To help you more easily determine the classes best suited for you, we have broken them down into different levels*, which is shown within the description of the class.. The levels are more of a suggestion and a guide, so don't let them discourage you from attending a certain class. Our instructors try their best to modify for all fitness levels; however, some classes are more open to modifications than others (i.e., Intermediate/Advanced Vinyasa Yoga is definitely not a beginner's class). Feel free to contact us if you have further questions about which class to attend. Best sequence of classes for beginners is explained here.
Beginner/All Levels - A class labeled as a “Beginners”’ or “All Levels” class is a good place to start if you’ve never ventured into a yoga class, a Pilates class, a Barre class, or a strength and conditioning type of class. If you are someone who has been exercising for a while (i.e., runner, dancer, CrossFit, etc) a Beginners’ class will get you familiar with the movements and terminology in each particular practice. You may find that you’re someone who goes to a Beginners’ type class one time and then you’re ready to jump into a more advanced class — or you may want to stick with a more gentle, beginners’ type of class forever! And either way is A-OK! Any class labeled as Beginners/All-Levels can also be enjoyable and beneficial for even the most experienced practitioner.
Advanced Beginner - A class labeled as “Advanced Beginner” is ideal for someone who has been practicing yoga or Pilates (or any of the types of classes we offer at Breathe) for a little while and is starting to feel more comfortable with the terminology and movements.
Intermediate - A class labeled as “Intermediate” is ideal for you if you have some core strength and overall strength, are able to easily get up from the floor and down again and are somewhat familiar with terminology and movements of a particular practice.
Advanced - The pace of an “Advanced” class is generally fluid and fast and the movements and poses tend to be more complex and require some strength as well as experience and knowledge of the practice of either yoga or Pilates.
You’ll frequently see level combinations shown to describe a particular class (i.e., Adv Beginner/Intermediate) which means that the class is best suited for those levels of experience.
NOTE: Every Monday evening we offer one rotating class/instructor which we refer to as "Mix-Up Monday". The class is different every Monday, spanning from HIIT Yoga to Zumba to Total Body Conditioning and more. The start time is either 6pm, 6:15pm or 6:30pm, depending upon class and instructor. Refer to our calendar for the weekly "Mix-Up Monday" class.
Also, some classes alternate weekly (i.e., Sundays at 4:30pm is Hatha Yoga, alternating weekly with Yin Yoga.) Again, check the weekly calendar for the most up-to-date schedule.
Within the two-hour window prior to class time if there is space available and you don't already have a reservation you can feel free to attend class and we'll check you in when you arrive
Class Descriptions - Yoga
Yoga for Backs and Bones - Level: All Levels
Backs and Bones is a gentle therapeutic yoga class focusing on strengthening muscles, increasing movement and flexibility, reducing and preventing back pain and maintaining bone density to ward off osteoporosis. You will learn how to tune in to your upper and lower back condition, neck, shoulders, and abdominal core through a series of weight-bearing, strength and flexibility poses. Through breath-centered poses and relaxation practices, we will lower our levels of the stress hormone cortisol which is key in keeping calcium in the bones. Levels: All Levels
Core Explore Yoga - Level: All Levels
In this new and yoga-familiar, Pilates-friendly, classic strength-inspired class, you will explore the many ways to strengthen your core and use it with intention to help you further your health goals. We will, of course, include our love affair with the amazing plank, bicycle crunches, Russian twists, bird-dogs and more. These moves, at varying paces, intensities and combos, will keep your muscles guessing and bring you greater confidence to lift and lower a bag of groceries, as well as your body, or whatever life happens to throw your way. All that’s required is your enthusiasm and curiosity. ALL LEVELS - 60 minutes, including a stretch and savasana at the end.
Early Bird Yoga - Level: Beginner/All levels
This early morning yoga practice provides a gentle but invigorating start to your day. Emphasis is on combining stretching and breath work with Hatha, Vinyasa and/or Yin yoga poses ... in just 45 minutes! This class is appropriate for all levels with cues given to support those new to yoga as well as providing more advanced Yogis a well rounded practice.
Gentle Yoga - Level: Beginner/All levels
Difficulty of Poses: Easy to moderate
This is a gentle and fluid yoga class incorporating gentle movement and stretching, primarily in floor or seated positions with minimal transition from floor to standing. This class is suitable for beginners with little to no yoga experience, as modifications are always offered. Continued attendance will increase your familiarity and confidence with the various pose names and their positions. The most experienced yoga practitioner will also find this class of great value.
Hatha Yoga - Level: Beginner/All levels
Pace: Slow to moderate
Difficulty of Poses: Easy to moderate - adaptable to individual students
Hatha Yoga uses postures (asanas) and stretches in combination with the breath to develop flexibility and relaxation. All of the many styles of Hatha Yoga encourage proper alignment of the body and bring balance, strength and calmness to the practitioner.
Restorative Yoga - Level: All levels
After centering and pranayama, this Restorative Yoga (RY) practice will focus on quiet and meditative poses which are supported or reclined for up to seven minutes each. RY is simplistic: it revolves around up to 12 different poses. You will rest on bolsters, folded blankets or cushions. The focus of this practice is to go inward, meditatively; to release and let go; to stretch and support joints, muscles and connective tissue in passive and lasting ways, differently from traditional, motion-based yoga; and to learn relaxing breathing techniques. Don't be surprised if you fall asleep! ALL LEVELS - If you have a bolster of your own, please bring it with you! Otherwise, we do have some available at the studio for your use.
"Vinyasa" is derived from Sanskrit, meaning "to place in a special way". This type of yoga links movement and breath to attain balance in the mind and body, aligning a deliberate sequence of poses with the breath to achieve a continuous flow. All of our Vinyasa classes use sequences such as sun salutations, standing poses, balancing postures, hip openers and more. Familiarity with basic yoga poses and the ability to transition easily from standing to kneeling to floor is recommended. At Breathe we offer a variety of Vinyasa classes with varying paces and degrees of difficulty. When signing up for a Vinyasa class, be sure to read the description on the sign up page to ensure you are comfortable with the pace and difficulty level, and have some idea of what to expect, keeping in mind that, to some extent, ideas of difficulty will vary.
Yin Yoga - Level: All levels
Pace: Very Slow
Difficulty of Poses: Easy
This practice focuses on the breath and safely stretching the yin tissues -- the tendons, ligaments and connective tissue -- by holding poses for up to 5 minutes. It is ideal for balancing out all your more muscle-focused yang activities, and gently stimulates the flow of qi through the body. If you have a bolster, please bring it.
Yoga Stretch - Level: All Levels
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Growing in popularity and now offered three times a week, this practice encourages you to release your tense muscles, tendons and connective tissues through a series of static stretching postures and breathing exercises. While it’s not quite as intense as Yin yoga and it’s not quite as long as Restorative yoga, for many people, this practice is their weekly ritual and it’s like their “Goldilocks” practice. If you’re new to yoga, getting back to yoga, new to fitness, coming off an injury, are a veteran athlete looking to pamper yourself, or you just want to feel good again, you belong here. You will leave Yoga Stretch feeling like you’re on a cloud.
Class Descriptions - PILATES
Barre/Pilates Combo - Level: Intermediate
A combination of Barre exercises and traditional Pilates mat exercises. You will work head to toe, sculpting and toning every muscle.
Basic Pilates - Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Pace: Slow to moderate
Difficulty: easy to moderate
This class is designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body while focusing on proper form and engagement of the core muscles. This class will include Pilates fundamentals and variations of classic mat exercises. Great for beginners or anyone who is looking to sustain healthy movement.
Functional Strength/Core - Level: All levels
This class is all about maintaining and building your overall body strength so that activities of daily life become easier as we get older, instead of more difficult! Aspects of Pilates are woven in with basic strength-training moves. Using your own body weight and some props, you'll strengthen, stretch, tone and streamline your body while also improving core stability, posture, body alignment, balance & flexibility.
Difficulty: Intermediate. (Exercise level progression shown for each exercise.)
Traditional mat Pilates meets Yoga.This class fuses pilates exercises with yoga poses, emphasizing form, posture, alignment, and breath to build core strength, improve body awareness, calm the mind, and strengthen, stretch and tone your muscles. Can be modified to suit all levels. Props used to assist and/or enhance exercises. At the end of class you should feel stronger, calmer, more connected, and maybe even stand a bit taller.
Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Pilates
Pilates Mat work strengthens, stretches, tones and streamlines the body. Mat work also improves core stability, posture, body alignment, balance, and flexibility through a structured progression of mat exercises and is carefully designed so that everyone from beginners to professional athletes can find a suitable workout. This effective mind-body exercise feels great, and can help relieve back, shoulder and neck pain. Can be modified to suit all levels and props may be used to modify or advance/challenge the exercises. Appropriate for those familiar with Pilates.
Class Descriptions - OTHER
Barre Body Workout - Level: All levels
Pace: Moderate to quick
Barre Body is a ballet-inspired aerobic workout designed to help you slim, lift and sculpt your entire body. Through the use of small "pulse actions" and full-range movements using weights and traditional ballet positions, you will develop a lean, defined, dancer-like body. This workout incorporates light dumbbells, balls, gliders, resistance bands and various ballet movements including arabesques, pliés, développés, and rélevés enabling you to strengthen your whole body, while simultaneously elongating your muscles. This low-impact class is available to all fitness levels and provides an effective and enjoyable full-body workout.
Core Barre - Level: All Levels
Pace: Moderate to quick
Core Barre incorporates ballet-inspired strength exercises, designed to sculpt and strengthen core and stabilizer muscles (those muscles that tend to shrink from too much sitting and not enough moving). We use small, tight movements to protect the joints, working out in various ballet positions, as well as incorporating traditional fitness positions (squats, lunges, planks etc). We incorporate light dumbbells, balls, gliders and resistance bands sculpting arms, abs, legs, glutes - your whole body. Modifications are offered for each exercise.
Class structure can include an aerobic style warm up, then upper body exercises, followed by barre work, then core work on the mat. Yoga stretches are done in between exercises and at the end of class. You will feel stronger and leaner after these fun classes! No tutu required...
Guided Meditation - Level: All levels
Join this guided meditation and experience relaxation and rejuvenation while calming your mind and bringing peace to your soul. Meditation is well known to enhance health and well-being, release stress, improve sleep, and attract happiness, love and abundance. The session will include vivid visualizations with tranquil music and nature sounds. Because this class occurs once per month, please check our Calendar.
Open Barre Workout - Level: All levels
This class offers a totally unique approach to your barre workout. Fusing the best of pilates, yoga, aerobics, and elements of the strengthening exercises favored by dancers, this class delivers a results-driven workout that is not only fun and dynamic, but it will sculpt your body and get you into absolutely amazing shape. Classes are designed for a wide range of fitness levels, ages, and bodies, complete with progressions so everyone from beginners to Barre enthusiasts will always feel challenged.
Strength and Sculpt - Level: Intermediate
Pace: Moderate to energetic
This class, set to an ever-changing playlist, is designed to strengthen and sculpt your entire body and ends with a nice long stretch. It includes moves such as lunges, squats, push ups and planks. You'll work every muscle group using handheld weights, resistance bands, stability balls, your own body weight and more. Expect to sweat as it moves at a fast pace and sometimes includes small cardio bursts. Workout shoes are recommended for the extra stability that they provide. Please bring them with you and change into them when you arrive!
Tone/Balance/Stretch - Level: Beginner/All Levels
Pace: Slow to moderate
A no-sweat, functional workout designed to wake up, tone and stretch your entire body. We'll focus on exercises to improve balance and stability, while also toning and strengthening with the use of light hand-held weights, our own body weight and sometimes resistance bands and stability balls . . . all set to music, making it an invigorating and fun way to start your day!