Description of Styles & Classes offered
@ Array Yoga Studio
Yoga Style Descriptions
Lionflow Yoga – This style is a non repetitive blend of kung fu stances, qigong movement methodology, and unique yoga posture sequence. It is designed to circulate, flex, compress, stretch, and relax each area of the body as an optimal warm up for whatever you do with the rest of your time. The Lionflow forms are designed to teach you how to have a conversation with your body instead of an arguement. There are 3 main levels of Lionflow Yoga available on the weekly schedule & several specialty classes. There is a Lionflow Yoga class specifally designed for every skill level, and this style will give you the tools to excel in any yoga class. There is more about Lionflow Yoga on the ” About Lionflow Yoga ” page.
Hatha Yoga – This Yoga style has a deep history by name, but in our modern time has the form of a slow, thoughtful Vinyasa class made of commonly known yoga postures & sequence in a simple format, and blended with the knowledge & experiences of the teacher often including poses from a variety of yoga styles. Yoga props are available for comfortable posture progression, and more time is given to teach alignment, move through the sequence, and relax in the resting poses. We offer 3 distinct different levels of Hatha Yoga with different origins, which are listed under ” Class Descriptions “. This style is a great stepping stone for any practitioner to gain the tools necessary to take any class. The history of this style dates back to the Classical period of yoga stretching over a thousand years, and can be attributed to the preservation of Patañjali’s teachings, and its proliferation in both the modern & historic times. By different it means the practice of opposites, and includes focus on postures, breathing, and meditation. It also by definition means physical yoga which in a broad stock is any physical form of yoga practice. Thus the diversity in how it is taught.
Restorative Yoga – This style of yoga was inspired by Iyengar Yoga in its use of yoga props, and it’s accessibility to beginners, and those in need of alignment therapy. Iyengar was a Yoga Master who helped shape what we know as modern yoga. Though Restorative Yoga is not directly linked to the Iyengar Yoga Institute, or method of practice, it is the most accessible form of yoga inspired by Iyengar in our culture. A Restorative Yoga class is like a slower Hatha Class, with much time granted to become familiar with each pose, with adjustments & props to help any student accomplish a stage of a pose they can maintain, and build from. This style is great for beginners to gently learn the building blocks for starting their practice, and great for helping a regular practitioner slow down, and to refine their practice.
Yin Yoga – This style of yoga was originally a style of warm up for kung fu, and part of Taoist practices known as Taoist Yin, which means guiding & pulling circulation. The reference to Yin is about releasing tension from the connective tissues of the body. In a modern Yin Yoga class postures are held for 1 to 5 minutes, allowing time for the body to acclimate to the pose, and time for the breath to aid in releasing both superficial & deep tension from the muscles & connective tissues. The pace of class also challenges the mind to meditate while in postures, and while dealing with the visceral sensations of the pose, and while the mind tries to race despite the relaxing atmosphere. It is like a slower version of Restorative Yoga, influenced by Taoist practices. This style is a great complimentive practice for whatever else you practice, and all levels of students are encouraged to add it to their weekly routine.
Yin & Yang Yoga – This style of yoga is like the Yin Yoga style, but includes warming up for the long held poses, and holding engaged poses as well as relaxed poses for challenging lengths of time. This style is the most heavily influenced by the teachers experience to blend useful warm ups, with relaxation poses for the complimentary posture pairings. Where Yin refers to connective tissue & internal muscles, Yang refers to the smoothe muscles, and heart. So like Hatha Yoga it is the practice of opposites. This class is an accessible challenge for all levels of students, and will yield knowledge to help you in other styles of yoga & your home practice.
For Descriptions of the individual class levels visit the ” Class Descriptions ” page.