Connect your mind and body to achieve optimum wellness. With one of the oldest yoga programs in Chico, we have cultivated a community of passionate instructors driven to help guide students of all levels through a unique journey towards a healthier way of life. From vinyasa yoga, to chair yoga, to meditation, each class is designed to improve strength, balance, and flexibility, all while reducing stress.
Ashtanga Yoga is a 5,000-year-old set sequence of postures designed to bring incredible, strength, flexibility, and endurance to the body and a sense of stillness to the mind. This strong intro class will teach the fundamentals of ashtanga yoga, sun salutations, ujjayi breath, energy locks, and vinyasas to prepare the student for the full primary series of ashtanga yoga. Ashtanga’s intensity can also invoke positive life transformations off the mat, helping you to live fully, with a deep sense of Self, in your daily life.
Chair Yoga is the perfect way to learn time-effective asana (postures) to do from a desk, car, or any other time you’re sitting. You will experience incredible relaxation in part because of the heavy emphasis on breathing techniques and relaxation. As the name implies, students practice primarily sitting in a chair with options to stand or come to the mat.
Family yoga (Kundalini style) blends movement and dynamic breathing to build physical vitality and increase consciousness. You will learn techniques and tools to help increase overall family harmony, improve family communication, and increase health and vitality of all members of the family. All ages are welcome.
Class involves breath and movement, easier and modified postures, body awareness, gentle stretching, strengthening, and relaxation. Whether you have specific physical or emotional challenges, prefer a more leisurely and gentle practice, or just want the opportunity to slow down and relax, your mind and body will benefit from a session of Gentle Yoga.
Iyengar’s method, a form of hatha yoga, is known for precise attention to alignment and detail. It is taught that there is a correct way to do each pose and that every student will one day be able to attain perfect poses through consistent practice. Once this balance is created in the body, it will be reflected in the mind. One of Iyengar’s major innovations is the use of props which assist the student in attaining ideal alignment, even if the body is not yet open enough.
This is a moderately paced class where students will build awareness, strength, skill, and focus. It is helpful to have completed a series of Yoga Foundation classes or Ashtanga 101, but this is not required in order to attend the class. Modifications are given to make the practice accessible to the Level 1 student.
Students should have a basic awareness of yoga postures and their own bodies and limitations and be willing to modify accordingly. Various hand balances, arm balances, and postures requiring more strength are explored. Postures often are held for longer periods of time in order to increase strength and concentration. Yoga experience encouraged.
Postures are explored from various vantage points – holding for longer periods of time, from the requirement of greater flexibility and strength, and from the standpoint of developing more poise and ease in the face of greater difficulty, the heart of yoga practice. Must have previous yoga experience.
Guided meditation is designed with both beginning and experienced meditators in mind. It offers the opportunity to open the source wisdom and energy we are born of, helping people awaken, heal, thrive, and experience joy and understanding.
Pranayama is the yogic practice of controlling the breath. It follows the physical practice of asanas and is the beginning of the inward journey of yoga. The benefits of pranayama include better respiratory health as well as the ability to calm the mind and body. Pranayama practice maintains the health of all body systems and encourages a more balanced integration of body, mind, and breath.
A form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental, and emotional relaxation through the aid of props. While some restorative yoga poses are beneficial to the entire body, others target specific parts of the body, such as the heart or the lungs. The use of props makes it easier for you to maintain balance while you are stimulating and relaxing your body.
Vinyasa (also called Flow) classes maintain awareness and focus on the breath while moving through a series of postures. The sequence of postures may vary from class to class, but always follow an intelligent progression that moves from basic to complex. This style of yoga builds heat, flexibility, and strength, while maintaining focus on good alignment and sound structure. Postures may be held for longer periods of time, and will flow together to unite the body to the breath and mind.