New Student Info

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New to Yoga?

Welcome to Garden of the Heart Yoga

If you are new to yoga, the classes to start with are Basic Yoga, Gentle Yoga, or Restorative Yoga

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

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.

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 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.
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.


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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