New to Yoga?

Welcome to Garden of the Heart Yoga

If you are new to yoga, the best classes to start with are Yoga for Beginners, Basic Yoga, Ashaya Level 1, Gentle Yoga, or Restorative Yoga.

Yoga for Beginners is designed for people who have little or no yoga experience. Students will learn the basic postures, breathing techniques, the parts of a Sun Salutation, relaxation techniques, and some basic yoga philosophy. Flexibility is not required!  You must be able to get up and down to the floor.

Basic Yoga is a class for beginners or for students who may already have some yoga experience and want to refine their alignment in the fundamental poses.

Ashaya Level 1 is also suitable for beginners. This class is similar to a Basic class, and will include beginning inversions, sun salutations, and a wide variety of poses.

Gentle Yoga is a more relaxing class where you access the fluid movements of your spine and hips to create a feeling of freedom in the body. This class often ends with a 20 minute Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation.)  This gentle class is also ideal for people with physical restrictions in the hips, knees, or shoulders.

Restorative Yoga includes gentle stretches and supported poses for a very relaxing experience.  Some poses will be held for a longer time (5-15 minutes) supported by props to allow full release and relaxation of muscle tension.

If you are an experienced yoga student, please refer to Class Information and Descriptions or give us a call to decide which class would be best for you.

Wear comfortable clothes: t-shirts, shorts, tights, or leggings. Leave cell phones, gum, shoes and your worries at the door! Do not eat for 2-3 hours before class, and please do not wear heavy jewelry or strong fragrances to class. All yoga props (including premium Manduka Pro mats) are supplied for free. Additional parking is available behind the yoga center.

If you have any questions at all, please give us a call at (941) 341-9781 or email us at info@GardenOfTheHeartYoga.com.

Class Information and Descriptions

Yoga is one of the most respected methods of self-care and personal development. It calms the nervous system and balances the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of ourselves. It is a highly effective set of techniques to enhance health and vitality, by promoting energy flow throughout the body, and includes physical poses, breathing exercises, meditation and deep relaxation. These practices also enhance deep peace and contentment, and facilitate living with greater wisdom, ease, and grace. Classes at Garden of the Heart include detailed alignment instructions and hands on adjustments, some basics of yoga philosophy, pranayama, relaxation techniques and heart-oriented themes.

Introduction to Yoga is an 8 week series offered at Garden of the Heart Yoga Center that will teach you about the practice of yoga from the very beginning.  All you need is the ability to get up and down to a mat on the floor. Students beginning in this class have little or no prior yoga experience, and may be very stiff and tight! In just 8 weeks, you will start to notice significant changes in your body, in the way you breathe, in your posture, and in the way you look at the world.  See all the details on our home page.

This class is taught in the style of Ashaya Yoga®, an alignment-based Hatha yoga developed by Todd Norian.   This class is suitable for beginners  and anyone wishing for a basic level yoga practice.  Each class includes warm ups, breath work, sun salutations, standing poses, a series toward a pinnacle or “challenge” pose, cool down, and Savasana.  Modifications and variations are given, props are provided.
Ashaya (AH-shy-ah), a Sanskrit word that means, “abode of the heart”, blends precise, biomechanical alignment techniques with empowering and spiritually uplifting heart virtues that support a total awakening and harmony of body, mind, and spirit. This transformational yoga is more than just a “yoga workout”. In addition to building strength, balance, flexibility, and healing chronic pain, you leave each class calm, focused, and inspired to live the best version of yourself. When you are happy, everyone becomes happier around you. Change yourself. Change the world.
Basic Yoga is a class for new beginners who have never tried yoga before, or for students who want to refine their understanding of alignment in the poses. Basic poses are taught so the student has a firm understanding of the foundations of yoga. Poses may include standing poses, balancing poses, basic back bends, seated poses, twists, forward bends, and sun salutations. Each class ends with deep relaxation (Savasana.)

This class is ideal for those who already practice yoga and feel ready to extend their practice to more complex poses. Each month focuses on a different variety of poses, building from week to week so you can slowly move deeper into your practice. A wide variety of poses are taught, including deeper back bends, arm balances, and inversions. This class is designed to empower students to gradually advance through levels of practice. Yoga philosophy as it relates to daily life, breathing exercises, meditation, and relaxation are also included to offer a full experience of yoga. It is recommended that students have at least 6 months of yoga instruction before moving into this class.

This class is for students with an extensive yoga background, with permission of the teacher. Each month will progress toward challenging, advanced poses, including inversions, arm balances, standing, seated, revolved, and bound poses. Students must be able to hold a freestanding headstand, kick unassisted into handstand and Pincha Mayurasana at the wall, and push up to Urdhva Dhanurasana with straight arms. Alignment principles and yoga philosophy are studied in greater depth. Pranayama, meditation, and relaxation are also incorporated. Regular practice outside of class is expected.

This class accommodates a variety of yoga experience. The instructor will gear the class to the majority of the students present with variations and modifications given to accommodate differing levels of experience. This class is not recommended for new beginners, as some familiarity with Basic Yoga is expected.

This class is taught in the style of Ashaya Yoga®, an alignment-based Hatha yoga developed by Todd Norian. This one hour class is suitable for all levels, from Basic through Advanced.  Each class includes warm ups, sun salutations, standing poses, a series toward a pinnacle or “challenge” pose, cool down, and Savasana.  Modifications and variations are offered, props are provided.  Because this class accomplishes a lot in just one hour, it is not recommended for brand new beginners.
Ashaya (AH-shy-ah), a Sanskrit word that means, “abode of the heart”, blends precise, biomechanical alignment techniques with empowering and spiritually uplifting heart virtues that support a total awakening and harmony of body, mind, and spirit. This transformational yoga is more than just a “yoga workout”. In addition to building strength, balance, flexibility, and healing chronic pain, you leave each class calm, focused, and inspired to live the best version of yourself. When you are happy, everyone becomes happier around you. Change yourself. Change the world.

This class guides students through the eight limbs of yoga; right action, sense withdrawal, inner focus, stretching, strengthening, dynamic breath practices, conscious relaxation and meditation. Props and alignment instruction allow a relaxed meditative yoga practice for good health and enlightenment. All body types welcome. Every class includes Yoga Nidra, an extended, deeply relaxing reclined meditation.

This is a healing and rejuvenating class for all levels. It includes gentle stretches, breathing, and restorative poses, as well as simple movements to increase range of motion of the major joints. It is ideal for students with chronic symptoms such as muscle/joint pain, stiffness, weakness, or fatigue, or anyone who wants a restful practice.
This one hour meditation session is an opportunity to connect with the stillness within. Drop-ins and all levels of experience with meditation are welcome.

Connected Warriors is a free yoga class for Veterans, active military service members, and their immediate family members.  Yoga has been shown to help military service members and veterans with stress, relaxation, PTSD, pain management and insommnia, in addition to improving balance, strength, and flexibility.  This free class is one small way we love to give back to those who have given so much!

Kirtan is a practice of Bhakti Yoga, of music, singing, and devotion. As we chant ancient holy mantras, we are carried higher by their spiritual vibrations, reconnecting us with the source of Love and creation and opening our hearts to Divine bliss and realization.

Weather Policy

If classes are cancelled due to hurricane-like weather, a message stating that the class is cancelled will be on the answering machine at least one hour before class.

Class Fees

Individual Class Drop-in $18/class
New Student Special: 4 classes for $40 (2 week expiration)
5-class pass: $70
10-class pass: $130
20-class pass: $240

Frequent Yogi: 10 classes for $100 (4 week expiration)

Seniors 65+: 5% off class pass
Veterans/Military: 10% off class pass
Full-Time High School or College Student rate: $10/class

All class passes are good for 12 months from the date of purchase, unless otherwise stated above. Class passes and workshop registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Registration

You may purchase classes online, pay at the studio with check, cash, or credit card, over the phone with a credit card, or send your payment to the mailing address:

Garden of the Heart Yoga
2888 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34237

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