Olney Yoga Loft teachers have varied yoga backgrounds - each and every class is a unique reflection of a teacher’s training and authentic style. These descriptions are intended to offer students a brief overview of the classes available, and to help you choose the one that is right for you.

Class Descriptions

 

Hatha Yoga refers to the physical practice of yoga postures or asanas. A Hatha Yoga class will include a variety of physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama) and relaxation/meditation practices. Students can expect to move through a progressive sequence of poses such as forward bends, hip-openers, shoulder-openers, backbends, and twists designed to stretch and strengthen the entire body. In a typical Hatha Yoga class, you will hold each pose for several breaths, taking time to find the healthy alignment before moving mindfully to the next posture. Each class will culminate with a final relaxation. Students of Hatha Yoga may benefit from increased flexibility, strength, improved circulation, reduced stress and improved concentration. Hatha Yoga is appropriate for anyone who is relatively free from injury and can stand, sit and kneel on the floor. Classes are offered at Beginner, Moderate, Advanced and All Levels.

 

Gentle Yoga is a mixed level class for new students or those simply wanting a more relaxed and nurturing experience. Students can expect to do relaxing breath work, do various warm ups and explore basic postures at a fairly slow pace. All classes begin with a centering, a variety of warm ups before working on the postures and end with deep relaxation. Students of Gentle Yoga may benefit from increased flexibility, improved circulation, reduced stress and more clarity. Gentle Yoga is appropriate for anyone who is relatively free from injury and can stand, sit and kneel on the floor.


Vinyasa Yoga is a style of yoga that links movement with the breath in order to flow from one pose into another. A typical Vinyasa class will use various forms of the Sun Salutation as a warm up to generate heat in the body and focus the mind on the breath. Students can then expect to move through a variety of sequences that may include lunges, forward bends, back bends and twists continuously linking the movement with the breath in order to progressively open up the body for more challenging poses. Each class will culminate with a final relaxation. Students of Vinyasa Yoga may benefit from increased strength, flexibility, fitness, reduced stress and improved concentration. Vinyasa Yoga is appropriate for anyone who is relatively free from injury and can stand, sit and kneel on the floor; as well as support their weight on their hands/wrists in a plank (high push-up) position. Classes are offered at Beginner, Moderate, Advanced and All Levels.

 

Qi Gong is a health maintenance system developed by the Chinese thousands of years ago. This class is typically offered in a session (10 week) format in which each class will build on the one prior. Over the course of a session students will learn the posture for standing meditation, qi circulation patterns in the body, natural breathing, energy work preparation movements, and the 20 yin-yang moves of Medical Qi Gong. This practice with slow, gentle movements helps prevent disease and improve health by clearing blocked qi (life energy) and opening energetic pathways in the body. The simple movements release tension held in the body eliminating the ill effects of stress, reducing pain, strengthening the immune system, increasing flexibility and bringing the body into balance. Students of Qi Gong may benefit from improved health, better concentration, more restorative sleep and a more positive attitude. Qi Gong is appropriate for anyone as it does not place any strain on the body.

 

Teen Yoga is especially designed for students ages 12 and older, to provide tools to better manage emotions and stress levels, to strengthen and exercise the body, and feel more empowered and self-confident. Students can expect to learn breathing and centering exercises, yoga postures, relaxation and meditation techniques as well as how and when to use these techniques when facing challenges outside of class. Students of Teen Yoga may benefit from lower stress, better sleep, improved concentration and increased mental clarity. Teen Yoga is appropriate for students ages 12 and older who are relatively free from injury and can stand, sit and kneel on the floor.

 

Therapeutic Yoga blends restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, breath work, and guided meditation techniques in 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. Students can expect to work on the floor and do some standing poses, but there will be props and/or chairs to assist those for whom standing is a stressor. Over the course of the session students will learn to bring breath, awareness and healthy movement into the body starting with the feet and working upward. Students of Therapeutic Yoga may benefit from improved balance, increased range of motion and reduced pain. Therapeutic Yoga is specifically designed for those students suffering from an injury, chronic pain or other condition which makes movement difficult.

 

Yoga Nidra (“yogic sleep”) is a holistic, systematic meditation technique which, with proper guidance, allows us to incline the mind and body toward a healthy, productive state. A state of deep relaxation is achieved as attention is directed in a methodical, orderly way through the body. Students will be encouraged to build on their desire to reach their highest potential by nurturing and strengthening the positive traits they already possess. Yoga Nidra helps people to rest, balance, transform and tap into new sources of energy. Yoga Nidra is appropriate for everyone.