Yoga – The Vinyasa Method

FREE YOGA!  Yes, “our Yoga is free!”  And it always has been. No other gym in town offers FREE Yoga classes to its members, and our Yoga classes are perfect for the person who wants to give Yoga a try without feeling like you’re surrounded by ancient Yogi’s. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned practitioner, our classes are designed to give you a personal workout.

Each class is designed to accommodate all levels of participants. We believe the instructor is the key to determining an individual’s level of expertise, and she will provide individual instruction as well. Our instructor, Amy Mann, is one of those rare creatures whose very presence will put you at ease.  She will take you through the class at a comfortable pace, showing you how to master the basic Yoga poses and helping to prepare you to move into the next level. If you have already mastered the basics, Amy will take your level of expertise into account.

The Vinyasa Method

We practice the Vinyasa style of yoga which is characterized by a focus on vinyasa, or a dynamic connecting posture, that creates a flow between the more static traditional yoga postures. The vinyasa ‘flow’ is a variant of Surya namaskara, the Sun Salutation. The whole practice is defined by six specific series of postures, always done in the same order, combined with specific breathing patterns (ujjayi breathing).

A standard Vinyasa consists of the flow from chaturanga, or plank, to chaturanga dandasana, or low plank, to urdhva mukha svanasana (Upward-facing dog), to adho mukha svanasana, or Downward-facing dog. The purpose of vinyasa is to create heat in the body, which leads to purification of the body through increased circulation and sweating. It also improves flexibility, as well as tendon and hard tissue strength, allowing the student to practice advanced asanas with reduced risk of injury.

Each sequence typically begins with 10 Sun Salutations and the standing poses. This is referred to as the “opening sequence”. Once a student has mastered the basic poses and sequences, the instructor will guide you to the next level.
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15 pm