Class Descriptions

715b8333-23be-47b0-92ab-ef4e25653a3aEastern Shore Yoga’s very accessible beginner and foundation classes are a perfect entry point for anybody new to the practice of yoga. Our Mixed Level, Vinyasa Flow and Hot Power classes offer a progression of more physically challenging sequences that effectively develop strength, flexibility, coordination and balance. As your practice develops, you will find there are always ways to deepen into your traditional practice, and we strive to offer a space to explore the body as an energy system wherein the physical and mental intensity is dependent on the expanding capacity of the student. Eastern Shore Yoga aims to provide a supportive, focused atmosphere where students of all levels can develop and nourish their individual practice.

IMG_6183Beginners Yoga
Ideal for beginners, those wishing to re-engage in a yoga practice or for anyone wishing simply to go back to the basics for safe and proper alignment, pose analysis and breath work.

Gentle Yoga
This gentle practice incorporates restorative poses, simple meditation and pranayama (breath work) with standing poses, seated poses, inversions, twists and backbends to deepen and refine the awareness of the body and mind. The use of basic props and modifications enables students to work through physical limitations, stiffness, or strain with comfort and ease. Postures are practiced mindfully and with detailed awareness of alignment to create stability and balance. The cumulative effect achieved by practicing specific sequences allows the body to open and develop energetically. The timing of movements and holds affects the individual on an organic, mental and spiritual level. The practice closes with a deeply calming final relaxation (shavasana). You will leave feeling grounded, rejuvenated and refreshed!

Chair Yoga
Through regular practice of yoga, you will notice improved flexibility, strength, balance, and posture. An added benefit is the ability to calm oneself and decrease stress through breathing and meditation techniques.
The Chair and Standing yoga class is a gentle hour-long program especially designed for people who have difficulty getting to the floor. Participants will be guided through a series of stretches and yoga postures that can be modified to accommodate those with limited mobility and difficulty balancing. Each class includes breathing and guided relaxation and strives to leave you feeling relaxed and renewed in body, mind and spirit.
Please do wear loose, comfortable clothing and please don’t forget your smile and your sense of humor!

Flow Yoga
-Mixed Level
Our Mixed Level Flow is a form of yoga in which each pose flows into the next in coordination with the breath and through carefully balanced sequences. The progressions and long-holds cultivate a moment to moment sense of awareness deepening our experience of life. The fundamental principals of internal alignment (Bandhas), yogic breathing (Pranayama), breath synchronized movements (Vinyasa) and the sequencing of traditional poses (Asanas), prepare the practitioner to open the body, develop steadiness of mind and freedom of vital life force energy. Using meditation to quiet the mind, and music to inspire, students are guided to more advanced levels of practice and spiritual development. Moving with the rhythm of the breath helps us recognize our experience as a reflection of the greater Spanda (pulsation of the universe)— the rising and setting sun, the ebbing and flowing tides, the beating of the heart. We move through the forms in a flowing state of present awareness and grace. The breath leads the way, uniting the force between the body and mind.

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-Gentle Flow
This class is designed for beginners through intermediate students.In Gentle Flow, you’ll be guided through postures in a Vinyasa style, beginning with the basic poses, but allowing for more challenging poses based on your practice level. Props are encouraged to allow the body to fully achieve each pose comfortably.This is a great class for students looking for a more gentle experience, those who are new to yoga or those who need a change of pace, yet still have the option to take it to the next level.

-Vinyasa Flow
This energetic class uses a flowing series postures to generate heat in your body that can then be used to strengthen and increase flexibility, while also helping students get in touch with their breath and body awareness, and improving focus and concentration. This class is perfect for students who want to begin a journey to strength of mind and body and also for those who are interested in repairing and preparing the body for other athletic pursuits.

-Level I
This class is designed for the beginning student or those who are still learning the basic alignment of the poses. We work on the foundation of each pose and build on it throughout the class.

-Level II
This class is designed for the yoga student who already has the basic knowledge of the poses. We concentrate on maximizing proper alignment in order to deepen the pose and your yoga experience.

-Hot Power/Power Hour
This is a challenging class combining weight bearing poses for strength and flow for cardio benefit. Suitable for all levels. The room will be heated to enable the muscles to open and lengthen.

IMG_0216Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini yoga was kept secret for thousands of years until 1969 when Yogi Bhajan began teaching it openly in the United States. Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul.
This technology precisely and consciously combines breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purify the blood. It brings balance to the body, mind, and soul.
“Kundalini Yoga is uncoiling yourself to find your potential and your vitality and to reach for your virtues. There is nothing from outside. Try to understand that. All is in you. You are the storehouse of your totality. ” –Yogi Bhajan

Yin Yoga
Yin yoga focuses on gentle yet intense long-held poses combined with breath work and meditation. Holding the poses or asanas for an extended period of time allows the practitioner to strengthen the connective tissues of the body and assists in freeing stagnant prana. Yin yoga can provide a balance to your active yoga practice and busy life, can create harmony and space for introspection, or can be a gentle introduction to yoga asanas, pranayama, and meditation. All levels and backgrounds are welcome.

BUTI Yoga
A women-only class, Buti Yoga is a fusion of power yoga, tribal dance, & plyometrics in a high-intensity workout. High energy and fun!

imagePrenatal/Pregnancy Yoga
Learn modified yoga postures to maximize physical benefits and emphasize safety for mom and baby. In addition, you will learn meditative and breathing techniques to calmly guide you through the process of giving birth. These classes are a great way to connect with a supportive community of moms, and to facilitate spiritual connection with your baby.