Class Descriptions

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Yoga Center Minneapolis offers a wide variety of drop-in classes, specialty programs, and class series. Here’s an overview of YCM classes, including descriptions of classes, and links to schedules and pricing information.

To realize the best results, we recommend you practice at least three times a week, either at our studio or on your own. Plus, it’s cheaper per class the more often you come!

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What Brings You to Your Mat?

If you’re not sure what classes might be the right fit for what you’re looking for, What Brings You to Your Mat can help you find the classes that best suit your needs… whether this is your first time on the mat, you’re an experienced yogi or yogini, or you want a specific type of class to suit your needs.

Class Descriptions

Here you’ll find descriptions of classes offered at YCM.

Aerial Yoga

Unnata® Aerial Yoga is for students with at least one year of regular yoga practice. Students alternate between the mat and postures in a fabric hammock for a deeper awareness. To attend the Advanced Drop-in classes you must attend a 4-week beginner series (see Workshop & Series schedule for upcoming dates). Class size is limited, so call ahead or sign in online to hold your spot in class. If you have a spinal condition, injury, or medical issues that prevent you from inverting (glaucoma, heart condition, etc.) or backbending, obtain your doctor’s permission.

Ashtanga

Ashtanga yoga is a fast-paced, intense practice that moves quickly from one pose to the next. Six defined pose sequences are practiced, always in the same order, and one pose flowing smoothly from one to the next. Students move from the “primary series” to more advanced series as each is mastered.

Ashtanga Primary Series (Beginning)

Beginning Ashtanga: Learn the Ashtanga Primary Series in a workshop-style format. These classes introduce you to the flowing and heat-building poses of the Ashtanga Primary Series, a sequence of poses over 2000 years old. Learn ujjayi pranayama breathwork, bandhas (energetic locks to help access core strength), drishti (gazing points), and vinyasa (sequencing breath with movement). Ashtanga is the building block of Vinyasa Flow yoga, and learning aspects of the full Primary Series will help you feel comfortable in just about any class. Breathe, stretch, and sweat! Learn basic to intermediate poses and concepts on how to forward fold properly to help open tight hamstrings, shoulders and upper back. This is a great class to take if you are trying to build a home practice as you will learn a set sequence of poses.

Ashtanga Primary Series

For students who have taken Ashtanga 1 or are comfortable in a vinyasa flow class and want a challenge. An instructor will lead you through the traditional Primary Series as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Ashtanga is distinct in that the postures or asanas are connected to one another by a flowing series of movements called vinyasa. This powerful and vigorous practice purifies and realigns the body clearing energy channels blocked by years of stress and arouses the internal fire helping to cleanse, detoxify and strengthen the body. The synchronization of movements with breath awakens the mind-body-soul connection establishing consistent states of balance, inner peace, and well-being.

Candlelight Flow Yoga

This Vinyasa class artfully weaves the meditation of breath and movement with the vibration of sound. Soothing music accompanies this slow flow class, appropriate for all levels.

Chair Yoga

Chair yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. The chair allows for greater stability to help you feel supported and safe. The poses are modified so that even those with health restrictions can enjoy the benefits of a more traditional practice. The emphasis on breathing, balance, and taking things at your own pace make it a perfect practice for chronic illness, older students, or those with physical challenges.

Happy Hour Yoga

$8 Happy Hour Vinyasa – Release the stress of your day with this one hour all-level slow flow vinyasa class that will leave you feeling centered and refreshed!

Hatha Donation

We waive the class drop-in fee, but ask that you pay what you can ($5 minimum donation). This class is taught by up-and-coming yoga teachers completing the YCM Yoga Study training program who are donating their time and talents for the greater good. All proceeds are donated to the YCM Karma Yoga Fund and used to fund community outreach: yoga classes, and yoga therapy for populations that would otherwise not have access to it.

Hatha Yoga

Take your practice to the next level! Learn new, challenging poses and find a deeper connection between mind, body, and breath. Backbends and inversions may be introduced. For students with prior yoga experience or those who are comfortable in Level 1 & 2 and ready to move on.

Jivamukti Yoga

The Jivamukti Yoga method is a contemporary style created by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984. It is a vigorously physical and intellectually stimulating practice leading to spiritual awareness. Jivamukti teachers promote the educational aspect of the practice. Each class focuses on a theme, supported by Sanskrit chanting, readings, references to scriptural texts, music (from the Beatles to Moby), spoken word, asana sequencing and yogic breathing practices.

The name Jivamukti means liberation while living. Jivamukti is taken from the Sanskrit term, which is used to describe the state of enlightenment or God realization, the ultimate aim of the practice.

Kids’ Yoga (Ages 6-9)

Have all your little yogis join us as we nurture each of their unique spirits through yogic games and stories. Your child will travel to distant lands through imaginative play and creative projects based on a selected yogic topic. Compassion, empathy and shared mission will inspire a community feel to the class. Group yoga poses, music and meditation will transform your child’s body, mind and spirit.

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga can help relieve stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, back pain, past trauma and current drama. It blends dynamic movement with held postures, breath techniques, deep relaxation, meditation, mudras (hand positions), and mantras (chanting). Expect fun surprises in Kundalini Yoga class as sets vary and can contain everything from aerobic, strength-training to singing and dancing to quiet, introspective meditation.

Often called the “yoga of awareness”, it encourages self-acceptance whatever your fitness level. Kundalini yoga is fun and incredibly efficient, challenging yet “doable” for practically everyone! It can be used to break through old patterns, elevate the spirit, increase endurance, cleanse the mind, heal the body, and increase energy. The three goals of Kundalini Yoga are health, happiness, and spiritual progress.

Meditation

Research has shown that people who meditate not only age more slowly, but also are hospitalized 87 percent less often than non-meditators for heart disease, and 50 percent less often for all kinds of tumors. With these statistics in mind, why not begin your meditation practice this quarter with our 6 week session? Enjoy this sampling of meditation techniques guiding you to the blissful silence behind thoughts. Learn how to calm your mind and cultivate greater enjoyment in more of your life. The last half of class is spent exploring Yoga Nidra, the state of blissful rest where the body’s natural healing and regenerative processes are nurtured and balanced. No meditation experience necessary.

Mi-An Yoga

This practice is dedicated to the development of the perfect balance between body and mind through the art of word, the telling of stories and the love of laughter, and will expand your definition of yoga as moving meditation. Mi-an joins elements of Pilates, yin and Vinyasa, with emphasis on form and alignment. You are invited to face challenges to see things you didn’t know about yourself. While we begin with ritualistic poses to gain control and grounding, the class is spontaneous, with no preconceived ideas for how it’s supposed to be. You will never find the same class twice.

Pre-teen Yoga (Ages 8-12)

The fundamentals of yoga – from breathing and focus to postures and relaxation – are great for any age, and this specially-developed class for preteens helps them build body awareness and create their own personal practice. Students learn yoga sequences, breathing exercises that aid concentration (perfect for studying!), and techniques for settling down, combating insomnia and anxiety. The class has structure and discussion, and features plenty of fun, laughter and music to help junior yogis and yoginis bloom.

Restorative Yoga

A class of postures supported with props to soothe the nervous system, facilitate deep relaxation, and bring the body back into balance. Class may also include warm-ups, mantra, mudra (hand positions), and visualization to rejuvenate and replenish.

Restore & Renew

With this gentle, meditative class, students focus on steadiness and comfort, honoring the bodies wisdom and cultivating intuition. Class includes mantras, mudras, yoga postures, breathwork and meditation to cultivate balance and nourish peace within.

Tantra

Tantric yoga is the original yoga of ancient India of which all other styles of yoga are rooted in. Tantra literally translates to “extend beyond all limitations.” Tantra class pays special attention to the whole person and works to intentionally help you to move energy and clear direction, detoxify your body and mind and build your inner fire. Through sequences that are both dynamic (repetitive and constant) and static (still) Tantra yoga helps you create space and strength in your physical body while you gain a better sense of clarity and peace of mind. Pranayama (breath work) is the cornerstone of the practice.

Vinyasa

Sweat, breathe, go with the flow! This fun, flowing class combines postures and sequences from various styles of yoga. With a dynamic flowing sequence of yoga postures linking breath and movement, you’ll cultivate awareness while building core strength and flexibility. Learn ujjayi pranayama breathwork, bandhas (energetic locks to help access core strength), drishti (gazing points), and vinyasa (sequencing breath with movement) to help the mind and nervous system achieve balance.

Level 1 Vinyasa is perfect for a beginner to learn or continue practicing Vinyasa-style yoga. No experience necessary. Level 2 and up will challenge and expand your flow practice, introducing arm balances and inversion into the mix. Some Hatha or Vinyasa experience is recommended.

Yin, Restorative & Meditation

Are you stressed out, overworked, overtired, run-down or just in need of some quiet rejuvenation time? Let the power of Yin Yoga come to your aid. This class begins with an affirmation/resolve (sankalpa), and the chanting of seed syllables (simple power mantras) to set the intention for class, and is followed by a series of longer held restorative poses while one sends their intention, breath, and consciousness to the bodily sensations. This draws the life force (prana or chi) into the deeper meridians which stimulates the immune system and rejuvenates the whole body. Class closes with the deeply restorative practice of Yoga Nidra, which is part meditation, part relaxation, and combines the effects of all the techniques in a way that nourishes every layer of our being.

Yin, Restorative and Yoga Nidra

Are you stressed out, overworked, overtired, run-down, or just in need of some quiet rejuvenation time? Let the power of Yin Yoga come to your aid. This class begins with an affirmation/resolve (sankalpa), and the chanting of seed syllables (simple power mantras) to set the intention for class, and is followed by a series of longer held restorative poses while one sends their intention, breath, and consciousness to the bodily sensations. This draws the life force (prana or chi) into the deeper meridians which stimulates the immune system and rejuvenates the whole body. Class closes with the deeply restorative practice of Yoga Nidra, which is part meditation, part relaxation, and combines the effects of all the techniques in a way that nourishes every layer of our being.

Yin/Vinyasa (Yang) Yoga

A 75-minute balanced Taoist-based practice that incorporates movement and stillness within a challenging but welcoming setting. The first 30 minutes of practice will feature a quiet, intense Yin practice of postures held longer periods for deeper stretching in the ligaments, joints, and connective tissue. This will be followed by 35 minutes of Vinyasa (Yang) moving practice working on strength, energy, and movement with inversions, heart and hip openers. Class will close with a supported restorative pose and svasana for full integration of the yin and yang.

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is a Chinese-based meditative approach to yoga, designed to improve the immune system, increase joint circulation and improve flexibility. Yin yoga works the six major meridians from the navel to the knees, strengthening the immune system while stretching the connective tissue to release chronic held tension. Postures are all practiced on the floor and are held for 3 to 5 minutes. This enables one to harness the mind together with the breath to release more deeply into the body while tapping into the vast reservoir of vital energy within us all. Build energy to heal and nurture yourself from within. Perfect for both new and established yoga practitioners.

Yoga for Back Strength

Do you have back discomfort, carry tension in the neck and shoulders, or struggle with poor posture and/or lack of energy? Whether your pain comes from an injury, repetitive activities at work, or the rigors of life, yoga can help to release tension and retrain the body into balance. In this series we will focus on freeing up the spine, increasing flexibility and range of motion. You will learn daily exercises for spinal health and core strength that will have you standing tall and strong. Beginners are welcome. If you have major back disease, please contact the instructor about registering.

Yoga for Flexibility

Can’t touch your toes? Is your low back chronically tight? Do your shoulders and upper back feel like they will never release? This unique class, open to all levels, is specifically designed to increase flexibility safely and with precise alignment to avoid overstretching. Whether you think you are flexible enough to practice yoga, or if you just want to continue exploring flexibility, this class is for you! We will begin by focusing on the breath. Slowly bringing movement into the practice, we will build heat in the body preparing us to patiently stretch and increase flexibility. Leave feeling light and refreshed. No matter what you current level of flexibility, you will benefit from this fun practice!