Class Descriptions

Balance Yoga Studio in Richmond Vermont

Align and Unwind (Level I/II)

This class is a balance of effort and ease. Students will work to strengthen and lengthen muscles during an alignment oriented asana practice and then unwind with a 20 minute guided relaxation. During the class, students will breathe into tight areas encouraging relaxations while also holding poses to build strength.

Ashaya Yoga® (Level I/II)

Ashaya Yoga blends precise therapeutic alignment with a spiritually uplifting philosophy drawn from Kashmir Shaiva Tantra. This method leaves you feeling strong, confident, peaceful, openhearted, and ready to engage with life wholeheartedly. It is appropriate for students of all levels.

Ashaya Yoga® Therapeutics (Level 1)

Every cell in the body is pre-programmed for healing and joy. Unfortunately, due to unconscious patterns of movement and self-limiting beliefs, we’re not able to fully access this power. In this level 1 class discover your body’s optimal design for radiant health, strategies for healing and preventing common aches and pains using precise therapeutic alignment techniques of Ashaya Yoga®. We’ll address specific areas of dysfunction in the body including sore back, tight hips, sciatica, kyphosis of the upper back, shoulder pain, rotator cuff health, sore knees, stiff neck and more. jCome and enjoy empowering tantric teachings that support healing on all levels-body, mind and heart. 

This class is open to all levels. Enjoy a slower paced class with more detailed attention to how you access the poses of yoga, allowing your body’s optimal design for radiant health.  

Community Meditation (Free)

A time of guided meditation led by various members of the Richmond community. Wonderful for helping you refocus and enter your weekend more grounded, resilient and better able to connect with the people and activities you love. Perfect for beginners or those who have practiced for years.

De-Stress (Level I/II)

This class blends mindful breathing techniques with alignment and body-awareness. Props are encouraged to support the asana practice so that all levels may attend. Students will strengthen and gain flexibility while releasing tension. De-Stress Yoga gives you time to unwind and return to your center of balance. It is a slow, deep practice where particular attention is paid to areas that we typically hold tension, including the neck, shoulders, and hips. Postures are suitable and adaptable for all levels.

Flow I/II

A fluid, dynamic practice that consciously links movement with breath. Focus is on centering, flexibility, strength, and balance. Expect a sequence that includes sun salutations, standing postures, twists, balances, and heart openers. After generating this warmth, we will round out the practice with forward folds, hip openers, and more restorative holds. Some yoga experience recommended but all are welcome.

Food Shelf Yoga (Level I/II)

A gentle all levels class that is great for beginners and experienced yogis who love mindful movement. Lynn Clauer’s classes include a lovely gong savasana (relaxation) with koshi chimes.

$10 and half goes to the food shelf.

Free Friday (Level I/II)

In an effort to make yoga accessible and enjoyed by everyone, we are offering free monthly classes. The instructors at the studio take turns teaching this class and thus the style will vary. All classes however, will be appropriate for students of all abilities. Preregistration is recommended, as space is limited. First Friday of the Month. Come practice with us!

This class occurs on the first Friday of the month.

Gentle Yoga for Body and Soul (Level I)

In today’s fast paced world, it can be very grounding to move slowly and treat yourself to a gently yoga practice. This is an all levels class with focus on stretching, core strengthening, and balance work. Modifications will be offered for poses that are new or challenging for people. Along with building internal strength and confidence through poses, the class will incorporate breathing techniques and systematic relaxation. This is a great way to start your day.

Gentle Yoga with Tibetan Bowls (Level I/II)

This class is for all levels with a focus on postures that center and link movement with breath. Gentle flows, balance postures and core work will be incorporated and options to accommodate students as they build their practice will be provided. The class incorporates Sound with singing bowls played and used during the practice (including over and on the body). Savasana is a guided relaxation with sound immersion (gongs, bowls, chimes).

Integrity Yoga (All Levels)

Jackson’s Integrity Yoga classes serve as an invitation to invite your Self into a better relationship with your Body. In other words, the practice is your time to be present – like any other asana class. What makes Integrity Yoga unique, however, is Jackson’s instruction, which is informed by principles of biomechanics, neurophysiology, and the tradition of yoga psychology – not to mention his own exhaustive self-experimentation. In this way, each class offers you the opportunity to embrace the challenge of a full-body exploration and self-education, as you learn to integrate your mind, movement, and breath into your being. Every body is welcome.

Karma Yoga (Level I/II)

This is a donation class. A beautiful opportunity to practice at a reduced rate and join Balance Yoga in giving back to the local community.

All levels welcome.

Cost is: $5 with food donation for the Richmond Food Shelf or $10 without food donation

Morning Flow (Level I/II)

In this morning flow class, we will awaken our breath and our body through asana and pranayama. As we flow from one pose to the next, often holding each to build strength and stability, we will build heat and positive energy. This class is open to all students but will incorporate some challenging poses.

Slow Flow

This grounding class offers space to move at your own pace. Beginning with long-held Restorative or Yin postures, moving through simple flows to intentionally open physical space in the body, and returning once more to poses that encourage relaxation. The slow pace will allow practitioners to cultivate deep breath, body awareness and mindfulness. Opportunities for strength building will be offered but the primary intention of this class is to tap into physical sensation, to check in with personal energy and explore the subtle body.

Stretch Balance and Breath (Level I/II)

This class focuses on lengthening, breathing, and unwinding. Move toward a balance of feeling more grounded and simultaneously lightened up. Integrate your mind, body and breath in this safe, supportive environment. All levels are welcome.

Vinyasa (Level II)

Vinyasa is a flowing, dynamic form of yoga, where postures are linked together with movement sequences. Breath is coordinated with each movement, and over time, the practice is a form of moving meditation. Sun salutations are an integral part of vinyasa classes and help to build internal heat, increase strength, and improve coordination. These classes are vigorous, yet accessible.

Yin Yoga (Level I/II)

Yin Yoga uses gentle, long held postures practiced with an attitude of compassionate acceptance to awaken the more Yin parts of our physical, emotional and spiritual selves. Yin postures have long, deep holds that are aimed at consciously lengthening the body’s connective tissue (focusing on the fascia, tendons and ligaments). Yin Yoga strives to increase circulation and motion in the joints and enhance flexibility. Each posture is held for 3-5 minutes and props are used as students are encouraged to find their edge and mindfully sit with discomfort. By promoting the flow of energy (Qi) through the energy channels (meridians) of our deep Yin core we can help bring health to our bodies and balance to our busy Yang style lives.

Yoga Basics for Men (Level I)

Practice pranayama (breathing techniques) and asana (yoga postures) to help you gain flexibility and strength, improve your posture and help prevent injuries. Release tension and stress. Learn to more efficiently use and accept your body’s energy on any given day, leaving class with an open, receptive and relaxed state of mind. This class will be taught like a workshop where questions and dialogue about yoga are encouraged.