Sacramento Yoga Center / Yoga Styles

Yoga Styles

The following styles are offered through the Sacramento Yoga Center. To find out more about a particular style or class, please contact the instructor offering the course. Each instructor brings their own unique training and experience to the practice.

Adaptive YogaAnanda YogaGentle YogaGentle VinyasaGong Meditation & Kundalini Yoga Healthy Aging YogaKundaliniKundalini En EspañolRewind Gold: Yoga for Successful AgingSenior YogaTai Chi for Arthritis & Falls PreventionYoga Nidra & Sound Bath

Adaptive Yoga

In this Viniyoga class, we gently move all the joints in the body while using deep breathing techniques. Designed to release tension and alleviate pain, this yoga practice improves physical and mental health - tuning body systems for improved digestion, respiration, circulation and elimination. Improve your ability to focus, while at the same time, relax both body and mind.

Taught by Mae

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Ananda Yoga

Ananda Yoga is traditional hatha yoga designed to strengthen & stretch the body, release stress, calm the mind & enhance self-awareness. The practice facilitates breath, body and energy awareness through the use o f distinct rest periods in between postures as well as affirmations held mentally while in the postures. Students are encouraged to listen to their bodies, notice the effects of the poses and with practice, become aware of the energy within, especially as it moves through the "inner" spine.

Ananda Yoga emphasizes:

  • Safety and correct alignment
  • Relaxation, even during effort
  • Working with the body's energy for harmony and balance
  • Using the postures to refine self-awareness and experience inner peace and joy
  • Modifying each yoga posture to fit the needs of each student

Ananda Yoga is an expression of the Raja and Kriya Yoga precepts taught by Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Yogananda was the first great master of yoga to make his home permanently in the West (he became a U.S. citizen in the 1930s). Ananda Yoga arose from his training of close disciples and was later developed from that training into its current form by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, the founder of Ananda, and by those yoga teachers whom Kriyananda commissioned to do so.

Leave class feeling relaxed, uplifted, re-energized and more aware of your own inner peace! Suitable for all experience levels and body types.

Taught by Sandi

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Gentle Yoga

Sandi teaches Gentle Yoga in the Ananda tradition, which includes the use of affirmations (held silently in the mind), pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation. Classes typically begin with watching the breath (meditation) and gentle warm-ups from either a sitting or lying down position; students may sit in a chair if preferred. The class moves gently to standing poses with rest periods in between each posture; students are encouraged to return to the resting pose any time they need to. In Ananda Yoga, the rest period is just as important as the postures: students cultivate awareness after each asana by observing changes in the breath, the body and the energy within. Over time, students learn to direct the released energy to recharge the inner spine.

Safety and proper form are emphasized during each class; modifications are demonstrated, and students are encouraged to ask if they need help adapting a pose to their needs.

You will leave class feeling relaxed, uplifted and more aware of your own inner peace.

Gentle Yoga with Sandi is an excellent choice for seniors or anyone desiring a slower-paced class with calm, gentle instruction to help you realize the most benefit from practicing yoga. All are welcome!

Also see Ananda Yoga description. Suitable for all experience levels and body types.

Taught by Sandi.

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Gentle Vinyasa

Vinyasa gentle style yoga practice incorporates yogic philosophy & teachings with the physical practices of asanas and pranayama. Classes are structured to appeal to those who have never done yoga before as well as for the experienced practitioner desiring a gentle, revitalizing class. The class focuses on the mind, body, spirit connection.

Taught by Bob.

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Gong Meditation & Kundalini Yoga

The gong is a natural extension of the transformative vibrational quality of mantra, fundamental to Kundalini Yoga. Creating non-ordinary and transcendent states of consciousness by suspending the thought-producing activity of the mind, true healing on all levels is possible.

The unpredictable, non-linear, complex vibration of the gong allows deep-seated physical tension in the muscles to relax, the nervous system to be repaired, and the glandular system to become balanced. The mind relaxes and clears, relieved temporarily of the constant pressure of the mind's content. Subconscious habit patterns (including addictive behaviors) can be broken up, the chakras become open, balanced, and awakened. A link to the transcendent self can be realized.

After 40-45 minutes of basic Kundalini Yoga and breathing exercises, relax and surrender to the sound of the gong, which varies anywhere between soft, pulsating tones and "build and release" cycles, in which the sound volume builds to a high level and releases with one or more "thunderbolt strikes". Be prepared for a truly wonderful and transporting experience!

Taught by Manvir.

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Healthy Aging Yoga

A gentle and focused approach supporting balance, mobility and joint health. Seated modifications available for those unable to access the floor. Start where you are. No prior yoga experience necessary.

Taught by Linda Roye.

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Kundalini Yoga

This ancient form of yoga combines active movement and stretching with many specific breathing techniques (pranayama). Facilitating circulation throughout the spinal column, exercise sets (kriyas) are combined with sound vibration (mantras), hand positions (mudras), and body locks (bhundas), in order to enhance their effectiveness. In so doing, they serve to dissolve energy blockages within the energy matrix of the body, creating a natural, meditative, blissful state of mind and openness to change.

One not need be particularly flexible or athletic to enjoy the profound benefits of Kundalini yoga; all that is required is the sincere willingness to try one's best while respecting your comfort levels and physical limitations.

Kundalini Yoga is the science and technology to unite one's finite nature with Infinity and to experience Infinity in the finite.

Taught by Manvir.

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Kundalini Yoga En Español

Estas clases son una combinación de ejercicios (kriyas y asanas), técnicas de respiración (pranayamas), concentración mental, meditación, relajación, mudras y mantras para una integración armonia de cuerpo, mente y espiritu. Son clases sanadoras, generan alegria y activan en profundos niveles de conciencia, despertando el enorme potenciál aun dormido en muchos seres humanos.

These classes are a combination of exercises (kriyas and asanas), breathing techniques (pranayamas), mental concentration, meditation, relaxation, mudras, and mantras for the harmonious integration of body, mind, and spirit. These are healing classes, as they generate well-being and activiate the highest self on profound levels, awakening the enormous potential which is still dormant in most human beings.

Taught by Har Anand Kaur.

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Rewind Gold*: Yoga for Successful Aging

This practice is designed to target specific joints and muscle groups to improve Dynamic Balance, Flexibility, and Functional Strength.

Both mat and chair versions of each pose are offered, so you may choose whichever version that feels right for your body. Further modifications are given to address any chronic condition.

"Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength." --Betty Friedan

*Rewind Gold is an evidence-based approach to yoga for older adults. Arizona State University School of Nutrition & Health Promotion, in collaboration with YMEDICA Yoga Group, conducted a three year research study of a group of adults ages 55+ who participated in a 60 minute yoga practice, designed with specific postures and sequencing, three times per week. The results were significant improvement in flexibility, strength, dynamic balance, and muscular endurance as measured in Senior Fitness Test, as well as mental health.

Taught by Anna.

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Tai Chi for Arthritis & Falls Prevention

Developed by a team of medical and Tai Chi experts lead by Dr. Lam, this Tai Chi program is safe and easy-to-learn. In evidence-based studies, it has proven effective in relieving pain and improving health and balance. This program has been endorsed by the U.S. Arthritis Foundation and the U.S. Center for Disease Control.

Taught by Mae.

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Yoga Nidra & Sound Bath

Yoga Nidra is a practice of expanded awareness in a state of deep relaxation. A typical class includes participants lying in a comfortable position on the floor (savasana) for a 45 minute practice of stillness while remaining aware. Students practice a method of pratyahara, sense withdrawal, via guided visual relaxation of the entire body while remaining completely still and completely awake. In this state of expanded awareness one drops into the subtle body and has the ability to consciously create the world around them.

A Sound Bath further increases the level of relaxation and connection to the subtle body, allowing the sound to wash over you while promoting physical, emotional, and spiritual well being.

What is more needed in our world today? Create health and healing. Create peace within and out. Relax and reset negative patterns.

Health benefits of vibrational healing and Yoga Nidra include pain reduction, reduced anxiety and emotional reactivity, mood stabilization, stabilization of blood sugar, lower blood pressure, reduced stress, better sleep, promotes emotional healing, facilitates changes in destructive behavior, improves immunity, increases creativity and self-efficacy, and improves concentration.

"Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder." -Dr. Mitch Gaynor

Taught by Lexi.

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