Class Styles

Our studio caters to a wide variety of students by offering different types of classes and levels. We offer Yoga, Pilates Mat, Barre, and Fitness classes. Click on the Class Styles Navigation and select the name of a class style to learn more about what we currently offer.

Good classes for Beginning Students include: Yoga Basics, Gentle Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yoga Mix, Restorative Yoga, Gentle & Restorative Yoga, and Candlelight Yoga. *We also offer a recurring three-to-four-week Introduction to Yoga series. Click here to learn more; it’s the perfect way to get started on a lifelong practice.

Please email (info@sellwoodyoga.com) or call us if you have questions about which classes to try and why.

Align Bootcamp Drop-In

Align Bootcamp is our signature bootcamp class: a high-intensity mixture of strength training and cardiovascular exercises. You’ll work your heart, muscles, and mind, getting stronger and leaner while while also honing your balance, coordination, and flexibility.

We’ll use a variety of equipment and modules in each class, including TRX Suspension Trainers, kettlebells and total bodyweight exercises to work the entire body over the course of one hour. Our energetic bootcamp drills will sculpt your body, push your limits, and help you achieve any fitness goal you’ve set for yourself!

Our experienced Bootcamp instructors are passionate about wellness, and each brings their own personal training style and fitness philosophy to their classes.

Align F.I.T.ness

Unlike lifting a certain amount of weight in an idealized posture as with traditional weight lifting, FIT: Functional Interval Training will help your body to handle real life situations.

You will not only become stronger and more tone, as with traditional weight training, but will also get the added benefit of control and balance. FIT: Functional Interval Training teaches the muscles to work together rather than independently; using your core to hold your body, not relying on a machine to do it for you. This means you can feel good while preventing many everyday injuries that can arise from independent muscle training.

With interval training you will move along from station to station with each exercise lasting about a minute. Interval training keeps your heart rate up which translates to a boosted metabolism and a good overall workout.

Candlelight Yoga

Unwind, relax, and chill out. Candlelight Yoga is a soothing blend of deep, slow moving stretches with supported restorative work.

The classes are designed to help you:

  • melt away tension
  • decrease feelings of stress and anxiety
  • increase a sense of calmness and peacefulness

Our Candlelight Yoga classes might also include some time using foam rollers, and massage balls to further and expand the opportunities for therapeutic release, rejuvenation, and healing.

By the end of your practice you will feel recharged, replenished, and relaxed.

Candlelight Yoga is suitable for and beneficial to all levels of practitioners.

Gentle and Restorative Yoga

Soothe your stress with this healing, calming and rejuvenating class. The first half of our practice will focus on slow movement, stretching and strengthening postures while the second half will be completely supported, quiet and restorative. In all parts of this meditative practice, we will connect mindfully to the breath, body and spirit.

Yogis of all ages, sizes and levels are welcome to attend, as are those with injuries and therapeutic needs. Pregnant women in all stages of pregnancy are encouraged to participate, as are new mothers (minimum 4 weeks postpartum) and those trying to become pregnant. Everyone will be given individualized, healing modifications as needed.

Hatha Yoga

Drawing on principles of Iyengar (alignment-based), Vinyasa (flow) and classical Hatha yoga, Hatha classes move through a variety of postures, themes and focuses. The content of the classes will be chosen to suit those present and energy of the group, working toward a balanced body and mind: aware, powerful, and present. The pace may be slower than that of a Vinyasa Flow class, which makes Hatha classes valuable for both beginners and experienced practitioners; providing time and attention to the foundation, alignment and subtleties of each posture. Students are guided out of their trouble spots so they can express each pose in a way that suits and addresses their individual needs. The class will include asanas (poses), pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation in order to address health and well being on all levels.

Kid’s Yoga

Designed and suitable for kids ages 5-9 years old.

Through traditional & creative yoga poses, storytelling, singing, dancing, games and relaxation your child will experience the joys of yoga in a safe environment. Not only is this class fun-filled, it is a healthy afternoon activity that will help increase your child’s concentration, attention span, body awareness and coordination.

Your child will learn lessons in self-acceptance, interpersonal skills, and positive thinking giving your kids indispensable tools for the rest of their lives.

Mellow Flow

This class has a balanced mix of vinyasa and restorative yoga, integrating fluid movement and restful postures with a strong focus on breath, awareness, and alignment. This nourishing practice provides both active and passive poses, supporting the body in deeply relaxing, unwinding, and melting away stress.

Mellow Morning Flow

This practice blends vinyasa and hatha approaches to wake up your body and enhance physical and mental wellbeing for your day.

MELT

The MELT Method® is an innovative science-based self-treatment program. Learn simple self-care techniques you can use every day to make your body feel better and function more efficiently. In this class, you will:

  • Relieve aches and pains brought on by aging and active living Reduce inflammation
  • Ease chronic neck and low back strain
  • Improve alignment
  • Learn how to keep your whole body working better

MELT (Mixed Levels)

In MELT mixed levels you will continue what you have learned in the basic MELT class as well as add more challenging moves at a faster pace. You will discover simple self-treatment techniques that will allow you to remain active, healthy and pain free for life. Decrease deep stuck stress, joint pain, muscle tension, as well as improve your body’s alignment and athletic performance while you are guided through specific moves on a
soft foam roller and specialized MELT balls. MELT Mixed levels proceeds deeper into parts of the body that tend to accumulate the most stuck stress. This class is great for those who want to expand their MELT practice, as well as for athletes who want to improve their performance and speed up workout recovery time. Familiarity with the language and basic positions of MELT, as well as having an introduction class, or a few drop in classes under your belt is recommended.

Please bring a full water bottle.

MELT equipment is always available for sale after class, for your continued practice at home. Please see Instructor for details.

Morning Vinyasa

An alignment based Vinyasa Flow class that focuses of using awareness and breath to drop deeply into a variety of poses. Classes place a strong emphasis on each student finding an authentic practice that fits their current needs. The class is appropriate for practitioners of various levels. Modifications and variations will be offered in a supportive way for each person to practice being where they are. Most classes will include sun salutations, standing poses, seated poses and inversions.

Pilates

Mat work is the core of Pilates training. The precise exercises developed by Joseph H. Pilates in the 1920’s are tried and true in building core strength, increasing flexibility & range of motion, improving coordination, control of movement, alignment, and deep full breathing. With practice and intention, building strong abdominal and postural muscles – also known as the powerhouse – is invaluable in the support of the skeletal system. Pilates exercises focus on using the breath to channel core energy into the center of the body and out to the limbs. (Each Pilates exercise can be modified to suit most people, of any age or fitness level. At the same time, Pilates is widely recommended by doctors, physical therapists, and chiropractors for older people and those undergoing physical rehabilitation. If this is the case, however, please let the studio and your instructor know so that we can help direct or accommodate your concerns safely and effectively.)

Pilates/Barre Fusion

Open to all levels of experience, this class combines Pilates mat work, weights, and Barre work. You will lengthen, sculpt and tone your body while having a blast!

Prenatal Yoga

A nurturing class designed to meet the changing needs of pregnancy. This class is a wonderful opportunity for pregnant women to share their experiences, connect with their developing baby, and prepare for childbirth through movement, relaxation and breath techniques.

R&R: Rest and Restore

Take a break mid-week and learn how to unwind, relax, restore and replenish.

Our Wednesday evening practices will begin with some gentle stretching to enhance body awareness, decrease stuck stress, and warm up your muscles, joints, and ligaments. From there we will explore poses from both Yin and Restorative Yoga to slow down, replenish, unwind, and relax.

Yin Yoga is a deep, meditative and often profound practice. The Yin style involves holding and exploring poses for longer periods of time in order to let go of tensions stored in the body and to calm the nervous system. Infused in the longer, more passive holds is a meditative awareness of breath, mindfulness and presence. Practicing this way helps to target deeper connective tissues especially around the hips, pelvis and lower spine.

From the Restorative Yoga style of practicing we will incorporate passive yoga asanas fully supported by props, to help facilitate a deeper, more restful and supported state.

This evening practice is suitable for most practitioners regardless of age, experience, or familiarity with yoga. It’s the perfect addition to any wellness regimen, and can be especially helpful and nourishing during pregnancy, illness, menstruation, and periods of mental, emotional, or physical stress. Since the practice is done on the floor, you should be able to lie down on the ground without too much pain. You will be using yoga mats, bolsters, blocks, and blankets to support and assist your practice.

Restorative and Reiki

This restorative Yoga and Reiki class pairs gentle postures with energetic healing. Our yoga series concentrates on poses intended to help attain deeper levels of stretch and healing. Reiki practitioners will assist by flowing a special form of subtle energy through their hands and into your postures. Reiki involves minimal physicality and will always work with your comfort level. All experience levels encouraged to participate!

Restorative Yoga

This is a great all around class for those looking to deeply relax, unwind and melt away stress. Calming breathing exercises and a series of restful postures, using bolsters and and other props, will help to fully support the body and refresh the mind. Newer students will learn gentle approaches to poses and experienced students and athletes will benefit by adding restoratives to their practice and/or training program.

Strong Vinyasa

A more challenging and faster paced Vinyasa Flow practice aimed at developing strength and stability, endurance and focus, as well as balance and mobility. Familiarity of Sun Salutations (A and B series) is recommended.

Vinyasa Flow

An evolving and creative form of yoga, Vinyasa Flow classes integrate breath and movement, awareness and alignment. Vinyasa is a logical arrangement and placement of asana (postures) where the intelligence is guided from within. Each class is unique, influenced primarily from hatha yoga traditions as well as other healing and expressive arts.

Yoga and Mindfulness for Girls

In this weekly class for girls ages 10-14, we will explore yoga and mindfulness. We will use use yoga poses, breathing exercises, visualizations and relaxation techniques to support students in developing a greater awareness of themselves and the world around them. Students will experience the joys of yoga and mindfulness-based practices in a welcoming and safe environment. This fun filled class will help to teach calming and self-soothing techniques, relieve stress and anxiety, and build strength, self confidence and flexibility, providing girls with positive tools for the rest of their lives.

Yoga Basics

This is a great class for beginning and intermediate students as well as those looking to further their understanding of the foundations and subtleties of yoga poses and breathing techniques. Yoga Basics focuses on alignment, adapting poses, working with breath and increasing flexibility, strength and balance. Assistance by way of props may be utilized to allow greater access, opening and awareness throughout the body, and to allow students of various levels to practice safely and comfortably.

Self exploration occurs through discovery and release of physical tension, habitual patterns and psychological resistance. As individual practice continues, a student’s ability to relax and concentrate improves and self understanding is enhanced. Different techniques and instructions will be explained in order to adapt poses to fit the needs and experience levels of each student.

Yoga Basics (Mixed Levels)

Combining and using techniques, tips, and formats from a variety of yoga styles the “Yoga Basics (Mixed Levels)” classes are designed to be adaptable to a wide range of students from beginners to more seasoned practitioners.

These classes are slower moving and more detail oriented then the Vinyasa Flow classes. Emphasis is on alignment with skillful instruction as well as time for exploration to see and feel how yoga poses differ by design, body type and approach.

Most “Yoga Basics (Mixed Levels)” classes revolve around a particular theme (making for a mini-workshop style class) or are set up to look at a few specific poses. Each class involves time for relaxation, breath awareness, and stress reduction.

Different techniques and instructions will be explained in order to adapt poses to fit the needs and experience levels of the class. Assistance by way of props, hands on adjustment and demonstration is often included to help students of various levels practice safely and comfortably.

Yoga for Athletes (Alignment, Stability, Flexibility, Balance & MELT Method)

*Improve balance and flexibility
*Build muscular strength and stability
*Increase mental alertness and focus
*Prevent injuries
*Enjoy deep relaxation
This class is not just for athletes and is suitable for most people even those who are new or newer to yoga.  Come in and give the class a try.  Besides traditional yoga poses, the Yoga for Athletes classes sometimes includes MELT Method techniques. MELT is a simple self-treatment technique that boosts your body’s ability to heal by calming your nervous system and rehydrating your connective tissue.
In the Yoga for Athletes classes you will:
  • increase your breath awareness to stay centered and present
  • practice with good alignment to help prevent injuries and to repair and recover from overuse and training.
  • try some challenging poses to build overall strength and improve balance
  • work with longer more passive holds, in certain poses, to help open tight or sore muscle groups
  • experience deep relaxation that is important for integration and restoration.

Yoga for Runners and Hikers/Walkers

The skills and ideas covered in this class are all great for endurance running, coming back from injury of any kind, maintaining or improving a casual run routine, as well as for hikers and walkers. In this class, you’ll learn to:

  • Prevent injuries and shorten recovery times
  • Recognize an injury’s seriousness vs. overuse vs. structural/integral pain
  • Utilize ALL of your body’s strengths to achieve your goals
  • Return to activity that you love after an injury or setback or time off
  • Learn what yoga moves help pre-run, mid-run, post-run, and non-running days
  • Understand the importance of being still as it affects our performance of sports, household chores, activities of daily living, and body awareness
  • Make your running (or other chosen activity) and everyday life stronger, safer, and more FUN!!

We can do this through practicing yoga and yoga-based skills on and off the mat in the studio, by using a variety of props, integrating mindfulness and awareness-building, learning tried and true running tips and tricks used by marathoners, half marathoners, and triathletes alike.

By integrating a variety of techniques and approaches we can recruit our whole body to perform as a well-rounded athlete.

Yoga for Vibrant Maturity

Here is yoga specifically designed to support healthy body and mind for the 55+ age person.  While all ages are welcome, the practice emphasizes increasing bone density and enhancing balance on and off the mat with variations of classic standing poses, sensible stretching, and relaxation.  More active than restorative yoga, slow paced and supportive.

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