Mandala's Class Descriptions

An Overview of Classes

Mandala specializes in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, and offers other supporting styles of yoga, to give you the opportunity to explore yoga in its fullness. We hold a special space for mantra, pranayama, sound current and yoga philosophy, and you will experience elements of these in most classes. We are committed to supporting your practice to be personalized, highly beneficial and deeply rewarding.

Gentle Flow

Breath and body connect as one, as you flow through gentle stretches, strength building and mindful relaxation. Based on Hatha teachings and designed to be safe and accessible for everyone, prop instruction and modifications are shown in various postures. Meditative, thoughtful movement allows you to connect with breath, gently stretch, strengthen and connect inwardly. Renew and restore balance, and leave feeling refreshed, centered and harmonious. 

Gentle Sat Nam

Relax into heart-opening, gentle flow sequences that open the body and increase awareness of asana form and alignment. Experience Kundalini Yoga meditations to release stress, deepen inner peace and recharge body systems. Movement connects with breath, as you are guided through a 30-40 minute all levels gentle flow, focused primarily on flexibility of the spine, hips, shoulders and neck. Then experience a 3-11 minute Kundalini Yoga meditation, and a healing gong savasana. These classes aim to release stress, open the body, increase awareness and strengthen your capacity to move through life with strength and grace.

Gong Meditation

Gong is excellent therapy for stress, depression, anxiety, fatigue and many of the ailments that plague modern life. Gong carries you into a meditative state and supports integrative healing of the whole self. Gong vibrations revitalize the glandular and nervous systems, clear the mind, and balance our energetic systems, working at the deepest cellular levels. In this class, you will experience a healing gong bath, supported and integrated by guided meditation, gentle warm-ups, or kirtan style singing of mantras. Gong bath will be 20-40 minutes and central to the class experience. Please feel welcome and encouraged to bring easy to carry, cozy items from home that will support your comfort during the gong bath.

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation includes warm-up movements, asana, kriya, pranayama, mantra, meditation, relaxation and gong bath savasanas. Kundalini Yoga practices usually offer all eight limbs of yoga in each practice. Much of the practice is done in a seated position, although dynamic standing movements are also included. In this practice stress is released, awareness awakened, creativity nourished and connection with your infinite nature is revealed. The inner voice of wisdom is empowered and experienced. This style of yoga was developed for people who live full and demanding lives, and want quick and real access to stress relief, spiritual connection and greater capacity to fulfill their inner calling. Kundalini Yoga is known for its potency and practical effectiveness. For many centuries it was guarded as a secret practice only for the privileged, and it was suppressed and misrepresented. In 1969 Kundalini Yoga arrived to the western world through Yogi Bhajan. It is said that Kundalini Yoga awakens our soul and liberates us, by connecting us directly to source energy, our intuition and the universal wisdom that flows within us. Kundalini Yoga releases and rewires old habit patterns, brings forth awakening, cleansing and clarity, and supports your full potential.

Kundalini Yoga for Women

Yogi Bhajan shared an amazing wealth of yogic teachings for women. Over the 35 years he taught, the majority of his teachings were priceless gems of yogic wisdom for women. This vast array of ancient yogic knowledge includes specific yoga and meditation techniques to empower women to access their inner strength, dignity, and sacredness. Yogi Bhajan taught practical, inspirational lifestyle tips for every step of a woman’s life. He inspired women to break the cycle of duality, doubt and insecurity, and to live as women of character with compassion, nobility and radiance. His teachings covered a wide range of topics including relationships, yogic food and recipes, communication, health and healing techniques, self-esteem, prosperity, pregnancy and child rearing, success in the business world, and the power of prayer. Join us for these special classes and experience the healing that can occur when women practice together.

Sat Nam Flow

These classes are centered around asana flow, similar to a Hatha Flow or Vinyasa class, but may also include sound & mantra, meditation, pranayama or Kundalini Yoga. Each teacher will teach this class a bit differently, depending on their background and training. In Sat Nam Flow you will experience each teacher's truth, skills and knowledge. In all classes, you are likely to experience meditation in motion, awakened awareness, and opportunities to merge with breath and deeper internal connections. Mindful of alignment, pace and integration, teachers offer options in more challenging postures, individual adjustments and modifications, to make these classes for all levels. Seasoned yogis, those new to yoga, and everyone in between are likely to find meaning and satisfaction in these unique, complete practice, universal spirt style yoga classes.

Therapeutic Yoga

For new or returning yogis, this class makes yoga accessible to everyone. Especially good for seniors, people healing from injuries and anyone managing physical limitations, Therapeutic Yoga is also a great practice for anyone wanting a yoga asana experience that feels grounded and body-centered. Props and modifications will be explained and encouraged, and breath awareness and relaxation will be supported. You will build core strength, balance, stamina and flexibility. Using breath and other yoga modalities, we 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.

Yin & Gong

A quiet, meditative class, concluding with a gong bath savasana. 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 deep relaxation takes this practice to the next level.

Yoga Terms Key

Asana - Posture, pose or position
Eight Limbs of Yoga - 8 aspects of yoga practice that support living a meaningful and purposeful life
Kriya - Yoga set done for a specific desired outcome or effect
Mantra - Specific sounds that take the mind to a deep state of meditation
Pranayama - Breathing techniques to harness life force energy
Sat Nam - True identity, true vibration
Savasana - Final integration and resting pose

What to Know Before a Yoga Class?

Yoga is for everyone - If you can breathe, you can do yoga. This 4 minute introductory video helps you arrive to class prepared for a positive yoga experience.

Why Kundalini Yoga?

Known as the yoga of transformation, Kundalini Yoga is designed to give you real and lasting benefits quickly, which is great in today's modern, busy world!