Class Descriptions and Prerequisites:
Yoga Basics (Hatha 1)
New to yoga and want to stick to the basics? This class offers an introduction to the basics of Hatha yoga. Fundamental postures, breathwork, and relaxation techniques are introduced. Expect a slow pace and detailed instructions. No yoga experience necessary.
Familiar with the basics and want to explore your practice? More intermediate postures and breathwork are introduced in this class. Expect less detailed instruction on the fundamentals than in a Hatha 1 class. Although variations will be given to offer appropriate levels of challenge, some yoga experience is required. Please be familiar with Downward Dog, Warriors, Bridge pose and Sun Salutations.
Working with intermediate postures/breathwork and variations to offer appropriate levels of challenge. Yoga experience is required. Please be familiar with Downward Dog, Warriors, Bridge pose and Sun Salutations and be prepare to explore more advanced backbends, arm balances, and inversions.
Ready to delve deeper into your practice? This class is intelligently sequenced to work toward a peak pose, with options to practice more advanced backbends, arm balances, and inversions. Expect a rigorous class that encourages physical strength and mental focus. Yoga experience is required. Please be comfortable in a headstand and full wheel pose.
Vinyasa 1 (Vinyasa Basics)
The term vinyasa means "to place with intention". In a vinyasa style class, we aim to mindfully move our bodies at the pace of the breath. This class is an introduction to the vinyasa style and will incorporate fundamental yoga postures into the sun salutation, moving at a slow, steady pace to get used to the flow. Expect a strong emphasis on developing a steady breath and to move continuously, with brief holds in postures. Familiarity with basic yoga postures is highly recommended, but no experience with vinyasa yoga is necessary.
We pick up the pace in this vinyasa class. More intermediate postures are incorporated, and we will move more quickly than in Vinyasa 1. Expect a physically demanding class in which you will work on developing strength and steadiness by staying connected with the breath. Experience with vinyasa yoga is required. Please be comfortable moving through sun salutation A and B with little instruction.
This is a challenging class, in which more advanced backbends, arm balances, and inversions will be incorporated into the breath-synchronized flow of vinyasa. Expect your heart rate and energy to rise and your physical and mental strength to be challenged. Instruction is concise, so you should be familiar with "taking a vinyasa" on your own. Experience with vinyasa yoga is required, and you should be comfortable in headstand and full wheel pose.
This class offers a well-balanced practice of vinyasa and yin yoga. You'll find the energizing, strengthening aspects of a vinyasa practice, complemented by the calming, releasing benefits of yin. Balancing both the physical and subtle energetic bodies in this way results in a quieting of the mind. All levels of yoga experience are welcome in this class.
Restorative yoga offers active therapeutic relaxation. You will stay in traditional yoga postures, modified by using blankets and props, for longer periods of time (five minutes or more), in order to thoroughly rest. This class is ideal for those looking to reduce physical and mental stress, as well as for those suffering from chronic pain or recovering from illness or injury. No yoga experience required, and all levels are welcome.
Yin & Meditation
Yin yoga uses passive postures held for longer periods of time (around five minutes) to allow for deep opening of the connective tissues in the hips, pelvis, and spine. This practice includes mostly sitting or lying postures to promote growth, clear energetic blockages, and enhance circulation. Yin yoga is calm, quiet, and deep, and it is a good complement to yang (more active) styles of yoga and other activities. We end class with a led meditation. No yoga experience required, and all levels are welcome.
Kundalini is a dynamic, powerful tool for expanding awareness. As an integrated and authentic system of exercise, breath control, chanting, and meditation that has been practiced in India for millenia, it is safe, comprehensive, and simple. Kundalini yoga promotes physical health, stimulates the mind's potential, and touches one's innermost being. It is especially beneficial in helping people to cope with daily challenges and stressful situations. Although some techniques are similar to those in hatha and vinyasa classes, Kundalini provides a unique yoga experience. No yoga experience required, and all levels are welcome.
Start your day with yoga to energize your body and focus your mind. This is an open-level, mixed-style class. Expect a combination of postures, breathwork, and meditation techniques, with modifications to meet the needs of beginner through advanced yoga practitioners.
Designed with those with health issues, recovering from injury, and older adults in mind, this class is taught at a slow pace and incorporates props and modifications to make the practice accessible. Postures that will strengthen and stretch muscles and open joints, breathwork that will calm the body, and meditations to quiet the mind are included. This class is appropriate for yoga beginners and experienced practitioners wanting a low-intensity practice.
A mid-day yoga break can invigorate your body and replenish your mind. This is an open-level, mixed-style class. Expect a combination of postures, breathwork, and meditation techniques, with modifications to meet the needs of beginner through advanced yoga practitioners.
Pay just $5 for this open-level, mixed-style class. Your purchase helps support the Oxygen Project, UB's youth yoga outreach effort. Cash only paid at time of class, please (tax included). Those with memberships and 30/30 passes are welcome at no additional charge.