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.

Gentle 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.

Restorative Yoga

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

What to Expect in Class:

This 60-minute class is designed for beginners through intermediate students. In Restorative Yoga, you’ll be guided through a series of five or six postures supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds and gentle back bends. This practice leads you into a healing and recuperative experience, ideal for physical and emotional healing and injuries or students looking to slow down.

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.

Yin Flow + Restore

Intention: Encourage Mindfulness, Improve Flexibility, Cultivate Mind-Body Awareness, 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 Flow + Restore, you’ll be guided through a series of postures for the first 30 minutes to help 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.

As the connective tissues around the joints release and open up, you’ll be guided into 2-3 restorative poses to help lead you into a healing and recuperative experience, allowing your body to balance the nervous system, quiet your mind, boost your immune system, enhance flexibility, and heal from within.

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