The Yoga Center at Onyx is a sacred space devoted to daily Yoga Classes, Holistic Trainings and Spiritual Teachings. Our team is devoted to facilitating a deep state of physical, mental, and spiritual union so that students might lead a more healthy, peaceful and joyful life. We have three studios; our Traditional Room, our Sun Room and our Annex.
The basic principles of Yoga and the foundational poses that make up a typical class are taught with an emphasis on optimal alignment, often with the use of props and modifications. Open to all, from very new beginners to more experienced practitioners who want to return to the basics.
Basic Flow moves through physical postures at a very moderate pace, usually starting with a sun salutation series. Basic Flow offers verbal instruction for alignment during the flow, less than you will find in Foundation, but more than you will find in Open Flow. Although classes are physical, classes often times include chanting, pranayama, yoga philosophy and meditation. All levels of practitioners are welcome at Basic Flow classes, including beginners. To newer students bring an open mind as the class will be moving and flowing.
This class will include alignment based sequences, longer holds, and the use of props to aid in strengthening and exploring the body. If you’re looking to develop a sense of stability, ease, and strength then this class is for you! Get ready to challenge your body and mind while rediscovering the fundamentals of asana.
Students will be guided through a series of traditional yoga postures sequenced into a “flow” and often incorporating sun salutations. By linking movement to breath this physical practice becomes a moving meditation, allowing students to have a deeper experience. Against a backdrop of great music, these classes will challenge your strength, develop better awareness, and help cultivate mental clarity. All levels of practitioners are welcome to Open Flow classes, including beginners although some knowledge of basic yoga postures is recommended.
Experienced Flow is designed for students who are prepared to deepen their understanding of philosophy and asana. Students should be relatively independent in their practice, and know many of the names of the more common postures. Experienced Flow goes into more intricate understanding of breath and alignment, thus, familiarity with general alignment and movement with breath is expected. Instruction will be given primarily with verbal cues and hands on assists, not visual demonstrations. Students should be comfortable with rigorous surya namaskara; advanced standing balances (i.e. bird of paradise), forward bending (i.e. kurmasana) and backbending (full urdhva dhanurasana), headstand and other inversions. Modifications are fine, but students are expected to have strong knowledge of modifications. Students with a history of injuries are advised to check with the instructor before planning to attend the class.
In sanskrit “hatha” literally means “forceful” or “willful,” alluding to the fact that it uses the inertia of moving one’s body (and the breath within it) to create the climate for peace of mind and meditation. Hatha yoga is perhaps the most general way to describe any physical practice that incorporates asanas (poses) & pranayama (breathwork). It is an old system that is the parent of all other physical yoga lineages such as Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Power Yoga etc. however different those may seem from one another. Being that it is a broad term that integrates many forms, it can be difficult to know what a particular hatha class will be like. This varies by teacher. It is for beginners as well as advanced practitioners. Hatha Yoga classes are usually slower paced than say, a Power Yoga class, yet they can be challenging, stimulating or soft, depending on the circumstances. Expect to breathe & move intentionally in this practice, as a means to creating an internal shift within.
This class will focus on the “primary series”, a series of standing, seated and finishing postures done at a more rigorous pace than a vinyasa class. The primary series postures are the same each practice. Ashtanga yoga is also called the Tristana practice which separates it from other forms of yoga in the following ways: (1) the “drishti” gaze is consistent throughout with the eyes always open; (2) the asanas or postures are quite different than what you may be used to but we practice, in general, with 5 consistent breaths for each posture, and (3) the use of the “Ujayi breath” is essential to a consistent practice. It is a disciplined form of yoga where students practice in synchronicity and maintain extraordinary focus. This practice will build strength and flexibility. Ashtanga is a foundational practice which demands deep concentration while at the same time providing practitioners with a powerful inward journey. Come and be inspired!
Experience Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. This class will focus on pranayama breath work, movement, meditation, and kriyas (cleansing practices to help strengthen the nervous system and subtle body to awaken the kundalini energy.) When this energy awakens you will experience your own innate inner power and joy.. You will leave feeling rejuvenated, energized, balanced, and present.
Gentle asana is a slower paced yoga practice where you align and strengthen the body. Each class begins with 50 minutes of asana followed by 25 minutes of deep rejuvenation through savasana (corpse pose) and yoga nidra, a guided relaxation practice. Yoga nidra is a powerful relaxation technique where the mind and body hover between a state of total consciousness and deep sleep. It is said that one hour of Yoga nidra is equivalent to three hours of sleep. On a subtle body level this practice cultivates relief from exhaustion and stress, and provides a deeper inner awareness.
Perfect for anybody looking to relieve stress and energize, as well as build flexibility and strength. Appropriate for all levels, including beginners.
Find stillness and peace within. Explore the benefits of meditation (dhyana) and breathing practices (pranayama) – perfect on their own or as a complement to your yoga practice. This class includes light stretching and restorative postures to prepare for deep relaxation and meditation. Various breathing techniques and meditation practices will be taught. Classes will also include the power of sound healing such as Tibetan singing bowls, chimes, and chanting. No experience or equipment needed; wear comfortable clothes and bring yourself just as you are.
Restorative yoga classes are a wonderful tool for rejuvenation and complement more active practices. Props are used to support the body so that you can hold poses for longer and allow your body to relax, release, and let go. The use of props allows you to safely access and benefit from sustained stretches in a supported manner to minimize strain and maximize opening. Once you are set up in the pose with the assistance of props, you will hold the pose for an extended period of time, often eight to fifteen minutes. Restorative yoga is a relaxing style of practice that leaves you feeling open and refreshed.
Yin Yoga is a simple, quiet, in-drawn practice that uses steady, long-held postures that benefit your “yin,” connective tissues, such as the fascia, ligaments, tendons, joints, and bones. Poses are held 3 to 5 minutes each with all muscles relaxed and released.
Yin Yoga is a more meditative approach to yoga, that aims at cultivating awareness of inner silence. It can be practiced by everybody and will complement an already active life or help those who feel distracted by “mind chatter”.This practice calms the mind and nervous system, reduces stress and anxiety, increases circulation, improves flexibility and joint mobility, balances the internal organs and improves the flow of chi or prana through meridian stimulation.
Yin is an internal, passive, cooling, and downward practice. We wake up the subtle channels while playing with a contemplative, non- reactive quality in the mind. Poses are passively held for longer periods, working on the deep connective tissue, fascia, and joints. Yang is an engaging, dynamic, external, warming, and upward practice. This will strengthen and invigorate the body and mind. We will most often be doing a bit of Yang to begin and will shift into a reflective Yin practice to close. This combination will be sure to leave you balanced, open, and refreshed.
Some like it hot. Our hot classes are 101 degrees. Several times per week we also offer warm classes. Our warm classes are 85 degrees.
Vinyasa Flow yoga taught in a heated environment, 101 degrees 20% humidity. Hot Vinyasa classes move through yoga postures and sequences at a rigorous pace. A prior yoga practice and knowledge of basic postures is assumed given the extreme conditions.
A Vinyasa Yoga class performed at a Warm temperature (85 degrees) and taught at a regular Mixed Level pace.
Private sessions are offered to all students, from “I’ve never been in a yoga studio before” to “I live at the yoga studio”, we have a teacher that can help you reach your goals! Private sessions are tailored to each individual students needs, goals, and comfortability. Private sessions are also a great way to share the gift of Yoga with friends or family!
One of the most common reasons people take private lessons is therapeutic: to recover form an injury. Because private yoga sessions are personalized for each student we can focus on your specific concerns. Physical injuries which can benefit greatly from yoga include back pain, neck strain and knee injuries.
Not everyone feels comfortable in a group class. If you are a yoga neophyte, doing down dog or a warrior two pose might make you feel self conscious; you are unfamiliar with the terms and feel awkward in the pose. With private yoga instruction you can learn the basics much faster to the point where you would be comfortable in a group setting. In addition, and more importantly with one-on-one instruction you will focus on developing the proper alignment in your poses from the beginning.
Many students take private yoga sessions to deepen their yoga practice. While this may mean a focus on more advanced asanas, it can also include studying yoga philosophy as it relates to the self. We delve into the Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita and the role Karma plays in our lives. If you’d like to deepen your practice and you’re not sure which teacher would best fit your needs, reach out to our member advisor to find a fit for your needs.
Work and family issues can make it difficult for you to attend regular studio classes. Private yoga classes allow the flexibility to schedule at your convenience be it early in the morning, a lunchtime break or after work.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your private session.