Yoga Class Descriptions
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.
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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.
For more about Vinyasa, click here.
Vinyasa Core Flow
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.
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!
Yoga Fusion Flow
Sacred Music/Minimal Instruction Flow
In this special class, the teacher will lead a Vinyasa Flow to beautiful music, soft lighting, but instruction is minimal. The postures are called out, but you can expect less alignment cues, explanation, and in general, less talking. Class is 120 minutes, 90 minutes of class, and 30 minutes of optional play at the end. We encourage the full 120 minutes. Get lost in your practice. A true meditation in movement.
Amy Wright Glenn teaches a dynamic, positive, and nurturing Mommy and Me Yoga class. Drawing upon her expertise as a yoga teacher, doula, mother, and educator, Amy interweaves movement, song, yoga poses, and play into a heartfelt 45 minute experience for mothers and little ones.
The class is geared to nurturing the empathetic bond between mothers and child while emphasizing breath awareness. Mothers with little ones who are just a few months old are supported in strengthening their yoga practice while connecting and loving their little one. Toddlers love the class as they are encouraged to participate fully and also given the freedom to explore and play. Mothers are welcome to bring children from a few months old to 3 years old. Some mothers bring two children and that is wonderful.
Pre Natal Yoga
A pregnant woman benefits physically from yoga as she supports her body in the transformative months of pregnancy. Lower back pain, sore muscles, and general tensions ease through the practice. Women experience an increased sense of physical strength and energy. Through prenatal yoga, a woman benefits emotionally to make space for the wondrous and beautiful feelings found in pregnancy as well as concerns,fears, and anxieties. Prenatal yoga supports women in opening the heart to all aspects of being pregnant. The practice of breath awareness and conscious exhales accompanied by sounds help prepare women to skillfully ride the waves of contractions during labor.Whatever kind of delivery is hoped for or planned, the practices of calming the mind,paying attention to the breath, and relaxing the body aid women through the rite of passage into motherhood and help with postpartum recovery. Finally, depending on her interest in the subject, a pregnant woman can benefit spiritually from the practice.In taking the time to hold the belly, meditate mindfully, and marvel at the wonder of becoming a vehicle for life, the spirit is opened to great mysteries.
If you had an active yoga practice before becoming pregnant, I suggest making the basic modifications necessary for pregnancy while continuing much of your earlier practice. I also recommend taking prenatal yoga classes. Practicing with other pregnant women creates a vital community of support at a time when communities are far more fragmented than those of our grandmothers or great-grandmothers. While it’s true that there are excellent prenatal yoga books and DVDs available, nothing replaces the experience of a class in real time supported by a teacher who can personally interact with students. Pregnancy is to be celebrated and women throughout time have sought out the company of each other to prepare, share stories, offer support, and learn from each other.Join us for prenatal yoga and benefit on every level.--Amy Wright Glenn, (CD)DONA birth doula, prenatal yoga teacher, author, and mother