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Bristol CT Yoga

946 Terryville Ave.

Bristol, CT 06010

reception@bristolctyoga.com

Tel: 860-337-2170

© 2016 by Bristol CT Yoga. 

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Class Type Descriptions

Vinyasa

This is a well rounded class that increases flexibility, strength, and endurance while maintaining a strong concentration on the breath. The sanksrit term Vinyasa simply means "to place in a certain way."  In this class you'll learn and practice ways to place an intention on linking the movement of the poses to the pace of the breath.  Each Vinyasa class will typically include kriya meditation and breathing techniques designed to get you out of your head and into the moment.  In addition to the physical benefits, this class is great for increasing energy and improving concentration. 

 

 

Integrated Hatha

This practice takes inspiration from a variety of modern practice styles including Astanga, Prana, Vinyasa and Dharma Yoga and integrates them with the more traditional principles of Yoga Krama (krama meaning step).   The gradual approach allows for a more organic expression of the postures to take place while also factoring in the individuality of the person on the mat.  Students can expect very intelligent heat-building flows with a full integration of the breath in each posture, with time left over before the end of each practice for meditation and reflection.  This style is particularly appropriate for those ready to explore the more subtle aspects of Yoga that can help them truly evolve and find their bliss! 

 

 

Restorative

Enjoy a blend of gentle and restorative yoga with guided meditation that begins with a gentle warm up for body and mind.  Easily transition into deeply relaxing restorative yoga poses, which are supported through the use of bolsters, blocks, straps, and blankets.  Restorative yoga emphasizes on resting the body & the mind to help calm the nervous system.  The result is a greater sense of physical and emotional wellbeing that promises to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

 

 

Yoga at the Wall

The Yoga at the Wall class is in many respects an exploration of applied anatomy.  Through the utilization of a traditional Kurunta rope wall with a modern design (kurunta=puppet), students are welcomed to explore the any gatekeepeers to the bodies healthiest expression of yoga postures.   The practice of yoga at the wall leaves litte room for "cheating" in poses, so a strong emphasis is placed on working with the integrity of an individual's alignment and unique anatomical expression of poses.  Participants can expect to flow in certain postures while holding others to learn healthy ways to engage and surrender different muscle groups for improved strength and flexibility.  Appropriate for all levels.

 

 

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a practice of slow and long held postures that are primarily seated or reclined.  This specialty practice while seemingly passive encourages students to meet his or her own edge in the asanas (postures) which can be quite intense as the practice focuses on targeting the body's fascia in order to improve flexibility, range of motion, and circulation in the joints.  Aside from the physical benefits of the practice, Yin Yoga is well known for it's ability to help students cultivate self-reflection and inner-quietude.  Appropriate for all levels of practitioner.  

 

 

Gentle

This class is appropriate for anyone looking to build or reconnect their foundational yoga practice.  Breathing techniques and basic yoga postures with mindful transitions make this an especially great choice for beginner yoga students.  A variety of yoga props are used throughout class to teach and maintain the integrity of each individual's alignment in the pose.  And gentle breath based flows are introduced to generate the mind body connection in your practice.  This is a great class for nurturing self-compassion, self-love, and contentment.  

 

 

Open Studio

In this class format, Yoga teachers are not leading practice but holding space for you to develop your own home practice under the supervision/guidance of a teacher.  To get the most out of the experience, students attending an Open Studio class are encouraged to bring in specific questions or points of interest regarding their practice.  The teacher holding space will be available to answer questions, offer hands on assistance, and work one-on-one with you to help you “master” poses and further develop your home practice.  It should be noted this is not recommended for complete beginners, and attendance of the full hour is not mandatory.  Practitioners are welcome to come in at any point during the scheduled hour and stay for as long as they’d like during that time frame.

 

 

Yin/Yang Yoga

This class is a combination of yin and yang poses.  The first half of your practice in yin style, and the second half in yang style. The Yin portion of this class is a quiet, gentle, meditative practice that teaches us to relax and accept ourselves just as we are.  In the Yang portion of this class we bring this openness into a sense of steadiness and alignment to build heat and strength in a basic vinyasa flow. This class is for all good for all levels.

 

 

Power Flow

This is a heat building and endurance based practice.  Participants move gracefully through breath based flows that are designed to improve stamina, strength, and discipline.   Students can expect to explore a variety of techniques and poses throughout class that will provide opportunities for great challenge and great surrender.  The physical rigor of the class paves the way for the experience of clarity and contentment in mind, body, and spirit. 

 

 

Power Flow & Restore

Deepen the overall yogic experience by priming your body and mind for stress busting relaxation and meditation techniques.  This class starts off with a solid heat building flow and transitions to the deep stretching of Yin yoga before concluding with breathing and meditation techniques.  If you are looking for a holistic approach to your practice because you love ALL the aspects of yoga, this class is not to be missed!  

 

 

Gentle Flow & Restore

Similar to the Power Flow & Restore, this class uses a combination of movement and long held therapeutic postures.  The gentle flow makes this class particularly appropriate for beginner students.  The sequence is set up so that the gentle flow of movement are used as a preparation for mind and body to easily transition into poses designed for deep relaxation and stress relief.

 

 

Deep Relaxation & Meditation

Meditation is an important component in a student’s yoga program. Join our meditation program as we journey thru a variety of topics and practices. This practice will help you explore the sacred teachings of Patanjali and The Bhagavad Gita, to modern contemporaries of Deepak Choprka and Rolf Gates. Discussion and exploration of the chakra system, solar and lunar events and discovery of the benefits of Yoga Nidra. The program helps students to explore mantra chanting and hand mudras to deepen their mediation practices

 

 

Meditation and Sound Bath

For thousands of years, sound has been used to ease anxiety and promote a sense of well being.  This class will use the vibrations and tones of crystal singing bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, an ocean drum, a gong, chimes and other various instruments to deepen the meditation practice.

 

 

Private Instruction

Yoga techniques were traditionally passed down directly from teacher to student. The content of each lesson is completely tailored to your individual needs. Private lessons are appropriate for all levels of practice.

 

It's also a great option for those who:

  • Have demanding work or home schedules

  • Find it difficult to focus in group classes

  • Are recovering from injury

 

Private lessons are an excellent means to take your yoga practice to the next level!

 

 

CLICK HERE for a description of class levels.