The Saint Paul Yoga Center offers many types and levels of yoga classes, from novice classes to classes for pregnant practitioners.
Level of Yoga Classes
Our beginning classes guide students through fundamental yoga postures, and focuses on meeting students where their bodies are at. Classes include stretching, strengthening, balance practice, and alignment work in the postures. Most beginning 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.
Beginning & Continuing
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.
For those continuing students with a regular personal practice and an understanding of how to work with their specific needs.
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.
For all levels and open to anyone who wants to experience the benefits and joys of yoga. Pay whatever you can.
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.
The hatha-based restorative yoga classes Danielle 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.
Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga
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.
Asana is Sanskrit for ‘posture’. Yoga Asana is a codified form of exercise developed by India’s ancient sages, dating back to at least 5,000 years ago — no wonder it has stood the test of time. But, in order to derive maximum benefit from Asana, alignment ‘intelligence’ on physical as well as energetic planes can be helpful. Suitable for all levels, this class draws from Iyengar Yoga, Restorative/Yin Yoga, anatomy, and loving awareness practices.
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.
Yoga and Pregnancy
Prepare your body and mind for the birthing process. Increase flexibility, vitality, strength of body and peace of mind during labor and birth. Ongoing classes are offered from early pregnancy through birth. All levels welcome. The cost is $10 for the one-hour and 15-minute class.
Yoga for Flexibility
Whatever your level of flexibility, you can benefit from this unique alignment-based class. Tight students will increase flexibility, and flexible students will build strength to support their mobility. Explore how to use modifications and props to improve your practice. It’s not about being able to touch your toes!