"I love that Samitha teaches challenging poses, including the intermediate/prep poses and modifications to meet the needs of each participant. She really helps each person gradually advance their practice from wherever they are." - Angie Fosmark
Hatha Yoga refers to the most widely practiced form of yoga in America. It is the branch of yoga which concentrates on physical health and mental well-being. Hatha yoga uses bodily postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation (dyana) with the goal of bringing about a healthy body, clear mind and a sense of well-being.
The majority of Three Trees Yoga classes are based in the hatha tradition.
Gentle Yoga (Series and Drop In)
Well-suited to those who are looking for a relaxed, gentle paced workout. The poses are presented with many modifications, making the class appealing to anyone with moderate physical, medical or age-related challenges. More information on Getting Started.
Intro to Yoga (Series)
Allows you to learn at your own pace regardless of your level of flexibility (or lack there of!). This class is a perfect fit for the new yoga student wishing to "start at the beginning", learning the foundations of yoga practice. The class will teach correct breathing methods, increase strength in the arms, legs and torso, improve balance, posture and flexibility. You may notice the increased feeling of well-being and calm before the class is over. The advantage of a series class is that you build on what you learned the week before as you grow into your practice of yoga. More information on Getting Started.
Beginner Yoga: Level I (Drop In)
A moderately paced class for students who are physically healthy but new to yoga, or prefer a less-rigorous class. Attention focuses on conscious breathing, healthy alignment in poses while gaining strength,flexibility and focus. The Intro to Yoga Series is recommended as a pre-requisite but not required.
Mixed Level: Level I-II (Drop In)
Open to both beginners and the more experienced practitioners. The pace will be a little faster than a strict Level I with less emphasis on alignment in the basic postures. Options will be given for both the beginner to practice safely and the experienced student to feel challenged.
Intermediate Yoga: Level II (Drop In)
This class is open to students who have studied yoga for at least six consecutive months. Participants should have an awareness of basic postures as well as their own abilities and be willing to modify as needed. Must have experience with Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation. More challenging sequences of poses, inversion postures and arm balance postures may be introduced as well as exploration of the more subtle aspects of yoga. (Intro to Yoga Series or Beginner Drop In are prerequisites or by permission of instructor)
Vinyasa or Flow Yoga: Level II (Drop in)
The pace increases in this class as postures flow together in a graceful way and in time with your breath. It will build heat, strength, and endurance. The sequence will vary from class to class. It is even more important that the student has an understanding of basic poses and their own limitations.
Unique, Specialty Classes:
Keep your body feeling youthful, active and healthy with yoga done with a chair. Done seated and standing these poses will help to increase your strength, flexibility and balance. You can practice chair yoga, whether you are working with a health issue, injury, disability, or just looking for gentle movement.It has been shown to relieve back pain, reduce stress, build strength, improve posture, and create a feeling of well-being and confidence.
The issues live in our tissues. Y12SR combines the practical tools of the 12-step program with the ancient wisdom of yoga. Combining the two creates a model that addresses addiction as the physical, mental and spiritual dis-ease that it is. Y12SR is a 12-step based discussion and yoga practice open to any one and every one dealing with their own addictive behavior or affected by the addictive behavior of others. This is an open and inclusive group - all A's are welcome.
This class is inspired by the play of yoga rather than the study of yoga. It is a energizing vinyasa class for those yogis who understand their limits and are not working with an injury or health limitation. This flow style class is accompanied with some great tunes to keep us moving. Come play!
Stressed? Trouble turning your brain off?
In this class we will explore various techniques to manage stressors as they arise. We will start with some breathing techniques to promote relaxation, we'll do some gentle movement and stretches, and finish with restorative yoga (completely passive poses designed to repair frazzled nervous systems). This class is open to all levels. No previous yoga experience or flexibility is required.
More on the benefits of yoga for stress
This class involves only the most delicious yoga poses. It includes very gentle stretching as well as relaxing postures that are held for several minutes. The body is invited to release and let go while the mind is encouraged to be quiet and awake.
You will experience a variety of poses that help to: * relieve anxiety and nervousness * treat and prevent head aches * soothe the nervous system *combat insomnia * relieve depression and foggy thinking * improve digestion * reduce symptoms of PMS * refresh and rejuvenate the entire body. Dim lights, soft music, bolsters, blankets and lavender-scented eye pillows will assist you in releasing tension from the body and the mind. Float home and enjoy the rest of your week end in peace. No previous yoga experience required. All props are provided. Preregistration strongly recommended. Class size limited.
The purpose of this class is to provide yoga at an affordable rate for every one. Pay what you can (cash or check) or use your current drop in pass.
Yoga Nidra is a powerful technique in which you learn to relax consciously. In Yoga Nidra, the state of relaxation is reached by turning inwards, away from outer experiences. One appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness. For this reason, yoga nidra is often referred to as psychic sleep or deep relaxation with inner awareness. In this threshold state between sleep and wakefulness, contact with the subconscious and unconscious dimensions occurs spontaneously. This is yoga nidra, the state of dynamic sleep. There is very little movement to this class. Come in, get into savasana (a pose that involves lying flat on the floor), and enjoy!