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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Hatha Yoga

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 Flow

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.

Slow Flow

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).

Beginner's/Gentle Yoga

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.

Hatha Flow

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).

Yang/Yin Yoga

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!

Yin Yoga

A deep restorative class with floor sequences including some kneeling postures.

Addressing the opening and release of the major joints: deep spinal twists, profound shoulder and hip openers, to access the deeper layer of tissue (fascia).
Following a yin class, your body can feel deeply relaxed and often the effects of the release can last long after, releasing deep seated tension and emotions.  Come enjoy and discover as you unfold.

Yoga Fusion Flow

In this fun class, we will slowly build intensity through a sequence of yoga postures, moving fluidly from one posture to the next.  A yoga dance which draws influence from Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga practices. 

Sacred Music/Minimal Instruction Flow

First Saturday of each month, 7pm/120 minute class.

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.

Mommy and Me Yoga

Last Saturday of each month, 4pm/45 minute class.

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.

We understand, expect and welcome the natural personalities of children.  Be comforted knowing that silence is NOT required, and everyone in the room is a mommy with a baby or toddler like yours.  Babbling, crying, laughing, moving around, and child-like behavior is warmly welcomed... halos are not required.
Come have fun with your little one and meet other like-minded mommies.

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Power Hour

In this class, you can expect a good workout, in 60 minutes.  We will move through a dynamic Vinyasa Class, and save time at the end for a yummy savasana and meditation.  This is similar to our 90 minutes Vinyasa classes, just trimmed down a bit to fit into your busy day. 

Prenatal Yoga

There are numerous benefits to prenatal yoga practice and it’s never too early or too lateto begin. Given that most women in a prenatal yoga class are new to yoga and given theneed for an increased level of safety and support, advanced postures are purposefully nottaught at this time. Prenatal classes are gentle in approach. In my teaching, I focus uponconnection to the baby, postures that will be helpful through labor and birth, the openingup the hips, the release of shoulder/back tension, the freeing the voice to make helpfulsounds through labor, and strengthening the pelvic floor muscles.

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

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Kripalu translates to "compassion" and Kripalu Yoga is known for its creative sequencing, emphasis on meditation, and compassionate approach to developing nonjudgmental awareness.

Kripalu Yoga is a specific method of approaching the study of asana, meditation, and mindful living. In Kripalu Yoga, students are encouraged to enter into a state of inner reflection and inquiry as they move through traditional yoga postures. There are gentle/beginner Kripalu Yoga classes and challenging/advanced classes that integrate a vinyasa-style approach to posture flow. This is an all levels class, variations of yoga poses are taught making space for beginning yoga practitioners and students who enjoy challenging sequences of asana practice.

The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health -- located in Lenox, Massachusetts -- is America's largest yoga center. While Kripalu classes are well known in the Northeast, there are not too many Kripalu trained teachers in Florida. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to study Kripalu Yoga with a talented, inspiring, and well-respected Kripalu Yoga teacher at Bombay Room Yoga Studio.

Deep Mediatative Flow

Release tension and nurture your mind, body, and soul through focused effort & conscious breathwork that promotes relaxation. Suitable for all levels, this class is the perfect blend of classic yoga in a slow-flow style, which will help you melt away what's finished, and start a new week with a clean slate. Meditation in motion. You will have an amazing night of sleep after this class!