Class Descriptions

Sandalwood Yoga offers intensity based Gentle, Moderate and Vinyasa classes, Private group classes and 6 week series for adults.

Gentle is a mindful, slow paced, well supported class focusing on foundation poses and synchronizing breath with movement to increase range of motion, reduce stress and relieve tension.  Standing poses, balancing poses, seated poses and twists are presented in a safe and accessible style to help calm the nervous system, ease constrictions and cultivate inner stillness.  Suitable for all students including brand new and beginner.

Moderate offers Vinyasa Vignettes and sustained holding of foundation, intermediate and advanced poses to tone and purify the body, build strength, agility and stamina, heighten sensation, direct concentration, activate energy and liberate blocks; using the body as the laboratory, Yoga philosophy is woven seamlessly to help foster mind body integration.  Experience with Sun Salutations recommended.

Kripalu Vinyasa 2/3 is a clearly languaged, thoughtfully designed, energizing sequence of graduated Vinyasa Vignettes or Kramas, intuitive and gradient transitions and progressively built peak poses exploring physical challenge, philosophical themes, energy lines and intangible edges; Kripalu Vinyasa 2/3 is fluid and focused and presumes intermediate proficiency while inviting a spirit of playfulness and discovery.

Yin Yoga is a meditative practice of moving the body into gravity induced shapes held for 3-5 minutes; long held passive poses allow the body to surrender into deep release of fascia, connective tissue and bones.  Yin Yoga applies Traditional Chinese Medicine energy principles to class design; through the balance of tension, compression and non doing, Yin poses stimulate Meridian Lines, regulate organ systems and moderate emotions fostering openness, ease and well being.  Suitable for all students.

Introduction to Yoga is a 6 week beginner series exploring the foundation of Yoga:  Asanas (poses), Pranayama (breathing techniques), Yoga Philosophy, Meditation and Relaxation.  Each week moves through the practice building poses from the ground up with focused attention on alignment, coordinating breath and movement, raising awareness and cultivating non judgmental witness consciousness.  Preregistration required.

Introduction to Yoga 2 is a 6 week series building on the principles of Introduction to Yoga; this series offers 6 new classes with 6 new peak poses and includes a continued exploration and refinement of foundation poses.  Yoga Philosophy is shared in a direct and applicable way and additional Pranayama, Meditation and Relaxation techniques are offered.  Introduction to Yoga 2 is open to students who have taken Introduction to Yoga.  Preregistration required.

Beginner Vinyasa is a 6 week series breaking down Surya Namaskar, Sun Salutations, the cornerstone of Vinyasa; Vinyasa is a fluid and graceful sequence linking breath with movement stoked by Ujjayi Pranayama,   Using detailed cues and clear language for each pose, students are guided to safely enter, hold, explore and transition from pose to pose, gradually building strength and poise for more challenging classes.  Preregistration required.

When it seems humanly impossible to do more in a difficult situation, surrender yourself to the inner silence and thereafter wait for a sign of obvious guidance or for a renewal of inner strength.  Paul Brunton