Yoga for Back Care is for students with injuries or chronic back pain. Whether you have degenerative spine condition, disc herniation, SI join instability, scoliosis, or just stiff back muscles, this class offers a slower pace to improve postural alignment, freedom from pain, and core strength development.
Pranayama is a type of meditation practice that involves regulating the breath to access our “relaxation response” in order to calm the nervous system and change our emotional state. Because the breath is the first indicator of emotional imbalance, we can use the breath to retrain the nervous system to better manage stress and help the mind become calmer and more focused.
Evening Ritual combines any number of Yogic practices, such as pranayama, japa meditation, chanting, visualization, prayer, gentle asana (stretching), and Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation), to help the body and mind transition from our workday and ensure a good night’s rest. It also helps us to remember what is sacred in our lives.
Foam Roller Myofascial Release
By performing Self-Myofascial Release techniques on a simple foam roller, you can improve flexibility, function, performance, and reduce injuries. Learn how to soothe tight muscles, release trigger points, and break down soft tissue adhesions, while increasing blood flow and circulation. Bring your own 3’ x 6” roller, or purchase one at Taos Yoga Therapy.
Gentle Yoga for the Mature Adult
Gentle Yoga for the Mature Adult helps to develop and maintain strength, flexibility, stamina, and stability in the body, breath and mind as we make our way through the mid and later stages of life. Ideal for 55+, this practice includes postures (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama), and meditation. Instruction is focused on the needs, abilities and limitations of individuals at all levels of practice.
Mantra Yoga & Meditation
Mantra with movement and breath awareness is how Hatha Yoga was originally taught. Yogis chanted or meditated silently on a scared sound as each asana was performed. The sound vibration opens the flow of energy through the body and develops single-minded focus and positive thoughts.
Postural Alignment Yoga
Postural Alignment Yoga incorporates simple Egoscue-inspired exercises that align the joints. It also brings body awareness by isolating individual muscles groups, ensuring each is functioning on its own without recruiting others. This practice includes asanas and postural alignment exercises. A yoga nidra (deep relaxation) at the end of class allows the body to integrate new information it has gleaned from this approach.
Prenatal Yoga is designed to deepen trust in your capacities for well being and self care in pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. The class will ease tensions common in pregnancy, and strengthen your body, mind, heart, and sense of support for this time in your life. Find comfort in this safe and welcoming class. Open to all levels and stages of pregnancy.
Slow & Steady Surya Namaskar
Sun Salutations are the most efficient and effective form of Hatha Yoga exercise for developing strength, flexibility, and weigh loss. The postures are performed in a slow and steady fashion, making sun salutations safe and accessible for beginning students.
Restorative yoga helps release stresses stored in the body, strengthens the immune system, and soothes the nervous system. When asanas are done slowly with a focus on breath and self awareness, the movement and restfulness attain a quality of meditation. The result is a form of self care that enhances our ability to live our lives more mindfully and with greater calm.
Strength, Stability & Stamina Yoga
A Svastha-based yoga class that emphasizes core strength and functional flexibility, while increasing stamina and lung capacity. As with all Svastha classes, body, mind and breath are integrated to create mindfulness or a sattvic (peaceful) state of mind.
Svastha Yoga is a breath-centric practice based on the teachings of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. In this class we focus on integrating body, breath and mind, while developing flexibility, strength, and stamina. The practice includes postures, chanting, pranayama, and meditation.
The Therapeutic Yoga class is for those students with injuries or for those with chronic tension and discomfort who wish to reduce pain, increase range of movement, improve strength, as well as to obtain full therapeutic benefit from yoga. In this class modified poses are practiced by combining breath and awareness to target specific injuries and musculoskeletal imbalances. These poses have been shown to benefit people with back strain, chronic back pain, sciatica, neck strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many other musculoskeletal conditions.
Vedic Chanting & Meditation
Learn Sanskrit mantras and chants from the Vedas, Upanishads, and other ancient scriptures to enrich your practice. Through call and response chanting, students learn proper pronunciation and develop the listening skills and awareness to cultivate a steady, focused mind. With practice, students come to understand how these sacred utterances promote healing and a sense of well being.
Veterans Yoga is a protocol of yoga poses, movement and relaxation, mindfulness and breathing techniques designed for veterans who are dealing with the effects of chronic pain, injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as a result of their time serving in the military. These classes are taught by Carrie Leven, co-faciliatated by Kirsten Wing, LISW, and are free for military personnel and veterans.
Women’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga
Women’s Trauma-Sensitive Yoga places special focus on breath, body, and movement to create a greater connection and comfort within ourselves, as well as developing self-regulation and relaxation skills that can be used to manage anxiety and direct attention away from ruminative thinking. This class is designed to support women with Post-Traumatic Stress and histories of trauma. It is lead by Hannah Salander, a yoga teacher and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).
Yin/Taoist Yoga targets the connective tissue, such as ligaments and fascia, bringing the body into balance and increasing its natural range of motion. Most poses are performed while seated or lying down and are held for 1-5 minutes. The practice emphasizes stillness and silence, and prepares the body and mind for a deeper experience in meditation.
Yoga in Español
Yoga en Español es una practica centrada en la respiracion basada en las enseñanzas de Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Las clases son enteramente enseñadas en Español a cargo de Raquela Moncada, focalizandose en la integracion del cuerpo, respiracion y mente, al tiempo que la flexibilidad, fuerza y estamina son logradas. Las clases incluyen poses, canticos, pranayama (practicas de respiracion) y meditacion.
Yoga Therapy for Back, Neck, and Shoulders
Yoga Chikitsa (Therapy) for Back, Neck, and Shoulders offers a therapeutic approach to asana by combining breath and awareness with exercises specifically designed to help reduce chronic tension and discomfort in the back, neck, and shoulders, while improving range of motion.