Yoga and Movement Classes

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Breathe offers a diverse array of yoga and movement classes to fit multiple moods and skill levels.

See below for descriptions on each of our class styles, and click here to register for classes!

Back Care Yoga

Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm

This gentle class will focus on concrete and specific ways your yoga practice can address common symptoms like muscle tension, pain, weakness and restricted range of motion.

In each class we'll emphasize a breath-oriented approach, focusing on bringing well-being to the spine by linking conscious breathing to fluid movements in sequences designed to increase your strength, flexibility and core stability.

The class is great for people with previous back injuries or for those that want to prevent them. If you have a previous back injury, please consult your doctor before taking the class.

Level 1 = Gentle

Intensity/Exertion = Low

Core-Breath Yoga

Thursdays 9:00-10:00am

This class utilizes postures to increase strength and stability of the core muscles – abdomen, back and booty – along with breath work and influences of kundalini (using breath and movement from the base of the spine to stimulate the pineal and pituitary glands) while still providing space for relaxation and stress reduction.

Level 2-3 = Intermediate to Advanced

Intensity/Exertion = Moderate

Flow Yoga

Tuesdays 9:00-10:00am | Fridays 9:30-10:30am | Saturdays 9:30-10:30am

Flow Yoga, also known as "Vinyasa", combines elements of other types of yoga and focuses on overall flexibility, strength and mindfulness.  Flow Yoga is easily customized to the individual, allowing you to choose your own level of exertion while learning poses that will assist you in becoming more flexible, creating strength and increasing endurance. You will begin to let go of tension and relax through breathing techniques and basic meditation.

Level 1-2 = Gentle to Intermediate

Intensity/Exertion = Low to Moderate

Gentle Flow

Mondays 9:30-10:30am | Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm

Gentle Flow combines elements of many other types of yoga, focusing on a gradual progression towards strength and flexibility while giving extra care and attention to students. The flow is practiced at a slower pace with attention to alignment and emphasizing the connection between body and breath. Recommended for beginners or those looking for a calming flow experience.

Level 1 = Gentle

Intensity/Exertion = Low

Healing Circle

Every third Friday 7:00-8:30pm | Please register in advance

Activate the healer within yourself to find resiliency and compassionate self love for all that you are, no matter where you are on your healing journey!

Self-healing is about taking responsibility for your own choices toward wholeness and wellness. Your path is unique, and healing often means something different to each person. A step toward self-healing might be as simple as saying YES to this class.

Come and gather in a circle with other souls who are hungry for healing. In our circular formation, no person is in front, behind, above or below. You are therefore seen, heard and never alone. Whether your healing is focused physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually, this circle is a safe place to practice witnessing yourself and others without judgement.

Sarah Richards will be your guide to empower the healer within you. It's up to you to dive in and "do the work". We will explore wisdom and experiment with techniques that assist us in awakening and embodying the powerful healer within each and every one of us.

Level 1 = Gentle

Intensity/Exertion = Low

Metta Meditation (free community class)

Sundays 7:00-8:00pm

This class is offered free to the community as a gift from the instructor, Chris, and from Breathe.

Metta meditation is a form of meditation which cultivates loving kindness first towards the self, then towards those close to us, then out further to those who cause us difficulty and finally to all sentient beings. While Loving Kindness meditation began as a Buddhist practice (and continues to be a popular form), it is fundamentally non-denominational, and is appropriate for anyone wishing to add a compassionate mindfulness to their spiritual development.

The Sunday class will center on Loving Kindness practice, but will also include some other forms.  All Sunday meditation sessions are open to all and suitable for beginners.  Chris, the instructor, will guide the meditation.

There will be a small number of cushions, mats or chairs available, but many people like to bring their own cushion to sit on to ensure their comfort.

Recommended: We recommend Yoga, TaiJi, Qigong, walking or cardio classes, because it is quite difficult to calm the mind when the body hurts or is in physical discomfort. 

Level = All

Intensity/Exertion = Low

Power Flow

Mondays 6:30-7:30pm

Power Flow uses the breath to link powerful poses together in a continuous flow that gets the body and breath moving. This practice stimulates the body systems to increase cardiovascular health, strength and flexibility and is perfect for students who want to explore their favorite postures in a fun and challenging way. 

Level 2-3 = Intermediate to Advanced

Intensity/Exertion = Moderate to High

Primal Power Flow

Fridays 12:00-1:00pm

Primal Power Flow uses concepts from Primal Vinyasa that fuses traditional Vinyasa with unique challenges to remind you of your intuitive ability to move powerfully. It is an embodiment of authentic, healthy movement that is balanced and inspirational. In this class, you learn to let go of strictly linear movements and rediscover natural, fluid movements. Primal Power Flow is challenging, invigorating and diverse. It is based on finding synchronicity with natural, functional movements and breath and inspires authenticity, versatility, poise and tensional integrity.

Level 2-3 = Intermediate to Advanced

Intensity/Exertion = Moderate to High

Restorative Yoga

Wednesdays 9:30-10:30am

Restorative Yoga provides a wonderful opportunity to practice relaxation by rejuvenating the physical and mental body using the support of props (blankets, blocks and bolsters) to feel at ease and find bliss in each pose. It is a softer practice designed to bring the body to it’s natural state of wellness. The class will work the body from head to toe leaving you completely relaxed and rejuvenated.

This class is particularly good at stretching the connective tissues and opening the joints.  Postures are supported by props and held to allow time for the connective tissues to relax into the stretch.

Level = Gentle

Intensity/Exertion = Low

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance

Mondays 5:00-6:00pm | Wednesdays 4:00-5:00pm

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance derives from the Yang Style of Tai Chi. Using evidence-based research from the Falls Prevention Program, this style of Tai Chi has been fashioned into an effective arrangement of 8 gentle forms. The goal of this practice is to promote body awareness and control, which will improve posture and stability. While performing these forms, Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance provides a therapeutic training system using movements created from traditional martial arts that enhances the participant’s ability for functional fitness, coordination, range of motion and, of course, better balance.

In addition to reducing anxiety, alleviating depression and improving mood state, Tai Chi combines with Traditional Chinese Medicine to manage chronic disease by facilitating a lifestyle that promotes wellness amongst people of all ages. This gentle exercise is easy to learn, self-paced and non-competitive.

Level 1 = Gentle

Intensity/Exertion = Low

Yin Yoga

Tuesdays 10:30-11:30am | Sundays 12:00-1:00pm

Yin classes consist of a series of longer held poses that passively stretch the body. The practice encourages the inner muscles to relax so that the outer connective tissue (fascia) might expand. A regular yin practice increases flexibility, circulation and cultivates a healthy bone structure. Energetically, yin yoga balances the body systems which can reduce stress and anxiety in the body. It’s the perfect compliment to any active movement practice.

Level 1-2 = Gentle to Intermediate

Intensity/Exertion = Low to Moderate

Yoga Basics

Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm

Yoga Basics is the perfect class for beginners or those who want additional guidance for growth in their practice. All are welcome - no prior knowledge of yoga is assumed, and extra attention is paid to teaching the proper and healthy way to do poses. We provide all the tools (mats, blocks, blankets, straps) and guidance to begin or strengthen your successful yoga practice.

Throughout each class, students explore essential facets of asana (movement), pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation (connecting with the mind). You will learn the basics to develop a sound foundation for building strength, flexibility and endurance.

Level 1-2 = Gentle to Intermediate

Intensity/Exertion = Low to Moderate

Student Guidelines

Many students prefer to own their own mat, although we do have mats in the studio you're welcome to use.  (Mats are available for purchase as well.)

Some students are very scent-sensitive; therefore, we ask that you kindly not wear perfume, cologne or heavy scents in class.

Please remove your shoes upon entering the studio (symbolic of leaving your 'troubles' at the door) and bring clean, bare feet to your practice time.  Wearing socks is optional, but you will want to remove them during standing poses for safety.

Feel free to wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move and stretch without restriction.

You may want to avoid eating anything except a light snack/meal for about one hour prior to your class.

You will also want to bring a water bottle into the classroom.

Appointments

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Breathe Yoga and Massage
17030 SE 1st Street, Suite 102
Vancouver, WA 98684

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