Classes

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.

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.

Hot Vinyasa (90°+)
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.   

Friday Night Yoga (90°+) 
Join us for Friday Night Yoga, a hot 75-minute class that is physically challenging yet lighthearted and fun.  The intention is to let go of stress as you breathe, sweat, laugh, and relax as you experience a deep practice.

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.

Mobility Yoga (75°)
Mobility Yoga is a 60 minute class designed to nurture the body’s joint functions and build mobility, strength, and alignment.  The class aims to enhance your range of motion, relieve pain, restore natural movement patterns, calm your mind, and improve athletic performance.  The class is great for all participants from athletes who need mobility training to anyone who is sedentary and needs to restore range of motion to aid in daily life.  The intention is to bring balance and freedom back into the body to enhance life off of your mat.

Pilates (75°)
Pilates is a method of exercise that focuses on the powerhouse of your core. It teaches centering, control, flow, breath, precision, and concentration.  This class will build your core strength and work on shoulder and pelvis stabilization as well as building strength.

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.

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.  Class 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 (75°) 
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.

Yoga for Everyone (75°)
There is no such thing as too old, too stiff, too inflexible, too fragile or too anything for you.  Everyone starts somewhere.  Yoga for Everyone is a 60 minute class accessible to all ages and designed to help soothe the stiffness and achiness from sitting too long at a desk or from life in general.  The intention is to provide a safe and supportive environment to stretch the body while calming the mind.  These student-centered classes feature a variety of poses and flowing movements to improve flexibility, balance, physical comfort and peace of mind.  Each class begins with a gentle warm-up and stretching and ends with several minutes of relaxation.  Props are available to enhanve your practice in any way needed.  The intention of this class is to make yoga accessible to everyone.

Hot Freedom Flow Yoga (90°+)
Inspired by Jonny Kest, this hot vinyasa class unites the breath with movement through innovative sequences and energetic music ranging from “Classic Rock” to “Hip Hop”!  Kate will guide you through a unique series of postures, turn up the music, and encourage you to flow on your own, following your own breath – hence freedom flow!  The music is energizing, electric, and exhilarating, and ironically, by turning up the music it is easier to find that moving meditation (quieting of the mind).  What makes each and every one of us “perfect” is the fact that we are all so different and unique – this class allows you to explore your own journey.

Community Yoga
Community Yoga is a class designed to be accessible to all.  We create the space for the integration of body, mind, and spirit.  The 75 minute class incorporates different aspects of asana (postures) as well as pranayama (breath work) and meditation.  The teachers will rotate, but you can always see who is teaching online.  This class is donation based.  A donation is a sacred act of giving.  The suggested donation is $10 a class.  Suggested donation means if you can put $10 in the box, please do.  If you are not in a position to do so, contribute what you can.  Nobody will be keeping track of individual donations.  The recommended donation is not a bottom or top limit.  You are welcome to use your pass as well.  The donation class is one of the ways we make yoga accessible to everyone in our community.  The intention is to create a nurturing environment to promote relaxation, healing, and inner care.

Gentle Yoga (75°)
Gentle Yoga is a 60 minute class that is great for beginners as well as practicing students.  The class aims to build strength, release stress and tension from joints, and muscles, and give you time to relax and rejuvenate.  The intention is to make this class accessible to anyone and everyone with no intimidation factor.  Yoga is for every body!

Intro to Ashtanga (75°)
This is a guided class and all levels are welcome.  We work through the Primary Series in a way that is broken down and approachable for all levels.  We will work through the sun salutations, standing poses, some seated poses, and the finishing poses.

Kids Yoga (75°)
Designed for children ages 4-9.  We will incorporate conscious breathing, varies yoga poses, fun music, stories, games, and final relaxation into each class.

Yoga Basics Series (75°)
This 8-week series is perfect for those new to yoga, those coming back to yoga after taking some time off, and those who want a refresher on yoga fundamentals. Learn foundational yoga postures and alignment, breathing practice, meditation, deep relaxation, and basic yoga teachings. Each week will focus on a specific set of postures, building sequentially to a full class. Join us for one class ($15 or class pass) or save and sign up for the whole series for $96. This class is offered several times a year, but not weekly. Check the schedule for details.
Week 1: Sun Salutations
Week 2: Standing Poses and Forward Folds
Week 3: Seated Poses
Week 4: Core Strengthening
Week 5: Heart Openers and Back bends
Week 6: Balance
Week 7: Pranayama and Meditation
Week 8: Putting It All Together

Private Instruction
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.

Yoga Parties
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.

Karma Yoga
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.