Class Descriptions

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Class Descriptions

Gong Bath Sound Meditation: Join Gong Masters Dan and Laura Martier as they lead you through an hour of relaxation and transformation through vibration and sound. Using gongs, Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, chimes and various other sound making instruments, the Martier's create an ocean of sound that is profoundly relaxing. The benefits of this practice include stress relief, relaxation, activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, induced meditative state and a holistic resonance in the body.

Vinyasa With Surprises: (All Levels)  A multi level vinyasa with surprises, physical Phunk for the soul. A sometimes power based flow with a schtick of levity, a sometimes grounding sequence for the introspective.

Vinyasa: (All Levels) Movement is linked with the breath in this flow style class. With an emphasis on proper alignment, breathing techniques and meditation, this well rounded class will leave you balanced and energized.

emPower Flow: (All Levels)  Unite the body & breath with potent themes and powerful playlists, all woven together to create a divine yogic dance. Warm up, Flow, and Cool back down in this all-levels experience. Savasana with massage & reiki included. 

Restore w/ Nidra  (All Levels) We begin with a few restorative stretches and end with yogic sleep. During Yoga Nidra, the body sleeps as the consciousness remains awake and aware. In this meditation (practiced while laying comfortably on the back) we are able to reach deep levels of physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. As we journey through the koshas, or the "sheaths that cover the soul", we are able to imprint our sankalpa (intention) as we soften our samskaras (imprinted experiences). Are you ready for this group healing?

Yin/Restorative:  Add this deep stretch to your weekly routine! We will remain on the floor for this practice, either holding (Yin) or melting into (Restorative) postures. In Yin yoga stretches, we are accessing the connective tissues and holding stretches that help to assist the free-flowing of Qi energy through the body. In Restorative poses, we learn to relax and move into meditative states while melting into supported stretches. As we rest into/hold these shapes, a deep healing is able to occur for mind/body/spiri

Align and Flow:  Suitable for all levels and  downright beginner-friendly, this style breaks down Vinyasa with some simple alignment and breath cues. Easy to follow, step by step instruction makes this class a great way to deepen an established practice AND makes it accessible for first time yogis. Strengthen your core, boost self confidence and get to know your body in this well rounded and FUN exploration of alignment!

HAPPYness Yoga: HAPPYness yoga is a journaling and flow based yoga practice for all levels. Each class hosts a topic/intention that uses words and movement to work through some of the hard questions we ask ourselves. You will unravel your layers in order to find self. HAPPYness yoga is a practice FOR YOU. Make sure to bring your favorite journal, a pen, and yourself to immerse in this  unique practice.

Yoga for 12 Step Recovery: Part group discussion and part yoga class, this modality is in line with Y12SR.org and its guidelines. Our instructors are Y12SR certified and will lead you in a healing, healthy session that is geared towards those in recovery. All "A's" are welcome to this group. We also welcome those who are currently living at Changing Tides OBX.

Gentle Whimsy:  A practice to explore Sthira sukhamasanam -the yoga sutra that reminds us to practice asana (poses) with steadiness and ease.  Stretch and strengthen the body and quiet the mind with guided mindfulness and slower-paced breath centered on the mat (seated, standing and supine).  Moving steadily and with intention, nourishing mind, body and spirit, promoting the perfect balance between movement and stillness while deepening awareness and intention. This class will calm the nervous system while gently cultivating strength, flexibility and balance.  

Funktional Flow: A breath-focused class beginning with a quick pranayama warm up to prepare for an intense vinyasa flow with up-beat funky music. Multi-level, expect to sweat in this class.

Imaginative Pranayama and Restoration: One hour of vivid imagery to help guide you through different pranayama techniques to be used along with restorative movement and props, ending with a guided meditation. All-levels, modifications provided.

The Mysore style of yoga asana practice is a particular way of teaching yoga within the Ashtanga Yoga tradition as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the southern Indian city of Mysore.[1] There are some differences in this method from the usual modern way in which yoga is taught. The class is not "led" as a whole but rather all instruction is one-on-one within the group class setting. Students practice their own portion of the Ashtanga sequence of asanas at their own pace. [2] The teacher assists each student individually by giving physical adjustments & verbal instruction.

In Mysore style students learn the fixed order of asanas combining movement with free breathing with sound. Through vinyasa, there is continuity via the breath from asana to asana. In the Ashtanga sequence, each asana builds from the previous – and prepares for successive – asanas.

Ashtanga Yoga: The practice consists of a sequence of postures that integrates breath, posture, and gaze and is taught at various levels, based on the needs and abilities of the student. The integration of breath and movement creates internal heat which purifies the body and increases blood circulation. This process of detoxification brings the experience of enhanced health and well-being, improving overall quality of life. Taught in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of the Krishnamacharya Lineage