Class Descriptions

True North Yoga offers a diverse portfolio of movement classes.  Practicing yoga has an additive effect setting up the foundation for a healthy body and calm mind.  Students are encouraged to practice a mix of classes at least three times per week for full physical, mental and emotional benefits. 

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Power Yoga

Power Yoga is an athletic approach to modern yoga. It incorporates the heat (energy) building aspect of Ashtanga yoga while allowing for creative expression. Power Yoga uses dynamic movement in the body as a doorway to access awareness of the mind space. While the emphasis is on form and function, what Power Yoga teaches at a deeper level is determination and acceptance. The teachers guide students to find their inherent power, strength and ability to create change in their life on and off the mat.  Beginner friendly!

To achieve full benefits, students are encouraged to practice Power Yoga three days a week.  

Benefits of practicing Power Yoga can include:

  • Improved muscle strength and tone
  • Increased range of movement in the major joints
  • Awareness and toning of core abdominal muscles
  • Upper body strength in shoulders, back, and chest
  • Increased mental focus
  • Improved outlook on life

Teacher:  Staff 200/500 Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT)

Slow Flow Yoga

Slow Flow combines all aspects of traditional yoga such as posture, breath work, meditation, concentration, and relaxation for an embodied experience taught at a slower pace. Slow Flow will often begin with meditation and breath work followed by seated joint opening postures.  As the class progresses students may feel internal heat (energy) build as the poses become more layered, complex and challenging.  Breath awareness is cultivated in poses adding concentration and release of mental stress. It will be common to hear the teacher share yoga philosophy insights while in poses.  Enjoy an extended relaxation at the end of class for internal bliss.  Leave feeling light and open.  Beginner friendly!

To receive full benefits of Slow Flow Yoga students are encouraged to practice three days a week. 

Benefits of practicing Slow Flow Yoga can include:

  • Improved nervous system balance and regulation 
  • Increased capacity for mental acuity and concentration 
  • Range of movement improvement in the major joints
  • Boost in creativity 
  • Reduction of stress response
  • Increased acceptance of Self and others

Teacher:  Staff 200/500 Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT)

All Levels Classes

All levels of students are welcome in these classes. Instruction will be appropriate for each student’s experience and level of ability.  Beginner friendly! Classes are Iyengar Yoga method.

Teacher:  Staff Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYT)

Level 1 Yoga Classes

Level 1 classes introduce asanas, such as back bends, forward bends and inversions. All systems of the body are affected: muscular, skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, endocrine, lymphatic, and nervous system. In this class, you will build the strength, stamina, flexibility and concentration required to safely advance into Advanced Yoga.  Beginner friendly! Classes are Iyengar Yoga method.

Teacher:  Staff Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYT)

Advanced Yoga Classes

Advanced Yoga Classes are for students with a consistent yoga practice, including headstand and shoulder stand. Students must have knowledge of and practice the standing poses and inversions with confidence. In this class yoga practitioners will develop their skills further in poses such as inversions, arm balances, back bends, and forward folds. Learn how to safely move into, stabilize and move out of advanced yoga postures.  Grow your practice by attending Advanced Yoga weekly.  This class explores challenging poses while observing stillness, attention of the mind to body and breath.  Experienced students are encouraged to attend Advanced Yoga once a week for full benefits. Classes are Iyengar Yoga method.

Benefits of practicing Advanced Yoga can include:

  • Building upper body strength
  • Increased capacity for mental acuity and concentration 
  • Stabilizing emotions and breaking through fear
  • Boost in creativity 
  • Reduction of stress response
  • Confidence and trust in the body

Teacher: James Burton, CIYT and Carrie Nutt, CIYT

Sleep Yoga

Sleep Yoga, as known as yoga nidra, is an important practice for total body and mind relaxation. Sleep yoga taps into the body’s innate physiology for sleep through a guided progressive body based relaxation meditation.  Students are in Savasana pose (lying on the back) with yoga props for comfort and warmth.  Students are guided into a state of relaxed awareness through the practice. 

Sleep yoga is a highly effective way to restore and rebalance the body and mind.  It recalibrates the body’s ability to heal itself and feel restored.  Sleep yoga is said to be equivalent to 3 hours of sleep.  Students feel rested and calm after the practice.  A perfect practice to help wind down in the evening.  To receive full benefits, students are encouraged to practice Sleep Yoga once a week.

Benefits of Sleep Yoga can include:

  • Reduces stress 
  • Reduced symptoms of insomnia
  • Improves mood 
  • Reduces anxiety and helps with symptoms of PTSD
  • Creates space for new thinking and vision in life 
  • Reduces negative thinking and reactivity

Teachers:  Naomi Jones ERYT500, Robbie Myers RYT500, Sherika Tanaka RYT500, Jessica Lane RYT200

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is a modern twist on an ancient practice. Yin yoga is practiced seated while compressing the joints and bones with healthy gentle stress in order to improve joint mobility and range of motion.  Yin yoga is practiced by moving into postures slowly, holding poses over time (usually 5 minutes), using yoga props for comfort and support, utilizing breath for mental relaxation and coming out of poses slowly with awareness.  Yin yoga is a slow moving practice that teaches body and mind awareness.  Yin yoga is a mindfulness practice that creates good health in the bones, joints and fascia. To receive the full benefits of Yin Yoga students are encouraged to practice at least once a week. Beginner friendly!

Benefits of practice Yin Yoga can include:

  • Improved joint health
  • Improved digestion and elimination
  • Decreased lower back pain
  • Injury prevention in the major joints (hips, shoulders, low back, knees, neck, ankles, toes)
  • Sense of deep relaxation 
  • Feeling less agitated and restless 
  • Increased overall positive feeling about life

Teachers:  Naomi Jones ERYT500, Corrine Hathaway ERYT500 and Anne Anderson ERYT500

Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga

Prenatal yoga is a gentle practice safe for women throughout their pregnancy.   Prenatal yoga includes gentle stretching using yoga props for comfort and support.  Practicing prenatal yoga can increase awareness of breath.  A tool that is used to reduce discomfort during delivery.  Prenatal yoga can also help to strengthen the mother-baby connection through mindful action. Yoga can be an effective tool for recovery and healing postnatal as well. Mothers often report an increase in energy level, relief in tension, a sense of connection with others and deep relaxation. Enjoy this weekly class throughout motherhood. Beginner friendly!

Benefits of practice Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga can include:

  • Decreased lower back pain
  • Feeling less agitated and restless 
  • Improved bladder control
  • Can improve lactation results
  • Stimulates skin cells regeneration and turnover
  • Increased overall positive feeling about life and change

Teachers: Ashli Fishman RYT200 and Kat Rolley RYT200