Class Levels

We do not level our classes based on experience of the student or difficulty of the postures. Our classes are distinguished by the level of intensity provided: Gentle, Moderate, Vigorous.

P1020888We believe Yoga is non-competitive and can be accessible to all. Choose a class that is aligned with the level of energy you bring to your mat.  Advanced postures and techniques may be offered for students who are ready to practice them safely whether that be gently or vigorously.

Open Level classes are for everyone. It is the teacher’s responsibility to teach to “the room” offering a middle ground for the majority, instruction as needed and options for advanced variations as may be desired. It is the student’s benefit to understand that an Open Level class will be tailored to who shows up in the room.

Vinyasa

Vinyasa means movement linked to breath. Vinyasa style has come to mean classes that predominantly focus on the physical aspect of yoga, asana. Movement is guided by rhythm of breath through a variety of poses. Poses are often punctuated by a standard downward dog, plank, upward dog sequence.  Vinyasa classes at Dew Yoga are leveled by intensity rather than experience.

Kripalu

Kripalu style classes offer instruction and or practice with breathing techniques (pranayama), postures (asana) that are held or flow together, as well as meditation. Kripalu yoga may include vinyasa, all movements are considered a meditation in motion and are linked to breath. Kripalu expects that the practice will adapt to the practitioner on any given day. These classes are leveled by intensity not by experience. Choose a level that aligns with your level of energy for the day. Kripalu is known as the yoga of compassion. It is also the name of the school from which the style emerged.

Kundalini

Kundalini Yoga is total fitness for body, mind and spirit. Through breathing, movement, stretching, meditation, relaxation and sound, Kundalini Yoga systematically raises and strengthens your vital energy. No prior experience is needed for you to begin to experience benefits almost immediately. Kundalini is a style of Yoga, it is also a term used to describe a form of vital life force in the body.

Yin Yoga

A slower paced class that utilizes longer holds in individual poses. Yin is also known as Yoga for the joints. It utilizes props and gravity to nourish the large joints like hips and shoulders by releasing the connective tissue and muscles around them. Open to students of all experience.

Enlighten Up Yoga

An eclectic blend of meditative centering, gentle stretching, slow flow, and restorative poses. It’s the perfect mid-morning pause to help promote clarity, increase flexibility, and help individuals connect with their inner spirit. Especially effective for those recovering from, or dealing with an injury or looking for ways to release physical and/or emotional stress.

Yoga with Robert

A style of Yoga created by Robert Ortner. Moving slowly with great awareness, this class takes poses (asana) to a deeper level of exploration with subtle movements, Yin style holding and inquiry. We are each our own best teacher. While practicing Yoga as Body Dynamics we link Hatha movement with inner stillness and quiet as cause and effect.
Cultivate the joy that comes from the dialog with our body, mind, and heart. This is class is appropriate for all students, including those with therapeutic concerns.

Power Hour Lunch Express

A one hour vinyasa based class for a full body, mind and spirit practice mid day or on your lunch break. This class is moderate to vigorous in intensity, includes basic as well as options for advanced postures.

Healing Flow Yoga

This curative practice combines yoga therapy techniques with Vinyasa flow and restorative poses to help ease stiff or strained muscles and encourage healing on both the physical and emotional plane. Specific attention is paid to easing low back, hips, and hamstrings.

Slow Flow Yoga

A gentle yoga class that incorporates flowing movements linked to breath. Ideal for beginners or those with therapeutic concerns. This is a good choice if you want to move but are not in a hurry. Slow movement cultivates deeper awareness.

Slow and Strong Vinyasa

This class provides intensity, heat, and difficulty while moving at a slower pace. Appropriate for vinyasa students who want to cultivate awareness and avoid high impact or fast vinyasa.

Beginner Yoga

A group class especially for beginners to Yoga. Foundations of basic postures, breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation will be instructed at a pace needed by the students in class. Modifications for poses will be offered. Questions and discussion may be included as needed.

Deep Restorative with Yoga Nidra

A healing form, Restorative Yoga is practiced in poses that are fully supported by bolsters, blocks and blankets. The practice encourages the nervous system into relaxation response bringing balance to our busy lives. This restorative yoga class concluded with Yoga Nidra, a guided deep relaxation. This style of Yoga is appropriate for students of all experiences and physical needs.

Kids Yoga ages 5-10

Yoga for kids ages 5-10. Fun movement, play and relaxation for young Yogis. This class will give your child a chance to move their bodies in a playful, non-competitive environment. We’ll play games, set up a yoga obstacle course, have mini lessons on the Yama and Niyama, and more! $19.14 / kids drop-in rate.

Pajama Storytime Yoga

Kids ages 3-6 can wear their pajamas to this special Friday night class! We’ll take a fun yoga adventure, which will include poses and lots of movement, then tell a story and have time for drawing. A light snack will be served, then a “spaghetti test” as relaxation. Parents are encouraged to drop off the kids and take time for themselves or enjoy the adult class that happens simultaneously. Class is 75 minutes and the cost is $20/child or 1 class card punch, snack included. Pre-registration is required.

Kids Yoga ages 3-6

Yoga for kids ages 3-6. In this class, your children will have a chance to move their bodies in a playful and non-competitive way. We will take a yoga adventure and use our bodies to tell a story. Class will include games, poses, and a cozy relaxation to end the class.  $19.14 / kids drop-in rate.

Tween Yoga (ages 11-14 with Ingrid)

Lively music and explorations of Yoga, self expression, meditation and breathing for tweens.

Prenatal Yoga

Yoga for expecting Moms. Prenatal Yoga to nurture body, mind and spirit through the transition and development of pregnancy. Postures are modified to support all stages of pregnancy and body types. Connect with other expecting mothers and your baby while caring for yourself. Appropriate for all stages of pregnancy and all levels of experience Yoginis. Prenatal Yoga is an excellent introduction to Yoga even for moms who have never done Yoga before. Dew Yoga proudly partners with Family Tree Yoga for Prenatal Yoga Classes. Family Tree Yoga specializes in classes for expecting moms, post natal, infants, toddlers and children. By joining classes at FTY you will be in community of other Yogis on the path of parenthood and in expert care with teachers specially trained for this very special part of life. DEw Yoga class cards are honored at FTY or you may register for a series with them directly. FTY is located in Stamford less than ten minutes from Dew Yoga at 980 Hope Street.

Karma Donation Yoga

This is an Open level class offered in karma. The teacher offers up their time and there are no fees for students. Karma classes can be attended by anyone and as often as you like. We do accept donations in these classes and donations of any amount benefit either the Dew Yoga sliding scale fund or a charity of the teacher’s choice.

T’ai Chi

T’ai Chi is an ancient martial art and philosophy that develops the practitioner through natural ways of being. T’ai Chi means the “the ultimate,” improving and progressing toward the unlimited. The gentle, flowing movements coordinated with deep breathing help to harmonize mind and body. Benefits of practice include; an increase in self awareness, improved balance, strength, flexibility, increased blood flow and vitality, and a greater general well being. Drop ins welcome! Cost is our drop-in rate or one classcard punch.

Men’s Yoga with Bruce

This class begins on November 15, 2016. Increase flexibility and strength as well as reduce stress all in a comfortable environment just for men. Learn how to combat stress and tension, relieve back pain, lower blood pressure and enhance sports training. This program, designed by Bruce Bassock, former equity trader turned yogi and owner of Elements Yoga, is appropriate for those who are brand new to yoga or seasoned practitioners. and has also been featured in The New York Times and Yoga Journal for it’s effective and innovative approach. Broker and Darien local, Jim Rigsbee was recently quoted in an article in Fit Yoga Magazine about the program, “I joined the program because I was having problems with stiffness. I wanted to increase my flexibility to improve my golf game. Anyone will tell you that they feel better after class, and not just physically. It is the combination of the exercise and the relaxation that makes it different.”