Yoga Style Guide

build strength, balance & flexibility

The Yoga Center Retreat
ashtanga

Ashtanga is a highly structured, set series of sequences that increase in difficulty as you progress. It emphasizes quick movements, flexibility and strength. Founded by K. Pattabhi Jois, it is often described as a modern form of classic yoga.

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hatha

In Sanskrit, the word “hatha” means effort — the effort required to engage in a physical practice. Emphasizing various movements, a Hatha class will lead you on a journey to unite body, mind and breath, and take your yoga into deeper, more meaningful places.  Learn More »

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iyengar

Founded by B.K.S. Iyengar, one of the foremost yoga gurus in the world, this style emphasizes precision, alignment and the use of props. Postures are held for long periods of time and students do not progress unless physically and mentally prepared.  Learn More »

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Vinyasa

The yoga style Vinyasa literally means “to place in a special way.” With a dynamic flowing sequence of yoga postures linking breath and movement, you’ll cultivate awareness, sustain your consciousness and build strength and flexibility. Learn More »

meditate, relax & heal

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avita

Avita combines ancient Yogic wisdom with modern physiological knowledge of the body and how it mends itself. While most yoga styles targets the muscles, Avita targets the joints and the nervous system. Poses are attainable and held for 2-3 minutes.  Learn More »

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restorative

Restorative yoga enhances your healing ability by re-balancing the nervous system, which in turn regulates your response to stress. Yoga poses are practiced slowly with a focus on comfort, stillness and deep breathing.  Learn More »

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yin

Yin is a meditative yoga practiced at a slower pace, consisting of poses that are held for longer periods of time (3-5 minutes). This help nourish and strengthen connective tissue, which opens up the mind and body.  Learn More »

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yoga nidra

Yoga Nidra, or the sleep of the yogi, is a tantric form of meditation that is practiced from a supine position. It is the deepest form of Restorative yoga, allowing the things that aren’t really us to melt away so our true selves can rise and be seen even more.

for the energy body

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kundalini

Kundalini Yoga focuses on awareness, intuition, and actions to elevate one’s consciousness. It can make you experience intense feelings as it activates energy centers throughout the body.

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reiki

Reiki is a Japanese form of energy medicine where the practitioner serves as a conduit for Divine energies to channel Reiki healing light through, boosting the body’s natural ability to heal itself.  Learn More »

yoga-inspired fitness

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paddle & flow (paddleboard yoga)

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) yoga is practiced on a paddleboard in a calm body of water. It’s a great way to be outside and can challenge even the most experienced yogis. Classes run from June through August.  Learn more »

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Punch & flow (kickboxing & yoga)

Kickboxing and yoga may seem worlds apart but they both require a focused mind to build strength, balance, flexibility and endurance. Get the aggression out and your Zen on! Classes run from September through May.  Learn More »

karma yoga

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pet projects

We LOVE animals here at The Yoga Center Retreat and want them all to find happy homes!  All proceeds from our “pet projects” (donation-based yoga classes) benefit animal rescue services for dogs, cats and even bunnies!  Learn More »

karma yoga project

As part of our 230-hour yoga teacher training program, all graduates must complete our Karma Yoga project. Each cohort selects a community partner and provides free yoga classes to an underserved population.  Learn more »