Class Descriptions

Help yourself to one of our yoga mats to use for free for your class. In return, please clean your mat after class, as instructed by your teacher. We also have a large variety of props, including blocks, blankets, bolsters, yoga balls,  and more, to help you explore accessibility and expand your limits.
Use the props feely and explore what you are capable of!

Iyengar Yoga Level 2  with Julia DeHoff
For students with Iyengar experience. Pre-registration required.
To register, please call Julia at (850) 284-7286.
Sundays  10:00–11:30 a.m.

Iyengar Yoga Level 2 is for students with previous Iyengar experience. All students work on Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Balance), and Salamba Sirsasana (Headstand) as they are ready. More backbends are included in this class. 
Pre-registration required (only for this class). Please call Julia at (850) 284-7286 to register. 

Yoga Basics with Jen Gensits
Sundays  10:00–11:15 a.m.

This class will introduce you to the mental and physical practice of yoga. Each class offers instruction in foundational yoga postures and basic yogic breathing practices—how to do them, and their purposes and benefits. You will be guided to appreciate your potential, and to accept your limitations, as you develop body awareness, strength, flexibility, and balance. Props and modifications are provided and encouraged. Classes begin with centering and warm-up, progress through seated and standing postures, and conclude with relaxation (savasana) to rejuvenate the mind and balance the nervous system. As classes are not sequential, students are free either to drop in as fits their schedule, or choose to attend more regularly. Yoga Basics is geared towards beginners and also welcomes more experienced practitioners of all levels. 

Sunday Slow Down with Gretchen Hein
Sundays  4:30–6:00 p.m.

Wind down from your weekend with a mindful practice of gentle stretching and simple pranayama. With this opportunity to relax and experience the peace, joy, and overall sense of well-being that comes through the practice of yoga, you can prepare to start the new week with focus, calm, and clarity. In this class, yoga practitioners of all levels—including beginners—will benefit from taking the time to cultivate self-compassion and awareness. This gentle class is suitable for all levels of students, and beginners are welcome.

Yoga for Empowerment and Strength with Ellen Shapiro
Mondays  8:00–9:15 a.m.

YES! to build strength, empower ourselves with confidence, and develop self-acceptance from the inside out. Many of the postures will be familiar to those with basic yoga experience. You can also expect some more challenging postures, taught in steps so that each student can participate at their own level. Postures are taught with clear instructions on both the how-to and the purpose of the movements, so that students can work and progress at their own pace, honoring personal strengths and limitations. Props and modifications are provided and encouraged. All sequences include a focus on alignment and breath. The class flows at a moderate pace, and the room is not heated. This moderate level class is suitable for all levels of students. Beginners and more experienced practitioners are welcome. This class also explicitly welcomes people of all sizes, shapes, orientations, and genders, and any others who may not feel comfortable in typical yoga classes. Come be yourself while your transform yourself! Please be sure to hydrate before class.

Svaroopa® Yoga with  Cindy Rust
Mondays  10:00–11:30 a.m.

NEW!!  Svaroopa® Yoga is a gentle style that is generally accessible to everyone. We welcome Cindy, a certified teacher in this tradition! We are grateful to her for offering yet another iteration of the many paths of yoga, and we hope you will check out her class. In Svaroopa® Yoga the body is supported as needed (mostly with folded blankets) in the yoga poses. With this support, the muscles do not need to strain to maintain the postures. Deep tensions are released, freeing the muscles to get on with their ordinary work of moving the bones. The 90-minute classes begin and end with Shavasana, yoga's relaxation pose. Afterward, the body may feel refreshed, stronger and more flexible. Come try it!

Dynamic and Alive with Gretchen Hein
Mondays  5:30–7:00 p.m.

Designed to explore the territory where body, mind, and spirit meet physically, emotionally and spiritually. This class uses the traditional principles of hatha yoga in dynamic sequences to cultivate flexibility, strength, and balance which then lead to a sense of freedom, peace, and equanimity. Through the use of relaxation, movement, breathing, meditation and deep rest, students attune to their inner landscape and the deeper layers of their body. Postures are taught in a sequential, step-by-step manner. Variations and props are offered. This gentle/moderate class is suitable for all levels of students. Beginners and more experienced practitioners are welcome! 

Yoga for Balance and Stability with Charlene Cappellini
Tuesdays  9:30–11 a.m.

This class offers instruction in gentle movements and postures that help align, strengthen, and balance the body, as well as an exploration of ways to ensure balance in all aspects of our lives. On the last Tuesday of each month, the class becomes a posture clinic which focuses on several Viniyoga asanas in depth, including the best individual adaptation for each student. Designed especially for baby boomers, seniors, and those who wish to cultivate stability and balance in body, mind, and spirit. This gentle class is suitable for all levels of students, and beginners are welcome.

Baby Me Yoga with Lisa Wixted
Ages newborn - 12 months
Tuesdays 11:00–11:45 a.m.

Classes are designed for newborns to 12-months old, with an accompanying adult. Moms, dads, grandparents, and caretakers bond with little one(s) while doing yoga poses, songs, and baby massage. Our Mommy Me Yoga Certified Instructor will ensure appropriate poses for new moms to help them reconnect with their postpartum bodies, avoid overstretching, and minimize diastasis recti. Adults will Increase flexibility, strength, and balance while building community with other parents and caretakers. No prior yoga experience necessary.

Lunchtime Yoga with Marney Richards
Tuesdays  12:00–1:00 p.m.

Lunchtime yoga is a great way to release tension and revitalize the mind and body. This moderate class will focus on warming up the body, holding poses to build strength and energy, and working with the breath to develop focus and invigorate the practice. Each class will end with a brief relaxation period to renew the body, calm and refresh the mind. Classes are moderate and clothing just needs to be comfortable with the ability to stretch. A good break to help you enjoy the rest of your day with better energy, focus and outlook. This gentle/moderate class is suitable for all levels of students. Beginners and more experienced practitioners are welcome!

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan with Jasbir Kaur Khalsa
Tuesdays  5:30–7:00 p.m.

A multidimensional class that brings together postures, breath (pranayama), chanting (mantra), hand postures (mudra), eye focus (drishti), body locks (bandha) and meditation to stimulate the physical, energetic, and mental bodies, and spirit into a unified, balanced whole. Kundalini Yoga is designed to awaken you to your fullest potential. It is intended to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, harness the creative energy of the mind and control the emotions. This moderate class is suitable for all levels of students. Beginners and more experienced practitioners are welcome!

Prenatal Yoga with Gretchen Hein
Tuesdays  6:00–7:30 p.m.

What better time to practice yoga, which invites us to explore and marvel at the mystery and wisdom of the body and the unique life that has been given to us than during pregnancy! This class offers modifications from a regular practice based on the many changes and needs of the body during pregnancy. We carefully guide you to explore your body while being careful to prevent overstretching and other common vulnerabilities of pregnancy. As your pregnancy progresses and profound changes occur in your body/mind, yoga can help you to stay present, adapt, and appreciate your full experience. Yoga practice may also help relieve some of the physical problems that can occur during pregnancy, such as low back strain. Strengthening your capacity for mindful awareness, concentration, and staying centered will help you prepare for labor and delivery. This gentle/moderate class is suitable for all levels of students. Beginners and more experienced practitioners are welcome. Please consult with your healthcare practitioner about yoga practice before attending class.

Energy Flow with Ellen Shapiro
Wednesdays  8:30–10:00 a.m.

This class includes postures and yoga breathing that will help you develop flexibility, balance, and strength. Sequences vary each week and typically include floor and standing poses, as well as core strengthening, all with attention to breath and body awareness. Postures are taught in a progression, allowing all students to find a base of ease and comfort, and from there only if desired to work towards more challenge. Clear instructions for modifying and adapting poses to make them work for different bodies are offered. Ellen delights in helping students find creative ways to expand their possibilities in yoga. Emphasis is on moving with self-awareness and self-acceptance, and blending the energies of body, mind, and spirit. This moderate class is suitable for all levels of students. Beginners and more experienced practitioners are welcome.

Iyengar Yoga with Julia DeHoff
Wednesdays  12:00–1:00 p.m.

Students of Iyengar Yoga begin with basic postures, with an emphasis on the standing asanas (poses). Then other asanas are added, including forward bends and back bends, twists, inversions and restorative poses. Shoulder Balance is introduced as soon as students are ready because of its many therapeutic benefits. Each class ends with Savasana, or deep relaxation, where students learn to rest in a profound way, completely releasing the body while drawing the mind towards the peace within. This gentle/moderate class is suitable for all levels of students. Beginners and more experienced practitioners are welcome.

Gentle Yoga with Charlene Cappellini
Wednesdays  5:30–7:00 p.m.

Gentle Yoga classes combine both Viniyoga and Kripalu yoga traditions, using an organic approach that encourages you to honor the wisdom of your own body and unique individual needs. Each class offers instruction on using postures, breath, and focus to develop core stability, to increase strength and endurance, to support the spine, and to improve alignment. We learn breathing techniques that not only support the postures, but also reduce stress and promote respiratory and spinal health. Each class ends with a deep, meditative relaxation. This gentle class is suitable for all levels of students, and beginners are welcome.

Charlene periodically offers Restorative Yoga instead of Gentle Yoga. This type of yoga offers students a way to deeply relax their bodies, no matter what their physical ability. Restorative Yoga is especially helpful to anyone recovering from an injury, illness, or major life stress, or anyone who is in need of deep physical relaxation and restoration.

Open Flow with Eshiva Jensen
Wednesdays  5:30–7:00 p.m.

Open Flow is a mixed-level class that spans the spectrum from slower to more active. The energetic end includes sun salutations with more active, flowing posture sequences while the low-key end offers a more yin approach, focusing on holding simple postures for a longer time while letting the body sink into the stretch. All sequences include a focus on alignment and breath. This moderate class is suitable for all levels of students. Beginners and more experienced practitioners are welcome.

Energy Flow with Ellen Shapiro
Wednesdays  7:15–8:45 p.m.

This class includes postures and yoga breathing that will help you develop flexibility, balance, and strength. Sequences vary each week and typically include floor and standing poses, as well as core strengthening, all with ongoing attention to breath and body awareness. Postures are taught in a progression, allowing all students to find a base of ease and comfort, and from there only if desired to work towards more challenge. Clear instructions for modifying and adapting poses to make them work for different bodies are offered and encouraged. Ellen delights in helping students find creative ways to expand their possibilities in yoga. Emphasis is on moving with self-awareness and self-acceptance, and blending the energies of body, mind, and spirit. This moderate class is suitable for all levels of students. Beginners and more experienced practitioners are welcome.

Gentle Yoga with Charlene Cappellini
Thursdays  9:30–11:00 a.m.

Gentle Yoga classes combine both Viniyoga and Kripalu yoga traditions, using an organic approach that encourages you to honor the wisdom of your own body and unique individual needs. Each class offers instruction on using postures, breath, and focus to develop core stability, to increase strength and endurance, to support the spine, and to improve alignment. We learn breathing techniques that not only support the postures, but also reduce stress and promote respiratory and spinal health. Each class ends with a deep, meditative relaxation. This gentle class is suitable for all levels of students, and beginners are welcome.

Toddler Me Yoga with Lisa Wixted
Ages 13 months - 4 yrs
Thursdays  11:15–12 noon

Classes are designed for kids aged 13 months to 4 years with an accompanying adult. Dads, moms, grandparents, and caretakers bond with their little ones during our theme-based classes. Fun breathing activities introduce little ones to breath awareness. Poses increase flexibility, strength, and balance. In some movements, toddlers and their adults partner together to create the pose, while in others, they mirror each other while doing the same pose side-by-side. Kid-friendly props, songs, and American Sign Language are incorporated into each class. No prior yoga experience necessary.

Lunchtime Yoga with Marney Richards
Thursdays  12:00–1:00 p.m.

Lunchtime yoga is a great way to release tension and revitalize the mind and body. This class will focus on warming up the body, holding poses to build strength and energy, and working with the breath to develop focus and invigorate the practice. Each class will end with a brief relaxation period to renew the body, calm and refresh the mind. Classes are moderate and clothing just needs to be comfortable with the ability to stretch. A good break to help you enjoy the rest of your day with better energy, focus, and outlook. This gentle/moderate class is suitable for all levels of students. Beginners and more experienced practitioners are welcome.

Power Vinyasa Flow with Donna Diaz
Thursdays  6:00–7:15 p.m.

A dynamic Vinyasa flow class that combines traditional and creative yoga poses to build stamina, strength, and flexibility. After a series of warm-ups, we move to several rounds of Sun Salutations, and then to a flowing standing series, which moves at a good pace and will vary each class. More advanced variations are offered, as are modifications. Class may include core work, back-bending, and hip-opening poses as well. Connect and energize your body, mind, and soul! This moderate/advanced class is best suited for those who are physically active and/or have some yoga experience. Beginners and more experienced practitioners are welcome.

Iyengar Yoga Basics with Julia DeHoff
Thursdays  5:30–6:30 p.m.

Designed for those who are new to Iyengar Yoga, or have never taken a yoga class. In six weeks we cover Iyengar style basic yoga poses, to bring the body into alignment, developing flexibility while building strength and stamina. Each class ends with a period of deep relaxation. The class may be repeated, or after completing the six weeks, students are ready to move to a Level 1 class. This gentle/moderate class is suitable for all levels of practitioners, and beginners are welcome.

Iyengar Yoga Level 1 with Julia DeHoff
Thursdays  7:00–8:30 p.m.

Students of Iyengar Yoga begin with basic postures, with an emphasis on the standing asanas (poses). Then other asanas are added, including forward bends and back bends, twists, inversions and restorative poses. Shoulder Balance is introduced as soon as students are ready because of its many therapeutic benefits. Each class ends with Savasana, or deep relaxation, where students learn to rest in a profound way, completely releasing the body while drawing the mind towards the peace within. This gentle/moderate class is suitable for all levels of practitioners.

Viniyoga for Stress Relief with Deb Hale
Fridays  8:30–10:00 a.m.

Viniyoga, which is largely the approach in this class, is wellness-based and uses breath as a way of relieving stress and guiding students to their fullest expression of each posture. This class follows a flow sequence beginning with a meditation of body awareness, and then stretching the overall spine, progressing to more specific focus on the lower back, psoas, hips, sacrum, neck, and shoulders. Movements are usually slow and stretches are therapeutic and deep. Breath sequences are used both to calm and energize the body. Adaptations are offered so that everyone can benefit from the same movement according to their individual structure. This gentle/moderate class is suitable for all levels of practitioners, and beginners are welcome.

Fire Breath and Flow with Eshiva Jensen
Fridays  10:00–11:30 a.m.

Moderate to advanced level class with creative sequencing, sun salutations, strength and balance postures, and breath work. All sequences include a focus on alignment and breath. This moderate/advanced class is best suited for those who are physically active and/or have some yoga experience. Beginners and more experienced practitioners are welcome.

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan with Jasbir Kaur Khalsa
Fridays  5:30–7:00 p.m.

A multidimensional class that brings together postures, breath (pranayama), chanting (mantra), hand postures (mudra), eye focus (drishti), body locks (bandha) and meditation to stimulate the physical, energetic, and mental bodies, and spirit into a unified, balanced whole. Kundalini Yoga is designed to awaken you to your fullest potential. It is intended to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, harness the creative energy of the mind and control the emotions. This moderate class is suitable for all levels of students. Beginners and more experienced practitioners are welcome.

Free Community Yoga Class with Namasté teachers
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Fridays  5:30–6:30 p.m., with optional additional 15 minutes of live gong sound healing

Namasté Yoga offers this donation class as a gift to our community every Friday. The yoga class goes from 5:30–6:30 p.m. and then Jasbir Kaur plays the gong for an additional 15-20 minutes. We signal the end of the class at 6:30 for those who need to leave, but we encourage everyone to stay for the additional gong experience.

Community Yoga is open to everyone—those new to yoga, as well as current Namasté and other yoga students. All community yoga classes are taught at a gentle level in order to be accessible to all. If you’ve been curious about a particular style of yoga, our community class offers you an easy way to experience something new. You will have an opportunity to experience a different teacher each week, teaching her particular style of yoga. This gentle/beginner level class is suitable for all levels of students.

We hope you will join us, and simply donate whatever amount you can, or accept the class as a gift. All donations for the class will go to the Refuge House, a local organization that provides direct services to battered women, their children and sexual assault survivors, as well as works to eliminate the conditions in society that allow such violence to continue.

Seva is a Sanskrit word meaning “selfless service,” a core tenet of yoga and part of Namasté’s vision to support and contribute to our community in a positive way. This class is part of Namasté’s seva, reminding us of our multiple levels of connection to others. It is a spiritual practice that expands the hearts of the giver and receiver.
Please spread the word about the class!

Family Bedtime Yoga with Lisa Wixted
Ages 4 and older
Fridays  7–7:45 p.m.

Incorporating yoga into the bedtime routine helps young ones learn to calm and center themselves while preparing for a good night’s sleep. While specifically designed for kids, the class is geared for the enjoyment of kids, teens, and adults. Adults model mindfulness and movement, bond with young ones, and enjoy time to slow down. Class begins with breath awareness to teach kids how to use breathing to relax, focus, and reduce frustrations. Warm-ups lead to more active flows to increase flexibility, coordination, balance, and strength. Shifting into relaxing poses, class ends with relaxation/savasana using studio props and may include guided imagery to help participants fall asleep faster and have a better night’s sleep. Adults must stay in the studio and are encouraged to participate in class. Discounts are available for accompanying adult(s) and children of any age. 

Hot Power Flow with Ellen Shapiro
Saturdays  9:00–10:30 a.m. with optional additional 15 minutes of extended relaxation/meditation

Connect and energize your body, mind, and spirit with this dynamic and powerful yoga flow! We move through a series of warm-ups, followed by various creative flowing sequences that are different each class, and typically include core work, back-bending, and hip-opening poses. More advanced postures and variations are offered, along with clear instructions for modifying and adapting poses to make them work for different bodies. The room is heated to around 90°, high enough to induce beneficial sweating, cleansing, and release of endorphins without inducing stress on the body. The pace is moderate, and we focus on increasing endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility while remaining connected to breath and body awareness with mindful attention.

Class concludes with deep relaxation, in savasana. Students then have the option of ending their practice, or of staying for an additional 15 minutes of savasana/meditation/relaxation. This extended rest, following the vigorous practice, supports a depth of relaxation and release which is often very healing. This moderate/advanced class is best suited for those who are physically active and/or have some yoga experience. Beginners and more advanced practitioners are welcome. Be sure to hydrate well before class.