Our classes are located at the Town Hall Basement at 507 Maroon Ave., Crested Butte, CO
Mats, Blocks, Blankets & Straps provided and FREE to use during any class
VINYASA FLOW: Align the natural movement of your body with your breath. Vinyasa flow naturally aligns the body by incorporating a gentle warm up, core strengthening and as you begin to connect breath with movement you will build a seamless flow from one pose to the next. All levels welcome.
RESTORATIVE YIN YOGA NIDRA: A popular class for those wishing to restore mind, body and spirit. The entire practice is on the floor utilizing gravity as the main prop to help ground the mind and bring breath to the entire physical body. The practice ends with a 25 minute guided Savasana called Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep!)
LUNCH BREAK YOGA: Variety of styles offered throughout the week ranging from Yoga for Athletes, Power Yoga to Hatha Yoga and Gentle Yoga. Please check the current schedule for the day's class. All classes are designed to restore the mind and body. This one-hour class is a great way to break up a busy day on the mountain, at school or work. All levels welcome.
BUTI YOGA -Soulful blend of Power Yoga, cardio-intensive tribal dance, conditioning and deep abdominal toning. This all-in-one workout tones and sculpts the entire body while facilitating complete inner transformation.
FORREST YOGA: This exciting class will help you stretch out, strengthen, and romance with your Spirit. Done in a warmer room to help cleanse the skin as well as our mind, body, and Spirit. Every class is different from flow to long standing pose series. Each class will include breath work, core work and meditation/ceremony. Come and connect to your whole true self. All levels welcome
GENTAL RESTORE & RENEW: Restorative & healing poses for all students: those with health concerns & older beginners. Alleviate stress, open your heart, enrich your life and cultivate mindfulness. Bring an inquisitive fun attitude & ask LOTS of questions.
Dharma Punx Meditation: Donation - We will practice and explore the dharma (Buddhist philosophy), meditation skills, and create community at each sit. Any and all welcome. The approach to meditation practice we will be aligning with is roughly summed up in the following quote: “Ancient Buddhisttradition has used meditation to rebel against greed, hatred, and delusion. Buddha referred to his own path as patisotaogami, meaning “against the stream.” Meditation is the internal training as we go “against the stream” on our path toward transformation of the world around us. The spiritual revolution takes place both internally and externally, leading to ethical conduct on a personal level and in our engagement with the world. Freedom from suffering is the goal, creating positive change in the world is the outcome. “He (the Buddha) basically said that the true seeker was a rebel and that spiritual practice is the highest form of anti-establishment rebellion.” Noah Levine
Body Prayer Vinyasa: a graceful, deep vinyasa flow designed to enliven your mind/heart, body, soul, spirit, and whatever else you have, in a ritual of movement, sweat, intention, breath and love. The underlying theme is self-appreciation and activation of the eros/agape cycle of connection with Source.
Restorative Yoga : a long, slow, langourous practice combining restorative, yin, and somatic practices. A good class to practice intention setting (sankalpa). This is the effortless letting-go side of practice, using lots of props – deeply restorative for the nervous system. CTFO.
Nightynight Yoga for Insomniacs: the melt and float class. A gentle practice with lots of deep breathing, gentle stretching and tension release. Take the sleeping meds AFTER class so I don’t have to peel you off the floor ..thank you.
KUNDALINI - Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is the yoga of awareness - self-awareness. It is for all levels and all abilities. Kundalini is an ancient technology that elevates energy and enables one to feel happy, healthy and holy. Kundalini yoga is an experience of movement, breathe work, mantras - chanting and mudras. Come with an open mind and experience your true self - Sat nam
PRANAYAMA & MEDITATION: This is an opportunity to explore the breath and allow it to guide you into a more spacious and calm presence. Discover how a more spacious and calm presence provides more room in which the tensions and stresses of our lives can exist. All levels welcome. DONATION ONLY.
FREESTYLE FLOW: This Vinyasa based class is design to keep your mind and body in tune through practicing joint mobility, core strengthening, balance and breath. As the class builds we move into a moving mediation set to music which is designed to improve our physical and mental health. Music and Movement based therapies have been proven to boost ones physical, mental, social, and spiritual self. All levels encouraged!
A Deeper understanding of HATHA Yoga
In the west, the most common form of Yoga practiced is asana, or physical postures. Asana is part of a deeper system that is Ha-tha Yoga. Any Yoga practice that uses asana, Pranayama, bandha and mudra is rooted in Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga has it's roots in Tantra. Literally, "Ha" means sun and refers to the solar energy or the masculine principle. "Tha" is the moon, the lunar channel or the feminine principle. Hatha Yoga is commonly translated as the Yoga of the sun and moon or the Yoga that brings union "of the pairs of opposites." Sometimes Hatha Yoga is also translated as the "forceful Yoga," because is seems to require the most physical exercises of all Yoga types.
Hatha Yoga brings health and energy to the body and mind by opening the nadis (life channels, meridians) by first concentrating the practices of asanas (postures, poses) and Pranayama (breath control) to energize the subtle channels (nadis). The objective of Hatha Yoga is to remove the blockages in the channels to address the further steps of Pratyahara (sense-withdrawal), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (oneness). In many Hatha Yoga schools, these further steps are seen as part of Hatha Yoga, the mere mastering of postures is not the objective in itself. Haha Yoga is concerned with Self-Realization or the awakening of Divine Consciousness, "to forcefully remove the blockages to the Divine."
The exercise of Pranayama (breath control, literally "extending life force") in Hatha Yoga is essential to master one's breathing patterns. Mastery of the breath will give control over the mind and regulate the flow of prank, or life force, in the body. In certain Pranayama exercises (i.e. Nadi Shodhana) the flow of breath in the nostrils alternates. This balances the two hemispheres of the brain, which is one of the main objectives of Pranayama. Also, Pranayama is said to activate the Kundalini energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine. This leads to Samadhi, or "Cosmic Consciousness."