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.

Class Descriptions

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

Aerial Yoga

Take your yoga practice to new heights with Unnata® Aerial Yoga. In this class you’ll practice yoga poses within a fabric hammock and on a yoga mat. Free your joints from the pressure of gravity, invert with ease, and explore a new side to your yoga practice. In this class you will have time to learn, review and ask questions about this unique style of yoga.

Start with the Intro To Aerial workshop, and then drop into the weekly Aerial class.

Come Prepared:

Please wear clothing with sleeves to protect your under arms and pants long enough to cover the back of the knees. Please do not wear clothing or jewelry that has details or zippers that could snag the fabric hammock.

Refrain from eating for at least 1.5 hours before class

If you have herniated discs, glaucoma, un-treated high blood pressure, or are pregnant, this class is not for you at this time.

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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.
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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.

Beginning Yoga

New to yoga? Not sure where to start? Join us for a friendly, welcoming, beginning class. Get all your questions answered, learn yoga poses, breathing techniques, laugh, and calm your busy mind. Yoga is for “every body”, and we can’t wait for you to start your journey.

Absolute Beginner Class Series
Completely new to yoga? This class is for you! This class starts you with the basics in a friendly, non-intimidating way. You will learn yoga poses, breathing techniques, yoga fundamentals and learn about different styles of yoga in this easily attainable class.

Whether you are coming to improve your physical condition or simply to calm the busyness of the mind, this class is perfect for you. At the end of the four-week series, you will have the opportunity to consult with your instructor about your personal goals, they will help you choose the next right class for you!

The Absolute Beginner Class Series (ABC’s) requires pre-registration and has a student limit to ensure a quality experience.

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Big A#%!

This fun, challenging, and inspiring class is designed especially for bigger women and men who want to begin yoga in a setting where everyone is similar in size and shape.

Our knowledgeable and compassionate teachers will help you learn yoga poses that work for your body. You’ll laugh, have fun, become stronger, and gain trust in your body as you create a mind-body connection.
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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.

Fertility Yoga

This class is part Support Group & part Restorative Yoga Class. Whether you are in the midst of fertility treatments, or just starting to walk a holistic path of seeking pregnancy this class is for you. Meet and connect with other women walking a similar path. Find resources, feel supported, and know you are not alone.

This restorative yoga class is open to all levels, focuses on optimizing your fertility, as well as cycle balancing. You’ll learn breathing exercises, reduces stress and anxiety, and bring calm and balance back to you. Join us, find a loving community, and feel supported in your fertility journey.
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Gentle Yoga

Honor the body of the day with a gentle yoga practice built around the ancient yoga principles of ‘sthira sukham asanam’ or, ‘steadiness and comfort of the pose.’ Come to discover the benefits of slowing down and tuning into the wisdom of your body. A light hatha-style asana practice will flow through standing, seated and supine postures while integrating deep breaths and an open mind.

This class is for all ability levels and good for those living with chronic illness, injury, or dealing with major life transitions.
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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

This class is taught by up-and-coming yoga teachers completing the YCM 230 Teacher Training Program, who donate their time and talents. All proceeds are donated to the YCM Karma Yoga Fund and are used to fund community outreach; yoga classes, and yoga therapy for populations that would otherwise not have access to it. This class is open to all levels.

Suggested $5 minimum donation (class drop-in fee is waived, and we ask that you pay what you can)

Hatha Yoga

“Ha”=Sun and “tha”=moon. Hatha yoga is a sun and moon practice, a yoga practice that balances the feminine and masculine, the heat and the cool within your body. In Hatha yoga (pronounced Hat-ta), you will practice a series of poses meant to align the structure of the body, while opening the many energy channels of the body, all to create optimal function within each system of the body.

Level 1/2: For students with prior yoga experience or those who are comfortable in Level 1 and ready to move on. Backbends and inversions may be introduced.
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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.
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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.
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Meditation

Meditation is a powerhouse mindfulness practice. Meditation improves focus and mental strength, reduces depression and anxiety, improves the immune system, improves self-esteem and self-acceptance, improves resilience against pain and adversity, and improves decision making and problem solving skills. Why wouldn’t you meditate?! We recognize meditation can be intimidating, and everyone needs a starting point. Many of us also love guidance through our meditation practices. We are here to support you! Join our expert instructors as they guide you through meditations to help improve your emotional, spiritual, and physical health. Improve your health form the inside out!
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Mi-An Yoga

Mi-An Yoga is a balance of Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Hatha yoga. Each class is unique, created with the intention of fulfilling your needs as you walk in the door. This class will fill you with the seeds of insight, so your practice wherever it takes you, can and will be grounded in strength and confidence.
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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.
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Restore & Renew

Restore and Renew with this gentle, meditative class. Students focus on steadiness and comfort, honoring the body’s wisdom and cultivating intuition through mantras, yoga postures, breath work and meditation. Open to all levels.

Slow Flow

Release the stress of your day with this slow flow Vinyasa class. Experience a slower pace and longer holds so you can work deeper into poses. This practice will leave you feeling centered, refreshed and revitalized.

Slow Flow & Restore

Practice a slowed down version of Vinyasa for the first half of class. Experience a slower pace and longer holds so you can work deeper into poses. For the second half of class melt into a sequence of restorative yoga, sealing in the balance and calm in your body. Relish in this dreamy slow pace.

Tantra

Tantra 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.
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Vinyasa

Sweat, breathe, go with the flow! This fun, flowing sequence of yoga poses links breath and movement together. You’ll cultivate awareness while actively building core strength and flexibility. Learn ujjayi pranayama (breathing techniques), bandhas (energetic locks to help access core strength), drishti (gazing points), and asana (poses) to help the mind and nervous system to achieve balance. All levels welcome, variations will be given to accommodate all levels of yogis.

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.
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Yin, Restorative & Meditation

Feeling stressed, overworked, overtired 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 powerful breath work (pranayama) to set the intention for class, and drop into the present moment. It is followed by a series of longer held Yin poses while one sends their intention, breath and consciousness to the bodily sensations. This draws the life force (prana or chi) into the deeper channels (meridians) which stimulates the immune system, works into the fascia of the body as the muscles relax, and rejuvenates the body, mind, and soul. Class closes with a practice of deeply restorative poses, which allows the body to be completely supported and the mind to be at peace. This class combines the effects of all the techniques in a way that nourishes every layer of our being.

Yin, Restorative and Yoga Nidra

In this class you’ll practice Yin yoga, a form of Taoist Chinese yoga that works the six major meridians from the navel to the knees. This practice strengthens the immune system while stressing the connective tissue to release chronically held tension, and increase range of motion. The postures are all practiced on the floor and are held for 1 to 5 minutes. This enable you 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. In addition, you’ll practice Restorative yoga, developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, a form of therapeutic yoga considered to be an antidote for stress and stress related diseases. It, too, is practiced on the floor with longer holds using the support of props to more fully relax. Like Yin, it accesses the life force and builds energy to heal and nurture oneself from within. The class ends with Yoga Nidra, a form of guided meditation. Whether you are new to yoga or an established practitioner, this class will offer a wealth of benefits.

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.
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Yoga Baby Bonding

This class is for postnatal moms and babies (from newborn to pre-crawling). We start with yoga and massage techniques for just babies, it helps them sleep better, digest better, and be happier overall! The second half of class focuses on you and your healing postnatal body. Practice a gentle yoga series that brings babies along for the ride, and at the same time tones and strengthens your body. Mommies, Daddies and caregivers are welcome.

Start when babies are 4-6 weeks old, and when you have permission from your doctor to exercise. Bring two blankets, one for laying baby on, and one for swaddling. We feed and diaper babies right in class. You’ll meet lots of other parents and babies in this class too!

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 is specifically designed to increase flexibility safely with precise alignment to avoid over-stretching. Whether you think you are not 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 bring movement into the practice, and finally build heat in the body. Preparing you to patiently stretch and increase flexibility. Leave feeling light, mobile, and refreshed. This class is open to all levels.
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