positioning, with deeper attention being paid to the foundation of your yoga practice, your instructor will guide you through the basics of Vinyasa Flow. This class is also appropriate for an advanced practitioner looking to get back to basics and utilize a slower-paced class to focus on the fundamentals of his yoga practice. In our Slow-Flow classes, you can expect a slower-paced Vinyasa Flow class (see description above).
New to yoga? Want to give it a try without feeling overwhelmed or intimidated? This gentle class is perfect for the beginner yogi, or anyone who wants to get back to basics. If you are recovering from an injury or illness, or haven’t practiced yoga in some time, this is a great class for you. Vinyasa is the foundation of this class, and focus is given to proper alignment, yoga terminology, breathe-work, and fundamentals that will build the groundwork for your personal yoga practice. By moving at a slower-pace, using props, and breaking down each movement, we make every posture accessible to all students. Special attention is given to a proper Vinyasa. This is a perfect class if you are interested in trying yoga but unsure of what to expect or feel intimidated joining a more advanced class. This class is also appropriate for the yogi who wants to get back to basics and bring greater focus to proper alignment, or work out any other kinks that may be overlooked in a faster-paced class.
When you step onto your mat, you will be guided through breath awareness and connection with your body. The physical postures and sequence will be similar to a Vinyasa flow. Using a harmonious and playful sequence, which will unfold and open your body to allow the free flow of energy, the instructor will challenge you to push yourself to your limit with mindfulness and understanding; a true yogi’s wisdom is to know its limitations and embrace what gifts are given to you from asana to asana. Increasing the heat in your muscles, expanding your lung capacity and raising your heart rate, this sequence will eventually wind down to give you the opportunity to find concentration and meditation, ultimately accessing Samadhi (absorption).
This class combines two different yoga practices, one which emphasizes breath-synchronized movement and builds muscle (Vinyasa Flow, also known as Yang) and one which emphasizes holding postures and stretches connective tissue.
The class begins with a focus on Yang and is intended to push your physical limits as you dynamically flow through poses. The class then transitions to Yin, focusing on passive yoga postures. By holding these passive yoga postures for five to seven minutes at a time, your joints rehabilitate through deep relaxation and letting go. Yin poses are low to the ground, harnessing the power of gravity to release tension. Yin relieves tight muscles and increases range-of-motion, providing for restoration and stress relief for both your body and mind.
Come, open up and experience the benefits!