At yogaview we believe that yoga is an extremely personal and individual endeavor. The style of our classes is primarily vinyasa, which indicates a blend of alignment-based yoga combined with creative sequencing and an emphasis on moving in sync with the breath. While most of our instructors are similar in many ways, some classes and approaches will naturally resonate with you more than others. For this reason we encourage you to try different classes at different times to find the ones that suit you. All of our teachers will encourage you to modify your practice to suit your needs on any given day to the best of your ability. On our class schedule pages, you can find the descriptions for the various types of classes which are also listed below. Feel free to ask our teachers and staff for help when you are looking for the right classes for you.
Level 1: these classes focus on the basics of alignment and breathing techniques. They help students set the foundation and are ideal for the beginner or for anyone who enjoys working on the fundamental aspects of the practice.
All Levels: these classes continue to develop the foundational poses while accommodating a broader range of experience levels. Sequencing moves at a slightly faster pace than our level 1 classes. Some prior yoga experience and familiarity with basic poses is recommended.
Level 2: these classes will assume some working knowledge of the basic poses. There will be more of an emphasis on the flow of the class and in linking the various positions. As with all of our classes, students are encouraged to work at their own pace. There is more of an expectation in these classes that students will know how to do this.
Level 2-3: these are challenging classes, which require previous yoga experience. Poses can be held longer or moved into and out of more quickly. Earn your sweet savasana! You can expect sun salutations, standing poses, balance poses, twists, arm balances and inversions.
Level 3: these classes are geared towards teachers and experienced practitioners. Inversions, arm balances and more advanced back bends will likely be explored. Students are expected to know when to back off and when to push forward in these classes.
Mysore Style: This style is modeled after the ashtanga yoga classes in Mysore, India taught by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Mysore class provides an opportunity for students of all levels to develop a “self practice,” which is an integral part of the ashtanga system. Students work independently on the particular series of postures that is most appropriate for them. The teacher assists, adjusts and may quietly discuss particular difficulties or concerns with individual students during class. Students may enter at any time during the scheduled class and begin their practice. No prior experience with Mysore is required. Classes are cancelled on new moon and full moon days. Visit this online calendar for a full listing of moon days.
Ashtanga Led Primary: During these led classes, students are guided in unison through the postures of the primary series sequence, and provided with options of how to do particular poses that may prove challenging. The primary series of Ashtanga yoga is a form of inter-linking yoga postures accompanied by deep breathing which create a purifying internal heat, realigning the body and calming the mind.
Gentle Flow: Gentle Flow allows students to create a well-rounded practice while continuing to learn poses, breathe, and stretch as they link poses together. All levels of practitioners are welcome to explore the practice slowly and mindfully.
Restorative: A restorative practice helps to relieve stress by taking the practitioner into a deep state of relaxation utilizing props and longer holds in poses. Restorative asana stimulates and soothes the internal organs, calms the central nervous system by deactivating the "flight or flight" responses, and improves concentration. It will leave you feeling calm and grounded.
Yin: “Yin” refers to still, quiet poses as opposed to active, high octane poses. Yin Yoga uses seated & reclining poses with long passive holds to allow gravity to do the work. The sensations you feel will be deep in the connective tissues and the joints, rather than the muscles.
Yoga/somatics: This class is part Hatha yoga, part Somatics. Somatics, developed by Thomas Hanna in the 1970's, releases the subconscious patterns of contraction in the body. You will be guided through small, controlled movements (often practiced lying on the floor) and will be encouraged to slow down, focus inward, and do less. This practice calms the nervous system and creates space and ease both in the body and in the mind.
Breath + Yoga: Conscious breathing is really about collaborating with the whole body. In this class, whether using movement and yoga shapes to reduce fatigue, strain and tension in the body, or to build strength, stability, and capacity, you will learn how to initiate all movement from your breathing — literally from the muscles fibers of your diaphragm. This class is designed to re-pattern functional breathing so the body can remember what it is naturally designed to do! Megan weaves her magic of clear and concise cuing throughout a journey of deep breath work combined with yoga asana to nourish you into a loving embodiment of your deepest, brightest, and healthiest self! All are welcome.
Vin/Yin: The first half of class progresses through a moderately paced, graceful, heat building sequence, designed to open up a specific part of the body. These sequences will mostly omit classic Ashtanga vinyasas and will be more creative in nature. The second half is yin based: focusing on deep, held postures that are usually seated and/or hip openers. Props for the yin portion are recommended but not necessary. This class will leave you feeling energized and balanced.
Yoga and Meditation: This class cultivates mindfulness through yogic breathwork, asanas (poses) and seated meditation. Beginning with gentle breathwork and light stretches that warm up your body the class then moves into a gentle flow sequence before finishing with seated meditation and savasana. Perfect for beginners or experienced meditators alike. Some asana experience is recommended.
Family: Introduce yoga to your kids at a young age! Our family class incorporates breathing, dancing, partner poses, games, story time and relaxation so that the whole family can enjoy the benefits of yoga. Open to all ages.
Prenatal: These classes are designed for expectant moms in all stages of their pregnancy. Students will learn key poses intended to help alleviate common aches and pains associated with pregnancy like back pain, leg cramps, and sciatica. Breathing techniques beneficial throughout the entire pregnancy are also utilized.
Baby and Me: This class focuses on strengthening the bond between parent and child. Using interactive, slow-moving postures, this class is also a wonderful way to connect with other new parents, and to help mom's body recover from birth and the strains of carrying and caring for a newborn. We'll practice yoga poses geared towards rebuilding strength and flexibility, while also playing with our babies. Appropriate for parents and not yet crawling infants 5 weeks and older, the class is not overly strenuous, but we recommend getting your doctor/midwife's approval prior to practicing yoga postpartum. Please bring one receiving blanket for each child to class.
The 2nd level of the Kohl's parking garage is always open for parking and less than a block away. If you would like, you can pull in front of the studio and drop your baby off with Cassi while you park. If using a stroller, there is an elevator entrance in the rear of the parking lot. Dial yogaview on the keypad to get buzzed up, take the eleveator to the 2nd floor and call the front desk if the door is locked.