All are welcome to Estes Park Yoga! Classes integrate movement, breath, and focus in order to steady the mind, calm the nerves, increase strength, improve balance, and improve flexibility. Modifications and props are available. Our instructors are certified and knowledgeable in a variety of styles and lineages. Our experiences include: Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Acro, Kids, and Prenatal.
BEGINNER: Introduction of yoga principles. Slow-paced, guided instruction with a great level of detail of basic postures, with an emphasis on alignment, and breathing techniques. A great way to begin your yoga experience or reinforce your current practice.
LEVEL 1: For those who have had some exposure to yoga, including an introduction to basic poses and proper alignment. Foundations of alignment, use of the breathe, primary poses, sequences, and variations will be practiced. Flow elements, synchronizing breath and movement may be incorporated. Ideal class for a beginner or seasoned Yogis who may not have practiced for awhile.
LEVEL 2: For those who have a good understanding of basic yoga postures and would like to explore a wider variety of poses and styles. Yogis understand the relationship between breath and movement. Classes will include more challenging balances, inversions, sequences, and invigorating flows. Note: Wednesday night class is the primary series and lasts 75 minutes.
YIN: All Levels: Postures gently stretch and rehabilitate the connective tissues that form our joints. In this practice, we hold passive floor postures that mainly work the lower part of the body - hips, pelvis, inner thighs, and lower spine. A wonderful experience if you are tired or over-stimulated, when your energy is erratic or your mind is overactive.
ASHTANGA PRIMARY SERIES: Level 2: Yoga Chikitsa, a systematic sequence of predetermined flowing postures linked together with the breath. Students practice to maintain internal focus throughout the class. It is a vigorous and flowing style of yoga, which produces internal heat while detoxifying the body. It builds strength, flexibility, and stamina, while calming the mind and improving overall health.
SUNDAY SACRED FLOW: All Levels: Weaving together asana, pranayama and yoga philosophy, Sacred Sunday Flow offers students a creative practice that builds inner and outer strength. Each Sunday, an all-levels class will begin at the top of the hour at 9, 10, and 11. Each class will begin with a silent meditation and a short reading, followed by a traditional Hatha yoga sequence of postures. In an effort to support your yoga practice, it is allowed to arrive at any time and leave at any time during the morning practice between 9am and 12pm. You may stay for any or all of the morning practice. This class offers all practitioners a rich experience of dropping into a still and sacred place by inspiring focused awareness on the breath and inner light of wisdom.
COMMUNITY YOGA: All Levels: A fun combination of creative vinyasa flows and balancing sequences in an inclusive environment that is equally welcoming to the new and the advanced Yogi. Donation-based class.
ZEN MEDITATION and STUDY: All Levels: Zen is the flavor of Buddhism that comes from Japan, China, South Korea, and Vietnam. This donation-based class sits quietly in meditation for two 25-minute periods separated by a 10-minute walking meditation. The last fifteen minutes is a group discussion kicked off by a short presentation on Buddhist philosophy. For those new to meditation, the class instructor will offer instruction during the first period of meditation. Suggested donation is $5-10. Please arrive 10 minutes early if it is your first time attending.
PILATES w/PROPS: All Levels: Stretch, strengthen, and breathe deeply to connect deep core muscles with fluid movements, for an overall conditioning and aligning of the body’s structure. Focus will be on stabilizing and balancing of the spine’s natural curves, pelvis, and shoulder girdle., by strengthening the intrinsic muscle system that allows the body to balance, stand tall, and move more efficiently. Class will include basic Pilates and Post-Rehab exercises, the addition of Pilates Props like balls, bands, and foam rollers for variety and dynamic challenge, along with alignment education. This class is a great support for any yoga practice, dance or sports activity, or recreational hobby, and will help improve physical and mental performance, build confidence in your body’s abilities, and reduce injury.
"Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit."
- Joseph Pilates
TAI CHI: All Levels: An ancient Chinese practice that involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner coordinated with deep breathing. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring a graceful form of exercise. Benefits may include: decreased stress and anxiety, increased energy and stamina, improved flexibility, balance, and agility, improved muscle strength and definition, and improved aerobic capacity.