GENTLE PRACTICE — A slower-paced class, with more time between poses. Emphasis is placed upon breath, harmonizing the overactive mind, and fostering a greater sense of calm. Movements are with intention, and postures are held for an extended time to connect with the emotional and energetic subtleties. An excellent class for anyone new to yoga. It is also beneficial for those who are fit, but lack flexibility. However, it is ideal for those with a strong yoga practice, but seek to balance their lives with a deeper, more contemplative yoga experience. Perfect for anyone needing a relaxing or restorative class. Students are encouraged to listen to their bodies, honor their boundaries and capabilities, intensify postures when desired, or find stillness when appropriate. Classes begin with an opening meditation, and come full circle to close.
YOGA ASANA: STRUCTURE & FORM — A yoga class that creates an environment for students to explore the benefits of individual yoga asanas, with or without the use of props. Students can build balanced strength and stamina when postures are properly executed. All classes open with a centering meditation and pranayama (breathing techniques), then transition to more energizing poses, featuring standing & balancing postures. Classes include cleansing twists, some inversions with options to suit all students, and finish with grounding poses that complete your yoga practice. Focus is placed upon inner awareness and potential. This class is open to students of all levels.
YIN YOGA — In a world of opposites and contrasts, we seek balance. A slower yoga yoga practice provides a complement to more dynamic & vigorous yang styles of yoga. The student is invited to slow down and create space for space for breathe while protecting joints, ligaments, tendons and fascial release. Most pose are low to the ground, and are held for longer periods. Energetically, yin poses help to open the body’s meridian system, enhancing energy flow. The class employs use of props such as blankets, blocks, straps, and a wall to access postures.
LIGHT VINYASA — This class incorporates movements that are encountered in many familiar vinyasa classes, but at an unhurried pace. A mellow, flowing class that links breath to movement, emphasizing proper alignment. A slower, more methodical approach to movement allows for greater time to embrace each point in the sequence. This class helps to build balanced strength and increased flexibility. Poses are fluidly linked, with greater precision, in a flow that empowers each student to explore the full range of their potential. This class is for both seasoned practitioners and newer students.
RESTORATIVE SOUND HEALING — A deep healing yoga class of restorative yoga postures while including the use of sound therapy technique (may include Reiki) to enhance the healing process. Each class will include a 11-15 minute meditation (some with mantra) followed by a deep and restful Sound Healing Savasana to integrate the practice.
MEN’S NUDE YOGA — A weekly yoga class for men, with freedom from the layer of ego and superficiality that is our clothing. An unclothed class eschews the status that is so closely linked to what we wear — it evens out the playing field. It also requires us to answer to deeper questions surrounding trust, body-image, and acceptance. For men, this can help to dismantle the stifling stress of competition, and the struggle for power. This class both challenges, and emboldens practitioners to be less attached to appearances, and more in tune to their own bodies. We literally step out of our comfort zones. The practice is then less externally motivated, and more internally guided.
Class is for men 18 years and older. All students MUST bring their own mats (for hygienic reasons), plus a towel.
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YOGA in the JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN — This class is not part of North Park Yoga’s offerings. However, it is a weekly class led by Timothy Schultheis on Thursday mornings in the Japanese Friendship Garden, in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Class fees are paid at the garden’s office. Proceeds from class fees go toward the garden’s ongoing maintenance and expansion projects. The fee for this class is only $8 for non-garden members, or $6 for garden members. This is a class for students of all levels. The class is held in various places within the garden depending upon the weather: outdoors next to the garden’s koi pond, on rainy, or excessively cold days the class is held indoors in the garden’s exhibit gallery, or down in the canyon next to the new pavilion. The class is from 9:00-10:00 am before the garden opens to the public. So, enter through back gate alongside the organ pavilion. Students must bring their own mats, and water.
CLASSES not on schedule at this time.
QI GONG — With roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine, qi gong is a system that integrates slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and mental focus. Qi Gong invloves a circulation and cultivation of qi (life force energy). The gentle movements of a qi gong practice help to reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. Qi Gong can also benefit cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions. Qi Gong is a harmonious complement to a regular yoga asana practice.
YOGA FOR MEN WORKSHOP (not on schedule at this time) — This is a yoga class designed specifically to address the needs of men. Beyond obvious biological differences, men’s bodies differ from women’s in various ways, and how they tend to use them. So, this class will focus on balancing the strengths and weaknesses that are unique to men. Men can reap many benefits from a regular yoga practice, including: increased strength, flexibility & stamina; reduced stress; improved breathing; sharper focus; and enhanced overall health. This class offers the opportunity for men to explore, and experience the benefits of yoga in a non-competitive & non-judgmental environment. No yoga experience necessary — Yoga IS the experience.
MORNING VINYASA (not on schedule at this time) — A shorter, 45-minute flowing class for those with a busy mornings. Come in for a focused, more concentrated class that targets the movement sequence–but, still at a slower more engaged pace. A mellow, energizing class that links breath to movement, emphasizing proper alignment. Poses are fluidly linked, with greater precision, in a flow that empowers each student to explore the full range of their potential. This class is recommended for students with some familiarity to yoga postures, but not necessary. Drop-ins for this class are $10.
QUICK VINYASA (not on schedule at this time) — A shorter, 45-minute class for those with a busy schedule. Come in for a focused, more concentrated class that targets the movement sequence–but, still at a slower more engaged pace. A mellow, flowing class that links breath to movement, emphasizing proper alignment. A slower, more methodical approach to movement allows for greater time to embrace each point in the sequence. This class helps to build balanced strength and increased flexibility. Poses are fluidly linked, with greater precision, in a flow that empowers each student to explore the full range of their potential. This class is recommended for students with some familiarity to yoga postures, but not necessary.
YOGA for CYCLISTS (not on schedule at this time) — Although this class is designed with cyclists in mind, most anyone can benefit from the practice. We will focus on asanas to balance upper body strength to a strong lower body, plus stretches to reduce tightness in hips, back, and hamstrings. Breath, and relaxation techniques will be employed to calm the body, and reduce the stress of city cycling.
Special Workshop: SLO-FLO YOGA — In this slo-flo workshop style class, we will break down the sun salutation A sequence and the 8 basic asanas (postures) that comprise it. The sequence has countless benefits helping us connect our movement to our breath while building strength, warmth, and awareness throughout the entire body. With the help of props, we will observe how our Surya Namaskar A (Sun Salutation A) sequence evolves in this 75-minute class. Expect some core and arm strength exercises to start paving the way to your jump back and jump through vinyasa practice. We’ll start slo, but we’ll definitely flo. Thursday, June 16th, 5:30 – 6:45 pm — with instructor Armen Menechyan
VINIYOGA Viniyoga is a comprehensive and authentic transmission of the teachings of yoga including physical postures, breath work, sound, chanting and meditation. Viniyoga (prefixes vi and ni plus yoga) is an ancient Sanskrit term that implies differentiation, adaptation and appropriate application. Viniyoga classes are safe and therapeutic for practitioners of all levels. Particular emphasis is placed on using breath to mindfully strengthen and stretch the spine. In addition, a unique combination of repetition and stay allows for a strong, yet subtle yoga exploration.
TRANQUIL ARTS (Qi Gong/Yoga Fusion) — A blending of two meditative arts, two instructors, in one class. Drawing from a common intention of balancing the autonomic nervous system through calm, peaceful movement, a harmonious interplay of yin and yang.