We reserve the right to ask you to attend a class that is appropriate for your experience and abilities in yoga, new yogis may not attend level 2 or 3 classes.
We reserve the right to ask you to modify and adapt your practice according to what we believe is the safest and most progressive for you.
New students: Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your first class to fill out our intake form, and so your teacher can say hello.
Remove your shoes before entering, and minimize the amount of "stuff" you bring into our small space. Coats can be hung in the hall.
Update your teacher if you have an injury, become pregnant, are menstruating or if you have any concerns regarding your abilities in the class.
Do not eat a large meal within 2 hours before the practice. Stay hydrated before and after class. Any liquids brought into the studio must have a lid.
Please remove your watch. Do not bring any electronic distractions to class. If you remove your glasses during class, do not place them on the floor.
Please honor your teacher and fellow students by arriving at least 5 minutes before class time. If you do arrive late, please enter quietly. Classes will begin and end on time.
Questions are welcome before, during and after class.
Both Erin and Sandra teach yoga based on alignment, we do not offer vinyasa or flow-style classes. Our classes are slow, taught with precision and designed to educate our students. We prefer a look within, as opposed to a work-out.
Our classes are small. We delight in being able to offer skilled instruction with your individual needs in mind.
We hold postures, use loads of props and teach with detail and specificity. You will find that doing a posture with integrity is a serious challenge to body, mind and breath!
If you are seeking certified Iyengar instructors, we happily recommend our friends at the Portland Yoga Studio.
Our Embodied Alignment classes are based on the work of Katy Bowman's Nutritious Movement method (Erin is a Nutritious Movement™ Certified Restorative Exercise Specialist). These sessions focus on: the details of alignment, re-establishing a connection to your primal posture and improving your abilities in functional movement (standing, sitting, squatting, walking). Alignment and movement are the heart of this work. Different than a yoga class, as we explore function through movement and details rather than through asana. Open to all levels!
Saturdays at 10am beginning in September
The Body Friendly class is open to new yoga students who are overweight or obese. Larger bodies are taken care of with skilled instruction in a compassionate atmosphere as we learn the fundamentals: improved posture, better breathing, mindfulness and basic yoga poses. This class is open to experienced yogis as well, but the class is taught at the beginner level. If you think that you need to be a certain shape or size to do yoga, this class will show you otherwise!
Erin offers occasional short sessions (3-4 weeks) based on yoga therapeutics. These topic specific classes are limited to 6 particpants who require similar considerations in yoga. For example, a Shoulder Therapeutics course focuses on poses, movements and alignment to improve shoulder health and function.
Tues at 8am, Thurs at 8am
Healthy Aging is a modified class that uses lots of props (including a chair) to ensure a stable and safe practice for those with arthritis, osteoporosis, joint replacements, back pain and other limitations. A major focus of every class is enhancing our skills of BALANCE. We welcome any younger students who need to adapt for any injury or limitation. One of most beloved classes, our regulars will tell you that Healthy Aging is serious stuff (with lots of laughter)!
Wed at 10am, Wed at 6pm
Level 1 is perfect for brand new yoga students, as well as those students seeking a slow pace and a gentle practice. This class builds the foundations of a yoga practice. This is the best entry point for students who are relatively healthy, without significant limitations, who are curious about starting yoga.
Wed, Fri, Sat at 8-9:30am, Thursdays 6-7:30pm
Level 2 classes are appropriate for students with more than 2 years of regular practice. In our level 2 classes, we will learn the fundamentals of deeper poses, such as backbends and inversions. Expect longer holds, a slow and deep pace and a sense of exploration.
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Erin offers one-on-one guidance as yoga therapy. Please visit the Yoga Therapy page to learn more.