Effective September 2018 - Classes are ongoing
October Iyengar Intensive for all levels, Oct 22nd-26th
With Heide, DAILY 7:30-9:30 $90
See Events Page for more special classes
6:00 - 7:15
Punk Rock Yoga
*Sat 3:00-4:00pm class cancelled until the fall
Please inform your instructor of any injuries or special conditions before class begins. If you are late it is okay to come in, please be quiet when you enter, have your phone off.
Next Few Intensives:
July 30th - Aug 3rd with Heide 8:00 - 9:30am $70, all levels
Cost of Classes are based on a sliding scale:
The Sliding scale is based on the lowest cost of $10 per hour and goes up from there based on your ability to support our community
Sliding Scale - What does this mean?
Who are you?
$10 -14 you are struggling to make ends meet, you are a student
$14-17 you have a steady income, stable housing, entertainment budget
$17 + you are a homeowner, you take regular vacations, you are retired or have a retirement fund
7:30 am classes with Heide are 25$ beginning January 1st, 2018
Intensive with Heide Sept 10-14th $90, all levels
Intensive with Jonathan Sept 24th - 28th, $90, all levels
Intensive with Heide Oct 1-5th $90, all levels
Intensive with Heide Oct 8-12th, $90 intermediate/ advanced
Intensive with Geraldine Oct 15th - 19th
Intensive with Heide Oct 22-26th, $90 all levels
Intensive with Heide Nov 5-9th, $90 all levels
Intensive with Heide Nov 12-16th, $90, intermediate/ advanced
Intensive with Steph Smith, Kundalini Nov 26th - 30th
December with Heide 3-7th, $90, all levels
December with Heide 10th-14th, $90 intermediate/ advanced
To register for series with Bear go to
To register for series with Tracey go to
The Gyrokinesis ® method is a movement system that gently and thoroughly works the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original, and unique movement method which has benefits & qualities similar to those found in Yoga, Tai Chi, gymnastics, and dance. Classes begin seated on a chair and then move to more advanced material on the floor and standing. Shannon has been teaching Gyrokinesis for 8 years and is trained in four different formats including Level 2 Beginner.
Iyengar Intensives - These 5-20 day intensives are intended to help the yoga student develop a daily practice. The intensive begins with developing strength and balance in the standing poses, gentle chest opening in beginning backbends and leading up to beginning inversions, including shoulder balance, head stand, and full arm balance. Unless specified beginners are welcome to attend. This is a great way to experience yoga as it is intended to be practiced,
DAILY Classses are 2 hours (7:30-9:30am). Registration of full 5-20 classes recommended. It is best to attend all classes consecutively as classes develop sequentially. Intensives are held at least once a month.
Iyengar Level 1 -In this class we will work on foundational poses. Standing poses, seated poses, beginning backbends, twists and forward bends. This class is for the beginning student. This class will introduce poses that develop strength, flexibility and stamina. This class is intended to introduce the basics of sequencing and principles of alignment.
Iyengar - all levels
In this class we work on foundational poses, safe for all levels of practitioners. Alternate poses are available for the beginner student. Student is expected to make appropriate decision. In this class we explore the poses that develop the inversions and more advanced poses. We continue to work on standing poses fundamental to developing strength and stamina.
Alignment basics - all levels
In these classes we work on developing strength, stamina and flexibility. These classes are slower in pace and great for beginners or those looking to refine their understanding of poses. Poses are done often with props, such as blocks, blankets, ropes, and chairs. These props help to access new areas of the body and/ or allow us to hold poses longer than we normally could. This has the function of increasing the beneficial nature of the postures, allowing to postures to penetrate deeper inside. GREAT FOR BEGINNERS OR THOSE NEWER TO YOGA OR LOOKING FOR A SLOWER PACE. Not a flow class
Easy Yoga with Tracey - all levels - In this class, we will untangle the tension that builds up in our bodies and minds and prevents us from feeling comfortable and easeful. We will use a combination of mindful movement, deep stretching, guided relaxation, and restorative postures to allow the body to release stress and find ease. No experience necessary.
Open practice - Studio is open to students with an ongoing yoga practice. This is for students who do not require instruction and know how to practice safely. This is a time to practice what you have learned or understood from your teacher. This is not a led practice, there is no given sequence or instruction. Please be responsible with yourself, practice safely and with respect to those around you. If you have an appropriate question it is fine to ask an experienced student or teacher, but try and find out for yourself if you can first answer the question. Ideally for ongoing students of Yoga Bywater. $5
Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Bear- all levels - Vinyasa yoga matches each posture with the breath, creating an energetic, flowing practice. Bear's style of Vinyasa is based on skillful alignment, dynamic movement and lots of heart. These classes are appropriate for all levels, from those new to yoga to advanced practitioners.
Pilates Mat with Lori - all levels - With deep reverence for the original mat exercises developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s, this class will prioritize movement principles such as efficiency, precision, breath, concentration, center, and flow.
Pilates Mat classes begin by observing relative alignment of the spine and pelvis, learning how to create spinal stability and how to create spinal mobility. We learn optimal ways to breathe so that our core muscles are available both by voluntary contraction and by natural reflex. We progress to movements that integrate our limbs into our trunk and develop an understanding of how movements of the spine relate to movements of the entire body. Exercises are performed lying on one’s back, side, or stomach, from seated, kneeling and standing positions. Be prepared to move your spine in all directions: forward, back and side bending, rotation, and combinations of each. By practicing Pilates regularly, we hope to optimize the connection between mind and body in order to facilitate ease, economy, and efficiency in ordinary and extraordinary movements.
New: FREE Community Yoga Wednesday 4:30-5:30 all levels welcome, this will have a rotating cast of teachers who are currently in a Teacher Training program and will be ongoing. All welcome.
Led Practice with Lisa G. (60 mins)
This class is for people who practice yoga or attend class regularly, are familiar with the basic postures and are comfortable following the teacher in a set sequence with verbal cues and a breath count.
*Please come to class at least 5 minutes before classes begin. Please come with an empty stomach. Please bring your own mat (We have some available if you don't have one yet). All other equipment is provided. Wear comfortable, loose clothing and bare feet.
II. 46 Sthira sukham asanam
Asana is perfect firmness of body, steadiness of intelligence and benevolence of spirit