At *I**AM YOGA we offer several fun and challenging classes usually in a heated studio (body temperature, or slightly above depending on the class). Most classes are 90 minutes long and are derived from the original 84 asana sequence designed by Bishnu Ghosh. The Ghosh lineage was first popularized in the West by Bikram Choudhury, whose beginning yoga class is taught under many names throughout the world today. We also offer a condensed Hot 26 one hour class as well as one hour Yin Yoga classes.
The Hot 26 class (known as Bikram yoga to many) is a series of 26 postures (asanas) and two breathing exercises (pranayamas) each performed twice in a studio heated to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Classes are 90 minutes long and suitable for all levels and abilities. The heat allows muscles to stretch more thoroughly and safely while you sweat, build strength, gain flexibility, and improve balance. This powerful series is designed to positively impact every system of your body, improve healing from and prevention of injuries, speed up the removal of waste products, reduce stress, improve mood, regulate weight, revitalize complexion and increase focus and concentration. You are ready, and you’re worth it! The Saturday 5:30pm Hot 26 class is offered at a discounted price if you want to try just one class or if money is tight.
Power Hour classes follow the sequence of the Hot 26 class and are great if you are short on time. Some poses are done only once and held a little bit longer, and other poses are still done twice depending on the day, the teacher and who is in the class. Some poses are strung together in a flow before taking a break. We offer a reduced Drop In rate and 10 class card for the one hour classes.
The Warm Core Flow class is a fun series of 40 postures (plus or minus 1-5 depending on the group) and several pranayamas most performed just once and in series (for example Sun Salutation). During this class the studio is heated to approximately 99 degrees Fahrenheit. As in the Hot 26 class, your job is to listen to the instructions and follow them to the best of your ability. Emphasis is on breath and alignment. With regular practice and proper alignment, depth in the poses will occur naturally. This class does contain some Intermediate level poses that increase hip and shoulder mobility and build core and upper body strength. All levels are welcome, but if you have never done any yoga whatsoever, you might want to take at least a couple of Hot 26 or Power Hour classes before your first Warm Core Flow class.
Open Practice – Saturdays at 10:30am – Open Practice is designed to help you take more responsibility for your own yoga practice. Music is played in the background and you practice at your own pace, doing as much or as little as you like, holding postures for the duration that seems best and performing as many sets as seems appropriate for your body that day. The studio is heated to approximately 99 Degrees Fahrenheit. While no “official” instruction is offered during Open Practice, a teacher is always available (usually practicing along side of you) so that you can ask questions and get help and feedback on your technique and alignment. If you need a lot of one-on-one help, make an appointment to take Open Practice with Suzanne (503-249-3864). If you are a little bit nervous about not remembering the postures, there is always someone to follow along for the Hot 26 or Warm Core Flow series. Advanced practitioners also practice the full Ghosh 84 series on Saturdays. If you are interested in this, you should have a pretty thorough mastery of the Warm Core Flow class and should check in with Kate first. Drop In price for Open Practice is only $10!
Yin Yoga – The above practices primarily focus on our muscular (or Yang) tissues. We work the poses. In Yin Yoga the poses work us. We focus on allowing the deeper “Yin” tissues of our fascial networks to de-adhere and lengthen. We focus on finding sensation and stillness and relaxing into the poses to allow deep opening and healing to occur. Emphasis is on making sure the body is supported so that muscles can relax allowing us to stress (not stretch) these deeper tissues. An amazing compliment to a Yang practice! Classes are 60 minutes. The room is warm, but not hot (approximately 85 degrees since our yoga room is NEVER cold!) You can bring props if you have them, and some blocks and cushions are provided. Drop Ins for the one hour classes are $15 (versus $19 for the 90 minute classes) and a Special 10 class card exclusively for the Yin Classes and Power Hours (see above) is available for only $100!