This is a basic class focusing on the fundamentals of our signature style of yoga. If you are a beginner or just interested in a slower paced foundational practice this is for you. Emphasis on clear healthy alignment in yoga poses as well as learning breath awareness and simple meditation techniques. There are no prerequisites (you don’t need to touch your toes). We encourage you to get stronger and more flexible as well as learn to move through your life a little more peacefully and sweetly.
Our signature flow class: This is a seriously fun vinyasa class with a healthy emphasis on alignment (it’s what we are known for). You can expect Sun Salutations (A & B), moving through a creative sequence of poses, hip openers, shoulder openers, thigh stretching, twists, back bends, and forward folds. This class will challenge you in many ways and you will cultivate a serious asana practice but you’ll also smile, sweat your bum off and leave feeling like a way better version of yourself. Breath awareness is emphasized.
Upon the discretion of the teacher we may up the ante and you’ll learn more advanced arm balances, back bends, and sometimes you’ll end up on your head or standing on your hands (against a wall always an option).*
Same as SYJ Open, but we do it in one hour.
This OPEN level challenging vinyasa (flow) class will focus on your hips/legs. You can expect some sun salutations and standing poses, but not a lot of backbending or inversions. The sequence will creatively move you into deeper and deeper hip opening postures and you will spend time on the floor doing some forward bending. If you’re hips and legs are tight from running, spinning, tennis and/or other athletic endeavors or sitting for too long at your computer this class will get your hips swinging again. Sweaty, opening, deep and fun – how awesome is that?
SYJ Power Lunch
Much like our Open level class, this is a seriously fun vinyasa class with a healthy emphasis on alignment (because that’s what we do best) but we’re squeezing it all into a 45 minute class so you can zip from work and back to work after a ‘sweaty lunch”. You can expect Sun Salutations (A/B), there will be an emphasis on your core and all other open level poses are fair game. This class will challenge you and get you sweating and working your body in many ways while it helps you take your mind off your crazy. Before you know it you’ll be back at work, you’ll be smiling, and your yoga clothes will be back in a bag under your desk.
SYJ Follow the Yogi (level 2/3)
In this class you are along for the ride as the yoga teacher practices on their own mat alongside the student, which makes this class unique at SYJ. You will not be given the same instruction or alignment cues as all our other classes which makes a seasoned practice a must . It’s an incredibly fun way to plug-in to your own practice and spend time with fellow yogins who are interested in stepping up their asana practice and learning some more difficult asana. We will do some advanced poses for sure and you can expect to end up standing on your head and/or your hands (against the wall is okay). It’s empowering, it’s fun and it’s a journey worth experiencing.
The Deep Chill
Come experience a long, slow, and deep flow as this class will ask you to totally engage with your body. If you’re interested in learning a lot about your asana while you laugh with one of Fairfield counties most celebrated yoga teachers, then this class is for you. Some testimonials to help you make the leap. “I felt muscles in my bum that I hadn’t felt in 5 years after taking Bernie’s class” and “Bernie’s class is totally engaging and I always learn something completely new. I love it.”
SYJ Gentle Flow
This is a much gentler version of our vinyasa class, with no advanced poses and minimal weight bearing on your hands and wrists. You’ll move gently through a creative sequence of poses that safely and sweetly open your hips, shoulders and low back. This class will challenge you in thoughtful ways. Our gentle flow yoga leaves you with room for quiet breathing and softened edges, while bringing you back to your mind, body and spirit. The tempo is relaxed, the vibe is sweet – and that’s just plain yumminess! SYJ style!