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At Washington Yoga Center, we do not teach only one kind of yoga which encompasses a wide range of practices for the mind and body developed over thousands of years. Different types of yoga serve the needs of different people, and of the same person at different times. We want you to learn and experience various yoga practices to get the maximum benefit of this ancient art. Some of the yoga we teach are:
A rigorous style of yoga that is great for building core strength and toning the body.
Intended for students that benefit from the support of a chair to move through the poses.
Integrated flowing postures designed to increase flexibility and build strength, followed by a slower paced meditative series of poses, and sometimes breathing and philosophy practices.
Dynamic movement through creative sequences of poses to help establish alignment in key poses to strengthen, lengthen with an emphasis on breath-initiated flow.
Gentle fundamental yoga practices designed to align and calm your body.
This method is based on giving emphasis to the physical alignment of the body in the poses, or asanas.
A flow of postures intended to challenge many levels.
Meditation and breath work, are influenced to encourage inward focus to begin the process of physical toning, strengthening and healing, stress relief, and spiritual awakening.
Energetic, fluid movement through poses connected by breath, in a heated studio.
Meditative experience emphasizing relaxation, stress relief and resolution.
Focus on breath to deepen your practice.
Washington Yoga Center offers yoga for everyone and teaches a variety of classes at different levels. The following descriptions provide broad guidelines to help determine the right class for you.
During any class, you can always modify or skip poses, as you need to. Always listen to your body and do what feels best for you.
If you are new to yoga, getting back into practicing, looking to refine your practice, or maybe need a day to move at a slower pace, this is the level for you. The classes are slower paced, less physically demanding with the basic asanas taught along with introduction of the use of breath. Ample time is given to move into the poses correctly. Depending on the students, the teacher may begin to introduce more challenging poses.
Classes are intended for those who have gone beyond the beginner level, but are not quite ready for the intermediate Level II. Thus, they combine both the basic asanas with the more advanced ones and the relationship between breath and movement is explored more fully.
These constitute the full intermediate level and are suitable for only those who have knowledge of basic yoga. It consists of some challenging poses that require more strength, flexibility and balance and are moderately physically demanding. The teachers offer more detailed instruction in intermediate balancing postures. There is more focus on alignment and coordinating the breath with the asanas.
At this level classes are beyond intermediate level, but not at the fully advanced level. They require a considerable background of yoga practice and the ability to easily do the basic and intermediate asanas. Mastery of coordinating the breath with movement is closer to realization.
These are designed for the most experienced yogis with solid understanding of intermediate yoga postures and are comfortable performing the advanced poses at a vigorous pace. The student practices yoga regularly and is shown how to master the connection of breath with movement.
These classes are for people of all levels. Clear instructions are given during practice, including breathing techniques and alignment in poses. Different options are provided for the poses so students can choose the level at which they feel most comfortable.
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