Mandala's Class Descriptions

An Overview of Classes

Mandala specializes in Kundalini, Vinyasa, Hatha and Gentle styles of yoga. We hold a special space for mantra, pranayama, meditation and yoga philosophy, and you will experience elements of these in most classes. We offer a variety of styles in order to give you the opportunity to explore yoga in its fullness. We are committed to supporting your practice to be personalized, highly beneficial and deeply rewarding.

Gentle & Restorative

A relaxing, overall stretching class combining slow gentle asana and supported restorative poses, where props are explained and encouraged. Gentle/Restorative Yoga focuses on breath awareness, mindful relaxation and integration. Release stress, re-establish inner balance, and experience the calming, restorative practices of yoga. Great for those who want a gentle practice, or as an adjunct to a more active practice.

Gentle Yoga

This nurturing class is accessible to all. Deep gentle stretches, grounded asanas, and props are used to explore the various practices of yoga. Meditative, thoughtful movement allows you to gently stretch, strengthen, tone, and restore inner balance. Perfect for those who want a gentler practice, or as an adjunct to an active practice. Safe for those who are new or uncertain about yoga.

Hatha

Hatha encompasses all asana and pranayama practices of ancient and modern yoga. In Hatha classes you will experience the collective consciousness of many great yoga teachers. Hatha classes tend to be alignment-based, with clear physical instruction. These classes build strength, flexibility and understanding of yoga foundations. Hatha is a great way to learn body awareness and good alignment in asana. These teachings can help prevent injury, correct structural imbalances and teach you how to individualize yoga to meet your needs.

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation

Kundalini Yoga offers all 8 Limbs of yoga in most practices and works all five koshas. Much of the practice is done is a seated position. Using asana, pranayama, mantra, mudras, bhandas, eye focus and meditation, stress is released, awareness awakened, creativity nourished and connection with the inner voice of wisdom is deepened. This style of yoga comes from the Raj Yoga lineage (yoga for the mind) and is known for its potency and effective ability to awaken and support transform. For many centuries it was guarded as a secret practice only for the privileged, and it was suppressed and misrepresented. In 1969 it arrived to the western world through Yogi Bhajan. It is said that this practice awakens our Soul and liberates us by connecting us directly to Source energy, our intuition and our full potential. Kundalini Yoga releases and rewires old habit patterns and brings forth awakening, cleansing and clarity.

Pranayama & Meditation

This class offers an amalgamation of meditative practices to dive within and reinforce a deep relationship with self. The class is structured to support your meditative journey and will include journal writing as part of the meditation process. We warm up the physical body with some brief, gentle stretches or dynamic breathing exercises, geared towards activating the neutral mind. We will experience deep silence as well as a wide range of pranayama and meditation practices, inspired by Kundalini and Hatha Yoga lineages. Experience the tools of breath, mantra, mudra and dristi, to connect with and understand the structure of the human mind. Each class will include one or two meditations, and the facilitator will explain the purpose behind each practice. Please bring a journal and pen. Chairs and multiple meditation cushions are available. This all levels class will guide you to go within and connect to the neutral space inside, to bring a healthier and happier you.

Prenatal Yoga

A healthy mix of Kundalini and Hatha teachings, these prenatal classes are predominantly Kundalini Yoga for pregnancy. These unique classes build strength and flexibility, and include meditation, mantra, pranayama, yogic teachings for women, dance, and all modalities of yoga. These classes provide a safe environment to strengthen and relax your rapidly changing body. Teachings in this class will prepare you for conscious pregnancy and birth, and include supporting mothers to live calmly, purposefully, efficiently and gracefully. Pregnancy is one of the most special times in a woman's life. It is a time for nurturing, slowing down, connecting with other mothers-to-be and strengthening your experiences of awareness and inner peace. Mamas-to-be will discover a deeper sense of peace and harmony within, release fear, doubt and old conditioning, and cultivate a meditative mind of clarity and fearlessness.

Therapeutic Yoga

This gentle class makes yoga accessible and offers a healing experience to all, regardless of age or physical limitations. Oriented towards seniors and those recovering from injury or with limited mobility, we will build core strength, balance and stamina. Using breath and other yoga modalities we will work to decrease stress and anxiety, quiet the mind and open to the meditative aspects and wealth of wellness that yoga has to offer everyone.

Vinyasa

Movement connects with breath as you are guided through a variety of postures in this all levels class. Mindful of alignment, pace and integration, teachers offer options in more challenging postures and individual adjustments and modifications. Born of Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa classes are like meditation in motion. They strengthen your body, increase flexibility and support your capacity to move through life with grace and a peaceful mind. Vinyasa practice awakens awareness and deepens connections between body, mind, internal form and breath.

Yin & Gong

A quiet, meditative class, concluding with an Earth Gong sound bath. Yin Yoga targets deep tissue release, present moment awareness and the experience of surrender. In one class you will do 8-10 supported asanas, and hold each for 3-5 minutes. Yin is accessible as an entry level practice and is also an excellent adjunct to an active yoga practice. The additional benefit of a gong bath during savasana deepens this practice.

Why Yoga?

Why Yoga?

Yoga is a complete wellness system, that optimizes health and brings peace of mind. Yoga is for everyone - If you can breathe, you can do yoga. We offer a variety of lineages that support your practice to be personalized. We will help you find or deepen, and love your yoga.

Why Kundalini Yoga?

Known as the yoga of transformation, Kundalini Yoga dynamically engages mantra, pranayama, mudra, bhandas and drishti, as well as asana. It is designed to give you potent and powerful results quickly, which is great in today's modern, busy world!