Practice with intention. Your intention — or rather your reason for doing yoga — can be anything you’d like to cultivate. Whether it is to develop more compassion, gain strength, tone your muscles, become more mindful, manage stress, relieve pain or any number of reasons, when you practice yoga with an intention you get more out of your time spent on the mat.

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Your intention will also help you choose the style of yoga that’s right for you. In my classes, I focus and integrate three styles of yoga into various formats: Vinyasa yoga, Restorative yoga, and Yin yoga.

Check out the guide below to choose a yoga practice that will support your intention and hop on over to my class schedule to join me in the upcoming weeks.

Mindful Vinyasa

Intention: Encourage Mindfulness, Develop Muscle Tone + Strength, Improve Flexibility, Relieve Stress, Increase Endurance and Stamina

What to Expect in This Class:

This 60-minute class (75-minute for studios) is designed for beginners to intermediate students. In Mindful Vinyasa, the goal is to create a practice that connects breath with movement while flowing with more awareness on all levels; mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. This practice allows for a focus on maintaining proper alignment throughout each asana (posture) while giving time to slow down, tune inward, and meditate prior to completing a particular series of postures.

Flow + Restore

Intention: Encourage Mindfulness, Develop Muscle Tone, Improve Flexibility, Learn the Fundamental Yoga Basics, Relieve Stress

What to Expect in Class:

This 60-minute class (75-minute for studios) is designed for beginners through intermediate students. In Gentle Flow + Restore, you’ll be guided through postures in a Vinyasa style, beginning with the basic poses with options for more challenging poses and ending with restorative asanas (postures) to release and relax your mind and body.

This is a great class for students looking for a more gentle experience, those who are new to yoga or those who need a change of pace, yet still have the option to take it to the next level. Also the perfect class for students with injuries or limitations.

Yin Yoga

Intention: Encourage Mindfulness, Improve Flexibility, Stretch and Revitalize Connective Tissues, Increase Circulation, Relieve Stress, Balance Internal Organs and Body’s Flow of Energy

What to Expect in Class:

This 60-minute class is designed for beginners through intermediate students. In Yin Yoga, you’ll be guided through a series of postures to help you stretch into the connective tissues around the joints — the tendons, fascia, and ligaments— with the aim of increasing  circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. Held for 3 to 5 minutes, yin poses also helps us to regulate the body’s flow of energy to de-stress and improve focus.

Sunrise Yoga

Intention: Encourage Mindfulness, Develop Muscle Tone, Improve Flexibility, Open up Body’s Flow of Energy, Increase Circulation, Relieve Stress

What to Expect in Class:

This 60-minute class is designed for beginners through intermediate students. In Sunrise Yoga, you’ll be guided through a gentle flow to help circulate more energy or prana throughout the body. When prana flows efficiently, we allow more energy to flow through your body to increase your ability to skillfully deal with stress, increasing your overall well-being and productivity.

Expect to move into your body with a mindful connection to your breath. Expect to receive modifications and options for every level of practice. Expect to laugh, and sometimes cry. Expect the unexpected but always feel confident

Mindful Meditation

Intention: Encourage Mindfulness, Cultivate Mind-Body Awareness, Relieve Stress, Boost Immune System, Balance Nervous System, Relieve Anxiety and Stress

What to Expect in Class:

This 30-minute class is designed for beginners through intermediate students. In Mindful Meditation, we will focus on deep relaxation and stress relief techniques to help you create a greater sense of well being within yourself.

For many of us, stress can take a tremendous toll on the body, draining our energy and keeping the body in a constant state of anxiety. The effects are magnified when the body builds up tension in the muscles and the mind is restless.

Mindful Meditation is a powerful vehicle to access the inner strength that allows us to face the overwhelming fears, frustrations and challenges of everyday life. We’ll focus on conscious breathing exercises and finish with aromatherapy to help you ease into a deep state of relaxation and stress relief.

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