Class Descriptions
 

Art of Meditation Class: (All Levels)
Meditation is the practice of using the breath to quiet the busy mind.  In this hour long class, we will practice different styles of Pranayama (breathwork/vital life force) to control the breath.  Each week begins with some seated yoga poses, Pranayama, guided and silent meditation, and ends with the gentle gong of the Tibetan singing bowl.  Come together with like minds at the end of the day, find tranquility, grounding, center, empowerment and a sense of purpose.  Cultivate awareness and appreciation for the magical gifts the universe provides and unlimited possibilities in each and every moment.  Learn to practice using breath awareness in everyday circumstances and establish a breathing room/space in your own home.  Feel free to bring your own cushion.  We have bolsters, blankets and yoga mats available.
Readings include excerpts from Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat-Zinn & Pema Chodrun.
Objects of focus include Mantra, candle, Japa, sound, image picture and word.

Ashtanga Yoga: (All Levels)
Often described as an heroic practice.  With its powerful linking of postures and full rhythmic breathing, it is a yoga system like no other.  Deep internal heat purifies the body on a cellular level while enhanced levels of concentration relax the mind and internal energy locks strengthen the nervous system.

Barre Method Inspired Pilates Class: (All Levels)

Enjoy a whole body workout that combines elements from ballet, modern dance, and Pilates in an hour long "Power Barre" class. Elongate and firm your body and improve your posture and balance to upbeat music in a challenging but fun environment. Classes typically start with barre work that fuses routines from dance classes with the principles of Pilates to make it safe and effective for all. Next, class continues with floor work which is most heavily influenced by Pilates mat exercises.


Classical (Sivananda) Hatha Yoga: (All Levels)
Sivananda Yoga is a classical and holistic approach to Hatha Yoga that stretches and tones the body from head to toe.  The Sivananda practice establishes physiological balance in the body and secures mental poise through its scientifically designed series of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (yogic breathing techniques). The Sivananda practice includes: Initial Relaxation; Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar): 12 Basic Asanas; Additional Asanas and Variations; and Final Relaxation.

Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga: (All Levels)
The Principles and Poses [associated with Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga (TM)] simplify how to access, comprehend and use the “core” most efficiently to gain the maximum yoga benefits (calorie burn, strength, flexibility, focus, self-awareness, confidence…) in the least amount of time.
Inspired by Sadie Nardini.

Deep Stretch & Relaxation: (All Levels)

A 75 minute class focusing on the body of someone who works on her feet, especially the Food Service Industry folk!  Taught by someone who has been in "the industry" for years, special attention is given to opening the back body, especially the lower back; releasing tension from the shoulders and the feet; and opening the hips helping to relieve common sciatica!  Relaxation and breathing techniques are introduced to help handle stressful situations.  Servers and bartenders will love it! Very beginners are encouraged to come and surprise themselves!


Friday Karma Yoga "Happy Hour": (All Levels)
Looking for a great way to unwind from the week and move into the weekend?  Happy Hour classes meet every Friday evening at 6:00 pm. The classes will be on a variety of themes.  Bring a Yoga buddy and enjoy!

Hatha Bhakti Flow Yoga: (All Levels)
This Vinyasa class has Bhakti (devotion) at its heart.  Learn to love your practice and love your Self in a sacred space.  Chanting mantras is a key element of Bhakti Yoga.  During this class you will be bathed in the healing vibrations of ancient sound formulas.  In addition to a traditional Hatha Flow (Sun Salutations with variations, etc), there is an eclectic blend of several styles of yoga as the instructor is trained in various schools of yoga philosophy.  No two classes are the same.  Each class will have a deep spiritual focus which will bring the physical experience to a soul level. 


Hatha Yoga: (All Levels)
Traditional Asanas (postures) are held in accurate alignment.  Emphasis is placed on gaining strength, flexibility, balance, also on concentration and breath control.  Based on physical postures, deep breathing, mindfulness and listening to your body.

Kundalini & Kirtan: (All Levels)

Last Sunday of Month - Free to All (donations gratefully accepted to support your studio)

Kriya 6:30-7:15pm

Meditation with Mantra 7:15-7:30pm

Sanskrit/Hindu Maha Mantras 7:30-7:45pm

Kirtan 7:45-8:30pm

Come for some or all of it!   There will plenty of chances to chant your heart open, heighten your awareness, raise your vibrations,  and expand your consciousness!  Yogi Tea and healthy snacks will be served afterwards.  Enjoy a Sanga (spiritual fellowship) in a sacred place and leave with a happy face and peaceful mind. 
Hari Om Tat Sat!  Jai Sai Ram!  Denys Morgan, LMT, RYT  216.965.6169  www.totalbodysolutions.net


Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan: (All Levels)

Kundalini Yoga is a transportation system that will activate your energy and move you into a radiant space of living where life becomes prosperous, meaningful and enjoyable.  It is a vast, comprehensive, and powerful practice that will give you access to your own inherent strength, health, vitality, and expanded awareness.  Kundalini Yoga is a powerful practice and works fast.  It is often referred to as the Science of Awareness and is a 7,000 year old technology for maintaining balance in the body, mind, and spirit.  Regular practice of Kundalini Yoga will strengthen the Nervous System and the Circulatory System, balance the Endocrine System, and release tension of the Muscular System.  Kundalini Yoga techniques may help eradicate emotional blocks and ease the mental suffering of trauma.  This form of yoga will also expand the lung capacity, strengthen and tone muscles, and nurture a sense of self-awareness.
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Each Kundalini Yoga class consists of pranayama (breath awareness exercise), physical asanas which include rhythmic movements of the body and breath, meditation, mantra, and relaxation.  The core of the Kundalini Yoga class is the Kriya, a specific set of exercises designed to bring about a specific metabolic change.  Each Kriya has a goal, be that cleansing the liver, calming the nerves, or strengthening the heart, etc.  Kriya also assists the ability to meditate.  Although there is a specific function of each Kriya, every Kundalini Yoga class will  help balance all the chakras and systems. 


Lunchtime Vinyasa Yoga Flow: (All Levels)
Join us for a lunchtime flow sequence.  We'll begin with a breath meditation to cleanse the palate and move into a flowing sequence of poses which connect a focused energetic breath that ends in blissful savasana (final relaxation).  Return to work and afternoon activities with restored energy, clarity and awareness!

Pilates: (All Levels)
The Pilates (pi-lah-teez) Method is a system of over 500 exercises performed with control and precision. Pilates was brought to the U.S. in the 1920s by its creator, Joseph Pilates. The movements were designed to stretch and strengthen muscle without adding bulk. Requiring concentration and coordinated breathing, the Pilates Method strengthens both the mind and body. Strength, flexibility, balance and concentration are developed through simple, efficient and effective exercises designed to lengthen your musculature while increasing muscle definition and endurance. Each week, take your Pilates practice to a new level. Experience your instructor's creativity while focusing on your strength, precision and flow.

Restore Your Foundation: (All Levels)
This class is perfect for anyone who would like to restore, renew, or revive their foundation. Take an hour to slow down and come back into your true nature. It is a perfect class for beginners and seasoned yogis alike! We will focus on pranayama (breath), ideal alignment of asanas (postures), and meditation. I invite you to explore the power, support, and love you always have with you.


Soul Spa Sundays: (All Levels)

Colleen will be teaching a new class for women only the second Sunday of every month.  This will be a nurturing and empowering class, combining feminine embodiment practices and Kundalini yoga kriyas (sets) and meditation specifically for women.  Come celebrate the divine feminine, the beautiful goddess~you!


TGIS - “Thank God It's Sunday”: (All Levels)

Celebrate Sunday in a Sivananda based Classical Hatha yoga class with special understanding for the needs of those who work in the Bar/Restaurant, Health Care, and Retail industries. For many in today's  society Saturday is a hectic work day or busy day of chores. Let this class bring relaxation, flexibility, strength and control to your mind, body and spirit.   No matter what your age or experience, yoga is for everyone.


Vinyasa Yoga: (All Levels)
Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga is a dynamic combination of a fluid sequence of yoga postures with a meditative focus on the breath. A meditation in motion. Explore your inner strength while improving your flexibility, range of motion and physical strength.

Yoga Flow: (All Levels)
This class is comprised of a flowing sequence of yoga postures. Experience an energetic form of Yoga promoting strength, flexibility and endurance. This class is designed increase your fitness level and yoga skills.