Yoga Class Descriptions

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Yoga Class Descriptions 2017-09-28T17:00:11+00:00

Class Overview

Improve your flexibility, focus, strength, energy and peace with Yoga!

The foundational structure of our classes is primarily based on the alignment oriented Anusara Yoga method.  Chiropractors and Physical Therapists love this therapeutic alignment for the health of the spine, bones, muscles and joints.  We also weave themes from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras through the classes so that each student experiences a journey beyond the body that connects with the heart of Life.
Sri Ekan was certified in Anusara Yoga in 2001 and Nirgunavathi was licensed as an Anusara teacher in 2007 and both have decades of training in yoga philosophy, yoga history, biomechanics, anatomy, detailed postural alignment, adjusting, therapeutics and the art of teaching yoga.
Barry Sowder and Lisa Starr are long term students of Yoga and Lake Center Yoga and have a deep understanding of how to do yoga safely and make it fun for beginning to advanced students.

Yoga Class Descriptions — Choose the Right Class for You!

Come and expand the potential of your body, mind and spirit in these wonderful classes at Lake Center Yoga. The only things necessary for class are comfortable workout type clothes, an open mind, a good attitude and a willingness to enjoy where you are in the poses according to your capacity in each moment.
Our classes are held at a comfortable 75 degrees.

Yoga Basics is a beginners yoga class for anyone new to yoga or new to therapeutic alignment principles in yoga.

If you are new to yoga you will get the best possible foundation which is very important when beginning.

If you have taken other styles you will learn or refine proper alignment which will enhance your practice on all levels.  The poses may be familiar to you but you will experience them in a completely expanded, refreshed and powerful way. If you have had prior experience but have developed counterproductive habits or injuries these will also be addressed.

You will be infinitely rewarded on all levels with this course where you will learn the powerful principles of alignment. You will learn these principles which create tremendous core strength and which support and protect you in every yoga pose you will ever do as well as in your daily movement. You will also learn how to adapt many aspects of yoga to your own body and lifestyle so you can take yoga off the mat and into your life.

You will receive a handout with a recommended home practice reviewing the alignment principle you learn each week. In this progressive learning course we cover warm-ups, principles of alignment applied to yoga poses and different breathing practices to bring balance to the nervous system, silence to the mind and relaxation to the body.

Anyone can drop in to this class at any time.

Students who take one or more six-weeks sessions of this class eventually move on to Yoga 1 — and from there to Yoga 2 when they are ready.

Click here to register and pay for Yoga Basics

Yoga 1 is ideal for people who have been practicing yoga or have completed Yoga Basics and would like to continue in a slightly more advanced and varied class.

These classes will incorporate Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras to bring deeper philosophical meaning into the physical aspects of yoga and life. Classes start with a short meditation, opening invocation and recitation of the Sutra of the week in the Sanskrit language which helps to center you and calm the mind. This is followed by a sequence of yoga poses ending with a final relaxation and short meditation.

This class can accommodate brand new people who cannot attend the Yoga Basics class first due to scheduling difficulties. Registered students receive a Yoga Sutra Review and Home Practice at the end of each week.

If you have yoga experience you may drop in to these classes anytime.

Click here to register and pay for Yoga 1.
Yoga 1-2 is for more experienced students who don’t have any chronic problems in the body and have a basic understanding of principals of alignment as taught in our Yoga Basics Course. The difference between this class and Yoga 1 is that you will have an opportunity to move into deeper poses like full back bend (Urdvadanusrasana), and inversion poses of Hatha Yoga like headstand, handstand and forearm balancing. A lot of the people in the class have been doing yoga for quite a while and have made yoga part of their lifestyle.

These classes incorporate Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras to bring deeper philosophical meaning into the physical aspects of yoga and life. Classes start with a short meditation, opening invocation and recitation of the Sutra of the week in the Sanskrit language which helps to center you and calm the mind. This is followed by a different sequence of yoga poses each week ending with a final relaxation and short meditation.

Those with more physical limitations would be better to go to Yoga 1 or Yoga Basics until there are no chronic distracting problems in your body or mind. It’s hard for the mind to go to more subtle places when it can’t break away from things that bother you on a daily basis.

Registered students receive a Yoga Sutra Review and Home Practice at the end of each week.

Click here to register and pay for Yoga 1-2.
Yoga 2 is for current students of yoga who practice regularly and can perform basic hatha yoga postures. One must have an interest in exploring the more subtle aspects of yoga adding more detail to alignment and subtler energies.

Those with more physical limitations would be better to go to Yoga 1 or Yoga Basics until there are no chronic distracting problems in your body or mind. It’s hard for the mind to go to more subtle places when it can’t break away from things that bother you on a daily basis.

Registered students receive a Yoga Sutra Review and Home Practice at the end of each week.

If you have yoga experience you may drop in to these classes any time.

Click here to register and pay for Yoga 2.

In this class we will explore Vedic Astrology and how that apply’s to your personal horoscope and yoga practice. Sri Ekan is offering this unique method to be able to explore deeper into your psyche to have a deeper understanding of our purpose in life and how we process things. This class was inspired from the last few years of our Vedic Astrology Retreats have gone over with such enthusiasm and interest it was a way to create more study and contemplation between the retreats that are every few months. Just the basics of astrology will be used so anybody can drop in and not feel that they are way behind and don’t understand what is going on. In addition to our all our Yoga 1 and 2 classes which use the Patanjali Yoga Sutras so deeper understanding of yoga. Vedic Astrology is another tool to put and deeper meaning into your yoga practice and life. If interested please fill out new student registration on the schedule page that you can fill your astrological information in on and Sri Ekan will bring your chart to class.

We will explore the planets as different energies that are in all of us. With more awareness and consciousness we are able to tap into these energies just as we do in Hatha yoga using the Sun and the Moon as a powerful part of a yogic practice. So Vedic Astrology is a perfect tool for self development that blends in perfectly with Hatha Yoga and the studies of the Sutras.

All levels from beginning to well seasoned yogis are welcome.

It will be a great class to deepen your contemplation about your path in life.  The teacher will also provide a copy of your astrological chart for those who regularly attend the class. Just fill our a new student registration form on the class schedule page which you’ll fill your astrological information in at the bottom of the page.

Click here to register and pay for Vedic Astrology Yoga.

Would you like more ease and comfort in your spine, hips and sacrum? Yin Yoga is designed to safely target your connective tissues (e.g. ligaments, tendons, bones) and joints including the spine, hips and sacrum. This helps improve the range of motion of the joints and opens up blocked or slowed healing energy pathways.

Yin Yoga is similar to restorative poses in that they are generally held for anywhere from 2- 10 minutes. However Yin poses are usually more challenging than restorative ones. Yin poses are passive compared to the active Yang poses of most hatha yoga and flowing styles such as vinyasa. Yin is the other side, the complementary opposite of the yoga world.

Yin Yoga is a highly-recommended complement to Yang poses. Many yoga practitioners are adding Yin Yoga to their routine to balance out their body, mind and spirit.

All levels welcome – Beginners to advanced. Try it just once and you will love it!

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Pranayama/ Chanting / Meditation Friday evening 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In this meditation session we will do some breathing practices and chanting to prepare us for a meditation. This evening is an opportunity to imbibe some of the more subtle aspects of yoga. Using sound vibration and tapping into deeper aspects using chakras, sound vibrations, visualizations and contemplations to carry us to more the more subtle and deeper aspects of our inner being. Transcending the normal thinking mind gives tremendous relief to the nervous system and allows one to tap into a deep relaxed state. You are welcome to bring a small chair if sitting on yoga blankets and using yoga blocks aren’t enough to keep you in a comfortable sitting posture. One can always lay down for the meditation if you need to. Any level of student is welcome from beginner to more advanced.

Class ends with a very deep meditation.

The inner peace, tranquility and bliss you leave with is topped off with a vegan sweet treat for the road. Come grow younger and shine brighter by immersing yourself in the healing and powerful inner energy through the more inward practices of Yoga.

This class is by donation only. We do not want money to be the issue that keeps you from meditating with us. Our regular classes support our studio and we really like supporting people that want to look at the deeper aspects of yoga. A special treat is given at the end of each class along with the inner peace, tranquility and bliss that will go home with you. Come and bathe in the experience~

Click here to Register for Pranayama / Chanting / Meditation Class

These full day Astro Yoga & Meditation Retreats are amazing! The only pre-requisite is that you have been enjoying classes at Lake Center Yoga for at least six weeks. The retreats provide an awesome opportunity for you to give yourself a whole day “break from the world” to spend an entire day going in depth with the Eight Limbs of Yoga and many different yogic practices we don’t have time for in regular classes. Along with this we add the wisdom of Jyotisha Vedic Astrology for your inner contemplation and to help you see your strengths and weaknesses. You learn how to use your strengths and where you need to put more attention to strengthen those areas of weakness via different mantra’s and specific meditations to be used according to your needs.

The Fabulous Vegan Feast is a highlight of the retreat days. It is a multi course delicious homemade vegan lunch made in a Satvic (pure) way by Nirgunavathi with food from the huge Lake Center Yoga organic garden and her years of yogic cooking experience.Our knowledge of living a yogic lifestyle is meant to inspire everyone wanting to learn how to bring yoga into modern day life. These retreat days are the “cream of the crop” at Lake Center Yoga!

Click here to Register for a Yoga Retreat
These Private Yoga sessions give you the opportunity to work one on one with Sri Ekan addressing your individual wants and needs for your yoga practice. During this time you will receive instructions geared specifically to your body, adjustments, variations and special attention to any chronic injuries or circumstances. This can also be a life coaching session as you discuss lifestyle or any concerns you might have beyond asana practice. This is a time that can give you a fresh perspective and inspire you to be more excited about life!

Call 407-831-2229 with any questions, for more details or to schedule a session.

Lake Center Yoga is conveniently located for residents of Longwood, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Winter Springs, Casselberry, Maitland and the adjacent areas.

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Why Do Students Love Our Classes?

  • Highly trained teachers with years of experience and training
  • Classes are fun and safe
  • Our classes put the Spirit back in Body, Mind and Spirit
  • Learn to adjust poses to your level of current ability
  • Students receive the class outline by email each week so they can practice at home.
  • Our classes are held at a comfortable 75 degrees.

You guys are the best! Not only because of your skills in Yoga and as teachers, but because you carry love in your hearts and you share it so freely.
Elena, Cirque du Soleil
Caring, competent, experienced teachers, friendly, uplifting atmosphere, and the most elegant, clear, heart-opening system of yoga.
Sujata
Nirgunavathi & Sri Ekan at Lake Center Yoga touch the hearts and spirit of each student in each class.
Herb Cramer