Yoga Class Styles
At The Spokane Yoga Shala, we believe there is not one path of yoga, we believe in finding joy in the practice with wonderful instructors. We offer a large variety of styles taught by experienced and certified instructors of each method. From complete beginners to seasoned practitioners looking to deepen their practice, our students love the choice a large yoga studio such as The Spokane Yoga Shala can give them. Navigating the world of yoga can be daunting and confusing at first! However diverse, all Hatha yoga styles are based on the practice of physical postures (also called poses, or asanas), and some styles also incorporate additional elements such as a heated room, breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation, or chanting. Each style emphasizes different postures, different ways of sequencing these postures, and different ways of combining elements.
Adding to this diversity is the fact that each teacher will bring their own personal viewpoint, experience and knowledge to teaching the yoga style you will practice during the class type you are taking.
We encourage students to try all the styles and to practice a few! Our body, mind and spirit need different movements to keep us healthy, to heal from pain, injury as well as to challenge our fitness and mental, spiritual Health. We also believe and offer yoga as an incredible tool for personal empowerment and transformation. We honor yoga as an ancient practice and ever evolving art form.
In a heavily vibratory society and planet, not only can we can give you the tools to strengthen your positive power and vibration, but to project it outwards into the world.
- A note to beginners: While we will periodically offer a beginners intro course, if you are in pretty good health without major physical limitations, any class is fine to start with, practice and learn. We always have a few classes that are great for new comers to yoga who might be a little reluctant to just jump into any class or may need some special attention for any existing conditions or injuries. These classes are Yin, Mindful Body, SomaFlow and Hot Core. While some of these may be a more challenging workout, they are carefully instructed with alignment as a clear focus to guide any beginner. We accommodate all levels of yoga at The Shala. If you are still unsure as to what you should practice, please email email@example.com
Beginners Yoga Course: now permanently on schedule, 10 class package for $99 or drop in on other packages. 🙂
Kundalini Flow: Taught by (Ara Lyman). If you love yoga that focuses on breath, energy, chakras, mantra, and powerful body movement, you will love this. Kundalini flow is created from a love of all types of Hatha Yoga. It contains elements of Vinyasa flow, Bikram, Kundalini kriyas, mantra and Iyengar style precision with frequency tuned chimes for an amazing soundbath at the end of each class. The health and energetic goals are for practitioners to detox, gain energy and personal power. By focusing on movement, breath, mantra, and meditation to open and align the first three chakras (energy centers on the spine) allowing the kundalini energy to move up the spine in a safe way. There is a lot of focus on core stabilization, alignment and strength. We absorb so many frequencies from others and our environment, especially empathic peoples. This practice will give you the tools and power to emit your own frequencies consistently through the challenges of life and to accomplish what you are destined to do. This class is perfect for beginners and well seasoned practitioners alike. Everyone is encouraged to rest and go at their own pace. Some days we work hard, and some days we modify and rest more. Knowing that yoga practice is cumulative. The more you practice, the stronger you become, mentally physically, and spiritually. We work-out and we work-IN. 60-90 minutes.
Hot Core 26 (Bikram): Prepare to sweat! Taught by (Ara Lyman), a meditative, core and spine strengthening sequence with static held postures. If you like to mix your meditation with strength building exercise, this may be a good fit for you. We practice the same postures (there is some variation) two times every class. This is a wonderful compliment to vinyasa and flow style yoga by relieving one from the practice of vinyasa and yoga push ups and instead uses isometric strengthening to open up and release the neck and shoulders.
Taught in the tradition of the Bikram/Ghosh lineage. Renewing, flushing and detoxifying every bodily system, you will feel refreshed and energized for your day! Traditionally this series has been taught at 105 degrees, the heat has been adjusted to a comfortable level, around 93 degrees and the focus is more on alignment and creating your own body heat with breath rather than using artificial means such as super high heat. I believe this is much more healthy and sustainable for the body and mind in the long run. I do not use mirrors as I believe proper alignment and focus should come from inside rather than outside. Creative musical playlists, and lower lighting and frequency tuned chimes in savasana help to enhance the inner journey. Don’t be afraid of the heat! This class is great for all levels, in fact I often recommend it to beginners as it creates a solid foundation in yoga. The postures are accessible to almost anyone. It is a progressive practice, the more you do it, the stronger you get. That being said, beginners are most welcome to rest as often as needed. In fact, it is encouraged to do so! Bring water, and if you tend to sweat more, bring a large towel like a yogitoe or beach towel to cover your mat. 60-90 minutes.
Hot Core Zen (Bikram): We will practice the Hot Core 26 to a great playlist while the instructor,Ara Lyman leads students through the series, setting the pace and naming the postures with minimal instruction, just enough to keep the rhythm so we can all move together. Intent is for meditation and group energy, we all practice together with our teacher! While prior experience with the lead series and instruction is recommended and helpful, it is not a requirement. If you have prior yoga experience, you will be fine, just pick up a few lead classes as you can, and grow your practice. Come move, groove, sweat and relax. Heated 92-95 degrees. 75 minutes
Ashtanga: Taught by Mike Hannum, this dynamic and invigorating vinyasa class explores the first half of the Ashtanga yoga primary series in a safe and balanced way. The emphasis is on the synchronization of breath and movement, which cultivates internal heat to purify the body and concentration to steady the mind. This class is a great fit for beginners and those seeking to build their strength and stamina, or for regular practitioners who want to focus on the first half of primary series. Adjustments and modifications are offered when welcomed and appropriate. Heated 80-85dgrees. 75 minutes.
Ashtanga Mash-up: A mashup, in web development, is a web page, or app, that uses content from more than one source to create a single new service. In yoga, it’s a class developed by Buck Holland that draws from the different ways we learn and explore movement within the body. It unifies easy-to-do repetitive movements with poses found primarily in the Ashtanga sequences. It’s designed for students of all levels. Given that Ashtanga Mash-up meets at the end of the work day, its structure varies enough to keep students interested while not being so elaborate that intense focus is required. It’s about moving, breathing, and getting into one’s body. Heated 85-87 degrees. 75 minutes.
Creative Vinyasa: Developed by Katie Fitzgerald simply the practice of Vinyasa. I keep the flow sweet, light and loving…golden, free. I never plan a class. I teach intuitively with the collective energy and experience shared each time. I incorporate a deep awareness of breath, and a mindful/slow preparation for various forms of sequencing, pranayama, inversions and arm balances.
The class varies by theme and is always intertwined with variations for practitioners, meditation, mantra, alignment and yin. I focus on the art of Vinyasa as a sacred dance within our breath, exploring the movement intuitively. I guide us all to go deeper within and express ourselves through unconditional love and non judgement. Heated 85-88 degrees. 60-90 minutes
Baptiste Flow: Yoga, taught by Rhea Slichter has quickly become one of the most widely know and respected practices in America. Designed by long time Power Yoga practitioner Baron Baptiste, this style of yoga combines elements of classical yoga, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Bikram yoga into a Power Vinyasa sequence called “Journey into Power.” Baptiste Yoga is an all-level and accessible style of yoga with a set sequence of postures with variations for modifications, challenges, emphasis and themes. It is perfect for those looking to combine physical fitness, (sculpting muscles, increasing vitality , flexibility and releasing tension) with intuitive spiritual self-discovery and moving meditation. The classes are warmed to a comfortable and sometimes sweaty, 90 degrees. The” Journey into Power” Baptiste sequence can be adapted from a 90 minute sequence, to a 75 minute class or 60 minute class called a “Hour of Power.”
Flow: This class, instructed by Julia Pelc, Afiea Addy and Angeleah Frey, begins with opening exercises to prepare for practice, followed by a dynamic, flow style sequence for building heat, ending with finishing exercises to cool the nervous system leaving the body and mind feeling refreshed and awake. The room is usually heated to 85-88 degrees. Each instructor brings their own unique flair to their flow! 60-90 minutes
Acro Vinyasa: Acro vinyasa taught by Kelle Masterson takes yoga from Earth to air. Combining vinyasa yoga, inversion training and acroyoga this practice builds trust and community in a powerful way. Focusing on linking breath with movement and building strength in playful environment. Inspired by traditional yoga poses combined with L-based acrobatic flying, this progressive yoga system includes both solo and partner practice. The aerial part revolves around one partner (the base) supporting the other (flyer) in flying through the air in a sequenced series of yoga asana. Bringing a playful new approach to an ancient tradition, acrovinyasa feels more like a dance with gravity than a physical practice. 90 minutes.
Power Yoga Inversions: In this two month session from 4/15-6/17 lead by Rhea Slichter, you will practice the yoga techniques and postures to progressively build into Handstand, Peacock, Scorpion,and Headstand. You will also practice deeper into powerful twists, backbends, hip openers and leg extensions and stretches. This is a hatha yoga style class with pauses to set up many of the postures with support aids like blocks, straps, blankets, and use of the wall. Great playlist, dance, groove and yoga chants turned UP during playtime at the wall! It is a gently heated class in the low 80’s. It is open to anyone looking to incorporate Inversions into their practice of Yoga. Students may purchase the whole package and attend every class, or use their other memberships or class cards and drop-in anytime. 75 minutes
Mindful Body: Taught by Kim Buck Welker.”Where your mind goes, energy goes…” Class format is based on body awareness, integrity of alignment, and impeccable action. Sequences will combine classic yoga with some Pilates, dance and strength-training. Expect the occasional theme-song, humor, strict cuing, and long(ish) holds. Challenging use of basic and simple (but not simplistic) postures. Each well-rounded strengthening and stretching class will entail: Intention setting/chant, rehearsal warm up/arms, thighs, seat, abs and back (core). Finishing with a classic “savasana”, final relaxation. Some use of props may include blankets, bolsters, blocks, straps and the wall. Suitable for all levels of practitioners, from beginning to “advanced”. Taught primarily without music (with exception of a theme song.) There is a purpose to your practice…and it may not include putting your foot behind your head. 60 minutes.
Soma Flow: Soma Flow taught by Stefani VanDeest, is a movement meditation blending Hanna somatic inspired movement sequences designed to reset resting muscle length and calm the nervous system with traditional hatha yoga postures for strength and bone health in a slow mindful flow. Soundbath savasana with crystal bowls at the end of class for the ultimate healing relaxation. This class is suitable for all levels and a great place for beginners to start. 90 minutes.
Yin: Yin yoga taught by Katie Fitzgerald is a slow restorative practice that targets the connective tissue in the body, otherwise known as fascia. It draws us inward to our deepest place where nothing is forced. This class is 90 minutes long and the postures are held from 2 to 8 minutes allowing the body to open organically. Props are implemented to nurture the body’s natural release. Although the class is traditionally silent, various forms of meditation, visualizations and pranayama are woven in. Yin is a golden melting pot of support that is vital to all of us. This class is wonderful for all levels. 90 minutes