Yoga is an ancient tradition grounded in the psychological philosophy of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali–yoga is ultimately a practice of the mind. It includes several elements of practice ranging from ethics to meditation. Our doors are open to all people who desire to learn about and practice yoga to enhance health and well-being. We suggest that those who are new to yoga practice or nervous about the physical side of practice consider attending Yoga for Beginners or scheduling a private session for assessment and introduction to the foundations of asana (postures) and pranayama (breath work). It is our goal at Community Yoga to offer classes with a diverse selection of practices. We have several teachers, each with their own passion and gifts. Please read our class descriptions below and visit our mindbody site for the current schedule. Please let us know if you have any questions! We look forward to sharing the practice of yoga with you.
Classes with Jacqueline Allen:
Sunrise Vinyasa (75°)
Sunrise Vinyasa is a 60 minute class designed to get you up and moving in the morning, help you find balance both mentally and physically, and get you energized and focused for the rest of your day. Class begins with breath awareness and gently stretching and moves into a vinyasa flow style, ending with relaxation. The intention is to find gratitude for the new day and your ability to move and breathe and start your day on a positive note.
Slow Flow Vinyasa (75°)
Slow Flow Vinyasa is 60 minutes and is a moving meditation that will flow through postures exploring and refining alignment. The intention is to create a space to experience the fullness of practice by slowly merging movement and breath to create a powerful, yet subtle, meditative flow.
Vinyasa, a 60 minute class is a hot vinyasa class that focuses on postures that promote strength, endurance, greater flexibility, and cleansing sweat. Class ends with a deep relaxation. The intention is to find a balance between strength and softness to guide you into a more balanced body, calmer spirit, and a greater peace of mind.
Yoga for Runners (75°)
Yoga for Runners is a 60 minute class designed for anyone (runner, athlete, or not) who wants to improve their flexibility, breathing, core strength, and mental focus. The physical practice of yoga is used to bring awareness to the structural and muscular imbalances caused by repetitive strain on the muscles and joints used in running. The intention is to bring balance back to the body through increased range of motion, flexibility, strength, and breath awareness.
Directions of Movement (75°)
This 60 minute Directions of Movement class approaches asana practice with a knowledge of how the body moves and uses that knowledge to deepen and refine our posture practice. Each month focuses on a different direction of movement: Forward Bends / Backward Bends / Lateral Bends / Twists / Inversions / Balance. Each session includes an awareness of breath, axial extension and the importance of core work. The intention is to help students of all levels and styles practice yoga asana with greater ease and efficiency.
Classes with Tammy Ness-Haville:
Classic Yoga (75°)
Classic Yoga with Tammy is a 60 minute practice designed to link breath and movement as a tool to focus the mind and open awareness. This class includes breath work, asana, personal reflection, meditation and relaxation. The intention is to create a place for students to connect their mind and body through movement as well as through stillness.
Yoga for Beginners (75°)
Yoga for Beginners is a sixty minute practice designed to introduce students to yoga in a safe, comfortable studio setting. This class begins with an introduction to breath and personal reflection, followed by an introduction to basic asana (yoga postures), and ends with relaxation. The intention of this class is to have students feel comfortable and safe while learning about the practice of yoga.
Classes with Debra Steinhauer:
Classic Yoga (75°)
Classic Yoga is a 60 minute gentle practice that will help students connect with their breath and their center. Class will begin with breath work and steady dynamic movement before moving on to static holds that encourage exploration of the posture’s effects. Each class will end with several minutes of relaxation. The intention of this class is to slow down and deepen your practice.
Restorative Yoga (80-85°)
“The intention of Restorative Yoga is to promote deep relaxation and healing. Props are an integral part of this class, allowing the body to completely melt into each posture. Each week will feature restorative postures, pranayama, meditation, and other techniques designed to calm the mind, release tension from the body and refresh the spirit. This is a gentle, all levels practice.”
Yin Yoga (75°)
Yin Yoga is a quiet practice that targets the joints and connective tissues of the body with mindful, long, steady poses. Weekly Monday class is 60 minutes and the monthly Saturday class is 90 minutes. All classes will begin with breath work and gently flowing poses to warm up the body (the yang portion of the class) before moving on to deeply held stretches (yin). The yin portion of class will be a variety of seated/floor postures that will be held for 3 to 5 minutes. Props will be used to adapt poses as needed. Yin provides a wonderful counterbalance to more active practices.
Vinyasa is a fun, vibrant 60 minute practice designed to release tension and promote strength and vitality. This class includes asana in the vinyasa flow style followed by a shorter period of relaxation and meditation. The intention is to promote health, peace and well-being.
Classes with Amy Taylor:
Sacred Yoga ( 75°)
Sacred Yoga is designed to create space for the integration and healing of body, mind and spirit as well as the mysterious and serendipitous aspects of our lives. This 75 minute class incorporates about forty-five minutes of asana including both yang (faster-moving) and yin (longer-held, more receptive) styles and thirty minutes of relaxation, pranayama (breath work) and meditation. The intention is to create the conditions that promote deep relaxation, healing and insight.
Yoga for Kids
In these classes Amy teaches the fundamentals of yoga practice while incorporating a healthy dose of imagination! Your kids will stretch and strengthen their bodies while having fun and enjoying their innate creativity. Group and partner poses foster positive peer relationships. Classes end with guided relaxation, a special time for children to learn to be still and let their imaginations soar.
Please note: All minors need a liability form signed by their parent or legal guardian before they can practice at Community Yoga.
Private Yoga with Reiki
Reiki is a form of energy work that involves placing the hands lightly on or above the clothed body in order to facilitate relaxation and healing. Amy was recently certified as a Reiki practitioner and now offers private sessions that combine yoga and Reiki. Together, you will determine how the time in these hour-long sessions will be spent as well as the focus of the energy work. All Reiki energy is positive and health-promoting. Every client’s experience is different but a sense of deep peace and relaxation is typical.
To schedule a session with Amy please contact us.
Classes with Betsy Totty:
Powerful Flow Yoga (80°)
Powerful Flow Yoga is a 60 minute practice designed to help you connect to your core and find your inner strength. This class includes powerful flowing vinyasa as well as strength based yoga poses. The intention is to promote a strong and flexible body, a calm spirit, a peaceful mind, and a greater sense of balance in your own being.
Yoga for Women (75°)
The intention of this class is to support women during any stage of life: prenatal, postnatal, life changes, physical changes, etc. The flow of the class and the poses are beneficial at any stage. This class will support you in strengthening your body and spirit as you find calmness and peace within yourself. This class is appropriate for all levels and bodies.
General offerings at Community Yoga:
Community Yoga offers both private and semi-private sessions. We value this intentional way of working. Send us a note with a bit about yourself and your goals and we will work together to find the plan that makes the most sense.
Have a birthday coming up? Or a reunion? Or a work retreat? Community Yoga would be happy to organize a private yoga class for you and your group. Any reason is a good reason to come together to move and breathe. Practicing yoga builds community and strengthens connections. Let us help you relax and find comfort and ease in body, mind, and spirit. Let us know what your needs are and we’ll be happy to design a special Lafayette yoga session just for you!
Contact us if you are interested in organizing a yoga party.
The teachers of Community Yoga are committed to the idea that the practice of yoga has the potential to benefit everyone. We work hard to ensure that anyone interested in these benefits has the opportunity to explore the practice. Please visit our Karma page to see all that we offer.