We offer a variety of Hatha Yoga Classes which emphasize the union of mind, body and spirit through movement. Among the many benefits you can expect are:
- Improved strength, stamina and flexibility
- Better athletic performance for runners, swimmers, golfers, and tennis players whose muscles tend to contract and tighten over time.
- Increased ability to focus in the moment
- Release of tension and anxiety
- Smooth and efficient flow of energy throughout the body
- Classes are 90 minutes unless otherwise indicated.
Introduction to Yoga (4 class series)
This is a 4 class series designed for the absolute beginner. Once a week for four weeks you will be introduced to the fundamentals of yoga, including breathwork, proper alignment, posture names and vinyasa flow. Each class is 60 minutes. We recommend all students new to yoga or vinyasa yoga sign up for this series before participating in the other vinyasa classes.
A class suited to all levels to build familiarity with the postures and basic principles of yoga. The emphasis here will be on careful alignment, breath and body awareness, optimal posture and body mechanics. Students experience the meditative benefits of yoga through linking of breath with movement. This class promotes strength, balance, flexibility, and stress reduction.
An exploration of basic yoga postures in a flow sequence. Great class for beginners and for students with little or no yoga experience. Flow sequences are slow and steady but challenging. Class concentrates on improving range of motion, flexibility, strength, and balance by teaching students to link their natural cycle of breath with their movements. Modifications are offered and props are used when needed to allow students to flow in and out of the poses gracefully.
A class for students who have a basic understanding of yoga postures and alignment. Intermediate classes offer an opportunity to deepen your practice. Here you will have the chance to learn more advanced poses, including backbends, arm balances and inversions. You will explore techniques of Pranayama (breath work), and you will be introduced to some of the philosophical ideas that inform this ancient tradition.
Intermediate – 2 Hour
Advanced Asana: Arm Balances and Inversions
A class for practitioners who have a strong asana foundation. This class utilizes core strength, pranayama, and whole body warming flows to focus on arm balances, Inversions, and advanced transition sequences. You will develop enhanced strength, stamina, and increase concentration and mind-body awareness.
This is a powerful, energetic class that emphasizes the coordination of breath with movement as you flow through dynamic posture sequences. You will develop greater stamina, flexibility and strength in the body and deeper concentration, balance and equanimity in the mind. If you are new to yoga, we recommend you become familiar with the postures through our Basics classes before attending Power Flow.
Hot Power Flow
A class for students of all levels who like to sweat and build endurance. A powerful flow in a room warmed to 95 degrees that will intensify your inner fire through movement and breath. You will release toxins, increase flexibility and build stamina. If you are new to yoga, we recommend you become familiar with the postures through our Basics classes before attending Hot Power Flow.
This class focuses on gentle and restorative postures, yogic breathing, and guided deep relaxation to reduce stress and increase movement and vitality. It is designed for students who prefer a less vigorous class or who simply need to unwind after a long day. Gentle Yoga is also ideal for students experiencing illness, injury, or chronic pain.
Yoga for Runners
During an average mile run, your foot strikes the ground approximately 1000 times. Most runners experience too much pounding, tightening and shortening of muscles and not enough stretching and loosening. All of our yoga classes are beneficial to runners, but this class will aim to specifically restore balance by focusing on the areas of the body that trouble most runners: the hips, hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves. You will also strengthen your core abdominal and back muscles enabling you to maintain strong running alignment even in the face of fatigue. The addition of a regular yoga practice to your running can prevent injury, hasten recovery and help you achieve your goals.
Therapeutic Yoga (Gentle)
The Therapeutic Yoga class is for those students with injuries who wish to help themselves to heal, as well as to obtain full therapeutic benefit from yoga. In this class modified poses are practiced that target specific injuries. Lisa Hughes draws on her depth of knowledge as a physical therapist and yoga therapist to teach the secrets of sequencing a practice, using breath work and relaxation to bring the body and the nervous system back into balance. The poses and assistance given are mindfully chosen to benefit people with back, hip or shoulder dysfunction, sciatica, neck strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many other musculo- skeletal conditions.
Mediation and Pranayama
This one hour class focuses on balancing the Prana (energy) body with 20 minutes of movement (asana), 20 minutes of breath work (pranayama), and 20 minutes of guided meditation. The complete integration of these limbs of yoga will promote relaxation, alleviate stress and encourage deep exploration of your own psyche. Come learn the magic of the Prana body, increase your personal radiance and vitality and dive into the depths of consciousness.
Preschool Yoga, ages 3-5
Ages 3-5 These classes are specially designed and taught by instructors who have been trained to adapt yoga for children through the use of animated poses and basic stretching exercises. Kids will improve concentration and focus, stimulate their imagination, and release energy in a fun, safe environment using interactive games and dynamic postures. Bonus: Our yoga classes for children are always scheduled at the same time as a one-hour Basics class so that moms and dads can enjoy their own practice at the same time. Our instructors will stay with your little one until you finish Savasana so that you can maximize your time.
Kids’ Yoga, Ages 6-9
For children age 6-10 These classes are specially designed and taught by instructors who have been trained to adapt yoga for children through the use of animated poses and basic stretching exercises. Kids will improve concentration and focus, stimulate their imagination, and release energy in a fun, safe environment using interactive games and dynamic postures. Bonus: Our yoga classes for children are always scheduled at the same time as a one-hour Basics class so that moms and dads can enjoy their own practice at the same time. Our instructors will stay with your little one until you finish Savasana so that you can maximize your time.
Grounded “Tween” Yoga, ages 10-12
Our Tweens yoga class is centered around yoga poses rich and detailed in technique yet presented in a wholesome, light and humorous manner so that even the most hesitant will become grounded and embrace the elevating aspects of yoga. We balance the seriousness with playfulness and include games, yoga flows to music and guided visualizations. Our poses serve and honor the individual by providing specific tools for calming down or increasing energy, lightening up or centering through focus and balance as well as the wisdom to know when each is appropriate. One of the avenues through which the students can achieve is our signature “Quest for Elevation” program. Much like earning belts in martial arts, the students earn pennants for specific acheivements. The pennant colors and level requirements correlate with the Chakra System. Each pennant can be used as a peace flag or worn as a bandana. It usually takes between 6 and 9 weeks to earn each pennant. By the time the student earns the final white pennant, he or she has earned the credentials to be Certified Grounded and will receive a certificate and a badge. A Certified Grounded Student has what it takes to live his or her best life and also to share the gift with others. The Quest for Elevation is a celebration rather than a goal that has to be achieved within a certain time frame. It is non-competetive and stress-free.
Whether you want to learn to meditate, improve as an athlete, cultivate creativity as an artist, or work on stress and conflict management, this class is for you. Grounded Teens yoga is a welcoming class where 13 – 17 year olds will learn how practicing yoga leads to awareness, self-expression, authentic relationships with friends and family and positive transformations. Life might even become more joyful! You’ll build strength, stamina, and flexibility with a focus on combining breath with skillful movement. Purposefully practicing intriguing yoga poses on the mat builds confidence to change negative patterns and handle the challenges of life. Come meet other teens and challenge yourself in this fun class. For details about Grounded, please visit www.gogrounded.com
Tai Chi Qi Gong
Learn the most popular Qi Gong series practiced by millions of South Asians in China, Singapore, Thailand and Japan. The Tai Chi Qi Gong 18 Movements part 1 were developed in 1979 by Master Li Houshen at the Shanghai Hospital. They are suitable for practice by anyone. Originally developed for people rehabilitating from a variety of ailments, these movements increases Qi (life force), help blood circulation, stretch tendons, ligaments and joints, strengthen the immune system and speed recovery. Qi Gong balances the mind, the body and the spiritual energies. The practice of Qi Gong helps people attain preventative maintenance and self healing methods. Class begins with a 20 min discussion tailored to your needs and intentions proceeding to a 15 minute warm up consisting of: simple, knee, ankle, elbow, wrist and shoulder opening. The warm-ups then progress to meridian stretching, body patting, and flexibility exercises followed by the 18 movements and , finally closing with a seated mediation.
Paddle Board Yoga
Beat the summer heat by bringing your Yoga to the water. Paddle Yoga builds core strength, balance, and provides a full body workout. Stand up paddle board (SUP) Yoga is a 15 – 20 minute paddle warm up followed by an all levels yoga class on the water, ending with a meditative paddle back to shore. Wear comfortable clothing that can get wet, bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a towel, and water. Water shoes are recommended (Vibram 5 fingers). A minimum of 3 students is required, and advance reservation is required, limit 6. Boards, paddles and life jackets are provided. ALL classes take place at Morgan Falls Park at the Chattahoochee River.
Pregnancy brings about many physical, emotional and mental changes. This class offers safe and effective Yoga-based movements to the expectant Mom to help her navigate this amazing time. Yoga helps relieve tensions and increase strength for the Prenatal woman to prepare for labor and beyond.
Party Yoga (warm)
Party Yoga is a 90 minute flow class taught on Friday evenings. Each month will focus on a different theme and students are encouraged to dress according to theme. The music will be lively and focused, the energy will be high, and the atmosphere will be fun. It is also a terrific entry into our hot yoga classes. It takes place in a warm room with the temperature set at 85 degrees. Bring your friends and start your weekend out right!
Bhakti Flow Yoga
Bhakti is the “Yoga of devotion.” This class focuses on stilling the mind and aligning with intention through the use of sacred mantra and chant (kirtan) along with traditional movement. Class begins with 15 minutes of harmonium and chant at the beginning followed by a regular asana class. It will end with meditation and a final mantra. Come experience the full Yoga experience integrating all of the tools of practice.
One Hour Basics
A shortened version of our Basics class above.
Kundalini yoga is a dynamic form of yoga, that utilizes breath, movement, rhythmic sound, and meditation to relax and restore your mind and body while improving strength, flexibility and endurance. This powerfully effective form of yoga stimulates the immune, nervous and glandular systems, helping to bring you back into true harmony. It is a sacred and scientific technology that enables you to access and realize your own creative energy to unlock your potential and elevate your consciousness. Kundalini Yoga teaches to experience great techniques for self-development and to generate profound and lasting advancement.
Yin is the part of yoga practice which addresses our connective tissues. With proper alignment and support we can grow in flexibility and strength in ways that compliment and support our Yang flows. This “cool” yoga is a practice of gently holding postures allowing the energy of the body to flow more freely.
Community Class – All Levels
Our Sunday class focuses on all levels. There is no charge for the class. All donations go to North Fulton Charities.
A one-hour private class provides you with the opportunity to personalize your practice with the guidance of one of our highly qualified instructors. Explore specific interestes or concerns at your own pace, and take your practice to the next level.
Group / Team Classes
If you are a coach or trainer who would like to integrate yoga with your team’s regular workouts, please contact us. We will build a class that meets the specific needs of your sport or activity.