Yoga and Movement Classes

The style of yoga that we teach at Breathe Yoga and Massage varies by instructor, but is a combination of many styles, and heavily influenced by Vinyasa. Vinyasa is also known as "Flow" yoga because the poses generally flow together, in combination with the breath.

Vinyasa Flow is generally very easy to adapt to your own level.  You can generally do it easily and effortlessly at your own pace to create more flexibility, strength and endurance.  And it often has a strong emphasis on relaxation and stress reduction.

Our classes are differentiated by both level and intensity:

Level 1 = no prior knowledge of poses is assumed; beginners are welcome
Level 2 = some prior knowledge of poses is helpful, but not required
Level 3 = some prior knowledge of poses is expected
Level ALL = poses can be adapted to your skill level (more beginner or advanced options can be provided for any pose)

Low Intensity = emphasis is on relaxation, stress reduction, and meditation; will also improve flexibility and some strength
Moderate Intensity = still relaxing, but more likely to get your blood moving; additional emphasis on strength-building and flexibility
High Intensity = emphasis is on energizing -- increased focus on building strength and flexibility, while still providing space for relaxation and stress reduction

 

Back Care Yoga

Back Care Yoga Vancouver WAThis 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

Balanced Flow

Balanced Flow combines elements of many other types of yoga, focusing on overall balance and mindfulness. Balanced Flow is easily customized to the individual, allowing you to choose your own level of exertion. You will learn poses to assist you in becoming more flexible, balanced and mindful.

Level 1-2 = Gentle to Intermediate

Intensity/Exertion = Low to Moderate 

Core-Breath Yoga

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

Flow Yoga combines elements of many other types of yoga, focusing on overall flexibility, strength and mindfulness.  Flow yoga is easily customized to the individual, allowing you to choose your own level of exertion.  You will learn poses to 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.

For those of you who want to know the specific yoga styles, this varies by instructor, but is primarily Vinyasa.  Most of our instructors have training in several different styles of yoga, so will also draw from those.

Level 1-2 = Gentle to Intermediate

Intensity/Exertion = Low to Moderate

Gentle Flow

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 or 1-2 = Gentle or Gentle to Intermediate depending on class and instructor (see the schedule for details)

Intensity/Exertion = Low or Low to Moderate depending on class and instructor (see the schedule for details)

Guided Breathing Meditation

Pranayama Breath workshop Vancouver WAGuided Breathing Meditation is a class intended to guide you through breathing exercises, also known as pranayama. This class is for open-minded, open-hearted explorers of consciousness who are interested in discovering new ways of looking at things in life. Each class is different and the instructor will focus on exercises such as meditations, visualizations, processes and conscious breathing that will serve you in your continued growth and in overcoming obstacles.

Please note:

  • Most of these classes will focus on breathing exercises. Please be sure you are in good health (no colds or flu), since we may use nostril breathing, which is difficult if congested.
  • If you have a respiratory condition, including COPD, please consult with your doctor before enrolling in a guided breathing session.
  • Note that breathing exercises are referred to by many names such as breathwork, pranayama, conscious breathing and rebirthing.

Level 1 = Gentle

Intensity/Exertion = Low

Guided Healing Circle Meditation

Activate the healer within you 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, nobody is in front, below, or above, and nobody is behind. You are 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 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

Exertion/Intensity = Low to Moderate

Guided Meditation

Guided Meditation Vancouver WAIn this class we will connect with our deeper selves and become refreshed, relaxed and aware of the present moment. The class will be a guided meditation, and the focus and style of meditation will vary each month.

In addition to promoting a deep sense of calm and relaxation, research shows that mindfulness meditation and visualization can reduce blood pressure and other problems associated with stress. You can use it to help reach goals, manage pain and promote emotional and physical healing. You may develop more control of your emotions and thought processes, which will improve your attitude, health, overall sense of well-being and even sleep.

Recommended: We recommend supplementing your meditation practice with regular yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, walking or cardio classes, because it is quite difficult to calm the mind when the body hurts or is in physical discomfort.

Level 1 = Gentle

Intensity/Exertion = Low

Hatha Flow

Hatha Flow uses a combination of breathing techniques, yoga postures and meditation to align the body. With detailed support from the teacher, students move through a full range of motion that cultivates a balance of strength, stability and flexibility. Energetically, hatha classes stimulate the body to increase energy which can lift moods and ease depression symptoms. It’s the perfect class to start your day, explore your favorite yoga posture or begin your yoga journey.

Level 1-2 = Gentle to Intermediate

Intensity/Exertion = Low to Moderate

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga differs from Vinyasa or "flow" classes in that it focuses on holding poses for a longer period of time. This class will provide you basic yoga poses and the opportunity to fine tune them with detailed instruction. This class is particularly good for building strength, increasing balance and flexibility and opening up the joints, all while providing the stress reduction of mindful yoga.

Level 1-2 = Gentle to Intermediate

Intensity/Exertion = Low to Moderate

Meditation - Loving Kindness (free community class)

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

Loving Kindness (or "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

Restorative Yoga

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

Tai Chi Vancouver WATai chi is a form of exercise that coordinates breathing and gentle movement to improve the flow of energy throughout the entire body. This gentle exercise form is particularly good for improving balance and proprioception -- knowing where your body parts are relative to the rest of your body and your surroundings.

In addition to improving overall mood state, tai chi combines with Traditional Chinese Medicine to manage chronic disease by facilitating a lifestyle that promotes wellness and well-being among people of all ages. Tai chi is easy to learn, self-paced and non-competitive.

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Level 1-2 = Gentle to Intermediate

Intensity/Exertion = Low to Moderate

Universal Flow

Universal Flow is a practice that unites mind and body with synchronized movement and breath. Also known as “flow”, Vinyasa yoga moves fluidly and mindfully from one asana to the next. This results in a sequential movement that interlinks postures to form a continuous moving meditation. Some challenging poses will be offered, so intermediate yoga experience is beneficial as this class is tailored to an intermediate to advanced skill level.

Level 2-3 = Intermediate to Advanced

Intensity/Exertion = Moderate to High

Vinyasa Flow

Vinyasa Flow uses the breath to link standard poses together in a continuous flow that gets the body and breath moving. This results in a sequential movement that interlinks postures to form a continuous moving meditation. Energetically, Vinyasa stimulates the body systems to increase cardiovascular health, strength and flexibility. This practice 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

Yin Yoga

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

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.

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17030 SE 1st Street, Suite 102
Vancouver, WA 98684

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