We welcome all levels at River & Stone and value creating an inviting community for all.
In general, any of our classes can be adapted to your level. Our teachers are skilled with offering modifications and options for increased physical challenge in a given class.
We encourage you to discuss any preferences or considerations you have with your teacher.
Take it one breath at a time.
Our flow class is synonymous with vinyasa yoga. While an explanation of the orientation and history of vinyasa requires more length, it can best be summarized as a deliberate use of breath to seamlessly connect a sequence of physical postures. These classes are taught in a heated, humidified room, leading to detoxifying sweat and increased heart rate.
Teachers bring in their creativity in sequencing, responsive to the students that are present in a given class; a vinyasa class is not "choreographed" or a strict set of postures.
R & S classes always incorporate mind/spirit principles
and yoga philosophy.
Our slow flow offering is taught with the same principles of our flow class. However, this is a mildly-heated class, and we offer more time for rest and time down on the mat.
We strongly emphasize all students to explore slow flow, It can be a valuable complement for yogis who typically stick to "strong flow" intensities and athletes who vigorously train. Similarly, this can be a nice bridge for new students who are looking for a challenge.
Slow flow can be considered our
"middle of the road" tempo.
With the basics of a vinyasa flow class, our strong flow is taught with the understanding that practitioners have a solid understanding of asana practice. As such, teachers will cue sequences in a more succinct fashion, although alignment principles are always a focus
of a class. Dynamic movements connect the fluidity of breathing with the fluidity of movement.
These classes are playful and up-tempo, so be ready to sweat and move. A strong flow class will offer opportunities throughout for strength choices and is intended to be a nourishing physical (and mental) challenge.
Our gentle restorative class allows you to bask in the moment and in the breath. These postures of varying levels are often supported by props and held for several minutes.
While in rest for extended periods, we work with sensation, breath, mindfulness, dharma teachings, and meditation.
Restorative practice is an opportunity to reconnect, restore, and in many ways rewire your body/mind connection for healing.
Our fundamentals class is an encouraged introductory class for students; however, it can also be a valuable "refresher" for seasoned practitioners. A fundamentals class not only covers principles of routine physical postures taught in classes, but introduction of yoga philosophy and lifestyle is explored. There will be time dedicated at the front and back end of class for some discussion for the instructor to better get to know students and their individual goals with yoga practice.
The language of Taoism gives us the concepts of Yin & Yang. Yin qualities are all about low, quiet, still, cool, and undoing, absolutely define the practice of asana named after it.
In Yin Yoga, we stay in shapes for several minutes, being aware of sensations that arise. We may start with and/or pepper in soft somatical movements in a yin-kind-of way as well. Each class is different and often taught through the lens of the subtle body connecting to the internal organs, or chakras, or meridians.
Breathwork is always a potent part of this style of practice.