All are welcome to Estes Park Yoga!
Classes integrate classical yoga teachings that include 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 - experiences include: Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Acro, Kids, and Prenatal.
YOGA BASICS: For students who are new to yoga and those who have yoga experience but are looking to strengthen the foundation of their practice. The class has a relaxed atmosphere where questions are welcome at all times. Slow-paced, detailed instruction of basic postures, an emphasis on alignment, and breathing techniques. We spend time learning the foundational components that weave in and out of the practice from the beginner to the advanced.
DYNAMIC YOGA FUNDAMENTALS: Students focus their attention directly on the sensations of their body, while staying aware of their thoughts and emotions. Practice progresses gradually in both effort and complexity, in movement and in stillness. Students are guided to continuously monitor their levels of effort and stability to find the right balance for them. Each class is unique, based on the abilities and needs of the students, and is suitable for all levels of experience and fitness. This style of yoga practice can be very relaxing and meditative while still providing effort and release of physical tension.
SACRED FLOW: Asana, pranayama, and philosophy are woven together for a creative practice that builds a greater understanding of the yoga limbs. Drop into a still and sacred place with focused awareness on the breath and inner light of wisdom. 90 minute class.
YOGA for RELAXATION: 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.
YOGA for STRENGTH: Use the breath to move with intention through primary poses and sequences. Variations will be practiced to strengthen the body, mind, and spirit connection.
VINYASA YOGA: Creative class that flows breath with movements that may include arm balances, inversions, and heat building postures. A combination of sustained and flowing poses offer students a chance to challenge physical and mental limits in a fun and non-competitive atmosphere. This class assumes that students have cultivated prior training in yoga.
ASHTANGA PRIMARY SERIES: 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, builds strength, flexibility, and stamina, while calming the mind and improving overall health. 90 minute class.
COMMUNITY YOGA: A fun combination of creative vinyasa flows, balancing sequences, and restorative postures in an inclusive environment that is equally welcoming to the new and the advanced Yogi. Class structure is tailored toward the students in attendance. Suggested donation $5-10.
ZEN MEDITATION and DISCUSSION: Zen is the flavor of Buddhism that comes from Japan, China, South Korea, and Vietnam. The 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 $5-10. Please arrive 10 minutes early if it is your first time attending.
PILATES with PROPS: 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 (balls, bands, foam rollers, rings) 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: A flowing form of exercise often described as meditation in motion. Series of movements are performed in a slow, focused manner, accompanied by deep breathing. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. Suggested donation: $5-10.