Whether you are brand new to yoga, or have been practicing for years, we are sure that there is a class for you at Rishi Yoga.
If you have any questions, or would like to make sure that a given yoga class is right for you, please feel free to contact us. You can always come to class 15 minutes early to discuss your needs and goals with the instructor.
Start your day with this mind clearing and invigorating flowing practice that will also provide plenty of time for soothing and replenishing stretching poses. The flow part of the practice will range in intensity from mellow to moderate heat building. Beginners are welcome, but as with any class, please let us know of any physical limitations or conditions that may affect your practice.
This class is a continuously flowing power practice that challenges not just our strength and flexibility, but also our ability to stay present and have fun while sweating, wobbling and feeling the muscles burn and hearing the mind protest! Our practice needs to be challenging simply because life is challenging. We learn to stay calm and accepting on the mat, so that we can become more calm and accepting during our daily grind. This class is not suitable for beginners with physical limitations or injuries, but otherwise, beginners are welcome as long as they bring an open mind, the willingness to be challenged and the readiness to modify poses and rest when needed.
Core and Restore
This class combines functional core stability work with restorative and yin yoga. The first half of the practice is a hatha/vinyasa sequence that will gently build heat in the body and allow awareness to expand beyond the body through the use of the breath. The second half of the class is an opportunity to integrate the transformative effects of the practice and nourish the nervous system by deeply stretching and restoring muscles and connective tissue. This powerful combination of strength and surrender is also an invitation to authentically integrate these qualities in our daily lives.
Half and Half (Flow and Yin Yoga)
This practice gives us the best of both worlds: a dynamic flow in the first half, and a deeply restorative session in the second half. We build heat in the muscles and expand the breath to shift our attention from the mind to the body, so that both the mind and body can release tension. Yin yoga targets the connective tissue, which usually does not get reached through a more dynamic practice, by holding poses for one minute to five minutes, depending on the pose. Beginners are welcome to this class, but as always, please advise the teacher of any injuries or physical limitations.
This is a slow moving, but continuously flowing and powerfully grounding practice that blends beginner and intermediate poses. Flowing at a mellow pace allows the muscles to tone and release, while the heart gently opens and the mind settles down. Beginners are welcome.
Flow and Meditation
This class blends a continuously flowing and powerfully grounding and strengthening practice with the healing and transformative effects of meditation. This practice is a perfect way to shift our attention from the mind to the breath and the body by strengthening, toning and opening the body in a mindful, breath-centered and non-aggressive way. The flow part of the practice will range in intensity from mellow flow to power flow. Please don’t be intimidated by the power flow part; modifications will be offered, and as always, you are invited to rest whenever you need to. The post-flow meditation allows for the integration of the expansion created during the flow and invites us to bring the ever-present background of peace to the forefront of our experience.
Quick Fix (Flow and Meditation)
Please don’t judge the effectiveness of this class by its short time (45 minutes). Quick Fix is a powerful way to get your daily practice by providing a perfect blend of a full spectrum (whole body) flow and a guided meditation to seal the physical practice, leaving you energized and relaxed at the same time. The flow part of the practice, which consists of different variations of sun salutations, will use a minimal amount of cueing and talking so that the flow becomes the stepping stone for the ensuing meditation. Familiarity with sun salutations is preferred, but not required.
Yoga Basics is beginners’ perfect introduction to the practice of yoga, but is also a great class for any student searching for a deeper way to understand and apply the practice. Students will be exposed to the fundamentals of yoga, including proper alignment in common poses and breathing techniques, and will learn how to safely and appropriately modify any pose to fit their needs. Students hesitant to start or continue their practice because of a physical limitation or recovering from an injury will not only gain strength and flexibility but self trust and confidence to eventually take any class and feel at home within their own bodies and minds.
Slow Flow is a meditative practice that focuses on slowing down through deep and steady breathing, holding postures, transitioning smoothly, and opening gently and mindfully with the ability to move deeper into one’s body and self. Beginners are welcome.
Weekend Repose (Restorative Yoga and Meditation)
This practice is the perfect end-of-the week retreat packed in just 75 minutes. In restorative yoga, props (bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps) are used in longer-held simple poses to achieve a deep level of physical and mental relaxation. The parasympathetic nervous system is activated, allowing the body and mind to rest and digest. Muscles and connective tissue are given space to heal back to their natural state. The practice concludes with a guided meditation, allowing for a recalibration of our focus and a shift into a more spacious way of perceiving the daily grind.
We offer Yoga Therapeutics on the first Saturday of each month.
This class is designed to help teach students the importance of proper recovery of the physical body, and how to heal muscles and joint dysfunction on a deep level. We often hear about the benefits of engaging in physical activity, however the importance of recovery and rest are not nearly as prevalent, and in many cases totally ignored. Yoga Therapeutics will provide students with knowledge about self myofascial release techniques, how to balance the body properly against gravity, and how to “fire” or activate muscles around the hips and spine to create greater strength and stability in those areas. This is an all levels class, and will be a great complement to an existing yoga practice or fitness routine of any kind.
Sacred Sound Meditation
We offer Sacred Sound Meditation on the second and fourth Saturday of each month.
Whether you prefer sitting on a meditation pillow or lying on a yoga mat, come prepared to go deep. You will be bathed in singing, chanting and harmonic overtoning, accompanied by crystal singing bowls and Tibetan singing bowls. The meditation will be preceded by a short yin/gentle yoga sequence so that the body and mind are optimally receptive to the transformative power of the sound healing.
We offer AromaYoga on the third Saturday of each month.
In this practice, a blend of gentle, yin and restorative poses will be enhanced by essential oils. Yoga and essential oils are two strategies that can help create personal balance and alignment. Yoga can move stagnant energy, open awareness, calm the mind, relax the body and restore equilibrium in a practice space that is entirely about you and your individual needs. Essential oils provide the body and mind with just what is needed for physiological balance and healing. Beginners are welcome.
108 Sun Salutations
We offer 108 Sun Salutations four times a year.
As the seasons change, we remember that which never changes while honoring the ever-changing nature of life. This practice is physically and mentally challenging, but extremely rewarding. We flow through nine rounds of 12 sun salutations, with a dedication before each round and a short break between the rounds, and savasana to end the practice. If you have never done this kind of practice, please know that this is not about completing 108 sun salutations. Simply being in the energy of a group flowing as one is extremely healing and empowering. Beginners without any injuries or physical limitations are welcome.