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Yoga is yoga, it’s true. Every bit of it is healing, strengthening, balancing, illuminating and fun. You should try all kinds of styles, classes, teachers and times. You’ll find yoga that sings to your soul and yoga that firms up your butt. You’ll get attached to specific themes and voices and sequencing. You’ll learn that busting out of those attachments and what you are used to, your comfort zone, can teach you even more than you ever thought about your body, your mind and your heart of hearts. You’ll get theory, anatomy, poetry and some incredible silliness and laughter. As they say…”it’s ALL good”.

We don’t “level” our classes here at ocean earth, because everyone is welcome all the time and our teachers are gifted and can meet you as an individual whatever your needs are. As a staff, we’ve hit a level of excitement about bringing our love of yoga into the community, to you!, and decided to rename our offerings with a matching active energy and a happy list of favorite verbs. So instead of our class schedule reading: yoga, yoga, yoga, yoga, yoga, restorative yoga, yoga; it now reflects a vibe and a flavor that helps you to feel our passions and hear our voices. Things might change again one day, and that will be fun too, but for now we hope our excitement will spill over to you, then on to your family and friends…the goodness and bliss of yoga spiraling out in ever-widening circles of grace and light.

fire spiral yoga  finding your inner light…Outer health begins with inner health.  Energy rises through the body in a double spiral that starts in the roots of our souls and bodies and bursts out of us into our world.  This inner fire shows in our actions, thoughts, and creative endeavors.  What does your flame look like?  How do you activate your personal spiral dance?  Through yoga gentle like candlelight or full of heat like a wild blaze, we begin our journey through the chakras creating a strong spirit/mind/body connection.

introspect (v) to practice introspection; consider one’s own internal state or feelings.
Yoga is about awareness. Through heightening awareness of the breath, the body and the mind do we encourage unity. Pranayam is the essential practice in attainment of bodymind unity, as prana, or subtle energy (pranamaya kosha) connects the energies of body (annamayakosha) and mind (manomayakosha and vijnyanamayakosha). Thus in this class we study the many practices of pranayama and their effects on bodymind, we move with breath or study the breath in held postures. We study also alignments and the muscles complexes that are strengthened and stretched, modifying as we need to and using props for individual needs, as every body is different. This class combines restorative, therapeutic and classical asana sequences with a focus on enhancing the flow of energy in the bodymind (the classical intention of yoga asana) followed by structured pratyahara (sense withdrawal) and Dharana (concentration exercises) that lead to meditative states (Dhyana, or meditation, is a state, not a practice). In both asana and meditative practices we study the bodymind and move more deeply into awareness—through introspection.

This class is moderately demanding physically (with modifications as needed) and more intensely demanding on the level of awareness. Asana practice always focuses on balance between strength and flexibility and between warmth and cooling, building toward more demanding stretches, but always with awareness. 75 minute class finishes with a 20 minute meditative, guided relaxation practice. Each class is different.

restore (v) to put or bring back into existence or use, to bring back to original state, renew
This is a beautiful opportunity to begin again. Slow and steady not only wins the race, but brings you back to a place of healing, awareness and calm. So dreamy

yoga happy hour
Our weekly party class, often with live music accompaniment. No cover charge for the hippest yoga class around…a fresh rotation of our amazing teachers and local musicians. This class is a perfect date night, the right kind of happy hour and a groovy way to kick-start the weekend.

wake up yoga…Awaken
(v) to cause to become awake or conscious, to breathe life into
They thought it was a sweet and stretchy slow-rise but it’s more like a very loud alarm clock! Wake up already! Time to move your body, break a sweat, hone the body and break through any resistance that keeps you from being truly alive and awake

bliss yoga
In this slow-paced, yin-based class, you’ll luxuriate in the awareness of present-moment experience as you sink into long-held poses and release physical, mental, and emotional tension. Connect with your intuition and create more ease and abundance–in your body and in your life.

vigorous Flow
This class is designed to offer students a consistent challenge as well as a complete practice, incorporating breath work, sun salutations, standing poses, balance, practice with inversions, seated stretching, and relaxation. With a groovy soundtrack in the background, we build strength and flexibility in body and mind by trying new flow sequences each week. All are welcome . . . come join us.

slow Flow
It’s a little later and your day has been long, Leslie’s second Wednesday night class slows down a bit, but still incorporates the whole body, connecting poses, but holding a bit shorter and stretching more gently—a thorough but still restorative practice. Whether you are recovering from injuries, are new to yoga, or simply like a more serene flow, this class is for you . . . come join us.

(v): To strive, to achieve or reach
What better words to describe that which we set out to receive from a yoga class?! In this breath- guided class you will be challenged to reach within yourself to seek strength, both physically and mentally, beyond that which you knew existed. Pranayamic breath, an extension of the life force, will allow students to source and fuel asana, physical yoga postures, which will build tapas, heat. A combination of powerful holds of basic postures and core work will kindle this fire, as you endeavor to attain the meshing of body, mind, and spirit which is yoga. With watchful practice, an utmost consciousness can be achieved through the breath. What could possibly hold you back from taking on this challenge?

Writing Circle: Come explore how your chakras & your creativity work together.  This class is a great means of diving deeply into your chakras & your creativity using trance, creative exercises & body movement with writing prompts.   Emphasis will be on writing, but all forms of creativity will be honored. No writing experience necessary.

Yoga for All Kids: Yoga is a wonderful recreational activity for every child AND the child with special needs. This environment is non-competitive & is focused on building self-esteem, self-confidence & self-control. Yoga can stretch, strengthen & balance your child’s mind, body, and spirit. Our expert teacher, Denise (see bios) says: “My hope is that children with disabilities can participate in yoga class with their peers. Yoga is way for all kids to reach their highest potential.” Children of all ages will benefit from this community of care. Please contact Denise to arrange enrollment.

Sitting Meditation:
Meditation in a group setting is a wonderful way to reach the silence within while connecting to the collective energy and overriding consciousness of the whole. Whether you have been mediating for years, months, or have always wanted to try, all are welcome and can benefit from this experience. Each session will consist of group meditation and discussion. This sitting meditation opportunity is by donation only…you can pay as little or as much as you like…all proceeds will benefit a local charity.

Mommy & Me Yoga – Round 2!
If you want to try out the class it is open to drop-ins, so give it a try on Friday…I know you’ll want to come back for the full 6 weeks!

Dear Moms & babies, I’m so excited to be holding a M&M class at ocean earth wind fire! I hope you will find much delight in a scheduled date with your sweet, new little one. M&M class is a unique way to get back in touch with your bodies while being close to your babies with the freedom to break and care for them whenever necessary. Being a mom is such a special experience in life and what better way to practice ‘being in the moment’ with these precious infants than Yoga! The class is designed to slowly regain touch with your body, to rebuild strength and stamina as well as connect with and support each other. We will begin at 11:30am with some discussion about how we are feeling and what we are experiencing as mothers (fathers welcome too!) then share a few OMs to open class. After some seated poses and gentle twists, will move through some mild vinyasa flow and work our way into some standing/balancing asana. If you have a Moby wrap or an infant carrier, these could come in handy when practicing poses like tadasana (mountain) or even the various warriors, if you would like to incorporate your baby. From there, we will make our way back to more seated asana and core strengtheners (boat with baby!). Practice will wind down around 12:30-12:45pm with savasana and close with chanting OM. While that is what a ‘typical’ class plan looks like, the babies are the true dictators of how your individual practice will go. (Or maybe we should call them captains, as we will create comfy ‘boats’ for them to sit/lay on in front of your mats)! Moms should feel free to break from the practice to feed, change, comfort, or even play with baby. I think we will have a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to seeing you all next Friday, the 8th!

In Light and Love, Melina