The classes listed below are taught by certified instructors specialized in each of these particular yoga styles (alphabetically listed):
Anusara Yoga: The Anusara style blends a spiritual context, which awakens and celebrates the heart, with the Universal Principles of Alignment, which bring the body toward its optimal muscular, skeletal, and energetic blueprint. Anusara translates as "stepping into the flow of grace" and is a practice that emphasizes freedom and honors individuality. [taught at Karma Yoga in Harvard Square]
NEW AT KARMA! AcroYoga: Come and fly! AcroYoga is a partner practice that integrates the art of yoga, acrobatics, and Thai massage. Grounded in breath, we will explore partner flows and sequences that draw upon the natural forces of gravity and “metta” ~ loving kindness ~ to create a safe, fun-filled, heart-opening experience! Classes will present both acrobatics (inversions and partner flying techniques to develop strength, flexibility, and body awareness), and therapeutics (gentle flying and Thai massage to heal body and spirit). No experience needed, no partner required - come and play! [taught at Karma Revolution in Allston]
NEW AT KARMA! Awakening Yoga: Start your day flowing through an awakening slow flow Vinyasa sequence. Class will begin with a mindful breathing exercise, lead into a short series of restorative postures to get the muscles warm and supple, and then guide you through a Vinyasa sequence of breath-synchronized postures. In this one-hour flow, you will leave class feeling energized, strong, at ease, and ready to flow through your day. [taught at Karma Revolution in Allston]
Core Power Yoga: (this class is taught in a room heated to aprox. 90 degrees F) This class is similar to the flowing, dynamic Power Yoga class (see description below), but with an added focus on the core. We will work on all of the major abdominal muscles in creative ways to access and build the strength to move to the next level on the mat. The core can offer us lightness and stability which can transform your practice! As you grow stronger, you'll be able to move deeper into challenging poses, discover better alignment, and find your body at more ease in every day life.
Core Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga: Core Vinyasa is a flowing style of yoga that integrates breathwork, movement, core-strength and awareness. This class is accompanied by music and held in a slightly heated room to promote detoxification and flexibility. With moderate pacing and subtle reminders of moving from the center, we keep the body and mind fully engaged in the present moment. Our core is both our literal & energetic center of our balance and strength. Many of us shut down around this area causing back pain, mis-aligned posture, suppressed emotions, and even poor digestion. Awaken your core and become strong & resilient both on and off your mat!
NEW AT KARMA! Dharma (Vinyasa) Yoga: The Dharma Yoga Class is a mixed Level class that is mostly asanas (postures) taught in a flowing sequence. The sequences were created by Sri Dharma Mittra (www.dharmayogacenter.com) and the teacher, Andrew Tanner, studied with Dharma for 3 years and has been certified by him to teach. The practice emphasizes warming up the spine with lots of back and forward bends and twists. You will also learn how to be comfortable in various inverted positions such as forearm balance, shoulder stand, head stand, and hand stand. Beginners will always be given safe options to start and over time can learn to master being comfortable upside down. The class is taught in a spiritual atmosphere with chanting of "Om" and breathing techniques at the beginning and end of class. The practice is rigorous but safe and finishes with 8-10 mins of relaxation or "savasana" pose. For beginners it's best to attend Monday or Tuesday night at Karma Revolution in Allston. The Thursday night class (at the same location) is more challenging and introduces more intermediate and advanced options, but is still open to all levels. The best way to learn more is to experience the class. If you have any injury concerns Andrew will discuss them with you prior to class if you arrive at least 15-10 mins early. Lastly, Andrew's classes tend to fill up and you should arrive early or bring your own mat if you might arrive late as there may not be any mats left.
Forrest Yoga: (this class is taught in a room heated to aprox. 80 degrees F) This is an inspiring yoga practice that helps you connect to your core - getting strong and centered. Forrest Yoga uses heat, deep breathing and vigorous sequences to sweat out toxins. The long holds in the pose progressions help you flush, oxygenate and rejuvenate every cell. Learning to work honestly at your edges, you develop effective tools to deal with fear and struggle. This makes it possible for integrity, self awareness and playful curiosity to become part of your daily life. Forrest Yoga does not require strength or flexibility; it only requires that you bring a willingness to learn how to feel authentically and respond honestly.
Fundamentals of Flow (Vinyasa): This class is great for those new to yoga who have always wanted to try vinyasa flow yoga classes but were not sure where to begin or needed a slower pace. This class is appropriate for students new to yoga as well as for more seasoned practitioners who want to refine their technique and refresh their understanding of the fundamentals. Through mindful work and attention to the breath, students will learn safe alignment in basic postures and sun salutations. Students will build strength, flexibility, balance, and awareness to prepare to enter more advanced classes safely. Classes incorporate poses (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama), and guided meditation.
Hatha Yoga: This general yoga style utilizes the classical yoga postures and different sequencing depending on the instructor for the purpose of strengthening, opening, and cleansing the body. In Hatha-style classes, the poses are held by the practitioner for varying lengths of time (depending on the instructor), unlike in Vinyasa-style classes where the poses are linked and create a flowing movement from one pose to the next (see Vinyasa description below). Please note that this general-style class is conducted in a unique way by each different instructor--so Hatha with one teacher might not be the same experience as Hatha with another teacher.
NEW AT KARMA! Jivamukti Yoga: This style of yoga is a vigorous, flowing practice that links traditional asanas into smart and creative sequences. Created by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984, the Jivamukti method is a physically and intellectually stimulating practice emphasizing spiritual awareness. Each class focuses on a theme, which is supported by asana sequencing, yogic breathing, music and explorations of yogic philosophy. Expect hands-on asists to support your alignment.
NEW AT KARMA! Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior: The Spiritual Warrior classes are designed for busy people who only have one hour to practice. The class is fast-paced and invigorating and is certainly a "get-in-shape" class. The teacher focuses on keeping the pace moving and does not stop to give spiritual discourses. The structure is a fixed-set sequence instructed in a vinyasa style. It is a fully balanced class which includes asana warm-up, chanting, setting of intention, surya namaskar, standing poses, backbends, forward bends, twists, inversions, meditation and relaxation. Since the asana sequence is always the same, a student will pick it up quite quickly after only a couple of classes. Spiritual Warrior classes are best for intermediate and advanced students, although beginners as well as anyone with a sense of adventure are welcome! Spiritual Warrior classes are always one hour in length.
NEW AT KARMA! Jivamukti Beginner Vinyasa: The Jivamukti Beginner Vinyasa classes are designed to provide the student with the underlying basics of how a vinyasa practice works. Vinyasa is a method of practicing asana (physical poses), where the asanas are presented in a sequence, flowing one to the next. The practice focuses on trying to align one's breath and spiritual intention with movement. The class follows a set sequence of asanas but is presented at a slower, more relaxed pace than in the Spiritual Warrior class. Beginner Vinyasa classes provide a good transition for a beginner student from a Basic to the Spiritual Warrior class and gives the opportunity to the more advanced student to refine their skills through a deeper, slower exploration. This class is suitable for beginners, but open to all levels of practitioner.