Our Yoga class Offerings
The Saint Paul Yoga Center offers many types and levels of yoga classes, from novice classes to classes for very experienced practitioners.
Level of Yoga Classes
Our beginner yoga classes guide students through fundamental yoga postures, and focuses on meeting students where their bodies are at. Yoga classes include stretching, strengthening, balance practice, and alignment work in the postures. We do simple work with the breath, and include all major aspects of classical yoga. Most beginner yoga classes have an emphasis on standing, seated, and relaxation poses.
Some students practice at the beginning level for a few months, while others practice for years. There is no “normal” or “right” pace to move, only what you are comfortable with and what works for you.
This is generally used as a step between beginning level and continuing level. For students who have spent significant time on beginning classes and feel they are ready to move to the next step in their practice.
For the student who has completed at least six months of the beginning and beginning/continuing courses. It builds on the study of fundamental poses and introduces inversions and back arches. When students reach the continuing stage, home practice is highly encouraged.
Types of Yoga Classes
A fun experience, ideal for senior citizens and anyone wanting a slower-paced class. Using gentle postures and movement, one builds strength, flexibility and grace with appropriate challenges.
This 75-minute gentle flow class is a wonderful way to slowly and mindfully ease into your Sunday morning and the week ahead. You will learn to use props to modify traditional yoga poses and support you as you move through a gentle flow linking the poses together. We will begin class with a centering meditation followed by slowly awakening each part of the body head-to-toe, ending with savasana. Throughout class you’ll bring attention to your breath and connect it with mindful movement.
A method that emphasizes precise alignment in the poses, the use of props to enable all students to benefit from the effects of poses, and a focus on the philosophical tenets upon which yoga is based. Called ‘Iyengar Yoga,’ it draws from the life and teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014), who devoted his life to practicing and teaching yoga, and was a true yoga master. Its teachers typically follow a common syllabus and methodology, and undergo rigorous, specialized training.
Besides having 12 years of experience teaching prenatal yoga, Clare was a Certified Nurse Midwife for over 20 years. She brings a wealth of experience to this class! Prenatal Yoga, like all of our classes, is taught on a drop-in basis. Start any time. Partners and doulas are welcome to attend! This class is appropriate for all trimesters.
The hatha-based restorative yoga classes Becca teaches are focused on the practitioners. Each pose includes modifications that allow everyone, regardless of age, flexibility, or strength, to access the benefits of yoga. You will leave each class feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, having lengthened and strengthened muscles that may have been tightened or misaligned for quite some time.
A slower-paced vinyasa class, with longer holds and often a more gentle, lunar sequence of poses (think cooling and slowing down, versus heating and speeding up). Students may find this class to be restorative, while also challenging as it explores movement, stillness, strength, and surrender. Beginners and more experienced yoga practitioners are welcome.
A physically challenging vigorous, breath-based practice consisting of strong flowing movement. Open to students of all ability levels who are INJURY FREE and can take care of themselves independently.