classes

You will notice that we don’t call our classes hatha or vinyasa or ashtanga or power or any mashup of the foregoing. For a beginning student, these terms are often confusing and not terribly descriptive. (“Hmmm, do I want to take hatha vinyasa flow or gently flowing vinyasa or vinyasa hatha mix?”) We also don’t like Level 1, 2 and 3. That’s too judgy, in our opinion. The following descriptions are hopefully useful to you. Give us a call any time if you have questions about a class. T(w)eens ages thirteen and older are welcome to attend any class with a parent.

Gentle Chair Yoga
Pretty much any yoga pose you can do on a mat can be adapted to be done in a chair. So if you have mobility or range of motion constraints, chair yoga can provide you with deep stretching, and improvements in strength and flexibility. Really good for seniors, people recovering from injury, or anyone with chronic conditions that may limit endurance or mobility.

Ganesha Plus
Yoga has an image problem. Everywhere you look, you see pictures of thin, bendy women in impossible poses, and it makes it seem like you MUST look like that to be serious about yoga. Well, you don’t. That’s why we offer Ganesha Plus, where everyone is welcome, regardless of their body’s shape, size, gender identity or flexibility. Our teachers have studied with Adaptive Yoga gurus like Abby Lentz, founder of HeavyWeight Yoga, Sherry Zak Morris, one of the superstars of Senior and Chair Yoga (both of whom are fabulous friends and mentors, FYI), Patricia Meera Kerr (Big Yoga), and Anna Guest-Jelley (Curvy Yoga). We design classes that nurture you, challenge you and make you feel great. We offer lots of pose variations and give tons of encouragement to help you build a personal yoga practice that sings. Seriously. We will make sure you can do everything in this class, because yoga is for everybody. And every body, for that matter.

Ganesha Rx
Yoga truly is good for what ails you. This is a therapeutic class where you can bring all of your aches and pains, conditions and challenges, and emerge from class feeling refreshed, stable, and at ease within your body. Class will be gentle, with lots of somatic movement and a liberal use of props. The majority, if not all of the class will take place on the floor. If you have more going on than musculo-skeletal issues, we’d love it if you dropped us a line before coming so that we can best prepare to assist you during class. But if that is not possible, just come on in.

Gentle Yoga
This class is more active than Rx and Restorative and less active than Yoga Basics. You might do standing postures, or you might not. The focus of the class is on stretching and breathing.

Moonrise Yoga
Ease into your weekend with Moonrise Yoga. A gentle sequence of poses flow into an extended, candlelit savasana and meditation, sparking empowerment and joy along the way. We’re a community that’s friendly to all students; all bodies, skill levels and expressions of self are embraced.

Restorative Yoga
The human body contains more than 600 muscles. Learn to release every single one of them in this deeply relaxing class. Lights will be dimmed. Props will be abundantly used to support your body as you sink into the bolster, blanket or floor, completely letting go of all the tension you store. So ask yourself—what part of your body needs some serious tension relief?

Run Club/Walk Club
Join us for a Sunday morning walk or run with the supportive Ganesha community that you love. We meet at Ganesha, move directly to Coonley Elementary for 10 minutes of led warm-ups, and then split up. Runners go for 35-40 minutes, then meet back at Coonley for yoga cooldowns. Walkers enjoy a 50-minute walk through the neighborhood ending at Ganesha. You must pre-register for this class online by 9am in order to participate. Use your class pass, single class, or monthly unlimited membership.

Stiff Guy Yoga
Let’s face it. A lot of you guys are as flexible as a sheet of plywood. But there is hope for you. You may never be able to touch your forehead to your shins, but this class will absolutely help you loosen a stiff back or tight hamstrings, and strengthen all the tiny intrinsic muscles of your body that you are unaware of 98% of the time. Athletes from many sports use yoga as a cross-training tool – think Lebron, Jake Arrieta, the entire Seattle Seahawks roster, and others. But even if most of your game playing is done on an Xbox, Stiff Guy Yoga will help you.

Somatic Yoga
This class format integrates the work of Thomas Hanna’s Somatics with traditional yoga postures. Somatic Yoga seeks to release the body from the habitual movement and holding patterns that create imbalances and sometimes pain. This extremely therapeutic class is appropriate for all students.

Vinyasa Flow
This is an all-levels yoga class that focuses on flowing movement from pose to pose. We recommend that you are familiar with basic yoga poses so that you don’t have to think too much about what’s coming next and you can shift your attention inside. If that doesn’t describe you, consider Yoga Basics instead. We encourage each teacher to bring their unique perspective and style to the class, so some might be very spiritual, others not so much. We think you’ll enjoy the additional cardio benefits that a flowing practice brings.

Yoga Basics
Our instructors will give you lots of encouragement and personal attention as you become comfortable with body alignment, breath, and pose sequences. We recommend that you keep attending Yoga Basics classes until you feel like you’ve got the hang of it, at which time you might consider trying Vinyasa Flow.

Yin Yoga
The Yin style of yoga is characterized by holding postures for a significant length of time–think 2-5 minutes. But it isn’t like restorative yoga. Yin postures are active, and seek to stretch the layers of fascia that cover our muscles. In restorative yoga you are more likely to be supported by props and able to melt into the pose. In yin, you are supported but you are also making an effort to maintain the posture. It is appropriate for all healthy students and for some injuries but not others. Contact us if you are unsure if yin yoga is OK for you.