The Yoga Shala Class Descriptions

Wondering what classes on the schedule might be right for you? Read the descriptions below to get aquatinted with our schedule and call or email the shala with questions. We are happy to assist you.

Basics and 1-Hour Practice Sessions

These guided classes focus on establishing an understanding of the fundamental principles of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Attention is given to correct practice of surya namaskara (the sun salutations) in combination with the traditional breathing technique. The practice follows the rhythm of the breath to move in and out of each posture. Establishing a strong foundation of the basic principles of this practice allows the student to move into any of the classes on our schedule safely and with confidence.

Mysore-Style Ashtanga Yoga

In Mysore-style classes, students are guided individually by the instructor, learning the traditional Ashtanga sequence at his or her own pace. Over time, while addressing challenges as they come, the student learns the traditional sequence of yoga postures with guidance and assistance.

Mysore-style sessions are appropriate for the absolute beginner to the advanced student. The instructor works within the students level and ability, so the class is always moving at the correct pace for that individual.

Students may walk-in the studio at any time during the session (see the schedule for daily Mysore times). We ask that you allow at least 45 minutes of practice time. This is great class to take if your practice schedule needs to be flexible and making it into the room at an exact start/finish time is difficult for you. We also invite newcomers to watch all or part of a session first before taking on a personal practice. Observing the room is a great way to understand the teaching method and is free and open to all who are interested in starting a practice. online schedule for the start and finish times for our Mysore classes each day.

Primary Series* (Intro to Intermediate Series)

These guided classes are approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes in length. Primary series class is guided in the traditional format with both the asana names and vinyasa counted in Sanskrit. The session begins with the meditative repetition of surya namaskara, followed by standing sequence, seated asana, reclining asana, inverted asana, seated breathing and savasana (rest). Some experience in yoga practice is recommended for this class, particularly an understanding and practice of surya namaskara a and b.

*Please note that on the first Sunday and third Friday of each month this class is taught as an introduction to the intermediate series of ashtanga practice. Experienced practice of the primary series is recommended for attendance.


Every Friday morning at 8:30am (prior to the start of the guided asana class), Valerie leads seated meditation session. The gathering is free and all are welcome.

Mixed Level Ashtanga Classes

Each guided session incorporates the sun salutations traditional to ashtanga practice and include a variety of postures from the ashtanga practice, concluding with seated breathing sequence and resting posture (savasana). These classes will often be a traditional half-primary sequence or a particular focus of the instructor may be presented for deeper study. The inverted postures, shoulderstand (sarvangasana) and headstand (sirsasana) are introduced in these classes.

Guided Improv

This class is an opportunity for students of all levels to come together and explore a wide range of yoga postures in a varied sequence that is based on the postures of ashtanga primary and second series practice. On Saturday mornings the shala staff rotates teaching this class, so students and staff both have an opportunity to get to know each other’s practice and teaching styles. Each teacher will offer up a well rounded class that is a vigorous exploration of posture and breath. Improv is also offered (with val rich) on Tuesday evenings at 5:30pm and Thursday mornings at 11:00am.

Restorative Yoga

This class is held one Sunday of each month and requires advanced registration to attend. Please go to the shala workshop page and you will find the link for registration. The class is held with a minimum of 6 students and a maximum of 14. The session begins by bringing awareness to our breath and a guided pranayama emphasizing internal observations. Followed by a slow, easy movement to feel and notice our body relative to our surroundings. Then we move to fully supported rest, where with the aid of our props, we alternately stimulate and relax the body to move towards balance. Each pose is held for a period of time, and each pose creates physiological responses that are beneficial to our health. Savor the feeling of the deep relaxation of a restorative practice…give yourself this opportunity to fully surrender.

Youth Practice Opportunities

The Yoga Shala welcomes students over the age of 12 to join in all of our regularly scheduled classes. Traditional yoga methodology focuses mental attention, strengthens, stretches and detoxifies the body and encourages Self-awareness. There is no need to be flexible prior to attending classes, or even to be familiar with yoga practice…all level students are welcome. Student class cards are available at a discounted student rate of $120 for 10 classes ($30 off the regular rate).