"Yoga ~ 99% Practice, 1% Theory."
-K. Pattabhi Jois

Hegel Yoga
5861 S. Kyrene Rd. #11, Tempe AZ     85283    480-478-2934
CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Gentle Ashtanga: All Levels
This class focuses on foundational postures in Ashtanga, movements and mindful breathing. Ideal for students who are new to Ashtanga or
ex
prienced Ashtanga yogi's looking for a slightly slower pace. Modifications to key postures makes the Ashtanga Yoga practice accessible for everyone.
Standing postures
that build strength and endurance are taught as well as floor postures that help to release the muscles of the hips and spine
.Appropriate for strong beginners.

Classic Postures- Level 1:
Classic Yoga postures and their modifications that cover the basic alignment principles and positions common to all styles of yoga. Body alignment is
taught and emphasized in each posture. Develop stability, strength, and balance while deepening your practice and understanding of Yoga.
Postures
that comprise the s
un salutations are introduced.

Ashtanga Abbreviated Primary Series - All Levels: (Not recommended for beginners due to the pace of the sequence)
The first 30 minutes of class will be a complete workout with the traditional sequence of the Ashtanga Fundamental Series. We will begin with ten Sun
Salutations
and the complete series of Ashtanga standing postures through Virabhdrasana B (Warrior 2) followed by hip opening forward bends and
the full cooling/centering finishing sequence
.This class is intended for students who  would like a condensed version of the full Ashtanga Primary
Series. The pace of class will be traditional to Ashtanga, each posture will be held for five breaths before moving to the next posture (asana).

Ashtanga Full Primary Series: Level 2
A 90 minute led class following the set sequence and pace that is traditional to Ashtanga Yoga. Aerobic and strength building, recommended for
students who are familiar with the classic postures and are ready for a challenge. Class will begin with Surya Namaskara A and B (Sun Salutations);
the breath and movement are synchronized as the body smoothly flows through the postures. This practice is detoxifying and therapeutic as it builds
body heat, increases flexibility and strength while focusing the mind. Please see
www.kpjayi.org for more information on the sequence and Ashtanga
method. Appropriate for intermediate level students or those familiar with the classical postures and
are wanting more aerobic intensity in their practice.
The Primary Series has an emphasis on building hip flexibility and core strength.


Ashtanga Intermediate (Second) Series:  Level 2
Sun Salutations A and B and fundamental standing postures followed by the Ashtanga Second (Intermediate) Series. The Second Series postures are
explored for those new to the sequence and modifications are given if needed. There is an emphasis on  backbends, hip openers and inversion in the
second series
.  

Sivananda Style: All Level and Level 1 and 2
A unique series that is 'flipped' from the traditional formats. Designed to stimulate the chakra (energy) centers of the body from the crown to the root (top
of the head to the base of the spine), resulting in a peaceful, relaxed state. A
series of gentle modified Sun Salutations will start the class, followed by a
meditative inversion sequence followed by postures that focus on the spinal column and ending with a 10-15 minute standing sequence.
LEVEL1 format will offer a slower pace, longer warm up and more instructions on the details of the postures, LEVEL 2 format will focus on the flow of
energy in the sequence with less instruction on the alignment of the postures and will have more challenging postures offered in the sequence.
Alternatives and instructions to inversions are always offered! If you are new to inversions, this is a great class to learn them in as they are included at
the beginning of the sequence when energy is high. The pace is slow so there is time to explore the postures more.


Focus Classes: All Levels (Core Vinyasa or Hip Opener Classes)
Special classes that will lead you through postures that focus on a specific intention of practice or region of the body. Intentions include hip openers,
improving low back and hamstring flexibility, increasing spinal flexibility and rotation, shoulder and neck openers, digestion, balance, and mindfulness.
Appropriate for all levels.

Gentle/Therapeutic Yoga:  Pre Level 1 to  Level 1
Therapeutic yoga provides the tools to help you on your journey towards health and wellness. These classes provide an effective practice for those
recovering from or living with, injury or illness. Therapeutic Yoga blends restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, and breathing techniques in
such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle yet effective for bringing the body into balance and reducing stress.

Restorative Yoga:  All Levels
Restorative yoga emphasizes the calming of the nervous system and teaches the art of relaxation, which has tremendous mental and physical benefits.
A series of rejuvenating and supported poses are taught to promote vitality and create a state of deep relaxation.  It melts tensions away and leaves you
feeling completely refreshed and fully restored.  

Open Silent Practice: All levels with a self guided practice
Enjoy the freedom to practice at a pace and sequence that you choose. A quiet space reserved for like minded Yogi's who just would like the energy of
practicing in a group, but choose not to be led by an instructor.  Come in, roll out your mat and start you practice. Come and go as you please with
respect to the others in the room.  No talking in class and please enter and exit quietly.  Copies of the Ashtanga Primary Series and Sun Salutations are
available if you would like a guide to follow. Instructor practices with class, no adjustments offered. Arrive when you like, must begin your practice within
30 minutes of class start time.

Beginning Meditation: All Levels
An introductory class to meditation. Lecture, discussion and mediation practices will be included. Styles, techniques and benefits of meditation will be
explored. Class last eight weeks. Attendance to all eight weeks is recommended as the content is not repeated from week to week. More time is spent
in silent meditation as the class progresses. Back support, including chairs, are available for maximum comfort.


Yin: All Levels, Appropriate for Beginners. Cooling Class, Focusing on Flexibility Rather than Strength.
Postures held for longer periods of time accompanied by slow deep breathing to aid in the release of tight connective tissue, scar tissue and muscles.
The is a cooling practice, but very different from restorative classes. Appropriate for athletes to counter the effect of training as well all levels of yoga
experience and practice abilities.

Yoga Nidra: All Levels, Very Gentle
Deepen your practice by combining gentle Yoga with Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra is a powerful meditation technique that enables us to remain aware as we
enter into deeper states of consciousness in which we are able recognize the wholeness in which we are. Yoga Nidra is especially beneficial for those
dealing with anxiety, chronic stress, insomnia, depression, addictions, poor body image, low self-esteem, PTSD, or have experienced emotional or
physical traumas.  No experience is required, all that is required is a focus on intention and an openness to the process.

Yoga for Healthy Backs:
A class designed to gently release the superficial and deep muscles of the back. Props are used to find precise alignement of the spine in the
postures. Standing and floor postures will be practiced with an emphasis on twists, gentle back bends and core strength.  Stress releaving restorative
postures may be included.

Gentle & Curvy Friendly:
Yoga for EVERY body!  
Whether a complete beginner or a more experienced yogi, students will enjoy all that yoga has to offer using breath, meditation, modified poses, and
props in a safe and comfortable environment. This class is not about weight loss. Class includes postures that develop balance, flexibility and strength
as well as breathing practices for mindfulness and relaxation. Individual participants' needs and desires for finding ease in their practice will be
addressed.  Men and women of all shapes and sizes are welcome to attend, regardless of experience or ability.
Our classes are offered with gratitude for the work of the four teachers above. It is their
dedication to Yoga that began the spread of the teachings throughout the world.