At Loveland Yoga, the room is heated in a climate controlled environment. This way the body can detoxify, heal & become exhilarated with mind & spirit. Here at Loveland Yoga we are ready to support students in their yoga practice and instruct students who are ready to take the next step in their journey to get to the ‘core’ of their being. Your yoga practice is a unique practice based on intuition rather than tradition, connecting the body to the mind & spirit. Through modification our yoga classes can be made accessible to all people, all ages, all who are ready to roll out their mat and draw in the benefits of yoga to their mind, body and spirit.
Important: Please read this article on “Room Temperature for Yoga and Your Health” for important information with regard to room temperature used at Loveland Yoga & Core Fitness.
1. Strength Yoga
Strength Yoga is no ordinary or traditional yoga class. Strength Yoga is a progressive, athletic based approach to yoga while applying FMA Strength Training and CHEK principles in the class to help you focus on your unique alignment, to create stability, strength and flexibility to create balance, de-stress, revitalize while respecting any structural anomalies you might have. Through FMA Strength Training and CHEK, Christi is able to spot certain structural anomalies and can make adjustments right away, she has also stepped outside of traditional yoga to create a strength based yoga class incorporating strength and conditioning concepts, because when yoga is broken down to the physical components it’s strength and conditioning class. The alignment cues in Strength yoga are unique, simpler and understandable to feel the subtle movements and changes of the body develop strength, improve posture and flexibility to develop the core and control breathing. You will also hear terms such as hip break or ass-to-grass, sometimes yoga terms will thrown in there just to change it up! It is still a yoga class, just happens to be a strength based yoga class.
The focus is on postures that are not only accessible by all, but similar to primal movement patterns that we do every day. Postures are not only held statically, but Christi has added creative dynamic movement combinations to strengthen and create flexibility, along with contralateral stabilization to build core strength. Understanding and maintaining diaphragmatic breathing helps you adjust the intensity of the postures for your given physiologic stress load, but some postures require that we brace, because stabilization just happens to be more important than breathing in that posture. Strength yoga sequencing is creative and challenging to strengthen muscle groups that are generally over stretched and not strengthened in traditional yoga classes, such as the glutes, triceps, upper back and biceps. Muscles that are chronically short and tight which are generally not addressed in traditional yoga classes such as the neck, pec minor, quads, and psoas, are uniquely sequenced in the class to isolate and stretch.
At the end of class Christi takes a small step back in tradition, while the focus is on the physical alignment and strengthening the body, (which for some can be an imprint of the individuals’ emotional state), Christi believes the unique physical alignment of each individual helps the energies of the body to flow fluidly so each chakra can be opened, and the emotional, mental, and spiritual tension that is being held in the body can be released. So emphasis is respecting any structural anomaly you may have a not get wrapped up in what is deemed optimal, because it may not be optimal for you.
2. Strength Yoga w/Weights:
3. Lunar Flow or Yin Yoga: Lunar refers to the calming, slower paced, internal vinyasas and practices that are appropriate for anytime of day, including before bedtime. Chandra Namaskar (Moon Salutation), foward bends, twists, hip openers, supine poses, inversions (mainly shoulder stand) and meditation. It is important to note that within the Solar Practice or Sun Salutations we cultivate the receptivity, relaxation and grace of the Lunar Practice; and during the Lunar Practice we maintain the intelligent wakefulness of Solar Practices.
4. Gentle Yoga
This class will help get rid of stiff, creaky joints & start moving more efficiently by developing a more supple & resilient body. Restriction & tension throughout the body can be released by holding postures from 1-3 minutes with the use of mindful breathing. Strengthening postures for the stomach & back will be repeated & held for a shorter duration of time. Props such as blocks, blankets & straps can be used as an aid in class. Gentle Yoga is a great starting yoga class, but also beneficial for the advanced practitioner for deepening their postures and looking inward.
5. Candlelight Vinyasa Flow
Enjoy any of the Vinyasa flows that are found throughout the schedule, even the ones done by candlelight on Monday at 7:30 pm which is free/donation based class, suggested donation is $2.00 and goes to a dog rescue; or on Candlelight Vinyasa class on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm where you can come end your day with a moderately intense yoga practice. We will use your breath to flow from movement to movement with our focus placed on alignment and restoration for the body. Using strength and muscle to get your heart rate up during a portion of the practice but having more time at the end to stretch and relax. Finishing our class with an essential oil Savasana adjustment to leave the studio relaxed and ready for the evening.
6. Fitness Fusion Yoga
This class takes a more athletic approach to yoga. In a flowing sequence it blends balance, strength, flexibility in a fitness format while maintaining the core principles of traditional style yoga and is designed to increase core strength and stability. This class offers a complete mind-body balanced workout for all muscle groups. The sequence follows seven principles of alignment to help create optimal biomechanical positioning for your body during movement and poses, providing functional physical strategies that you can apply in your daily life while improving performance in all activities. Whether you’re just beginning to discover the benefits of exercise, or you’ve been working out for years, this class will enrich your exercise program and help you reach your ultimate physical potential.
7. Vinyasa Yoga
Vinyasa Yoga is an athletic moving yoga practice which links one asana, or pose, to the next, through breath practiced in continual and rapid succession. Vinyasa yoga uses the breath (Ujai breath) to learn to quiet the chatter of the mind to help find peace and inner stillness. Your breath (Ujai breath) generates heat in the body, which allows for more freedom of exploration in the asanas (postures).
8. Advanced Yoga
This is a vinyasa flow based class and what makes this different from all the other classes is the practice of advanced poses such as arm balances (an example would be handstands).