Yoga Class Descriptions – Saratoga Springs, NY
At Namaste Yoga of Saratoga, we offer a variety of yoga classes for both newcomers and experienced students. Browse our classes below for more details. If you find a class you like, you can find out how to book it here.
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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.
Wednesday 9:30 -11:00 am. Susan Cuda
In this 90 minute Ayurveda Yoga Practice we begin with a gentle seated flow to warm our muscles and lubricate our joints This practice invites longer pose holds that gently break up the density in the body and allows the Prana (our life force) to move and activate our the subtle energy system. Longer gentle pose holds allow the muscles to begin to truly relax and your breath to deepen. With greater muscle flexibility and elasticity, the Prana can begin to move and help break up the subtle mental, emotional and energetic blocks in the body.
Hatha Flow with Matt
Matt’s Monday class is a challenging yet doable flow, taking the best of the traditional Hatha yoga poses and blending them to help you increase strength, flexibility and stamina. He is an excellent experienced teacher who guides you to take full advantage of each pose which includes hands on adjustments.
Hatha Flow with Susan (Tues)
Tuesday 6:00 pm class is offered to level 1 & 2 to build strength and flexibility practicing the basic Hatha yoga poses. We begin with grounding and centering meditation and flow to Pranayama ( is the formal practice of controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana, or vital life force ). We warm the shoulders, spine and hips and move into a light sweat inducing flow beginning with a sun salutation followed by traditional and non-traditional standing and seated poses. Most poses are held for 5 full breaths, thus allowing the body to relax and receive the benefits of each pose. Class moves towards cooling and stretching the muscles, with savasana (dead mans pose or rest period) as the final 10-15 minutes.
This class is perfect for students who desire more verbal direction for each pose. Class is 90 minutes
Candlelight Flow with Nicole (Thur)
Thursday 7:00 – 8:00 pm Candlelight Yoga is a gentle vinyasa flow yoga class that is suitable for anyone looking to try yoga or expand their practice at a slow and steady pace in a calm and candlelit atmosphere. Traditional poses such as down dog and warrior 1 & 2 help the student gently invigorate the muscles and slow the mind. Expect to leave the class relaxed and refreshed in a peaceful state of mind.
Taught by Nicole Campbell
Our Wednesday evening class is open to anyone who is interested in meditation – both new beginners as well as those who meditate and desire the added benefit of group meditation.
David is a certified meditation teacher. He assists beginners to find comfort as they start their meditation practice. This allows the first timers to truly understand the benefits that everyone talks about. More experienced folks will enjoy meditating with others in a safe and spiritually nourishing environment.
Chairs are provided as well as floor cushions, blankets and bolsters. Feel free to bring your own props too.
Open Meditation with David M. Kay begins Wednesday July 11th 7:00 – 8:15 pm
Align your spine is our Saturday 9:00 -10:30 am class offering.
Poses are instructed with particular attention to the low back (lumber and sacrum) plus the lumbar/sacrum’s relationship your hips joints.
Saturday morning class is suitable for level 1-3 where basic knowledge of traditional seated & standing poses is helpful, so the pose can be refined to suit your spine and sacrum.
Taught by Susan Cuda
Stretch and Strengthen
Every Friday 9:30-10:30 am
Stretch and Strengthen- This class is truly for all levels. If you seek more flexibility and usually skip stretching in your training this class is for you.
Or if you are wanting to tone up a bit, and relocate your core and other muscles this class is also for you.
Expect to feel open and relaxed in this 1 hour.
Yoga Express will resume this winter
Tuesdays 12:15 pm lunch time Yoga Express class is a Hatha yoga practice that includes pranayama, asana, & savasana in 45 minutes.
I teach the noon practice knowing that you have to return to work, feeling refreshed and ready to focus.
Great class for levels 1-3 as the traditional poses are accessible to all, with the exception of the absolute beginner. If you have a practiced yoga even if sporadically this will be a good fit for you.
- Taught by Susan Cuda
- Time: 12:15pm 45 minutes