Yoga Class Descriptions – Saratoga Springs, NY


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To determine which of the classes offered is suitable for you, I will explain the yoga experience as a progression of levels starting with:

Beginners: Little to no experience on a regular basis: 1) in a class environment 2) with specific movements related to a yoga practice 3) knowledge of strength training 4)  knowledge of stretching the muscles. As a beginner you may already participate in other movement oriented practices that mitigates your experience.

Level 1 students usually have had some formal training such as a beginners yoga series, and attend a regular weekly practice for a least 6 months. They are knowledgeable about basic Hatha yoga poses to increase strength and flexibility.

Level 2 students have had a regular weekly practice for at least 2 years. Who understand the basic Hatha yoga postures and have the ability to go deeper into each pose while strengthening and finding flexibility in their muscle and joints.

Level 3 students  have had a regular weekly practice for a minimum of 5 years with a deeper understanding of Hatha yoga poses with a noticeable increase in strength and flexibility.

Level 4 students have a regular daily practice for 10 years or more.  They have experienced many different styles of yoga that have challenged mind and body. Level 4 practitioners have attained a level of strength and flexibility commensurate with their experience. This experience has allowed the exploration of more difficult or challenging poses that they are able to hold for many breaths.

Class Descriptions

Reconnect Mind & Body for Private Students

I will guide you beyond the normal movement range to touch and work each joint gently, including fingers and toes. Standing postures to ground and feel the earth through your feet. Seated postures that relieve the stress on your sacrum, open the shoulders then move into the rib cage creating space for the breath. Down dog to activate and warm the back body plus strengthen the spine and bring gentle attention to the hamstrings.

Taught by Susan Cuda

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Functional Yoga for Private students

We focus on a movement practice that illuminates our long held habits and allows us to experience our movement restrictions. With that awareness we can begin again by moving to correct the habits that no longer serve us. Just noticing what doesn’t work is half the issue. Working with our abdominal muscles we create core strength from the feet up to the head. We get comfortable sitting on blocks and that places less stress on our sacrum while we diaphragmatic breathing. We move to standing postures to challenge our balance and strength. And we finish the class with a restorative pose.


Taught by Susan Cuda