East Meets West Yoga Center

Class Descriptions

At East Meets West Yoga Center, we offer a variety of yoga styles such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Prenatal, Gentle Yoga, Teen, and Kids Yoga, and Yin Yoga.   We also offer a blend of Yoga + Pilates called FUSION.

We do offer Community Yoga classes (which are either free or donation based) on Saturday and/or Sunday afternoons.  Please check the schedule for available classes.

Community Yoga

This class is by DONATION. This practice is led by various teachers in our teacher training program. These classes are taught at a beginner level, and are a great way to get your practice started.

Gentle Yoga

This is a very gentle practice, perfect for seniors (ages 60+) and individuals who are healing from an injury or are just starting to practice yoga. This class honors the body with gentle postures, breathing, and deep relaxation. All levels are welcome.

Hatha Beginner Level

Beginner Hatha teaches students to enjoy learning about themselves through yoga. Our instructors strives to cater to individual needs, always showing students many pose variations and encouraging them to go at their own pace, avoid injury, and have fun. While beginners are encouraged for this class, the Beginner Level class also caters to long-term Level 1 students, and students who want to brush up on basics. Students in the class will obtain foundational knowledge of breath awareness and control, sun salutation, and proper alignment in many standing, seated, and reclining poses.

Hatha Mixed Level

Mixed Level Hatha class invites those of all levels to encourage, invigorate, and challenge one another through a dynamic practice. Improve strength and flexibility at your own pace while breathing energy into each movement.

Lil Karma Kids (Ages 3-5)

This class encourages younger children to experience yoga. Using yoga postures in games, stories, adventures, and songs, children improve motor skills, flexibility, balance, strength, concentration and self esteem while having fun. Children will also be introduced to relaxation and breathing techniques. All children must be potty trained. Come and have your child discover that yoga is fun!

Karma Kids (ages 6-11)

This class is designed to help children build strength and flexibility, concentration and focus, compassion and self esteem through the playful practice of yoga postures. Kids will have fun as they improve their posture, motor coordination and balance. Yoga poses will help children cope with the conflicts and stress of a very hectic world. A child who learns yoga will develop skills that will last a lifetime. Come and have your child learn about the joy of yoga!

Teen Yoga (Ages 12 - 16)

The teenage years are an in-between time that is heaped in change. Yoga offers teens a way to find a stable ground as well as acceptance of these life changes. This class empowers the individual, strengthens the body, flexes the imagination, and adds a spark of creativity. Teens establish a meditation practice that relaxes as well as stimulates the mind to be taken into young adulthood.

FUSION (yoga + pilates)

A perfect fusion of the ancient teachings of yoga with the more modern teachings of Joseph Pilates. What one practice lacks, the other accounts for, making the integration of the two a recipe for whole body health and harmony. This class will focus on intelligent movement, awareness of self, and utilization of the breath to foster coordination between mind, body, and spirit. We will flow through a variety of creative strengthening and flexibility sequences, always moving with intention. You will leave feeling invigorated, cleansed, and rejuvenated.

Kundalini Yoga

Often times called the Yoga of Awareness. The primary goal is to awaken kundalini energy, the psychoenergetic force that leads to spiritual elevation, and kick-starts the process of transformation. Classes feature asana, pranayama and meditation designed to create a specific outcome. Expect to encounter challenging breathwork, including what is known as Breath of Fire, mini meditations, mantras, mudras (sealing gestures) and vigorous movement-oriented postures, sometimes repeated for minutes. Be prepared to push yourself to your limit, and beyond!

Prenatal Yoga

The prenatal class is designed to meet the needs of pregnancy and motherhood. Strengthen and relax your body, ease your mind and connect with your baby in a safe and supportive environment. Prepare for labor by maintaining flexibility in the muscles, as well as building strength to ensure an easier labor and post-partum recovery. And, perhaps most importantly, feel inspired and nourished in a community of women sharing motherhood.

Prime Time Yoga (Yoga with Weights)

Combining yoga plus light hand weights can completely integrate your mind, body, and breath. Yoga helps you reduce stress, increase flexibility, and improve range of motion. While the strength training fires up your metabolism, increases lean muscle mass, and builds strong bones. You must bring your own hand weights to this class. We recommend hand weights of 1, 2 or 3 pounds. No weights heavier than 3 pounds will be allowed in class.

Slow Flow Vinyasa

This class is practiced at a slower pace than regular Vinyasa style classes. This class allows students to breathe more deeply and increase flexibility, strength and stamina and is ideal for Beginners. Students will experience an eclectic blend of postures designed to allow them to feel challenged, but also safe. The class expands on sun salutations, building heat in flowing asana sequences and finishing with a restorative deep relaxation. “Listen to your body” is the mantra of this class.

Vinyasa

Vinyasa is a vigorous, physically challenging and heating style of yoga. Postures are linked together in flowing sequences connected by the breath to create a practice of continuous movement. Recommended for students with some yoga experience who can move through a Sun Salutation repeatedly and who are free of significant injury. Some classes will practice Inversions. We do not recommend Beginners to yoga to attend a Vinyasa class until you have completed several VINYASA BASICS classes.

Vinyasa Basics

Are you a new student to yoga? A Beginner wondering what class you should take? Are you a student who is trying to figure out the practice of Vinyasa Yoga? This is the class for you if you need and/or want to learn the basic postures and flows, or even refine your existing practice. This class is recommended before you attend any of our Vinyasa classes on the schedule.

Yin Yoga/Twilight Yoga

Yin Yoga is a gentle, quiet, and meditative practice that teaches us to relax and accept ourselves just as we are. All poses are done on the floor so that the muscles can relax and allow the deep connective tissues surrounding the hips, thighs, and lower back to be gently stretched. Through mindful stretching, Yin Yoga maintains the health of the connective tissue and encourages free flow of qi (energy) in the body. Poses are held for longer periods of time (generally five minutes) and awareness is brought to sensations in the body. Absolute beginners to yoga are welcome! The Yin practice is a wonderful compliment to Vinyasa, Hatha, running, cycling or other Yang activities.

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