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

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.

Baby & Toddler Me Yoga with Lisa Wixted
Ages newborn - 3 years
Sundays 2:00–2:45 p.m.
Class will meet: 10/21, 11/11, 12/16

Classes are designed for newborn - 3 years old with an accompanying adult. Moms, Dads, grandparents, and caretakers bond with little one(s) while increasing flexibility, strength, and balance. Class incorporates little one(s) into yoga poses and may include songs and American Sign Language. Our certified Mommy Me Yoga teacher will ensure appropriate poses for new moms to reconnect them to their postpartum bodies. No prior yoga experience is necessary. 

Sunday Slow Down Yoga 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 Strength with Ellen Shapiro
Mondays  8:00–9:15 a.m.

Increase strength, flexibility, and balance and empower yourself with self-acceptance and confidence. The focus is on building strength with low impact movements, using our own body weight. We incorporate breath awareness and careful attention to alignment to increase concentration and energy. Postures are taught in steps with clear instructions on both the how-to and the purpose of the movements, allowing students to progress at their own pace. Props and modifications are provided and encouraged.

Please be sure to hydrate and eat lightly or not at all before class. Room is not heated. This moderate level class is suitable for all levels of students. Beginners and more experienced practitioners are welcome.

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

Svaroopa® Yoga is generally accessible to everyone regardless of fitness level. This very gentle style of yoga focuses on decompressing the spine by releasing deep spinal tensions. The student is supported in the poses, whether seated, standing, or lying down, so the body does not strain to hold a pose and the muscles can relax. Each pose creates specific angles in the body to reach specific core muscles around the spine. Once spinal tensions are released, the student may feel an increase in physical, emotional, and other capacities. Svaroopa is a Sanskrit word that means “the bliss of your own being.” Students who practice Svaroopa® Yoga often discover new spiritual depths within themselves and find that serenity and meditative practices come more easily. Class begins and ends in Savasana, yoga's relaxation pose. This gentle class is suitable for all levels of students and beginners are welcome.
SVAROOPA is a registered service mark of SVA used under license.

Dynamic and Alive Yoga 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 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. We also explore ways to ensure balance in all aspects of our lives, including breathing techniques, meditation, and other tools of yoga. 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!

Slow Flow Basics with Lisa Wixted
Tuesdays  1:15–2:15 p.m.

Slow Flow guides you through various yoga flows at a slower pace so you can feel the poses in your body without feeling rushed into the next pose and breath. Conscious breathing through transitions creates a smoother flow between poses. Holding poses ensures proper alignment and encourages connection to breath while building strength, balance, and flexibility. 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.

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

Designed to help you increase flexibility, balance, and strength in the body, and self-awareness and self-acceptance within. Emphasis is on conscious breathing and mindful movement while paying careful attention to alignment details. This process will help you experience more aliveness and energy and experience more mind/body integration. Posture flows vary each class. Postures are taught in steps with clear instructions, allowing students to find a base of safety and ease and progress at their own pace. Suggestions for modifying and adapting poses to make them accessible for different bodies are offered. 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.

Meditation with Ellen Shapiro
Wednesdays  5:30–6:15 p.m.

Learn and practice simple meditation techniques to help calm the mind and develop inner peace. Along the way, you may notice you feel more compassion for yourself and others, as you tap into your natural wisdom and strengthen your ability to respond instead of react. Each class will focus on a particular meditation technique or tradition, drawn from various sources, including mindfulness meditation, yogic meditation, breathing for energy awareness meditation, guided visualization, and more. This class does not include yoga postures or movements, and we will primarily be seated, either on the floor or in chairs (provided). Guided instruction will be offered. No prior experience is necessary. This class is suitable for all levels of students and beginners are welcome.

Yoga Energy Flow with Ellen Shapiro
Wednesdays  6:30–8:00 p.m.

Designed to help you increase flexibility, balance, and strength in the body, and self-awareness and self-acceptance within. Emphasis is on conscious breathing and mindful movement while paying careful attention to alignment details. This process will help you experience more aliveness and energy and experience more mind/body integration. Posture flows vary each class. Postures are taught in steps with clear instructions, allowing students to find a base of safety and ease and progress at their own pace. Suggestions for modifying and adapting poses to make them accessible for different bodies are offered. 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 asanas (postures and movement), 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.

Yin Yoga with Lisa Wixted
Thursdays  1:15–2:15 p.m.

Yin Yoga targets the deep connective tissues of ligaments, bones, and joints in the lower parts of the body, such as the lower spine, hips, pelvis, thighs, and knees. Yin is a grounding practice in which seated or reclining poses are held 3-5 minutes, supported with props, allowing the tissues to relax and release tension. The quiet environment offers the opportunity for mindfulness and reflection to help reduce stress in the body and mind. Props and modifications are offered and encouraged to make the class accessible to all levels of students. This gentle class is suitable for all levels of students and beginners are welcome.

NEW CLASS! Yoga for Inner Quiet with Jen Gensits
Thursdays  6:00–7:30 p.m.

The purpose of this gentle-to-moderate class is to cultivate a quality of inner quiet in the mind by way of the body. Class consists of centering, postures, breath work, deep relaxation, and brief meditation. Centering allows us to become present and fully enter the practice. Postures are sequenced to enliven and strengthen the body while steadying the mind. Yogic breath practices cleanse and balance your energy. Class culminates in a soothing guided relaxation, which releases deeply held emotional and physical tension, calms the nervous system and reduces the effects of stress and anxiety. A brief seated meditation integrates your experience of stillness so that you can carry a sense of ease and inner quiet into your daily life. This gentle/moderate class is suitable for all levels of students. Beginners and more experienced practitioners 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 students. 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.
Class will meet: 2018: 10/5, 11/9, 12/7  2019: 1/11, 2/1, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3

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 flowing sequences that are different in 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 with mindful awareness.

Class concludes with deep relaxation/savasana. Following savasana, students have the option to end their practice or to stay 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 and restorative. 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.