Yoga and Wellness
250 Madison Avenue, Yuma, Arizona 85364
PRENATAL YOGA: A class created to allow expecting mothers to forget about the stressors of pregnancy & tune in to mind, body & baby connection. Focusing on safe & effective postures for pregnancy, this class offers moms-to-be the opportunity to relax, build strength and flexibility, and feel more comfortable in their bodies.
REIKI & CHILL: Yoga Nidra is a meditative practice that brings you into a state of deep relaxation and then allows you to become increasingly aware of your body and inner landscape. This class will include gentle stretches and easy movement before you are lulled into a tranquil inner retreat. Great for calming the nervous system and releasing tension. Reiki is an ancient energy healing technique that increases relaxation and promotes a sense of calm. While you are being guided through the calming Yoga Nidra practice, Reiki will be available to anyone interested. Come soothe your soul with stillness.
A vigorous Vinyasa flow class linking breath to movement with lively sequences of Sun Salutations and postures. Classes are mindfully composed to build strength and increase stamina, while testing edges of balance and flexibility, all the while encouraging proper alignment. It is recommended that you are already physically active, familiar with basic yoga poses and appreciate a detoxifying sweat. Classes often include advanced postures such as handstands, backbends and arm balances. Rest assured the instructor will always meet you at your skill level!
There's no doubt about it, a class of challenging yoga is good, but sometimes it's good to get back to basics. Yoga 1 is offered to help students of all levels slowly stretch tight muscles and loosen stiff joints. This class is ideal for anyone wanting to work on stress-release, flexibility and balance, gradually and comfortably. Students will ease into a variety of Hatha yoga postures, breath work and focused relaxation, and come out feeling great!
FLOW & LET GO: Flow & Let Go is designed to melt away stress & tension held in the physical body. Each class will begin with breath work & a body scan to allow each student to pin point the tension that needs to be released. The class builds with a gentle Vinyasa flow and culminates with a guided meditation in an extended savasana. You will leave feeling relaxed and renewed, your nervous system realigned.
SALUTE THE SUN: Join the group of early risers for a fun and energizing yoga class. Alignment-based asana, juicy stretches and restorative relaxation: what better way to start your day?! All levels welcome!
REIKI & RESTORATIVES: Restorative yoga is a style of yoga that encourages physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. Appropriate for all levels, restorative yoga is practiced at a slow pace, focusing on long holds, stillness, and deep breathing. The guiding principle of restorative yoga is that support creates release. Every pose is a variation on that theme, and the aim of each pose is the same: relaxation. The most obvious feature of a restorative yoga class is the array of props: blankets, bolsters and blocks support the body to release muscular tension and energy blockages. Class may include Reiki from instructor, which is a practice to help release energy blockages to encourage alignment and balancing of the body, mind and spirit..
If you are looking for an extra challenge in your practice, this is the class for you. Designed and instructed to build strength and flexibility, students are exposed to a greater variety of poses, including advanced postures, arm balances and inversions, with breath work, inspiration, healing and grace interspersed throughout. Challenge yourself physically and mentally in a room heated to 90 degrees. Expect to leave sweaty, detoxified and blissed out.
YOGA 101: An introductory level class that aims to focus on the basics of yoga. You'll be in a class with first-timers, regulars, and seasoned yogis looking to focus on beginning poses. The class will focus on areas that tend to be tight to build flexibility, and on areas that tend to be weak to build strength. People of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels are welcome. We will cover safe alignment in foundational yoga asanas (poses), mindful transitions & breath awareness. You will build strength, increase flexibility and create a practice of calming the mind. This class will also provide students with the skills and confidence to transition easily into a Yoga Level 1 class.
SOUND BATH: An effortless, therapeutic experience that melts away stress & transports you to a state of total relaxation, activation your body's own natural ability to self-heal. Listen to the live, harmonic sounds of crystal singing bowls, a sun gong & various other instruments as you comfortably meditate. Relax, release & realign.
HOT YOGA BEATS: A warm, multi-level vinyasa yoga class where movement flows to both the music-driven beat and your metronomic breath. This class aims to guide you towards symbiosis between your body & mind to help you let go, and set you up to feel calm, connected & steady.
MULTILEVEL YOGA: All Levels Yoga is suitable for all students from beginner to advanced practitioner. We will focus on building strong, well balanced foundational poses, while practicing to be present in both mind and body. Students are encouraged to explore and challenge themselves throughout the flow.
Modifications are given allowing the students to choose a more beginning or more advanced practice according to their needs. A beautiful opportunity to be inspired by your fellow students of all levels.
WARM SLOW FLOW - Offers you a warm environment that moves slowly through the postures in a flowing manner, but with pause, to allow you to focus on deepening both your breath and flexibility. This class is a beautiful choice for those new to hot yoga and also anyone who wishes to experience the delicious cleansing from the heat, deepening of postures and focused breath, leaving you with a warm peaceful glow.
KIDS YOGA: (AGES 6-12 YEARS)
Yoga provides kids with a variety of yoga tools that they can use throughout their lives. We learn to stretch our bodies in new , fun & creative ways. Through yoga poses, games & activities, this class promotes strength, flexibility, coordination, and body awareness. Breathing and visualization techniques teach mindfulness, focus, relaxation and self-control. This class also promotes inner-strength, confidence and self-esteem; a feeling of well-being and respect for others; and, love for one's self, inside and out.
Classic yoga poses are practiced with an emphasis on alignment and options for modifications.Just like all classes at Studio Y, this class is tailored to the folks who are there. Be willing to show up and meet yourself where ever you are that day. So if you’ve been practicing for some time and want to take it up a notch, you can feel free to deepen your practice in this class. Conversely, if you’re brand new to yoga, you’re welcome in this class to learn the basics of the practice. Most important is that you listen to your body and take this time to deepen your connection to self.
YIN + SOUND BATH :An ultra relaxing combination which incorporates a slow, gentle yoga flow and live sounds from crystal singing bowls along with other instruments. You will be holding a series of 5-6 postures meant to stretch & open the connective tissues & fascia of the body. As the healing instruments are played they permeate all throughout your body assisting to open & release blockages. Reduce tension on the physical through the stretches all while the sounds deeply cleanse on the cellular/energetic level.
PROSE & HOT FLOWS: “Poetry is a life-cherishing force. For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost…” Mary Oliver. Yoga is a life-cherising force! Stimulate your mind, body, and spirit with this all levels Vinyasa class. Cristina derives inspiration from literature, poetry, and music to create a unique flow to dance through each week. The flow will build from options for new practitioners and progress to challenge the advanced. Just bring an open mind and heart.
SLOW DOWN + Sound
A slow sequence designed to transform tension into tranquility. The pace of this class is more meditative with an emphasis on calming the body and mind. We will take several rounds of breath in each pose and treat the body with kindness. The class will end with an extra long savasana sound bath.
BARRE: barre fuses the disciplines of strength conditioning & ballet. you get a total body workout as you lift, tone, and sculpt your muscles through isometric holds and isolated movements, focusing on proper alignment & form. our instructor will target each of your muscle groups to the point of exhaustion and then stretch those muscles in a way to promote long and lean growth. suitable for every ﬁtness level, modiﬁcations and adjustments are made to challenge everyone safely.
CHI GONG: ( pronounced "KEY Gongh" or "CHEE Gongh") literally translates to mean steam coming from a bowl of rice. Chi meaning energy and gong meaning work.This is the process of intentionally gathering, moving and releasing energy (Qi). Chi Gong is the unseen life force in our bodies and in all life. This is accomplished through mental focus, deep breathing and physical movement. Chi Gong is very ancient and is considered a branch of Chinese Medicine. It is much like Acupuncture but uses movements and without needles. Chi Gong is the life force inside our bodies that open up channels, or meridians, which assist in bringing blood flow to your vital organs.
The meridians are all of the nerve pathways along which the body's vital energy flows, including nervous system and all blood vessels. There are two main meridians: One is called the governing channel and the other is called the conception channel. The art can be practiced by anyone of any age and even those with limitations. It is traditionally taught in the standing position but can be done sitting down as well
MANTRA & SOUND: This healing & renewing class involves energy work, chakra balancing meditation, mantra utilization, affirmations & the powerful healing frequencies of crystal sound bowls.
PILATES: Pilates is a system of controlled exercises that engage the mind and condition the total body. The blend of strength and flexibility training improves posture, reduces stress and creates long, lean muscles without bulking up. Pilates takes a balanced approach so that no muscle group is overworked and the body moves as an efficient, holistic system in sport and daily activity. This class blends pilates with cardio & core mat work.
SUP YOGA: If you can sit, kneel, or stand, you can enjoy paddleboarding. If you can breathe you can practice yoga. If you would like to be courageous and present in your body in the moment, come try yoga on a paddleboard. All fitness levels and experience welcome
SELF-CARE SATURDAYS: This class is a fusion of everything nurturing and will be molded around the students who attend that day. A blend of slow flow, reiki healing, restorative and sound healing will possibly be on the menu. Prepare to pamper, mend and balance your body, mind and spirit.
Private sessions are offered on an individual basis & by appointment.
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HATHA YOGA: is a form which offers you a chance to focus on moving more slowly through the postures, holding them for a bit longer and deepening the breath. Great for new yogis or any level who wishes to focus their practice more on deep breath and increasing flexibility.
MOMMY & BABY YOGA: Experience breath-work and body awareness while engaging your baby throughout the class. We will combine flowing asanas and a calming restorative time that is playful while strengthening the bond between you and your baby.
MEDITATION: As articulated by David Varco "Meditation is systematic mental training to reduce suffering and develop a sustainable healthy mind." Join us for a hour long session of focused pranayama (healing breath work) and meditation techniques that promote wellness & present moment awareness.
YIN YOGA: Yin yoga is a slow-paced, passive type of yoga that incorporates long holds and deep breaths for a stretch that gets right into the muscle fibers. Designed to prepare the body for comfort in seated meditation, Yin yoga is the perfect complement to more vigorous Yang-based practices like Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Power Yoga. Yin yoga involves a series of seated and supine postures, typically held for 3-5 minutes at a time. During these prolonged periods of stillness, the yogi experiences a surrendering sensory awakening that melts away residual tension and stress. Long Yin yoga holds are also known to release repressed or stored emotions, leaving the yogi feeling lighter, clearer and completely relaxed. Yin yoga is an excellent practice for beginners. It gives them plenty of time to uncover the unique benefits of individual poses without worrying about tricky transitions. It’s also a tried and true technique for yogis of all levels to experience full body release. Those recovering from an injury or looking to lengthen versus strengthen will feel right at home in a Yin yoga class.