Classes

Yoga Tips & Etiquette

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ARRIVE EARLY

Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to class. This will give you ample time to find a spot and settle in before class.
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ENTER MINDFULLY

Bodywork treatments and classes may be in session when you arrive, so please enter mindfully and keep vocal tone low. Simply remove your shoes and place in our racks or under the benches and make yourself at home until the room is ready. Coats and other outerwear can be hung on our coat racks and all personal belongings can be stowed in our cubbies.
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CELL PHONES

Please silence all cell phones and electrical items into the “OFF” position during class to allow for a quiet environment. Please do not participate in phone conversations in our lobby.SIGN IN. Please be sure to check in with the front desk and sign in on our sign in sheet. We are here to support your experience in any way we can so don’t hesitate to ask for help! Or sign up online to ensure your spot!
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YOGA PROPS & WATER

We are happy to lend out yoga mats to you. Please clean them with the mat wipes sold in our Health & Wellness Boutique. We also provide other yoga props so there is no need to bring your own unless preferred. Feel free to bring water bottles and be sure they have lids to prevent spilling.
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INJURIES/PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS

Please inform us of ANY acute or chronic conditions or injuries so that we may best accommodate your needs. If in doubt that a pose is right for you, pause and listen to your body and feel free to ask for support from our highly trained staff.
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SCHEDULE CHANGES

While we aim to minimize changes to our schedule, they do occur from time to time for various reasons. Please check our mindbody website or mobile app for the most up-to-date schedule.
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FOOD

In order to keep our studio clean, eating is not permitted in lobby or yoga studio area. Only dry snack foods are permitted such as granola bars and fruit in the lobby area.
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FEEDBACK!

Don’t hesitate to ask us if you have an individual need or suggestions to make your yoga experience even more enjoyable.

Gentle Yoga

What is Gentle Yoga?

courses (5) Gentle Yoga class is designed to relax and open your body and mind, while releasing stress and tension from joints and muscles. Gentle yoga classes are based on tradition of Hatha yoga. Gentle yoga is always therapeutic in nature and is beneficial for beginners and advanced yogis alike.

GENTLE YOGA 1

 Experience balance and harmony through a slow and mindful practice designed to release tension, reduce stress, and promote relaxation. Achieve healthy alignment of the spine while stretching all muscle groups through this beginner friendly all-level class. Emphasis is placed on self-awareness, breath, and honoring the body. Students will begin class seated or reclined on floor, rise for standing poses only once, then back to floor. (Once up, once down) Use of props to promote release, not strain.

 GENTLE YOGA 2

 Building on Gentle Yoga 1, get  stretched head to toe working on smaller, more intricate muscles as well as the larger muscle groups. Stretches may be deeper or held longer. More movement may occur during the class. Beginner friendly, all levels welcome.

Agni Yoga

  agni11Agni yoga connects and balances our agni fire.

 This hatha class offers something for beginners to seasoned yogis. Through repetition of poses, we will be able to build more complex poses.

 During asana practice, several variations or options are presented to allow each student to feel challenged, physically and mentally.

 You are led through a sequence of poses combining yang and yin energies using a blend of asana styles. Breathwork and relaxation frame the class.

Vinyasa Yoga

What is Vinyasa Yoga?

vy111 Vinyasa classes maintain awareness and focus on the breath while moving through a series of postures. The sequence of postures may be different from class to class, but always follow an intelligent progression that moves from basic to complex. This style of yoga builds heat, flexibility and strength, while maintaining focus on good alignment and sound structure. Postures may be held for longer periods of time, and will flow together to unite the body to the breath and mind. 

 Vinyasa class varies from Gentle class in that the movements are more rhythmic and athletic in nature. Sequencing is synched smoothly with the breath and one pose flows effortlessly into the next creating a “flow” and fluid movement that sheds layers of tension & improves overall strength & vitality.

VINYASA FLOW 1

 This class is suitable for both  beginners and continuing students. Focus is on basic poses, breath and alignment. Class may work towards a challenging posture focusing in how to do it safely.

VINYASA FLOW 2

 This class works at a moderate or quick pace in the vinyasa style of connecting movement and breath. Challenging postures are introduced including inversions, backbends and balancing poses. The teacher will encourage rest periods and modifications as needed. Modifications are given allowing the students to choose a more beginning or more advanced practice according to their needs. A beautiful opportunity to be inspired by your fellow students of all levels.

Meditation Series

meditation  Discover your optimal meditation “seat” while exploring a variety of techniques including sitting & walking meditation, breath & mantra as well as powerful relaxation practices such as yoga nidra.  Some mindful movement will also be incorporated. Suitable for all levels including beginners.

 Each class will have a seated meditation where students may use a chair or sit on the floor. This will be followed by a reclined (lying down) deep relaxation or yoga nidra. Each series has a unique theme. No previous experience necessary.

EIGHT TIPS FOR A BALANCED YOGA PRACTICE

(based on The 8 Limbs of Yoga)

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Santosha

Come in with beginner’s mind. Even the most experienced yogis can find a deep sense of bliss from simply taking each class and each pose as a new beginning. Letting go of expectations is the key to contentment on and off the mat.
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Ahimsa

Drop the judgement. It is normal to judge ourselves and others but the practice of yoga reminds us that “ahimsa” or “non-violence” can transform the most difficult moment to the most joyful ones. Be kind to yourself and others and life will flow with more ease and peace.
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Satya

Be true to your body and listen to its signals. Practice “satya” or “truthfulness” on the mat. When the body needs a rest, don’t be afraid to take a pause and go within.
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Brahmacharya

Be creative with your practice. Modify and create new ways of moving and breathing that bring your body into harmony. Don’t let yourself get depleted by pushing too hard, or get stuck because of fear to venture into new postures and ideas.
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Aparigraha

See the good within your practice and your body from day to day and this abundance mentality will also translate off the mat and into your life.
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Saucha

Notice what you allow yourself to “take in” on a daily basis. Focus on purity of mind, body and soul and choose practices and situations which evoke this feeling within you.
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Tapas

Be consistent even when you don’t see immediate benefits. Yoga has a cumulative effect so be sure to practice it regularly and experiment with some home practice as well. Be clear of your intentions and goals and commit to sticking with the process. Our teachers are here to support you along the way.
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Svadhyana

Self-study is a key principle of yoga and critical in an enriching experience on the mat. Enjoy learning about yourself, your patterns and tendencies and growing more and more every day.
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Ishwara Pranidhana

Focus on the breath and simply surrender into the moment without attachment or rigidity of mind or body. Embrace the unknown, have faith in yourself and the process and enjoy the journey!
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AGNI YOGA AND HEALING ARTS STUDIO IS LOCATED BEHIND EAST GATE PLAZA NEXT TO ATLAS MOVIE THEATER 1341 SOM Center Road, Mayfield Heights, Ohio 44124

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