Class Offerings

Acenda Yoga is a sacred space created for the teaching and learning of yoga as a whole life practice. Our teachers are all versed in yogic philosophy and history and their classes are infused with the knowledge and unique experience that each one of them brings. Yoga is a spiritual practice and it is our intention at Acenda to honor and nurture the growth of each individual who enters our space. Elements of philosophy, pranayama, sacred chanting, and meditation may be included in many of our classes.

Hatha

Asana, or the practice of postures, is only one limb of yoga. Our hatha classes offer a slower paced, deeper exploration of asana, taking time to focus on alignment, breathing and inner-body awareness in the pose. Beginners’ hatha classes are a great place to become familiar with asana and build a solid foundation for your practice, while intermediate/advanced hatha classes invite the more experienced student to deepen their practice and strengthen the physical body with more advanced poses. Various facets of yoga are explored in our Hatha classes including philosophy and inner-body awareness.

Vinyasa

 

Vinyasa yoga is breath-synchronized movement, based on the performance of a series of poses in which movement is initiated and dictated by the breath. A Vinyasa class will typically start with a number of Sun Salutations to warm up the body for more intense stretching and deeper poses done at the end of class. It is an invigorating class and provides students with physical challenge as well as an opportunity to engage in meditation while uniting movement with the breath.

Adaptive Yoga

Based on the groundbreaking teachings of Iyengar certified instructor Matthew Sanford, Adaptive Yoga is the adaptation of the experience of practicing yoga for the purpose of increasing mind-body awareness in individuals living with disabilities or having suffered trauma to the physical body. It is a process of transforming disability and provides the opportunity for those living with disabilities to connect with their body and live a more complete life. Adaptive yoga enhances quality of breath, balance, spatial awareness, sense of peace and self-confidence as well as flexibility. Students are taught to recognize subtle sensations in the body and shifts in energy that allow them to experience a different kind of freedom where they otherwise may have experienced limitations. Students should bring a caregiver to class with them when possible, as volunteers can be limited. Wheelchair students will transfer to the floor when sufficient assistance is available.

Registration required at least 2 hrs. prior to class for all Adaptive classes. Register here.

Ambulatory Adaptive

Based on the principals of Adaptive Yoga, ambulatory classes are ideal for students who are capable of walking, but have suffered injuries or illnesses that have affected their balance or mobility such as head injury or stroke. Individual needs of the student are addressed.

Registration required  2 hours prior to class for all Adaptive classes. Register here.

Slow Flow and Restorative

Restorative class is available to students of all levels and abilities. This class generally begins with gentle and slow yoga poses designed to open the body and release tension, moving into restorative postures to deepen the experience, and ending with deep relaxation and meditation. Various props are used in restorative yoga to support and encourage the body to open and release muscular and emotional tightness. Restorative poses are explored for longer periods of time than traditional postures and have been proven to be therapeutic, encouraging peace of mind while managing pain and stress.

Integral Yoga

Integral Yoga is for students interested in a traditional Yoga class in hatha style. This an open-level, comprehensive, balanced class with a steady flow, relaxation between asanas, and guided instruction throughout. First-time students are welcome.

"The goal of Integral Yoga, and the birthright of every individual, is to realize the spiritual unity behind all the diversities in the entire creation and to live harmoniously as members of one universal family. This goal is achieved by maintaining our natural condition of a body of optimum health and strength, senses under total control, a mind well-disciplined, clear and calm, an intellect as sharp as a razor, a will as strong and pliable as steel, a heart full of unconditional love and compassion, an ego as pure as a crystal, and a life filled with Supreme Peace and Joy.”
HH SRI SWAMI SATCHIDANANDA

 

Energetic Flow

 

Energetic flow is a powerful yoga class with demanding strength postures that will have you moving, breathing and building heat. You will move at a pace designed to build internal heat, engage and build core strength while you focus on alignment and breath. Some yoga experience is recommended.

Friday Donation Classes

In an effort to give new teachers an opportunity to "practice teaching", Acenda offers a donation based-class on Friday evenings at 6:00 pm. New teachers and teachers in training will be rotating to teach this class. 50% of donations will support our adaptive yoga program. Classes are open to all levels.

Suggested donation  $10

Ashtanga

 

Ashtanga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. 

FLEXible and Fit (After 50)

FLEXible & Fit (After 50) is an on-the-floor (mat) yoga/Pilates-inspired class, modified for seniors and adults of any age and ability. While most 'senior' yoga classes are traditionally confined to chairs or standing asanas(poses), this class’s rare offering takes students to the floor for "lay-down-and-stay-down" stretching and core exercises -- no sudden ups-and-downs, pretzel twists or headstands. THIS CLASS IS FREE to SilverSneakers® members! (Class is open to ALL Acenda students, 14 and older, for a $7 drop-in fee.) 

Kids Yoga

 

Yoga means “union,” it’s all about the connection between the body and the mind. The benefits of children developing a yoga practice include a greater sense of self and their body, respect for others, greater mental focus, increased self-esteem and body image and overall relaxation. 

In class, the children will develop techniques to build their social skills, and learn breathing techniques to calm themselves when they are feeling stressed or to refocus their busy minds. 

The class is designed for children ages 4-12.

Drop-ins: $7 per child 

Passes: 6 classes for $35

Slow Flow Vinyasa

Experience deep breathing and personal awareness in this challenging slower paced vinyasa yoga class. This class allows time to go deeper to really explore the postures and will cultivate strength, flexibility and challenge you to remain mentally engaged through your entire practice. 

Yoga Nidra

Yoga nidra is an ancient yogic practice of guided meditation designed to cultivate utter relaxation and meditative awareness. The phrase literally means "yoga sleep." While it does not involve actually sleeping, the practice emphasizes long periods in Savasana, or Corpse Pose -- a full-body, reclining relaxation posture taught at the end of conventional yoga asana classes.

Our Yoga Nidra class begins with several restorative poses to bring the body to a relaxed state before being led through a guided meditation.