At ShantiOm Yoga we offer several different classes, styles and levels so that students can easily select a class that suits their skill level and interest. Class intensity and challenge vary according to teacher. Please browse our instructor bios to learn more about each instructor’s teaching style and influences. Feel free to ask for guidance at the front desk when selecting a class. When choosing, be mindful of the level of class that is listed beside the style.
Hatha Yoga -(various levels) Shanti Om’s Hatha Yoga classes are based on the classic and ancient practices with attention to alignment and the deeper layers of yoga. Hatha Yoga uses postures (asanas) and stretches in combination with the breath to develop flexibility and relaxation. There are many styles and levels of Hatha Yoga. Some use a specific series of postures; others use a flow of movements, while some may use props such as blocks or belts to assist a posture or maximize a stretch. All styles of Hatha Yoga, however, encourage proper alignment of the body and bring balance, strength, and calmness to the practitioner.
Gentle Yoga -Our signature Gentle Yoga classes lead students into a calming and mindful practice. Great for beginners, people with physical limitations/injuries, or those who are looking for a relaxing or meditative yoga experience. These classes include detailed instruction on breath, body awareness, and alignment along with guidance on using props for support in postures. Classes are designed to help students gain more body awareness in order to facilitate a deeper experience of health. Gentle Yoga classes leave students feeling balanced, centered and peaceful.
Kundalini Yoga -Includes all elements of the ancient teachings of yoga: Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing techniques), Mantra (sound), Mudra (hand positions), and Meditation. These aspects are combined into series of exercises called Kriyas. Some Kriyas are dynamic and energetic, others are slow and meditative. Kundalini Yoga develops flexibility, tones muscles, and strengthens the nervous, glandular, and immune systems. It increases mental energy and gives you a deep inner calm, strength, and grace. This ancient system draws upon a vast body of teachings brought to the U.S. by Yogi Bhajan. All levels.
Yin Yoga-This slower, more relaxed practice targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and joints of the body, which respond to slow deep holds in a quiet, restorative environment. Poses are held for 3-5 minutes in a meditative atmosphere. We are often asked how Yin differs from Restorative. In a Yin practice, students may encounter more intensity during the postures, which encourage an active participation and focus on release of the connective tissues (fascia). Whereas during Restorative yoga, the poses are designed to facilitate a restful and relaxing state in the body. Both practices are meditative and slow. But during a Yin practice students have the opportunity to focus more intently on a deep release of joints and fascia. All levels welcome.
Restorative -This gentle and peaceful class offers a calm, restful experience of centering, grounding and nurturing relaxation. Restorative postures offer the body a chance to recharge, and to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, encouraging healing and rejeuventation. All levels welcome.
Vinyasa Flow – (various levels) Vinyasa classes focus on flowing from pose to pose and linking the movement with the breath. These classes are used to build endurance, stamina, strength, and flexibility, while calming the mind.
Vital Roots Vinyasa- Vital Roots or “Sridaiva Yoga” is rooted in paradigm-shifting alignment principles, which create an optimal posture of Biotensegrity in any pose. This rooting flow practice maximizes physical strength, lightness and flexibility. Sridaiva alignments are powerfully therapeutic, not only for musculoskeletal ailments, but also the neuro-glandular system as well.
Mantra MeditationA special half hour of morning sound meditation and silence. Take time to explore nada yoga, the yoga of sound, through group chanting and mantra repetition. Emphasis will be placed on opening the body in order to ground our sound and deepening the breath. All are welcome, no singing or yoga experience necessary. This morning sangha is by donation. All proceeds go to support ShantiOm Yoga center.
Community Yoga This class is offered as an affordable option for the varying levels and needs of the united yoga community. As an all level class, we focus on linking breath with movement in a challenging, yet intuitive flow. Intensity and style vary by Instructor.
Community Meditation -Our meditation class is open to all, no experience required. Each teacher brings their own influence to the instruction weaving in classical yoga teachings and/or Buddhist teachings.
Satsang – The word sat means truth, so satsang, means a meeting in truth. Shanti Om offers Satsang on Sunday evenings. Each month we invite a new teacher in to share their wisdom and specific practices for the whole month! Please see our Satsang page for monthly details.
For beginning students to learn correct alignment and breathing in basic yoga postures, ideal for those students who have completed the Beginner Yoga series.
LEVEL 1 & 2
For students who have attended Level 1 classes and are ready for a more advanced beginning class. The basic postures are presented in more challenging ways with a focus on the fundamentals of yoga.
Designed to take students to the intermediate level. More advanced postures and sequences are introduced requiring a bit more strength, stamina, and flexibility.
LEVEL 2 & 3 Students must be familiar with intermediate yoga postures, including inversions and backbends. More challenging and vigorous sequences are typical in these classes.