Class Descriptions & Levels

        Funyasa| Yoga Nidra | The Yoga Lowdown | Class Levels


Funyasa Yoga™ is all about celebrating the joy of movement.  Each class is designed as a tribute to the complete person:  physical body, reactionary mind, luminous soul. Poses are linked playfully by the breath's rhythm, inviting joy into the practice with kinetic variations, all kinds of balancing poses, deep delicious stretches and more. Students make their own cathartic exploration of the body, through a sensual mélange of poses emphasizing sensation. Everyone finds their own way to move intuitively, intelligently through challenging sequences, staying true to principles of healthy alignment.  To honor students' different moods and abilities, options can range from the gentle to the seemingly outrageous.

The Yoga Lowdown: For most of this class, the work occurs on the floor, hence the name.  But just because we stay close to the mat doesn't mean this class is necessarily "easy."   Traditional poses are combined with modern techniques of physical therapy, and everyone is encouraged to explore personal and problematic tight-spots in the body.  By using foam rollers, we address deep myo-fascial tension and trigger release, focusing on yoga as therapy.   Because we rarely stand up, and since everyone is guided to work at their own pace and within their own comfort zone, this class is appropriate for all levels, from the beginner to advanced.

Yoga Nidra:  Roughly translated, Yoga  Nidra means the sleep of a yogi, and refers to the final relaxation in which deep levels of consciousness can be accessed. The first part of this low-to-the-ground class contains a series of heat-building poses and delicious stretches.  Afterwards, through guided imagery and techniques of systematic release, you'll arrive at a state of profound physical and mental relaxation, penetrating the unconscious and subconscious self.  It's said that half an hour of Yoga Nidra can replace three hours of sleep.  You're welcome to come to class and decide for yourself.



Levels: In theory, advanced students should understand when to stop, while beginners might sometimes go overboard.  In reality, the opposite can happen, usually because people approach their yoga practice with such high enthusiasm.  Refinement in hatha yoga is a lot about subtle actions and attitudes, and often involves dropping technique and economizing effort. Rather than strive madly for some challenging pose, rather than become attached to the outcome of our efforts, it's more important that we honor our strengths and weaknesses and proceed accordingly. Your teacher can only guide you; everyone must move responsibly to ensure their own safety.  By observing the thoughts and sensations that arise in class, and by admitting the truth about how we think and feel in that moment, our class experience becomes more meaningful.   So with all that in mind, please read the information below and decide what class is best for you.

Open: There's a reason most of the above classes are taught at an open level.  When students of different backgrounds practice yoga side-by-side, we wind up celebrating our differences. Novice and experienced students can work together, starting with simple outlines of a pose, working up to more strenuous variations.  This attitude of creating and sustaining community is exactly what is fostered in a funyasa yoga class. 

Yoga Nidra & Restorative / Gentle Yoga:  These are open level classes.  In the more relaxed Yoga Nidra and Restorative classes, our slow and supported movements are sweet and safe for the majority.  In both of these classes we stay low to the ground, but the Yoga Nidra class starts with heat-building stretches, so is therefore slightly more strenuous than the Gentle Yoga class, whic is safe for all levels from beginners to advanced.

Advanced:  Students who are truly experienced in asana need few cues in approaching a given pose intelligently.  These classes are taught at a fast pace, giving students the opportunity to explore "new" poses, and more challenging variations of familiar poses.   In these classes, students are encouraged to go beyond the physical asanas, and delve into self-awareness that transcends the physical.