General: At Tejas Yoga, we embrace a variety of yoga traditions and methodologies; therefore we do not ascribe to a particular “style” of yoga. You will find our classes rooted in Hatha Yoga (the foundation of today's popular styles of yoga). In addition to asana (physical postures), you will experience pranayama (breath work) and meditation in each of our classes. Yoga philosophy, tantra and ayurveda are also incorporated. We aim to give you a safe, challenging, balanced and complete practice in whichever class you choose.
Introduction To Yoga Series: This is a four-class series beginning on the first Sunday or first Tuesday of each month. You’ll be introduced to basic postures (asana), breath work (pranayama), meditation techniques and yoga philosophy. Elements of the practice are explained more thoroughly--with emphasis on proper breathing, alignment and mindful movement. If you have any flexibility/strength limitations, special conditions or injuries, you will learn modifications that enable you to practice effectively and safely. This series is appropriate for those who have never been to a yoga class before, those who have completed the series and would like to continue their educations or those who desire a refresher on the fundamentals.
Foundational: After the Introduction To Yoga Series, you will continue to lay the groundwork for your asana practice. You will become more familiar with your own limitations and strengths. Through repetition of the basic poses, you will be able to build more complex poses. This class prepares you for deeper physical and mental work by spending additional time on standing postures, backbends and prep work for inversions and arm balances. Emphasis is also placed on breath awareness and focusing of the mind. This class is appropriate for those who already know the basics of yoga or the more experienced student who wishes to refine his or her practice.
Gentle: Basic postures, simple movement and conscious relaxation are elements of this class. You’ll find passive stretches, supported postures and slow, controlled movement. More time will be given to breath work, visualization and meditation. Emphasis is placed on de-stressing the body and mind to help the student find a deep calm. This class is appropriate for those who seek a restorative class, need to unwind or are in physical rehabilitation.
Donation: This class is an all-levels class. Beginner to intermediate students are welcome. A $10 donation is suggested, but you pay only what seems feasible for you. All class packages/series are accepted.
Open: This class offers options for the experienced beginner as well as the seasoned practitioner. During asana practice, several variations or options are presented to allow each student to feel challenged, physically and mentally. You’ll find new ways of discovering boundaries, strengths and effortlessness. Although parts of this class may be demanding, you will be supported in finding a posture/movement that leads you to discovery of your own personal edge. It is recommended that students have at least 6 months of asana practice before attending this class.
Vigorous: More complex asana and intricate pranayama techniques are offered to you in the vigorous class. This class is for the experienced practitioner who is looking to explore more challenging sequences, postures and subtle practices. Be prepared to work on inversions, arm balances and incorporate the use of bandhas. This class is suitable for those that have at least one year of steady asana practice and are in good health.
Freestyle: This vigorous practice is a led class with little to no physical adjustments. The teacher practices with class and calls out the name of the asana or pranayama while keeping a mindful pace. This class is appropriate for more experienced students and teachers. Expect sun salutation A&B, strong standing poses, arm balances, inversions, deep backbends, twists and forward folds.
Restorative: This class is designed for deep relaxation. It involves gentle yoga stretches to open joints and stretch muscles, as well as restorative poses, breath work and guided imagery to soothe the nervous system and calm the mind. This class welcomes students of all levels.
Community: A free, all-levels class taught by recent graduates of the Tejas Yoga Teacher Training & Mentorship program.