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Class Descriptions

We offer a wide range of classes designed for beginners through advanced practitioners.  We have classes appropriate for all ages and abilities.  We are one of the only studios on the peninsula to offer hot yoga as well as many warm and non-heated yoga and movement classes. Check out our class descriptions below to find the one that is right for you and your body.

Unless otherwise noted, students should bring a yoga mat and non-breakable water bottle and wear comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement.

To see when classes are offered, check out our class schedule.

Non-Heated Classes

Our non-heated classes are held in a room at normal room temperature.

Independent Contractor

You must contact teacher directly to sign up or make an appointment.

Heated Classes

For our heated classes, we turn up the temperature to varying levels. Check class descriptions for details.

Private Lessons

Must call the studio to book a lesson.

Private Lesson
Your 60 minute private yoga lesson can be scheduled around your convenience. The studio can be heated or non-heated depending on your preference. During your lesson your teacher will educate you on postural alignment and basic yoga fundamentals.Your private class may include meditation techniques, breathing exercises, and poses all catered to you, as well as incorporate a mind body connection that will create a mindfulness attitude throughout your yoga practice and basic daily tasks. Working one on one with a knowledgable teacher is a priceless experience for both the new and experienced yogi alike. Your teacher will be able to help you create a sustainable and powerful personal practice that may support you for years to come. This session could be a simple refresher after some time away from the mat, or perhaps you have specific poses you want guidance in, or maybe you’re ready to take your practice to the next level- physically, or spiritually! During your class your teacher can answer any questions you may have as well as meld the class to your challenge level. Whether you want to learn the basics of yoga, fine tune your practice, or simple have your own private class, a 60 minute private lesson is perfect for you.

Call today to schedule (360) 531- 4909

Thai Yoga
Thai Yoga, or lovingly called “Lazy Man’s Yoga” is a unique and sacred healing treatment. This practice integrates the benefits of Yoga, Thai Medicine, and Buddhism. Thai Yoga was passed down by it’s founder, Jivaka Komarabhacca (the personal physician to the Buddha), over 2,500 years ago- and it’s benefits now come to you!
This practice is unique from other hands-on healing treatments in that your practitioner will be moving your body into gentle yoga poses with their hands, knees, and feet, all while you’re laying down comfortably. In these poses you can expect a rocking and rhythmic motion, acupressure, and palming and kneading along your Sen lines (energetic channels along your body similar to the Chinese Meridian lines, and the Ayurvedic Nadis). And the benefits of Thai Yoga are limitless. You may experience enhanced and balanced energy flow, increased flexibility, chronic pain relief, and stress reduction.
Call Sophia to schedule today! (412) 512-9558
Hot Yoga

Hatha Yoga consisting of 2 breathing exercises and 26 postures practiced in our eco-friendly cork floored movement studio heated to 105 degrees/55% humidity. Release your stress while gaining stamina, flexibility and mental clarity. Bring a large towel, small towel, and a non-breakable water bottle. We recommend wearing shorts and tank/yoga top or something similar that breathes. You will sweat!!

Chi Kung (Qigong)
A fun, energizing, and deeply healing integration of the following Qigong practices:
Sound Qigong is Susanne Skadron’s original method of combining vocal toning and release sounds with diaphragmatic breathing and Qigong and Tai Chi exercises. In addition to the enormous benefits of traditional qigong, using the voice can help heal the brain and nervous system, and clear emotional blockages and voice issues. No singing ability needed.
The Five Animal Frolics are one of the oldest forms of medical qigong. These exercises are based on the spirit and movement of the Tiger, Deer, Bear, Monkey, and Bird. Each animal has corresponding organs, and we integrate traditional organ healing sounds with the movements. Several versions of the Five Animals will be practiced, and modified exercises will be demonstrated for those with movement limitations. These are very good exercise!
The Eight Pieces of Brocade is one of the most frequently practiced forms of medical qigong. They work all aspects of the body/mind and corresponding organs. They are also a complete healing system.
We will also incorporate postural alignment stretches which align the major bones with gravity. Joint circling and qigong swings are also practiced. The joints are primary centers for conducting chi through the system, and these practices help circulate and build chi in the joints, and may help joint related issues and balance.
Standing meditation is important for feeling peace, building strength, and integrating the benefits of the practices.

STUDENT TESTIMONIAL:

I have been doing Qigong at a beginner level for a couple of years.I know the tactile sensation in my hands when I am moving Qi and I know the feeling in my body when Qi is being directed.

When I started taking Susanne Skadron’s Sound Qigong class, I was surprised at how her techniques amplified the effect of the practice as compared to regular Qigong without the vocal enhancement.
At a recent class we spent some time doing some joint movement and toning that not only invigorated my entire system, but completely removed the knee pain I had been experiencing for a week. Even the little “click” in the joint went away and has been fine since that day.
I am constantly amazed by the practice and Susanne’s innovative methods.
Rick Faraci

STUDENT TESTIMONIAL:

Sound Qigong and toning has been a very powerful practice for me.  With Susanne’s guidance I was able to get into places in my body where I stored old emotions and energy patterns, and release them using sound.  Overall effect of the practice has been balancing and freeing, both for my body and for my ability to express myself.  Sound Qigong helped me see how much constriction there is (was?) in my voice, see the fear I have for expressing myself, and to start letting go of that constriction and fear.

Olia Kerzhner
Pilates Barre
Barre class mixes elements of Pilates, dance, yoga, and functional training, and the moves are choreographed to motivating music. An energizing and targeted workout, you’ll use mini-balls and small hand weights to sculpt, slim, and stretch your entire body.
Sculpt

Sculpt combines yoga and light weight-training to tone the entire body. It is designed to help people move deeper into yoga poses, as well as improve overall fitness and strength. Also includes short bursts of cardio to get the heart rate up and to awaken your Kundalini Energy.

Flow and Restore

For those who need both movement and relaxation, this class has it all. We’ll start with 30 minutes of Vinyasa to warm our bodies by connecting breath to movement, and finding the balance between strength and flexibility. You can expect the same elements as you would in any other vinyasa class- pranayama (breathing exercises), gentle movement to wake the joints, and then standing poses that may be more challenging. We’ll slow down the flow and work into 30 minutes of long held restorative poses. This will usually include the use of props, relaxing breathing exercises, and maybe even some calming meditation techniques.

Heated Vinyasa
This 60 minute heated (90-95 degrees) Vinyasa class focuses on the integration of strength and flexibility, solidifying proper alignment, and utilizing the powerful tool of the breath. What makes Vinyasa unique is the “flow,” each pose and movement correlates with either an inhalation or exhalation. You will start off slowly, first practicing a short breathing exercise and then gently warming up the body. You’ll work up to several poses that will engage each muscle group and perhaps even test your endurance. You’ll then start slowing down to enjoy longer held poses to deepen your flexibility. You’ll finish the class laying down to relax the body and maybe even follow along to a short guided meditation. Though this class is meant to challenge you, many variations of each pose will be offered so you can start from wherever you are today while also having options to grow into.”
Serene Seniors/Beginners Yoga with Reiki ~ Gentle
Restorative/Beginners Yoga is suitable for people of all ages, but can be especially helpful for seniors. Gentle movement and stretching, through beginners yoga poses can reduce swelling in joints while increasing joint mobility. It improves balance, which helps in reducing falls. Seniors Yoga aids in digestion and elimination, improves sleep, and lowers blood pressure. It has also been shown to speed the recovery from surgery and also aid in the grieving process.  Let go through stillness and stretch, and experience the nurturing effect.

Reiki a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing and cleansing processes of the patient’s body, it helps remove blockages and unbalances in the chakras, and restore physical and emotional well-being.

Senior Mobility

Get back that great posture and balance while improving your mobility and way of life! You can expect gentle movement, strength and balance exercises, as well as yoga poses that will relax and rejuvenate your body. You will leave feeling strong and supple.

Gentle Yoga
Do you wake up with chronic aches and pains? Most of us would answer yes to this question! This class focuses on the therapeutic effects of yoga for both strengthening and releasing tension and pain. It also emphasizes breath and alignment. Each class is built bases on your needs. So whether you are looking to build strength or release tension, you can find support for your goals in this class.  Gentle does not mean easy! So come prepared to be challenged in a supportive environment. All levels are welcome.

Yin + Nidra Yoga

This 60 minute class begins with 20-30 minutes of Yin Yoga. Poses are held for 1-5 minutes to gently stretch the connective tissue around your joints in order to prepare your body for meditation. Your body prepared, you will spend the remaining 30-40 minutes laying in Savasana, or “Corpse Pose” for the practice of Yoga Nidra, or Yogic “Sleep”. The theory behind this powerful practice is simple: when we sleep, we only relax our senses without having resolved our tensions. Yoga Nidra’s goal is to fully and genuinely relax mind, body, and soul. Your instructor will lead you through a guided mediation to first quiet your body, then to help you connect with your consciousness in a state between wakefulness and dream. But make note, Yoga Nidra is not hypnosis, and you will not be sleeping. Best explained by Swami Satyananda Saraswati, “At this moment, your intellectual mind is operating, but when you are able to relax, the subconscious and unconscious levels of mind open.” And in Yoga Nidra, relaxation means “to be blissfully happy.” By working to remove the three types of tension (muscular, emotional, and mental tension) you are able to slowly relieve nervous system and endocrine imbalances; release both attachment and aversion to love/hate, success/failure, etc..; and establish harmony in all facets of your being.

Warm Slow Flow Hatha Yoga

Find harmony between mind and body, strength and flexibility during this 60 minute warmed slow flow Hatha class. We will focus on postural fundamentals during long held poses, practice pranayama (breathing) exercises, and explore the nonjudgmental observance of the Self. This Hatha class is designed to balance the body, promote peace in the mind, and to deepen your yogic practice on and off the mat. Perfect for seniors!

Andrea’s 6-Week Posture Course
The 6-week posture course teaches balanced skeletal positioning while standing, sitting, lying, and bending. This skeletal repositioning is followed and supported by directed muscle stretching and strengthening exercises. Directed stretching will speed up and support the muscle rebalancing required to maintain a balanced skeletal alignment throughout all life’s activities. Many students experience a dramatic pain reduction from their improved posture. Proper skeletal alignment increases overall comfort and can decrease/eliminate back and joint pain. Good posture and healthy movement also improves balance and reduces injuries. Retraining posture also improves blood circulation and breath efficacy, strengthens overall core muscles, and improves digestion. This training supports all activities such as desk work, physical labor, daily life activities, yoga, pilates, swimming, running, weight training, dancing, or just sitting around. The class is offered quarterly and private lessons are available upon request.

Contact Andrea Davis: redwoodoma@gmail.com or 360-683-4081

Core-Posture Flow
This weekly class is for graduates of Andrea’s 6-week posture course.

Each class will concentrate on posture retraining by lengthening our short and tight muscles (usually the anterior muscles) and strengthening our weak muscles (usually our posterior muscles). All positions and moves are intended to support balanced skeletal alignment throughout all life’s activities.

Happy Feet Workshop
In this 1.5 hour workshop you’ll learn how to massage and exercise your feet, shop for shoes, and fit CorrectToes® to help you on the path to happy feet. Many of us, especially as we age, have pain, discomfort, or misaligned feet. Learn how to care for your feet and reverse the damage that is often caused by improper footwear. This information can help relieve and reverse conditions such as bunion, plantar fasciosis, hammer toes, neuromas, Achilles tendonitis, arch imbalances, and ankle instability. This workshop is offered quarterly or private lessons are available.

Contact Andrea Davis: redwoodoma@gmail.com or 360-683-4081

Awareness Through Movement ® (ATM)
Awareness Through Movement ®  (ATM) consists of verbally directed movement sequences presented primarily to groups. During ATM lessons you are guided in precisely structured movement explorations. Lessons may be based on developmental movement patterns, ordinary functional activities or more abstract movement explorations. Comfortable, easy movements gradually evolve into movements of greater range and complexity. No experience necessary. Lessons will involve lying on the floor (on a folded blanket or mat), sitting and standing.

Please contact Helen if you have questions or concerns.

206-297- 7862

hgpelton@gmail.com

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