Perfect for beginning yoga students as well as students of all-levels looking to refresh the central importance of the physical practice. This class will teach individuals the basic fundamentals of Vinyasa yoga. Students will learn yogic breathing, how to connect breath to movement through aligning the body, and how to find clarity in the mind, leading to relaxation and stress relief. Beginners and all-levels welcome.
Yin is the cool, lunar, passive aspect of the Yoga asana (posture) practice. Asanas are held for 3-5 minutes to allow the denser layers of the body to unwind. Yin opens the connective tissues versus the muscles and allows practitioners to experience greater range of motion and flexibility. This class is a perfect compliment to a Power Vinyasa yoga practice and great for anyone who sits or stands during their day. Let the body and the mind rest into stillness as you find the yin to your yang. Beginners and all-levels welcome.
Just like it sounds- come to this class for Vinyasa AND Yin! Opposing forces and complementary opposites combined into one class to balance your body, mind, and spirit. The first half of this class is vinyasa, or flow. We will move mindfully and find heat in some strong and active postures. The second half will be cool and still, so we can seek openness and surrender in the body and mind. You will leave feeling physically rejuvenated and refreshed mentally. Beginners and all-levels welcome.
Yin + Yoga Nidra
Yin is the cool, lunar, passive aspect of the Yoga asana (posture) practice. Asanas are held for 3-5 minutes to allow the denser layers of the body to unwind. Yin opens the connective tissues versus the muscles and allows practitioners to experience greater range of motion and flexibility. This class is a perfect compliment to a Power Vinyasa yoga practice and great for anyone who sits or stands during their day. Let the body and the mind rest into stillness as you find the yin to your yang.
After 75 minutes of Yin, we will transition into Yoga Nidra, or Yogic Sleep, for the final 30 minutes of class. In Yoga Nidra, you will be guided into a hypnagogic state of consciousness where you are between waking and sleeping. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of their inner world. Once the body is relaxed, the inner world that is experienced can be explored by traveling through and penetrating the Pancha Maya Koshas, or 5 layers of our being. "While Yoga Nidra is not a substitute for actual sleep, one hour of Yoga Nidra practice is equivalent to four hours of sleep. This is due to the series of brain waves experienced along the way. With practice, you’ll eventually be able to enter the delta brainwave state but remain aware. It resembles what it feels like to be on the verge of being awake and asleep. The conscious experience of deep sleep is what makes it so restorative and unique." (Saraswati 1998, Kumar 2008)
This class is suitable for all abilities and anyone wanting to feel present, relaxed, and rejuvenated. Most of our postures are practiced on the floor. Feel free to wear cozy clothes or bring layers so you are comfortable in our practice of Yoga Nidra at the end.
Yoga for Joint Health
This class is for students of all ages to keep your joints mobile, lubricated, and healthy. Some myofascial techniques will be introduced in conjunction with traditional yoga postures. Each class will be taught to the skeletal variations present in each body. Expect brief periods of moderate strengthening postures followed by restoration and stress reduction on the joints.
In our busy lives, it’s important we take the time to slow down. Slow flow helps us begin slowing down and taking a pause to appreciate this present moment. We will take time in each posture to find correct alignment, breathe through any blockages, and allow our bodies and minds to settle in. Through this stillness we can find clarity and contentment. By moving slow and gazing inward we begin to clean and clear out the unnecessary things that weigh us down. From there we can learn to let go and experience the freedom and joy this moment has to offer. Beginners and all-levels welcome.
Release & Restored
Discover the possibilities of your true potential through yoga asanas that warm, release and restore enhanced by myofascial release. Class will begin with connection to our breath and inner dimension followed by warming asanas to increase blood flow and sensitivity of the nervous system. Next, we will implement myofascial release techniques with movement to release knots, hyperirritable spots and built up tension from the work week. You’ll leave feeling refreshed, lengthened and spacious. Beginners and all-levels welcome.
Vinyasa translates as “placing with intention”. This class is a dynamic sequence of postures which all connect to each other using your breath. We begin slow and build on the sequence depending on your individual level. As you find the flow of your poses, you being to find the flow from the tangible aspects of your being, to the intangible. Balancing us from the gross aspects, all the way to the subtle vibrations on a cellular level. This creates a marriage of our movement and our breath, creating balance in our bodies, our minds, and spirits. All-levels welcome.
Yoga for Athletes
This class is for athletes of all levels, weekend warriors, and anyone who experiences the over use of certain joints and muscles of the body leading to tension and tightness. Expect deeper stretching, some myofascial release, and traditional yoga postures. These are all paired with mindfulness and conscious breathing to shift students into balance and counteract repetitive movements with the emphasis placed on tight hips, hamstrings, and low back.
Looking for a class to work-up to our "Heated Power Vinyasa" class with a little less heat? This is the class for you!
Vinyasa translates as “placing with intention”. This class is a dynamic sequence of postures which all connect to each other using your breath. We begin slow and build on the sequence depending on your individual level. As you find the flow of your poses, you being to find the flow from the tangible aspects of your being, to the intangible. Balancing us from the gross aspects, all the way to the subtle vibrations on a cellular level. This creates a marriage of our movement and our breath, creating balance in our bodies, our minds, and spirits. With the addition of a little warmth of the room, you'll start to find more energy, physical strength, increased flexibility, and postures that aren't always accessible when the body is not warm. Average room temperature is 80 degrees. All-levels welcome.
This all-level flow class is open to our community (sangha) for FREE! Instructors vary as this class is taught by our recently graduated 200-hour teachers. Beginners are most definitely welcome!
This gentle class uses both the yoga mat and a chair to practice postures and breathing exercises. Students can experience the many benefits of a physical yoga practice without having to get up and down from the floor. Benefits include increased balance, strength, flexibility, range of motion, and stress reduction. Using the shape and intention of traditional poses, we will provide modifcations to allow students to participate in the pose without the need to stand for extended periods of time or get up and down from the floor. For some poses, modifications may be available to use the wall rather than a chair as appropriate. This class is suitable for students in a wheelchair also. All chairs and props are provided in-studio.
Yoga for Healthy Living
This class is appropriate for all ages. We focus on alignment, strength and balance to support health and well-being. We move through a sequence of poses, but the class does not “flow” like vinyasa classes do. Poses are explained and appropriate modifications are found to support different physical conditions. If you are looking for a basic understanding of poses, want a slower paced class, or if you need to take a break from more vigorous styles of yoga - this could be your class! Students need to be able to get up and down from the floor. We will have chairs available for balance assistance and seated modifications.
High School Yoga Club
This class is suitable for all St. Joe High School students. During Yoga Club students will:
Practice specific yoga postures for strength, endurance, flexibility, increased range of motion, and injury prevention.
Practice specific breathing techniques to learn how to harness the breath and direct their focus and energy into the present moment. This allows students to work into their true potential and move beyond previous limitations physically and mentally.
Practice meditation seated with breathing techniques and lying down and relaxing the entire body and mind.
The benefits experienced range from increased muscle mass and flexibility, to improved breathing and posture, increased coordination and balance, all the way to feeling more confident, grounded, and clear minded, while experiencing better sleep and less anxiety. This allows all students to approach life with more ease, mindfulness, and focus.
Restorative yoga is a relaxing style intended to be healing and nurturing for the body and it can relieve stress. This class is designed to restore the nervous system and help release deeply held tensions from the body and mind. Props are used to support the entire body in postures, while gently aiding the body in relaxation. This class is appropriate for students of all levels.
Children benefit from yoga in so many ways, just like adults. Children will practice for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment so that they too can manage their life challenges with a little more ease.
Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness in a non-competitive manner. Fostering compassion while enhancing their flexibility, strength and coordination.
Children will learn to manage stress through breath awareness, meditation and healthy movement, practicing concentration, all while increasing their confidence and positive self-image.
We are Southwest Michigan’s original beach yoga studio!
Join us every Saturday through the Summer at Lion’s Park Beach! Feel free to meet us at the studio to sign in/register and join our group bike ride down to the beach together. Or, if you choose to meet us at the beach instead, please pre-register and purchase your pass online ahead of time since no payments will be accepted at the beach. Bring a mat or beach towel, sunscreen, and water. Dress weather appropriate and get ready for some fun! All-levels are welcome to join us for this amazing opportunity to practice at the water’s edge on beautiful Lake Michigan.
Pranayama & Chanting
This class brings your full focus onto breath and the power it holds. The practice of breath control is the fourth limb of the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga. Prana is the universal energy that flows through us and everything around us. This energy creates, sustains, and destroys because it permeates everything and is considered the "breath of life". Pranayama practices manipulate this force within us creating profound shifts in the mind and energy of the body. Most practitioners are familiar with Ujjayi breath, but in this class, we will explore various pranayama techniques to unlock the potential you hold and elevate your physical yoga practice. Chanting is used in combination with pranayama practices to bring a softness to the accessory muscles to breath, joy to the mind, and a higher vibration to the Self. No experience needed. Chant sheet is provided.
Our guided meditation classes at Yoga Life all hold a space for individuals to explore their inner world while sitting in a supportive community. Together we will sit and find guidance from the help of a teacher, but as your journey progresses, you’ll find a greater sensitivity to Self and that individual inner voice begins to speak. Meditation brings connection within you and unity in your outer world. Our guided classes can include: Vippassana or “Insight” meditation, imagery, visualizations, Yoga Nidra, breath work, body scans, and more. No experience needed.
Family Yoga is AMAZING for everyone! Children and parents can be so busy, so our family yoga class provides a place to spend joyful, quality time together. Children, parents, grandparents and caregivers get to enjoy practicing yoga together and strengthen their bonds while supporting each other and having fun! The activities of this class are for children and parents to do together. Family Yoga helps children and parents: become stronger, more flexible, develop coordination, balance and motor skills. Relaxation techniques, deeper focus, and concentration will be experienced by all and aid with becoming more grounded and peaceful together. All are welcome to Family Yoga!
Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series
In this class, we begin to explore a set series of postures that synchronize with the breath. The first series is known as "Yoga Chikitsa" or Yoga therapy. It includes many forward folds and twists, aiding in detoxification of the body and purification of the mind and spirit. Through consistent practice of Ashtanga, you can begin to see how each time you come to the mat you are different. You develop the ability to observe how your daily life and environment affect you. You can observe what truly serves you and what doesn’t. These traditional series allows practitioners to become the observers of the self and begin to cultivate a greater sense of presence and peace while challenging the physical body and preparing to still the mind. Not recommended for brand new students. All-level/Intermediate class.
Just like our Vinyasa class, but with the addition of essential oils. Treat yourself to this luxuriously scented vinyasa where the postures and energy of the room all invigorate each other. All-levels welcome.
All-Level Power Vinyasa
The “power” in Power yoga isn’t about powering through the poses, but instead, finding your own power within. This challenging flow has roots in Ashtanga Yoga. We will practice traditional postures, focus on alignment, and link them together using your breath. When challenged physically, the mind can begin to clear, and as the breath becomes steady and deeper, you’ll feel your own energy flow stronger, allowing your spirit to shine. Detoxify the body and purify the mind in this powerful class and leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Not recommended for brand new students. All-levels to Intermediate welcome.
Heated Power Vinyasa
Just like our Power Vinyasa class, but heated. This 5-10 degree increase in temperature will add to the challenge. Not recommended for brand new students. Average room temperature is between 85-90 degrees.
Open Practice is time in the studio to engage in your own self-study and practice while having access to props and shared energy of others practicing in the room. This class is not led by any teacher. Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Sequence sheets will be available, if you need a sequence to follow. Otherwise, you may practice any other style of your choosing. Class passes and unlimited passes can be used or only $5 to drop-in!