Class Descriptions

we truly have a class for EVERY body

See below for a summary of our weekly yoga class offerings and click the appropriate link to see our schedule for the ongoing and next session. Unsure of where to begin? Check out this blog post and get in touch if you have any questions.

I started classes at Embody just over 2 years ago to help combat stress and try to counteract all the sitting I do at my desk job. I started with no previous knowledge of yoga. Working with Nicole, Maria and Tracey I have gained a solid foundation and now yoga is a key part of my life. I often use the breathing techniques used in classes on my busy days to refocus and slow down. Yoga will have an impact in all areas of your life. The space and community is welcoming to beginners and long time yogis. The pricing, schedule and class offerings is beyond other studios and there’s always a ton of free parking.

Kelly

Chair Yoga

Level: Beginner & Continuing

This class is done with the support of a chair to make yoga accessible to people with physical limitations or reduced mobility. Other props are also used throughout class to modify postures to the individual needs of each student. A typical class incorporates supported yoga poses to encourage strength and flexibility, breathing practices to enhance lung capacity, and guided relaxation to rest and renew. This class is perfect for older adults or people with chronic conditions.

Gentle Yoga

Level: Beginner & Continuing

This class focuses on gentle stretching and toning while encouraging compassionate self-awareness. We’ll warm-up the body slowly in preparation for a series of fundamental yoga postures to release muscular tension and end with postures that promote deep rest and integration. It is accommodating for students with injuries and chronic pain, or for students who prefer to move at a slower pace. The Morning Gentle classes also provides the option to use a chair for both seated and standing postures as needed. No previous yoga experience is necessary.

Alignment-Based Hatha Yoga

Level: Active Beginner & Continuing,

In this active class, students will build a strong foundation through essential yoga postures and breathing techniques to ease tension, increase flexibility, and build strength. Special attention will be given to form and action in order to embrace mobility and stability in the postures while encouraging a strong mind-body-heart connection. For active beginner and returning students.

Hatha Flow Yoga

Level: Active Beginner & Continuing

Awaken the body as you build strength and flexibility in this dynamic yoga flow class connecting movement with breath. Students are guided to mindfully move through flow based postures and find stability in the spaces between. Perfect for beginners looking for an active class and continuing students who wish to build upon their practice.

Mindful Flow Yoga

Level: Beginner & Continuing

Join breath and movement in this slow flowing class to awaken a deep connection to the mind, body, and soul. Focus will be on mindfulness of breath and sensations in the body. 

40+ Yoga - Mobility & Stability

Level: Active Beginner, Continuing, & Intermediate

This series is intended for many of us who may be caught in the busyness of life where we find ourselves spending a lot of time at a desk, on a computer, sitting in a car or even standing all day. We often do not take the time to nurture our own bodies. Many of Darla’s regular students are over 40.  Many are well into their 50’s and 60’s but it doesn’t matter what age you are. In these classes, we will learn how to establish the foundation and strength of poses and pose variations (stability), while we learn to extend and evolve through lengthening and breathing (mobility). A variety of props such as blocks, blankets, straps, bolsters and chairs will be used to assist with explorations of postures. Finding the balance between mobility and stability is vital to sustaining a life-long practice in a healthy aging body. If you are new to yoga and/or pilates or a long-time student, come join the fun to help you navigate the joys that come with growing into an aging body. 

Prenatal Yoga

Level: Beginner & Continuing

This class is designed for expectant moms from 12 weeks to delivery, including those without prior yoga experience.  Stretch and strengthen your growing body mindfully in the company of other women. Poses are modified to accommodate Mom’s belly as she progresses through her pregnancy. Breath work will be incorporated throughout the class to calm the mind and soothe the nervous system. Meet and share your experience with other expectant moms while deepening the connection with your baby in a supportive environment.

Mom & Baby Yoga

Level: Beginner & Continuing

Tone and lengthen your muscles, relieve tension in the upper body, safely rebuild your core strength, and relax and rejuvenate. A supportive environment where moms can connect and share experiences, while babies meet new friends. This class is appropriate for moms who are six weeks postpartum who have been given medical clearance for activity and works best for babies who are not actively mobile (since you may just spend the class chasing your little one around!).

Rest & Restore Yoga

Level: Beginner & Continuing

Restorative yoga is a healing form of yoga that is practiced with props to provide a supportive environment for total relaxation. Typically four to six long-held, gentle and relaxing poses are practiced per class; creating physiological responses which are beneficial to your health and can reduce the effects of stress-related illness. The class is slow, deeply nurturing and suitable for all ages. If you are looking to melt away tension and connect with a deep sense of peace, this class is for you. 

Yin Yoga

Level: Beginner & Continuing

Using longer holds designed to enhance joint, bone and connective tissue health, we will focus on the breath to help relax the body into the postures. Yin yoga helps to improve overall mobility and range of motion, specifically in the hips, pelvis, and spine. A complementary practice to any strength building or cardio exercise, as well as an active flow yoga practice, yin yoga can also greatly benefit those recovering from illness or injury. With practice, you will notice postural improvement, greater body awareness, increased ease of movement and overall balance in the body’s energy system. Yin is accessible to all levels of experience.

Gentle + Yin Yoga

Level: Beginner & Continuing

This class will begin with a gentle yoga to awaken the body with mindful-based movement connecting the body and breath.  We will transition to a yin practice that will focus on longer-held floor-based poses to target the connective tissues, including the bones, ligaments, tendons and fascia, for increased flexibility and strength in these areas of the body.  Suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners and for those looking for a slow, peaceful yoga class.

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