Dear BCY Yoga Community,
First of all we hope everyone is doing well despite the general level of stress and uncertainty happening in our country and the rest of the world right now.
At such times in the world “yoga” takes on a deeper meaning of union, and it is important for us continue to offer classes that can benefit your physical and mental health.
We have been gearing up for this since we had to close the studio and are excited to invite you to stream live virtual classes with us! We are now offering classes through the Zoom App (which can sound a little complicated but it really isn't!) Even if you'r not that sassy with the computer...we've got your back with simple instructions on how to get connected.
Step 1: Sign up for your class on our website or MindBody. Please sign up at least 30 min before class in order to ensure that you get your sign up link in time to join the class.
Step 2: About 30 minutes prior to the start time of your class, you will receive an email with a link and detailed instructions and on how to join the class.
Step 3: prepare your mat, props (blankets, towel, pillows, blocks if you have them, or maybe hard cover books or a metal water bottle that you can use as a block?...get creative 😉🧘♀️✨), and maybe candles or essential oils if you like
Step 4: join the class! Join in about 5-10 min early to check in with your instructors or fellow yogis! If you are joining in late, please mute your phone/computer before you join in as it can disrupt the class if you have your volume on.
We understand that a lot of you may not be working right now, and might need yoga more than you can afford it at the moment. Thats why for the next few weeks, we are offering FREE classes to those of you that cant afford classes right now. That being said, our teachers too are out of work too, so if you are in a position to make a donation, 100% of all donations will go towards keeping your instructors paid during this challenging time.
Here's how you can help:
We are all in this together and we will push past the tough times together!
We cant wait to see you...virtually this week and in person soon ;-)
Yoga unites the mind, body, and soul in a way that eases tension, reduces inflammation, and promotes health and well being. Regular practice will help you reach improve and perfect poses, correct posture and positioning, and improve your breathing and outlook on life.
Yoga is a great way to improve your endurance in other physical activities. After a run, or heavy workout, yoga will help your body relax while stretching, strengthening, and lengthening the muscles you were just working on.
Yoga not only helps improve your body, but also helps with mindfulness and meditation. It is important to take a break from daily life in order to focus on yourself and get clarity. Focusing on your breath during practice is key to staying in tune with your mind and body.
Our Vinyasa Flow classes synchronize your movements with your breath, creating a connected state of presence and awareness. Instructors mindfully construct their classes to challenge and align the body. Although these classes have a heavy emphasis on developing and utilizing core strength and overall stability, they are ultimately intended to strengthen mind/body awareness and to increase mental stamina.
Our Yin and Restorative classes are some of our most coveted classes. A typical sequence includes only a few seated and supine poses while utilizing various props to help you submit into relaxation through breathwork during passive stretching allowing you to lengthen your muscles and fascia (the tissue encasing the muscle fibers) improving range of motion and flexibility, and reset the body and achieve a feeling of calmness.
Yin/Yang/Yin and Yang/Yin are our combination classes that give you the best of both worlds. A challenging flow is utilized to heat up muscles throughout the body (Yang) and then we melt into deep supported stretches (Yin) in order to find that essential balance between strength and flexibility. Every instructor brings their individual styles to this class. Come explore, vary and challenge your comfort levels.
Prenatal Yoga is a practice uniquely designed for pregnancy and will help support moms-to-be both emotionally and physically. With an emphasis on breathing, stamina, pelvic floor work, restorative poses, and core strength. Prenatal Yoga can help you become more resilient during and after pregnancy. You will also be taught basic modifications that you can apply to any non-prenatal yoga classes you might want to attend. At the beginning of each class, some time will be carved to ask questions and share insights, and culminate support mechanisms with your instructor and fellow moms-to-be, which can serve as a valuable resource during your childbirth journey.
On top of our prenatal classes, our signature “Feel Good Flow, Stretch & Restore’ class is a prenatal class open to everyone….so bring your partner, your bestie or whoever your support person is and enjoy this class together!
Mommy and baby yoga classes provide an opportunity to regain strength and flexibility, bond with your baby, and bond with other new mommies in a stimulating environment. Give your body, mind, & spirit the much needed support to recuperate after childbirth. Come join for a gentle yoga, with specifically tailored movements and breathing to benefit new moms. A variety of abdominal and pelvic floor exercises are incorporated to regain strength, balance and stability. We will also incorporate playful and fun nursery rhymes and learn a few Baby Signs. Although this class is an hour, it is scheduled for an hour and fifteen minutes to allow extra time for setting up, packing up, or socializing. Come join us in a peaceful, playful, safe and supported environment to work, play, restore, and connect with other new mothers. The value of these connections cannot be underestimated!
For Babies 6 weeks to walking.
The Beach Cities Yoga camps are wonderful ways for kids to learn the many benefits of yoga. The curriculum will focus on 4 main pillars:
Our hope is that these yoga classes will inspire students to take what they learn in class and use that knowledge and mindfulness in their daily lives “off the mat” in a way that brings peace and happiness into their lives.No experience is necessary….all they will need is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn!
These sessions are seasonal so please inquire for upcoming dates!
Our Yoga Sculpt Classes are set to energizing music and designed to tone and sculpt every major muscle group by combining plyometrics and yoga flow. Full body strengthening is achieved with body weight resistance to get your heart rate and metabolism moving. Burn calories, build healthy bone density, tone up those shoulders, biceps and core, and leave feeling calm, strong, refreshed and rejuvenated!
Come for the body, stay for the breakthrough! Challenge the end and body while combining elements of high-intensity cardio fitness and a powerful vinyasa flow. In this class you can expect to build plyometric endurance, isometric stimulation, as well as bodyweight integration to build strong, lean muscles. This class will have you quickly reaching your physical and mental limits and is designed to help you develop an empowered physical body and an enlightened mind.
“Buti” means the “hidden cure,” and what it refers to is the energy stuck in the hips. By using spiral actions and primal movement, this class focuses on our connection to Earth, creativity, and personal power. It seamlessly blends cardio-intensive bursts of tribal dancing and deep core strengthening into a dynamic power vinyasa flow. This practice is known to cause radical inner and outer transformation. Come stretch, sweat, shake, and stomp it out.
This class pops-up on the schedule so keep your eyes out for the next pop-up!
Kundalini, in Hinduism refers to a form of primal energy said to be located at the base of the spine. This practice precisely and consciously combines breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purify the blood. It brings balance to the body, mind, and soul and cleanses and rebalances every chakra. Learn how to powerfully alleviate ailments that may be plaguing your spine, as you learn how to move any stagnant energy through your body.
Kundalini awakening has been said to occur with this deeply meditative practice resulting in feelings of enlightenment and bliss. Come eliminate the distractions clouding your mind and free your soul. Reach true clarity by healing yourself and experiencing the best you!
The gong is a sacred and ancient instrument of healing, rejuvenation and transformation. The gong produces a strong sound wave, or vibration, which stimulates the physical body by influencing the surface of the skin and every cell. On a physical level, the gong reduces stress and liberates emotional blockages. It stimulates a higher functioning of the glandular and nervous system, it increases prana, our vital life source and improves circulation. Scientific evidence suggests that certain forms of sound therapy prompt damaged human DNA strands to repair themselves. Some tones are thought to promote vitality and healing, and also to enhance happiness.
It also appears that the sound of the gong stimulates the glandular system to a higher level of functioning. The pituitary gland seems directly affected by its sound which in turn can cause the whole glandular system to become more balanced.
The gong also works deeply on the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. The gong purifies and quietens the mind. It literally cuts through the linear mind and clears the clutter from the subconscious mind to reveal the radiant and authentic self. It helps find stillness where innate wisdom can be accessed.
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