STRENGTHEN YOUR PRACTICE WITH GARY OLSON’S SIGNATURE POWER YOGA METHOD 75 minutes – HOT (over 100 degrees) This exciting, energizing and empowering sequence of yoga poses is specifically designed to work the whole body improving both mind and spirit. Encouraging a focus on breath, this hot vinyasa yoga practice promotes upper and lower body strength, balance and flexibility. Through this dynamic exercise, students progress physically while also benefitting from the intense mental and spiritual effects of this practice. Students often remark that they have achieved the desired yogic state of “union with oneself” – the profound relaxation that accompanies a clear and open mind. Power yoga suits all body types, age groups, and expertise levels, and welcomes students at all levels of practice. All it takes is the right attitude—the ability to be kind and patient with yourself as you wake up dormant muscles or work through sore ones during your practice. All are invited and encouraged to practice this yoga.
THE CLASSIC 26 POSTURES OF THE BIKRAM SEQUENCE PRESENTED IN STRICT FORMAT TO PROMOTE HEALTH FOR THE ENTIRE BODY 75-Minutes – HOT (over 100 degrees) This class is designed to methodically work and benefit every part of your body for maximum health. Each posture is designed to target specific parts of the body and they are sequenced specifically to ensure every organ, muscle, ligament and the entire circulatory system receives everything it needs for optimal function. With lineage back to Bishnu Ghosh and Paramahansa Yogananda, this class is a physical (asana) practice to support the body with elements of Kriya yoga to promote breath control, calmness and mental purification. All levels are invited and encouraged to practice this yoga. Classic Bikram is designed to benefit those of any body type, age, and experience level.
GARY OLSON’S SIGNATURE POWER YOGA METHOD DESIGNED FOR ONE HOUR 60 minutes – HOT (over 100 degrees) This Ashram signature Power Yoga class, designed to fit into 60 minutes, is the perfect antidote to a hectic schedule. These classes are incredibly popular during the workday noon hour and are often held in the early mornings and late evenings. Students find they can achieve similar benefits as they do in the 90 minute version. All are welcome.
LEARN AND PERFECT YOUR YOGA PRACTICE WITH THIS CREATIVE AND DYNAMIC SEQUENCE 75 minutes – WARM (90 degrees) Using ujjayi breathing to warm the body from inside out, Yang Yoga is practiced in a comfortable 85-90 degree environment encompassing a fun, unique sequence that is at the same time dynamic and challenging. This practice is multi-level and includes guided arm balances, inversions, twists and stretches, accompanied by energetic music– everything from instrumental and yogic to alternative and disco. It is a great combination with your hot practice and other workout routines, and a lot of fun!
RESTORE YOURSELF WITH DEEP STRETCHING YOGA IN A MEDITATIVE ENVIRONMENT 90 minutes – WARM (85-90 degrees), music and gentle voice instruction Yin Yoga is designed to increase flexibility, quiet the mind, and purify the body. This posture sequence is performed on the floor—seated, kneeling, or laying down. Quiet instruction and soft music create a mood that promotes rejuvenation and deep relaxation. Because each posture in this sequence is held for three to ten minutes, the body can change naturally delivering therapeutic results for the muscles, ligaments, bones, joints and internal organs. Students experience release of stress with a soothing effect on the mind.
Hamsa Hatha Kriya Yoga
REALIZE THE UNION OF THE SELF AND EVOLVE YOUR BODY, INTELLECT AND SOUL This is not a regularly scheduled class. The Ashram offers it periodically with advanced notice to students. 120 minutes – WARM (85 degrees) The premise of Kriya Yoga is that we are a miniature version of the whole cosmos, a microcosm–an evolving universe within the macrocosmic world. Within each of us hides the supreme creator activating every action through the breath. Hence the name Kriya: meaning that any work or “kri” is being done by the power of the indwelling soul or “ya”. Yoga is the means of uniting this correspondence between microcosm and macrocosm—realizing the truth within the union of the individual self and the Supreme Self. In addition to the emotional and spiritual benefits of this practice, Kriyas can teach meditation, breath control and calmness, mental purification and eradication of bondage from the desires of the ego. This Kriya class provides an immediate spiritual experience and has been likened by Paramahansa Yogananda as the “easiest, most effective, and most scientific avenue of approach to the Infinite”.
FOR KIDS 4 – 12 YEARS OLD 60 – 75 minutes Kid Yoga is a fun and creative approach to yoga that can be very helpful for children whose bodies are still developing. We use animated poses and basic stretching exercises to promote strength, flexibility, coordination and body awareness. We also teach breathing and visualization techniques that will encourage the kids to focus, relax and develop self-control. We break for snack and often incorporate storytelling with lessons of courage, compassion, caring, giving, & etc. A theme is usually carried through out the class using interactive games and yoga postures for children to learn about animals and nature. *We accept all kids ages 3-7 in our yoga room. However, if one child’s behavior adversely affects others we must reserve the right to respectfully decline participation by the disruptive child. Fore more about Kid Yoga, click here.
Raja Yoga Workshop
DEVELOP A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF YOGA THROUGH YOUR PERSONAL MEDITATION PRACTICE This is not a regularly scheduled workshop. The Ashram offers it periodically with advanced notice to students. The Ashram Raja workshop taught by Gary is an experience-based course designed to give you the tools and understanding you need to develop a simple and effective personal meditation practice. The course consists of: · Personal instruction in the Deva Meditation technique prior to the course · Lectures on Deva Meditation, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the 8 Limbs of yoga · Group meditations and Q&A sessions · Hamsa Hatha Kriya and Power yoga classes taught by Gary Olson · Free admittance to all future group meditations and meditation checking if necessary