OUR BASICS classes at Solfire, like our ALL LEVELS classes, will inspire and empower you! BASICS doesn’t mean EASY and classes are designed to challenge you and make you sweat. Sequences in a BASICS class are designed to link breath with movement in an accessible way and you will move on pace with the teacher’s unique style, rhythm, and selection of music. This may include longer holds in the beginning followed by continuous movement. Many teachers include added core and mobility work to balance and strengthen the body. The use of blocks and straps for support is encouraged in ALL Solfire classes, including BASICS!
How is BASICS different than ALL LEVELS? Here’s the breakdown!
- The heat is set lower in a BASICS class than in an ALL LEVELS (between 85-92 degrees).
- Additional modifications and simple alignment cues may be offered in BASICS classes, and classes include a breakdown of chaturanga and baby cobra for newer yoga friends who may be starting out in their practice.
- All BASICS classes include moving through a series of poses to warm the body and build confidence in linking one breath with one movement.
OUR ALL LEVELS classes will inspire, challenge and empower you! Teachers bring their own unique style to each of these classes so they will vary in pace, focus and music. With heat set between 92- 99 degrees, these energetic vinyasa classes will make you sweat! Classes include sequences which synchronize breath with movement to create balance in the body, and build strength and flexibility. Expect each class to start in seated meditation and move through a flowy SUN A to build internal heat and help you link breath to movement. Many teachers include added core and mobility work sections in their class and modifications of more challenging poses will always be offered. All classes encourage you to connect to mind, body, and spirit in a sweaty, heart centered, playful, compassionate way. So work at your own pace, challenge yourself, and remember to BREATHE! ALL LEVELS means ALL YOGIS are welcome!
OUR POWER FLOW classes will inspire, challenge and empower you! Teachers bring their own unique style to each of these classes so they will vary in pace, focus and music. This class offers dynamic movement that takes it up a notch from our all-levels classes. Arm balancing and upside-down play is encouraged alongside active core and mobility work. This class is designed to get you to your “flow state,” a moving meditation. Don’t feel up for side crow, firefly, or forearm stand but know how to make your modification? This class works for you too! All classes encourage you to connect to mind, body, and spirit—in a sweaty, heart centered, playful, compassionate way. So work at your own pace, challenge yourself, and remember to BREATHE!
Yin Yoga is a challenging class in a different way, and the perfect complement to the movement and flow of a Power Vinyasa class. Yin targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a power vinyasa (yang) class. Poses target the hips, pelvis, and lower spine and postures are held anywhere from one to ten minutes. Yin and yang tissues respond quite differently to being exercised and it’s best to experience a class to really know what Yin Yoga is all about. After you have tried it, even just once, you will realize the benefits and see that Vinyasa flow is really only “half” of your practice. Please note: Yin Yoga is not restorative yoga. Like all yoga practices, if the tissues you are targeting for exercise are damaged or injured, please give yourself a chance to heal before resuming your regular practice.
A shorter, non-heated flow that releases tension throughout the entire body and mind. The class combines a warming sun salutation sequence, with a yin class and lots of time in pigeon pose, and space to move, breath and feel in various yin poses.
RESTORATIVE AND YOGA NIDRA REMIX
This restorative class is a perfect complement to the power vinyasa practice. Through the power of stillness, your mind and body will relax deeply into restorative postures and release muscular tightness and emotional tension. This class will be rotated between two instructors who will include a remix and blend of restorative yoga, breath awareness (pranayama), and mindful and somatic movement. Start your week with the power of relaxation. Rest. Restore. Rebalance. Revitalize.
Kundalini Yoga allows power vinyasa yogis to take their breath and moving meditation to a deeper level. Called the “Yoga of Awareness”, Kundalini Yoga is taught in set “kriyas” which are series of dynamic and static exercises using asansas (postures), pranayama (breath), mudras (gestures), bandhas (body locks), and mantra (chanting). Kundalini Yoga kriyas and meditations use visualization, projection and focus to attain specific effects in the physical, mental and emotional body. This is a practice that uplifts and empowers, and can bring you to a state of bliss. A regular practice of kriyas and mantra allows you to strengthen the nervous system, balance the glandular system, cleanse your magnetic field, balance the chakras, and awaken your inner essence.
ALL LEVELS FOUNDATIONS
Anything of substance we hope to create and build must first rest upon a solid foundation. Whether you are just beginning to lay your foundation in your yoga practice or you are in the process of building upon your existing one, this new ALL LEVELS class format is designed to support your physical practice and to encourage more body awareness, personal development and growth. Each class will devote attention to the foundations of yoga beyond what may be offered in our other BASICS and ALL LEVELS classes. Students will develop ujjayi pranayama and link breath to movement with specific instruction for alignment, modifications and strength-based exercises to help you build and grow in your physical practice.
Classes will be themed around the YAMAS AND NIYAMAS, the first two limbs in the 8 Limb Path of Yoga. Whether you are brand new to yoga or seek options to build upon your existing foundation, plenty of opportunity will be provided for all levels of practitioners to dive deeper into their own awareness, to move, to breathe, and to grow!
Yoga for Recovery (low heat)
This donation-based yoga class is hosted at Solfire Yoga on Friday nights at 7PM. Participants read from spiritual texts, share their experience, strength and hope, and practice yoga. Addiction comes in many forms and this class supports all types of addiction recovery, so please feel free to drop in to check out the class anytime. All are welcome!