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.
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.
Half and Half (Power Flow and Yin Yoga)
This practice gives us the best of both worlds: a strong, 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.
Mellow Flow and Yin Yoga
Enjoy a slow moving, but continuously flowing and powerfully grounding practice that blends beginner and intermediate poses before easing into a series of longer held stretches to release not just the muscles but the connective tissue around the joints. The blend of mellow flow and yin yoga is a perfect way to strengthen and tone the body in a mindful, non-aggressive way and complement the effects of that gently stoked inner fire with the meditative and introspective quality of yin yoga.
Mellow Flow and Meditation
This practice blends a slow moving, but continuously flowing and powerfully grounding practice that blends beginner and intermediate poses 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 ensuing meditation allows for the integration of that expansion 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.
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.
108 OMs Meditation
In this meditation, we chant the simple but most powerful mantra, OM (AUM) 108 times, using a 108-bead mala to track the beads with our fingers to keep track of the mantra. Although we start the chant in unison, the beauty of this practice is keeping your own rhythm and finding your own voice and pace while being enveloped in the extraordinary energy of the group chanting individually and also as one at the same time. Please bring your own mala for this practice, if you have one. 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 OM chanting. We offer 108 OMs Meditation on the first Saturday of each month.
Sacred Sound Meditation
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 Sacred Sound Meditation on the second 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. We offer AromaYoga on the third Saturday of each month. Beginners are welcome.
108 Sun Salutations
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.
Vira Bhava Flow
During the Vira Bhava yoga teacher training Rishi Yoga is hosting (one weekend a month from January through August; usually the fourth weekend of the month, but please check the schedule), we are offering Vira Bhava Flow as a class that’s part of the training but is also open to the public. This is a great opportunity to practice together with yoga teacher trainees and also get a feel for diving a little deeper into the essence of your practice. Vira Bhava Flow is a powerful practice that’s focused on the basics: the breath, proper alignment in each pose and the intention we bring to our yoga practice and to our life.