Frequently Asked Questions
How long are classes?
Classes are 45-60-75-90 minutes long, see online schedule for details.
WHAT TO WEAR
Work-out clothing, bathing suit, shorts & tank top, spandex or leotard.
Be prepared to sweat for the warm and hot classes!
WHAT TO BRING
Large beach towel (for the heated classes only)
and some small hand towels, a large water, and an open mind.
Cold bottled water is available for purchase.
WHAT TO EAT
A light snack 3 hours before class.
After your snack, we recommend that you do not eat for 3 hours before class.
(Full stomach may cause nausea).
Are available at the studio for no charge. You may rent towels if needed.
WHEN TO ARRIVE
First Come First Serve basis, come about 10 minutes before class.
We lock the front door at the start of class.
Schedules are subject to change, with and without notice.
Holidays are Regular Schedule unless otherwise stated._
How do you want your yoga? Mild, spicy or hot? We have it all._
General Class Descriptions ~ Visit our Online Class Schedule for more info
Gentle Yoga Class (beginner level, not heated) “mild”
Slow yoga postures to build strength, balance and flexibility. Perfect for people who have little or no yoga experience as well as more seasoned students. Small classes and detailed instructions will help you relax in a safe, healing environment. Each class is adjusted to the level of the students._
Flow Yoga (beginner to intermediate, not heated or warm) “spicy”
You will be led through Vinyasa style asanas with a focus on connecting your breath to movement. While the movement is intended to be creative, devotional and dynamic, optional modifications and adjustments are provided. Take it at your own pace and enjoy the benefits of this soulful class!_
Astanga Yoga (Intermediate level, warm) “spicy”
This class closely follows the yoga chikitsa or primary series of the astanga yoga system. Using heat with ujayii or victorious breath and intense focus produces a high energy atmosphere. the practice follows a set series of postures, or asana. It starts with sun salutations and then a standing series, progresses to a seated series with vinyasa and concludes with a closing series including inversions. Each movement is initiated with the breath. Astanga yoga is a continuously flowing sequence of movements. Athletic and flowing, and modifications are provided. _
Hatha Yoga (beginner to intermediate levels, not heated) “mild”
Classic hatha yoga postures, possibly including sun salutes, focusing on alignment and breathing. Every class a little different. Great for beginners!
Warm Yoga (beginner to intermediate, heated to 95-100 degrees) “hot”
Stretches & strengthens every area of the body necessary to balance & restore all systems to optimal health. Our room is heated to allow for a deeper release & to avoid injury. Warm Yoga Flow class is recommended for everyone, from first day beginners to advanced students. The magic of this class is that everyone is practicing the same posture at different levels of ability, and there is an exact position for everyone at every level, which our trained instructors will help you find. For more information, go to www.barkanmethod.com._
Tai Chi Qi Gong (beginner to intermediate levels, not heated) “mild”
Chinese Medical Chi Gong is an effective compilation of preventive, healing and strengthening exercises derived from about 6,000 years of the Chinese people’s experiences studying the body. As early as the Shang Dynasty (1766-1123 B.C.), there were drawings vividly representing the movement we call Chi Gong today. Another testament to it’s age, the oldest Chinese medical text, the Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic (722-480 B.C.), presents theories and methods for medical Chi Gong training.
Two of the most significant reasons for the practice of Medical Chi Gong are to achieve longevity and higher quality of life. Long life has been a major concern of mankind for eons and it is a major subject of modern medical research. Since Medical Chi Gong offers proven theory and training methods, it would be wise for modern society to study and research it. But first, modern society must reach an understanding of internal energy (Chi), which is still new to it. In the west, it is only in the last decade that Chi is beginning to be understood as bio-energy.
Rejuvenation of bio-energy or Chi is the main focus of our Medical Chi Gong program. Zen Wellness members realize many benefits such as recovery of ambulatory skills, and increased balance and coordination. Our program is recommended by many physicians and is an important part of a total wellness program. www.zenwellness.com
What if I’ve never practiced yoga?
Most of the classes on the schedule are beginner friendly and our instructors will help new students by offering modifications, encouragement and support. You do not need any experience; you do not need to be “in shape”; you just need a willing mind and the desire to change your life forever.
Click on Class Description on Schedule page for further details of each class.