Class Descriptions

| Ashtanga | Community Hour – Free Yoga | Gentle | Guided Meditation | Hatha | PilatesPratique | Relax & Renew | Restorative | Vinyasa | Yin | Yin/Yang | Yoga Basics

Class Name: Ashtanga
Class Type: Ashtanga
Description: Ashtanga Yoga is a branch of Hatha Yoga founded and popularized by K. Pattabhi Jois. The Ashtanga practice is an active, flowing and powerful Vinyasa practice based on the Primary Ashtanga sequence designed by Jois. Another major principle of Ashtanga Yoga is the bandha, or muscle locking/contraction, which focuses energy in the body and is closely tied to the breath. Ashtanga Yoga is different from many yoga classes in the west in that the order of asanas is completely predefined. A practice will comprise four main parts: an “opening sequence,” one of the six main “series”, a back-bending sequence, and a set of inverted asanas, referred to as the “finishing sequence.” Practice always ends with savasana.
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Class Name: Community Hour – Free Yoga
Class Type: Community Hour – Free Yoga
Description: Community Yoga is a free practice taught on rotation by one of the many talented Loudoun Valley Yoga instructors. This practice is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon experiencing the teachers, practicing yoga and forming a community connection. Especially beneficial to new students, Community Yoga is the perfect opportunity to simply try yoga or to experience the practice through the guidance of a different instructor.
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Class Name: Gentle
Class Type: Hatha
Description: A slow paced class for those who wish to build a new practice or perfect their current practice. This is a great beginner class and also very good for those with past or present medical concerns, injury or illness. Gentle Yoga is a way to open the body through passive stretching in relaxing postures. Class consists of fewer postures held for an extended period and incorporates the use of props such as blocks, bolsters and straps. This practice is ideal for those seeking deep relaxation, slower pacing or for those new to yoga.
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Class Name: Guided Meditation
Class Type: Meditation
Description: Meditation is the exercise of engaging in contemplation or reflection for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of awareness. Meditation creates inner calm and teaches the student to become more observant and less reactive to the inevitable flow of change in life. As we teach the brain to become more present, meditation opens the doors for insight, introspection, and better understanding of the authentic self. This practice is guided and offered on a donation basis. All funds collected during these sessions will be donated to a local Loudoun charity (TBD on a quarterly basis).
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Class Name: Hatha
Class Type: Hatha
Description: Hatha Yoga is a set of postures (known as asanas) and sequences of asanas, designed to bring the whole body into alignment. The postures are sequenced to open many channels in the body, especially the spine to allow energy to flow freely. Hatha is translated as “ha” meaning “sun” and “tha” meaning “moon”. The practice is focused on bringing about the balance of masculine aspects – active, hot, sun – and feminine aspects – receptive, cool, moon – within all of us. Hatha Yoga creates balance and unites opposites in our physical bodies so we develop both strength and flexibility. Hatha Yoga teaches the student to balance effort and surrender in each pose. Hatha Yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. By bringing attention to the breath, which helps to still the fluctuations of the mind, Hatha Yoga cultivates presence in each movement.
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Class Name: Pilates
Class Type: Pilates
Description: Developed by Joseph Pilates, this class emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility and awareness, which supports efficient and graceful movement. Pilates is practiced by many elite athletes, dancers, seniors, women and men, and people at various stages of physical rehabilitation. The six Pilates principles – Centering, Control, Flow, Breath, Precision and Concentration are contained in this high quality workout leaving students longer, leaner and more energized. The Pilates method emphasizes quality over quantity. Performing each exercise fully with precision yields significant results in shorter time. All exercises are developed with modifications making the workout safe and challenging for students at any level.
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Class Name: Pratique Yoga
Class Type: Pratique Yoga
Description: Pratique Yoga integrates passive and active yoga poses with the breath while exploring mudras, meditation and relaxation in a non-competitive environment. The use of props will be available and modifications will be taught and encouraged. All levels of yogis, from beginners to advanced practitioners, are welcome and encouraged to participate.
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Class Name: Relax & Renew
Class Type: Yin
Description: Relax and Renew yoga is a practice that fuses yin and restorative while focusing on mindfulness. The practice is based on the three tenets of Yin yoga: to bring the body into a posture, to remain still in the posture, and to be there for some time. Completely grounded and suitable for those looking to deeply stretch connective tissue, ligaments, and to realign the skeletal structure, Relax and Renew is the perfect complement to any vinyasa practice and provides the opportunity to find stillness in a busy world.
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Class Name: Restorative
Class Type: Yin
Description: Restorative Yoga is the method of bringing the body into comfort within Yin yoga postures. Like Yin, Restorative can be a complementary practice to active and heating “yang” forms of yoga. Just like Yin yoga, Restorative yoga practice observes Yin postures with much longer, meditative holds in postures. Restorative is a great way to bring balance to the mind, body connection and like Yin Yoga, for seeking deep relaxation and stillness both physically and mentally.
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Class Name: Vinyasa
Class Type: Vinyasa
Description: Vinyasa Yoga is a branch of Hatha Yoga. The term vinyasa refers to the alignment of movement and breath, a method which turns static asanas into a dynamic flow. The length of one inhale or one exhale dictates the length of time spent transitioning between asanas. Asanas are then held for a predefined number of breaths. In effect, attention is placed on the breath and the journey between the asanas rather than solely on achieving perfect body alignment in an asana, as is emphasized in Hatha Yoga. The term vinyasa also refers to a specific series of movements that are frequently done between each asana in a series.
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Class Name: Yin
Class Type: Yin
Description: Yin yoga is the counterpart to the active and heating “yang” forms of yoga. Meant to stretch and stimulate ligaments and connective tissues and realign the skeletal structure, yin classes are typically comprised of longer, meditative holds in postures. Yin is a great balancing practice for those who lead very active lives, practice other active styles of yoga, and those seeking stillness within.
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Class Name: Yin/Yang
Class Type: Vinyasa
Description: Yin/Yang yoga practice is a blend of both the Yin (lunar) and Yang (solar) elements of yoga. This practice is taught at a much slower pace compared to the Vinyasa and Ashtanga practices. Yin/Yang practice is suitable for those looking for elements of deep stretches and periods of flow. Yin/Yang develops a deeper awareness of the body and balances the dynamics between developing strength and mindful attention on the breath.
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Class Name: Yoga Basics
Class Type: Hatha
Description: New to Yoga? Yoga Basics prepares students with a foundation of postures, breath, and alignment to increase flexibility, strength, and balance. Students receive individualized attention as an integral part of the journey in Yoga and get prepared to adventure into the many other offerings at Loudoun Valley Yoga.
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