Yoga Life is an Ashtanga-based, alignment-focused, Power Vinyasa studio located in Saint Joseph, MI. At Yoga Life, we promote physical, emotional and mental well-being through a mindfully physical yoga practice, meditation and breathing techniques.

 

Beginner/All-level Classes:

Vinyasa Basics: Perfect for beginning yoga students as well as students of all-levels looking to refresh the central importance of the practice. This class will teach individuals the basic fundamentals of Vinyasa yoga. Students will learn yogic breathing, how to connect your breath to your movement through aligning the body, and how to find clarity in the mind, leading to relaxation and stress relief. 

Yin: Yin is the cool, lunar, passive aspect of the Yoga asana (posture) practice. Asanas are held for 3-5 minutes to allow the denser layers of the body to unwind. Yin opens the connective tissues versus the muscles and allows practitioners to experience greater range of motion and flexibility. This class is a perfect compliment to any other traditional yoga practice and anyone who sits or stands during their day. Let the body and the mind rest into stillness as you find the yin to your yang. Beginners and all-levels welcome.

Slow Flow: In our busy lives, it’s important we take the time to slow down. Slow flow helps us begin slowing down and taking a pause to appreciate this present moment. We will take time in each posture to find correct alignment, breathe through any blockages, and allow our bodies and minds to settle in. Through this stillness we can find clarity and contentment. By moving slow and gazing inward we begin to clean and clear out the unnecessary things that weigh us down. From there we can learn to let go and experience the freedom and joy this moment has to offer. Beginners and all-levels welcome. 

Release & Restore: Discover the possibilities of your true potential through yoga asanas that warm, release and restore enhanced by myofascial release. Class will begin with connection to our breath and inner dimension followed by warming asanas to increase blood flow and sensitivity of the nervous system. Next, we will implement myofascial release techniques with movement to release knots, hyperirritable spots and built up tension from the work week. Ending postures will be restorative. Cap off the week with a "happy hour" for your muscles and mind. Beginners and all-levels welcome.

Vinyasa Flow: Vinyasa translates as “placing with intention”. This class is a dynamic sequence of postures which all connect to each other using your breath. We begin slow and build on the sequence depending on your individual level. As you find the flow of your poses, you being to find the flow from the tangible aspects of your being, to the intangible. Balancing us from the gross aspects, all the way to the subtle vibrations on a cellular level. This creates a marriage of our movement and our breath, creating balance in our bodies, our minds, and spirits. All-levels welcome.

cOMmunity: This all-level flow class is open to our community (sangha) for FREE! Instructors vary as this class is taught by our recently graduated 200-hour teachers. Beginners are most definitely welcome!

All-level/Intermediate Classes:

Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary & Second Series: In this class, we begin to explore a set series of postures that synchronize with the breath. The first series is known as "Yoga Chikitsa" or Yoga therapy. It includes many forward folds and twists, aiding in detoxification of the body and purification of the mind and spirit. The second series is known as "Nadi Shodana" or Nerve Cleansing. It includes many backbends and inversions to open the body on a physical level and allow our energy, or prana, to flow freely on more a subtle level. Through consistent practice of Ashtanga, you can begin to see how each time you come to the mat you are different. You develop the ability to observe how your daily life and environment affect you. You can observe what truly serves you and what doesn’t. These traditional series allows practitioners to become the observers of the self and begin to cultivate a greater sense of presence and peace while challenging the physical body and preparing to still the mind. Not recommended for brand new students. All-level/Intermediate class. We will alternate between the first and second series each week. 

Aromatherapy Vinyasa: Just like our Vinyasa class, but with the addition of essential oils.  Treat yourself to this luxuriously scented vinyasa where the postures and energy of the room all invigorate each other. All-levels welcome.

Power: The “power” in Power yoga isn’t about powering through the poses, but instead, finding your own power within. This challenging flow has roots in Ashtanga Yoga. We will practice traditional postures, focus on alignment, and link them together using your breath. When challenged physically, the mind can begin to clear, and as the breath becomes steady and deeper, you’ll feel your own energy flow stronger, allowing your spirit to shine. Detoxify the body and purify the mind in this powerful class and leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Not recommended for brand new students. All-levels to Intermediate Welcome.

Hot Power: Just like our Power class, but heated. This 5-10 degree increase in temperature will add to the challenge. Not recommended for beginning students. Intermediate students welcomed.

 

219 Main St Saint Joseph, MI 49085

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