Heart of Yoga RVA Convenient to Goochland, Louisa, Henrico, Glen Allen, Short Pump, Rockville and surrounding areas. Heart of Yoga's Mission is to provide safe yoga instruction in a loving, joyful way.
A mindful teaching approach allows cultivation of deep awareness into mind and body. You will experience a full yoga practice... asana, (poses), pranayama, (yogic breath), Raja Yoga, (yoga philosophy), Yoga Nidra, (deep relaxation), meditation and more in a small, safe, inviting atmosphere, allowing for self growth and inner compassion. Are you brand new to yoga? A steady practitioner? No matter your experience or level, you will find what you need right here. Classes for real people and real bodies. Students must be able to navigate a flight of stairs as Heart of Yoga is located on the second floor. We regret if that precludes you from attending our studio.+ YOGA classes include breathing exercises (pranayama) and deep relaxation (yoga nidra) Gentle Structured around maintaining and/or increasing mobility, without causing strain or discomfort to the muscles or joints of the body. Options are given and props, such as blankets or bolsters, are used to accommodate each student's needs. This class is appropriate for all levels, including those with limited movement + Gentle Restorative Soothing and restorative to body and mind, class focuses on developing awareness of body and breath, and improving range of motion and joint mobility. All students including those with injuries, arthritis, or, if you are in the process of recovery, will find true peace in this class. + Beginners Hatha Yoga Beginners hatha yoga, students learn the fundamentals of yoga, including traditional warmups, basic poses (asanas), optional poses, and most importantly, breath, body, and mind awareness. Concise descriptions of how to get into poses, as well as modifications for all levels are provided. The class is suitable for all levels.+ Beginner Continuing For students interested in exploring a transition from Level I to Level II. New poses will be introduced, and others will be held longer to take your practice to a deeper level focusing on inner awareness Fundamental Yoga Suitable for those with health challenges, and more advanced practitioners of yoga who wish to refine and deepen their awareness. Experience the Pawanmuktasana Series (energy liberating poses), a special contribution from the Bihar School of Yoga; it is an important group of practices that has a very profound effects. The practices facilitate the expansion of awareness and free flow of energy in body and mind. Each class will be themed to direct the awareness, affording a deeper connection at various levels and will feature physical postures, breath practices, and the practice of Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) or Kaya Sthairyam (body steadiness). Length for Life Suitable for advanced beginners as well as those who want to take their practice a little deeper. Descriptions of how to get into poses, as well as modifications for all levels are provided. Stretching the spine and the intercostal rib muscles to enhance the breath, therefore improving the quality of your life are incorporated into this Hatha class. Yoga Breathing (Pranayama), deep relaxation and meditation . Mixed Level Geared for yoga practitioners who would like to explore advanced asanas (poses) and different variations of standard asanas. The emphasis is on deepening one's practice, while respecting one's limits. Suitable for those individuals with prior yoga experience and/or those who have completed a Beginners Yoga session and feel ready to move into advanced asanas.+ Mixed Level Bliss Mixed Level class including strengthening of hips, legs and upper body using light weights. Specific guidance and options given for those wanting to add a bit more to their practice or a bit less. Learn to safely practice a challenging pose or find an easeful option. Also discover suitable options for limitations. No judgement, no expectation. Focus and fun. Class includes Yoga Nidra, Pranayama and Meditation. + Yin Yoga Yin is a slow-paced style of hatha yoga with asana that are held for longer periods of time. According to Yin Master Bernie Clark:"Yin Yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other school of yoga; however, it directs the stimulation normally created in the asana (poses) portion of the practice". Focusing on long-held floor poses combined with breath work and concentration, yin practice goes beneath the superficial muscles to target the dense connective tissues of the body, the hips, pelvis, and low back which are difficult to open and can result in both limited flexibility and stagnant energy. This deep practice is gentle, yet intense, helping students not only to open the body, but also to cultivate the ability to observe and stay with sensation. Mindful Strengthening A firming practice to help you find your roots. Whether sitting on the floor or standing, connecting you to Mother Earth as you move into asana with the breath, creating opening, linking breath awareness so the prana flows with out blockage. Class includes using light weights to strengthen the legs, hips inner and outer thighs, tricepts and bicepts, balancing poses, asana, Yoga Nidra, pranayama and meditation. + YogiBarre Barre Yoga is a fusion of ballet, yoga and pilates for a fun effective low-impact class. Class is appropriate for students of all levels. Movement is low-impact, protecting your joints by avoiding any bouncing or jumping. Each strength section of the workout is followed by a stretching section in order to create long, lean muscles without bulk. You will see a difference in your body and strength. Taught by Deb, certified Barre Instructor, Yoga instructor, Ayurvedic Specialist Yoga Nidra Yoga Nidra or Yogic Sleep is an ancient form of meditation that takes you to the deepest levels of relaxation while still remaining alert. Addressing the root of all problems physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, it alleviates the cause of stress and awakens inner healing. Nidra frees you from old destructive patterns and reconnects you to the source of your own power, changing your consciousness and your life to align with your highest truth. No yoga experience necessary. + (Classes descriptions with + automatically incorporate Yoga Nidra into the relaxation portion at the end of class) Yoga for Scoliosis and the Spine This class will breakdown the traditional asanas and breath to develop a structural alignment, creating a more normal symmetrical alignment. This is accomplished by use of props, stretching muscles that have tightened and strengthening muscles that have become weak from this asymmetrical imbalance. Thereby the body will create a more effortless posture using the bone structure, rather than over working the muscles to hold itself up. Helpful in eliminating pain and bring some balance to the spine. + Joyful Yoga Refresh your body and mind with Roz on Monday evenings. Experience a supportive, nurturning, joyful and mindful yoga class. Calming centering, popular asana, fun balance challenges, soothing cool down, some breathwork and well deserved relaxation all in one class. Suitable for beginning students as well as those with a daily practice. Matt Yoga for Veterans This class is specifically designed for Veterans. The class format was designed by Mindful Yoga Therapy and is used in Veterans Hospitals throughout the country for Veterans in combination with traditional therapies for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The class is in honor and memory of Matthew Seidler, Airman 1st Class who paid the ultimate sacrifice to his country in January 2012 and, Ryan Cernohorsky, SGT. USMC. who suffered from PTSD. We honor our veterans who serve our country and wish to give back in some way. If you are interested in this class, please contact the studio at 804 839 0135. Thank you for your service + Hatha by Donation Class is suitable for those beginning a yoga journey as well as seasoned practitioners. Nourish yourself physically and emotionally with yoga basics, pranayama and deep relaxation. Come often and get to know others in your yoga community.