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CLASSES

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There are foundations for this practice: first being the breath, no matter the shape of the body, the breath remains constant and controlled. The second being bandha:  energetic and physical locks with in the body that bring a more efficient and intelligent way to move the body. The third being drishti:  a controlled and fixed point for the gaze. With these 3 foundational concepts practiced regularly the physical aspect of the practice transforms, the mental state slows and quiets, finally the emotional state finds ease and begins to settle. 

All things take time and within this practice of yoga the more you show up, the more you will discover.....All is coming.

 

CLASS OFFERINGS

Vinyasa or Vinyasa Flow

Vinyasa means breath -synchronized movement, and Vinyasa Flow (yoga)  is a series of linked asanas (poses)that will move you through the power of inhaling and exhaling.

Bhakti Flow (includes Bhakti Slow Flow) 

A vigorous class  OR a slower, meditative Vinyasa flow.  Bhakti Flow classes include elements of non-dogmatic devotion and intention.  The room is lightly heated (78-80 degrees)  and classes are set to rad music.  This class also starts and ends with Kirtan (call and response chanting).  You connect with this heart-centered practice through movement, breath, intention......refuge and connection unlike any other.   Come explore Bhakti Flow and see what makes us different.  You are worth it.   With every breath we get to being again. 

Led Primary Ashtanga

Ashtanga is an ancient system of yoga that was taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. It integrates breath, movement, and gazing points as a method of turning inward and discovering our true nature. This class explores the beginning of the Primary Series, known in sanskrit as Yoga Chikitsa, or yoga therapy. This series of postures is meant to build strength both in the core and the limbs, improve balance and spine mobility, as well as open the hips and lengthen the hamstrings. It is challenging, but appropriate for all levels. Teacher led. 

Beginner Workshop

Feeling intimidated about taking a class?  Want to learn a little more about yoga?  Been taking classes, but have questions about poses or terms?  We offer this $10 dollar hour-long workshop/class which will have a brief discussion on philosophy, pranayama (breath), bandhas (locks), and take you step by step through common asanas (poses) and safety tips.  Everyone is welcome, it will be a very simple flow and allow time for questions and answers.  First timers as well as those with established practices who want to learn a little more in an intimate setting are welcome.  You can take this workshop as many times as you like.  Pre-registration is required.

Yoga Punx PDX

Yoga Punx is an alternative to conventional yoga experience. Some people feel uncomfortable about attending an average yoga class; Yoga Punx is here to meet you where you are with a killer sound track! This class does hold true to the traditional aspects of yoga philosophy, the 8 limbs of yoga,  and the true spirit of DIY punk philosophy. We believe in freedom for all Beings.  Come as you are, be yourself with no judgement. ALL are welcome!  All levels. Recommended donation of $8-12, however, no one turned away for lack of funds.  Locations in NE PDX, St. John's and Milwaukie---see www.yogapunxpdx.com for details

Yoga Bija - Vinyasa

Yoga Bija - Vinyasa is a strong slow flow style yoga practice with Yin pauses for integration and nurturance to the nervous system. A mosaic of all movement, physical and energetic, intuitive and structured, fluid and static. It’s a mantra, mudra (full body and hand), mindfulness meditation based approach to strength, length, flexibility and is geared towards release of old rigid thought, word, and action patterns, while easing in new pathways to travel and refine, (krama). ALL are welcome to attend!

Tribal Bija- Belly Dance

$12 drop in or $65 for 6 pack- you can purchase directly from Calendar when you pre-register or through Melodee at the studio, before class.

Largely influenced by ATS, Tribal Fusion and the strength, grace and beauty of Yoga. An ever evolving vocabulary of movements that are seamlessly strung together through improvisational cues & transitions...much like a flock of birds. Enjoy an empowering dose of challenge and support in a body positive community...where we focus on mindfulness in movement and allowing the dance to flow through us. All are welcome! 

Yin Yoga

A sequence of restorative poses that will allow you to experience the body's relaxation response...while using simple guided prop positions for encouraging deep mind-body release, healing, and restoration. This class offers guided meditative suggestions, relaxing music, and breathing cues.

Bhakti Flow Community Classes (Teacher Trainees) 

Explore a Bhakti Flow class while you support the Sangha ( community) and the new Teacher Trainees/Mentees while they gain their practice hours.  All the elements of a Bhakti Flow class and you won't be disappointed.....especially when the suggested donation is only $5!  Help the mentees through your service of helping them gain the experience they need and open your heart and hips at the same time.   Good deals for everyone here.......weekly classes offered, rotating trainees. 

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan incorporates movement, breath, meditation, and sound into a complete yogic practice that addresses every dimension of your being. Appropriate for all levels including total beginners, every Kundalini Yoga class is its own distinctively energetic, rejuvenating, and unusual journey to make contact with your own True Identity. 

If you want to change your life, practice yoga — and if you want your life to change fast, practice Kundalini Yoga.

Evening Hatha Flow

In this class, we continue to focus on the connection of breath with movement (such as in a vinyasa class), but we slow it down just a little -  exploring, appreciating and dropping into poses for longer holds, and working to find correct alignment or ease in our bodies through the use of cues and props. Expect a sweet balance between ease and effort, freedom to linger where your body is calling you to, a fun playlist, and a lighthearted attitude! Please join us, this class is appropriate for any and all levels! 

80’s Mixtape Flow

A movement focused practice, with an emphasis on using breath to dynamically link each yoga posture, one to another. This class is open to all levels of students by offering variety in many of the poses, and providing detailed descriptions of poses and movements, while also offering advanced variations to students looking for more challenging options. Playlists are of classic favorites, from the Beatles to Queen to Electric Light Orchestra to David Bowie!

Community Kirtan

Community Kirtan is hosted by Sandee Lawless and the Heart of Vinyasa Yoga School's first graduating class of Yoga teacher trainees. Community Kirtan will be lead by rotating teachers every Sunday morning from 11-12PM. If you love to sing and chant Kirtan music in a group, or would like to learn, then this is the place for you! Come share a beautiful studio space with a community of people who enjoy discussing everything from Yoga philosophy, meditation, ancient storytelling, Bhakti Yoga, spiritual wellness, and keeping the magic of a YTT program alive. Community Kirtan is a donation-based group open to everyone! 

Body Celebration

Body Celebration is a size inclusive yoga practice rooted in the belief that all bodies are good bodies and deserve to move joyfully. The Body Celebration classes are flow style classes, the poses are linked together in a way that feel natural and dance like. Expect variations to be given, props used, strengthening, basic anatomy, yogic philosophy, opportunity to move intuitively and Yogi Playtime. In these body affirming classes every month a new theme is introduced in the Body Celebration Workshop, you do not need to attend the workshop to enjoy the other classes. Maintaining the same theme for the month creates an opportunity to study deeper, become familiar with how the cues feel in our bodies and build muscle memory. All classes are all levels but it is great for beginners, people coming back from injuries and people who are just curious. Variations and propped suggestions are given and encouraged.

Body Celebration Workshop

Body Celebration Workshop is typically offered the 3rd Saturday of the month and is when the topic for the month is introduced. In this 1 ½ hour workshop we spend more time breaking down poses and the variations so we can find the poses that works for our bodies. This workshop has less of an emphasis on the flow portion of class and more on Yogi Playtime. This is a time to experiment with the poses and notice how the different variations affect your body. This is a good workshop for beginners, people coming back from injuries and the curios. You do not need to participate in the workshop to enjoy the other Body Celebration classes that are offered.

Body Celebration Vinyasa

This class start with gentle and intuitive movement then builds into the dynamic practice of Vinyasa. In Vinyasa movement is linked with your breath. During the flow sequence you can expect a range of pace that goes from one breath one movement to holding a pose for a few breathes. Throughout class you’ll be reminded to make the right choices for your body as it showed up that day. This is a class for all levels, a mix of intuitive movement, strengthening, stability, flexibility and Yogi Playtime. Variations and prop options are given and encouraged.


Body Celebration Candle Light Flow

Enjoy a low lite room for a meditative flow class created to give you an opportunity to listen to your body and cultivate a relationship with your intuition. This is an end of the day practice where we take our time getting into poses and hold them a little longer. There’s less talking and more just being with your body. The flows are simple and created to help you unwind from your day. Gentle does not mean easy, variations and prop options are given and encouraged.

Yoga Punx: Do Good Sunday

Once a month donation based Hatha yoga class with a portion of the proceeds going towards a different non-profit each month.  This is a Hatha style class with some Vinyasa elements. The last 15 to 20 minutes will be longer held restorative poses.  As per usual an emphasis on listening to your body and other opportunities to explore poses in different ways if what's offered isn't happening for you that day. Come take care of yourself while helping those in need!  

Metal Yoga

Open your hips, quiet your mind, bang your head! Classical Vinyasa meets doom, dark ambient, and melodic black metal. Explore meditative states, guided deep by the heavy and sinister songs of an evolving playlist of the best metal ever. We'll practice pranayama, the setting of a sankalpa or intention, nidra and restorative poses, as well as a challenging but accessible sequence of asanas inspired by Ashtanga's first and second series. All levels. Contact leilahdevi@gmail.com for more information. 

Intro to Ashtanga

Intro to Ashtanga is held every Sunday from 2-3PM and is designed for beginners to Ashtanga and the Mysore method. This class is will help prepare you to feel confident in the Mysore class and begin your practice. Develop and deepen an authentic personal practice while receiving individualized attention in the energy of a group atmosphere. Leilah Devi has studied extensively in India with senior teachers in the lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.