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.
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 (Wed)
Wednesday class is offered to level 1 & 2 to build strength and flexibility practicing the basic Hatha yoga poses. We begin with 3 minutes of Pranayama ( is the formal practice of controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana, or vital life force ) 10 minutes of a grounding & centering meditation. The class continues with seated warmups of neck, arms, spine and hips and we progress slowly and build heat in standing postures, holding simple poses for 2-3 breaths. Class moves towards cooling and stretching the muscles, with savasana (dead mans pose or rest period) as the final 10-15 minutes.
Saturday Hatha Yoga Flow class starts with 3 minutes pranayama ( is the formal practice of controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana , or vital life force) and 10 minutes of a grounding centering meditation . Combines a light sweat inducing flow beginning with a sun salutation followed by traditional standing and seated poses that are held for 5 full breaths, thus allowing the body to relax and receive the benefits of each pose. The class ends with 10 -15 minutes of savasana ( dead mans pose or rest period) 90 minutes.
Kundalini Yoga teaches us accessible and practical techniques to develop our awareness to stay healthy. We are able to strengthen our immune, glandular, nervous, and circulatory systems and develop an awareness of our mental and physical lifestyle habits. This foundation gives us energy to deal with our day to day life in a balanced and calm way. It is powerful tool for managing stress
A properly instructed Vinyasa class takes a student through physical movement that is a gradual progression or a step-by-step approach that systematically and appropriately invites the body to the next point or step. It is sometimes described as a fluid energetic form of movement connected by the breath, or the union of breath and movement that make up the steps.
Come and enjoy a sweet class designed to lubricate your joints, bring a smile to your lips and more ease to your every day activities. Martina is and Advanced Teacher of Yoga Therapeutics. Trained in Functional Yoga Therapy. with several decade of experience Martina gives each student individual attention and support.
Gentle & Restorative Yoga
This is a gentle therapeutic style of yoga that uses props to support the body to deepen the benefits of the poses. It is a soothing and nurturing practice that promotes the effect of consciousness relaxation.
Restorative Flow combines gentle movement to prepare the body for stillness. The student will be guided into 2-3 resting positions that use props such as bolsters, blankets & pillows to create a pose that truly allows your body to completely relax thus calming the nervous system.