Class Levels & Descriptions
NEW CLASS LEVELS:
- Beginners: A break down for absolute new beginners
- All: No experience necessary
- Open: Moderate challenge yet welcome to all. This level will offer numerous choices for both the beginner and seasoned practitioner.
- Advanced Swan Practice: Level II-III: Challenge will be present. “Tapasya” is translated as “voluntary challenge, struggle discipline or hardship.” This is a class meant to activate discipline, potential, warmth, movement & joy, spicing the community up!
Swan River Yoga
A Swan River Yoga Class is a unique creative fusion inspired by many backgrounds and teachers. This class is open to all levels and will offer numerous choices for both the beginner and seasoned practitioner. Along with an artful flow-based sequence, specific detailed alignment attention will also be included to bring you a well-rounded, authentic experience of yoga.
Be ready to listen to traditional yogic teachings and personal story-telling, observe the mind in movement and meditation, bring awareness to the breath, sing mantras in Sanskrit and/or English, and optimize the body’s health in challenging physical poses using disciplined strength and flowing movement.
A Swan River Yoga class will always have the following:
Theme: a reference to the ancient and modern philosophy of yoga to inspire higher purpose (Jnana Yoga)
Song: mind-clearing mantra to set an elevated mood (Bhakti Yoga)
Physical asana: a flow-based (vinyasa) practice with emphasis on physical alignment and breath (Hatha Yoga)
Meditation and/or breathing exercises known as pranayama. (Raja Yoga)
Anusara Yoga is an alignment-based yoga practice that builds each pose from the inside out, with breath awareness and sound biomechanical alignment, interwoven with an intentional theme. Tapping into our body’s innate intelligence, this practice uses Universal Principles of Alignment to experience and deepen each posture, guiding the student to create optimal alignment, balance, and integration. It is appropriate for beginner to advanced students, and is an excellent template for therapeutics.
Pure Beginners: Foundations Level 1
For those entirely new to the practice. Develop strength and balance through emphasis on building the foundation of the pose, creating space in the spine, and aligning the general form. This class breaks down the asana poses succinctly, with proper use of props so they are safely explained, demonstrated, and experienced with modifications.
This class is appropriate for students with injuries and/or physical limitations.
Beginners: Fundamentals Level 2
For beginning practitioners or on-going students who desire alignment-focused, slower moving classes. This class explains and demonstrates asana poses succinctly and with safety. Building on strength and balance, and a spacious spine, this class includes clear form and actions, solid alignment techniques, strengthening in backbends, and a slow introduction to more weight bearing poses on the upper body without vinyasa flow.
Community Swan Class
As an offering of service (Seva) and accessibility to our beloved community, this is a “Swan River Yoga Class” and a discounted investment of $8 from our yoga studio and dedicated yoga teachers.
Described as ‘simultaneously relaxed and profound’, this informal gathering welcomes all and encourages personal reflection on the text. This course is an excellent continuing education option for teachers and students who want to study the philosophies of yoga and Buddhism and put them into practice in their lives. The same material will be covered in both Wednesday and Friday’s sessions. Class is offered by donation; your support is appreciated. For course materials and more info, please visit http://www.swanriveryoga.com/dharma.
Harmony: Flow & Restore
Designed as a half and half class with both flow and restoration, this is a class where the physical needs of moving the body are met for an invigorating flow similar to our Swan River Yoga Open Level Class. Yet, often what one truly needs is to settle the nervous system, check in, unwind, and slow down as to discharge any stress in the body consciously. That is what our Restorative Yoga Class is. This is the perfect combination of both!
Call and response chanting to open up the subtle energy centers of the body so that we “lighten up”. Kirtan is a connection of community and the art of life. We tune in and connect with others, refining our listening, communication skills and vibration, both inner and outer. It is a perfect balance of receiving, or listening, and sharing, singing with honest emotion. A traditional kirtan setting is a bit different from the regular concerts we are use to in the West. The musicians are offering songs as prayerful expressions not as a performance but as a heart cleanse. Kirtans are typically very casual. You can listen, lie down, come and go and bring children. Dancing is also highly encouraged.
Kundalini Yoga uses sound (mantra), movement (kriya’s), breath (pranayam), relaxation and mediation to balance and strengthen your physical, emotional and spiritual essences. This yoga technique offers away to combat the day to day stress by organizing, supporting and nourishing various systems in the body (glandular, elimination, nervous, etv.). Many of the classes focus on bring balance to the glandular and immune systems to provide healing and therapeutic benefits to the nervous system. It works on subtle levels to provide profound effects. Ultimately, it is vehicle to uncover your true self to live soulful, healthy and happy. It is often refereed to as a “Yoga of Awareness”.
For all Moms to be, regardless of your yoga experience. This class is safe and accommodating to all months of pregnancy, and is a precious preparation for proper breathing, hip opening, and lower spine and sciatic relief, soothing nerves, and emotional balance for the growing months of pregnancy. It is a quality time to meet other mothers to be, and to access and maintain a center of maternal serenity for being a skillful, loving parent.
Designed for those with a full lifestyle, this unique, compressed class will still include all of the components of a Swan River Yoga class. More rigorous in it’s design, the opening talk and chant will be condensed, and spread throughout the language of the class. For timing, the alignment instruction will be less emphasized, yet one will still leave feeling whole in their spiritual work out. For a more thorough description, please refer to the Swan River Yoga Class.
Reiki Energy Clearing Class
Remove obstacles. Call your energy back. Let go of what no longer serves you.
You will lie down and do basic personal clearing and Reiki of your own Chakras as you are guided through each one by Michelle. She will also be clearing the room and you with metal bowls, crystal tuners, crystal bowls, gongs, sage and mantra and offering all energy back to the Source with great forgiveness.
Open to all beings. No experience is necessary. No yoga asana will take place. This is not a Reiki Training but an open class.
This class invites deep nurturing, receptivity, an internal inquiry and slowed down pace. Restorative yoga is done seated or lying down. No standing sequences are offered. The use of props such as bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps gently eases one into opening the energy over an extended period of time. A total of 5-8 poses will be introduced in each class along with the possibility of breathing exercises and/or a short meditation.
Restorative Yoga classes at Swan River are unique because the teacher will also offer Thai Yoga Therapeutics with the ancient vedic healing power of touch & light massage work. Some teachers also have experience with Reiki (energy clearing), some are Licensed Massage Therapists and some musicians, offering Sound Therapy.
Created especially for those under stress, in need of slowing down, for those in deep processing or in need of internal balance, for beginners, for those with injuries, special needs and trauma. Please come restore and renew with us.
Ritual: Yin & Nidra
Our Ritual Yin/Nidra Class promotes space, & conscious stillness with poses that are simple, slow and low to the earth. The length of each pose is long, the attention inward, the affect deep. There are minimal standing poses. There are no sun salutations or flow. It is a class designed to settle the nervous system, advocating an accessible healing that comes from within. Some props for restorative yoga poses, breathing exercises or visualization may be introduced at the end.
Each class will end with a 10 minute supported and guided Yoga Nidra Shavasana, the yoga of deep lucid dreaming, where emphasis and space is held for releasing anxiety, stress, trauma, or promoting the health of specific systems or parts of the physical or subtle body (Chakras, Nadi’s, Koshas.) Yoga Nidra is the stage before Meditation. It is meant for healing the body and checking in with it intimately free of over sensory stimulus & distraction, inviting the re-patterning of the Theta wave of the mind.
Due to the nature of this class, it is very accessible for many body types, abilities and ages, as well as for anyone under stress, anxiety, lack of mental clarity, overwhelmed by numerous tasks or a deep need to go inward for self-healing.
This class is on the 3rd floor will a small group to allow for more more personal attention & personal hands on assists.
Slow Flow is a physically present practice in between a beginner’s class and an open Swan River or Jivamukti class. This class will be challenging but available to all ages. Expect movement, breathing practices, balance poses, and restorative yoga to conclude your practice.
This is a Swan River Yoga Original! Enjoy a complete Restorative Yoga extended class at 2 hours long in a sacred sound space. 2 teachers and musicians will be present to serve you as you bathe in sacred sounds, music, and love songs from India and beyond. 40 Crystal bowls will soothe you along with a giant gong and other unique, high frequency instruments to break and clear energetic patterns within you, soothe the nervous system and activate the chakra points. This is an experience like no other – heavenly, celestial and familiar.
With the unique 2 hour journey of restorative yoga, Thai yoga therapeutics and sacred sounds in healing hands you cannot go wrong.
All things come from sound. All things are sound. All things go back to sound.
From the novice to the seasoned practitioner, a Swan Alignment class will deepen and refine your understanding of yoga asana, while enhancing strength and flexibility. A portion of the class will be devoted to breaking down a pose into its most basic components with demonstrations, props, and modifications. Focused less on flow and more on form, this fun and interactive approach will teach you how to properly align your poses to maximize the body and mind benefits of asana.
Swan Intermediate Led Practice
This class spices up the practice just ever so slightly with a bit more vigor and a few key challenging peak poses demonstrated. Similar in flavor to our Swan River Yoga Open Level, it is chock full of the same delicious treats such as dharma, bhakti, breathing & a balance of alignment and flow, yet it is meant to inspire challenge & growth in a light, celebratory atmosphere. Often you will find a Senior Swan Teacher with a seasoned practice leading/doing this class.
Serve you community in the highest. Delve more deeply into your practice and serving others. Learn the fundamentals of yoga, chanting, voice, meditation, philosophy, anatomy, asana alignment, yoga assists, asana sequencing, ayurvedic medicine, esoteric anatomy, breathing techniques, and community service or seva, so that you honor your Inner teacher. In honoring your inner teacher you may then find the need, calling of desire to teach others yoga. The purpose of this training is both meant for personal growth and as a means to naturally serve, teach or liberate whomever we meet.
A regular 6 month 350-hour course is offered as well as an annual 6-week course in Advanced Studies, suitable for those both currently teaching and those wishing to advance their personal studies and practice. Find out more here.