Mandala's Class Descriptions
An Overview of Classes
Mandala specializes in Hatha, Kundalini, Vinyasa, and Gentle styles of yoga. We have a special focus on mantra, the Naad, meditation, and pranayama, and you will experience elements of these in most classes. We focus on 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.
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 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 starting place with yoga, and an essential piece to learning body awareness and correct alignment in asana. These teachings can help prevent injury and correct structural imbalances. Hatha classes are also good classes for learning to individualize yoga to meet your needs.
Focus on connection to breath, meditative mind, and smooth transitions between postures. A step between Hatha and Vinyasa, with opportunities for a more challenging practice. Awareness of internal form and breath are emphasized, as an opportunity to experience both alignment and flow are created.
Kundalini Yoga & Meditation
Kundalini Yoga frequently offers all 8 Limbs of yoga in each practice 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, the body is strengthened, stress is released, awareness is awakened, and creativity is nourished. This style of yoga is founded on Naad (sound current) technology, and is known for its potency and effective ability to awaken and transform human consciousness. 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 to Source, our intuition, and our full potential. It is powerful ancient technology that rewires habit patterns and brings forth awakening, cleansing and clarity.
Pranayama & Meditation
This class offers Kundalini Yoga pranayama and meditation practices. Go deep within yourself and connect to a peaceful space within, that brings a healthier, happier you! After tuning in with mantra together, we will warm up the physical body with some brief, gentle stretches for the head, neck and spine. Then we will move on to experience a wide range of Kundalini pranayama and meditation practices, using the tools of breath, mantra, mudra and eye focus, to manage different states of being. Each class will include one or two meditations, and the teacher will explain the purpose behind each practice. This class is for all levels, and chairs are available for anyone who would prefer this over sitting on the floor.
These prenatal classes are Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga & Meditation classes, which is the Kundalini Yoga lineage of Prenatal Yoga. These unique classes build strength and flexibility, and also include meditation, mantra, breath work and all modalities of yoga. These classes provide safe and effective exercises, designed to strengthen and relax your rapidly changing body. Teachings in this class will prepare you prepare you for a conscious childbirth, 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. Join other pregnant women for yoga, mediation and dance. Mamas-to-be will discover a deeper sense of peace and harmony within, release fear, doubt and old conditioning, and develop a meditative mind, clarity and fearlessness.
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.
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 meditation in motion. They strengthen your body and ability to move with grace and a calm mind. They cultivate awareness and connection to internal form and breath.
Yin & Gong
A quiet, meditative class, concluding with an Earth Gong sound bath. Yin yoga targets deep tissue release and present moment awareness and surrender. In one class you will do 8-10 supported asanas, and hold each for 3 to 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 the practice.