Yoga Basics — Designed for those just beginning a yoga practice. Essential for those
who will continue on to Level 1-2.
Level 1-2 — Moderate; ideal for those ready to deepen their practice and move from
Yoga Basics into a more moderately paced class.
Level 2-3 — Energetic; NOT for first time students. It is advised that you have
regularly attended class and have an understanding of the basic poses,
standing poses, inversions, arm balances, backbends and sun salutation.
A challenging, stimulating class.
Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® — The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve and enhance human functioning. Students are verbally guided through a sequence of movements in basic positions: sitting, lying on the floor or standing. These precisely structured movement explorations engage your brain to observe and discover your habits. By increasing awareness, you will learn to abandon habitual patterns of movement and develop new alternatives, resulting in improved flexibility, coordination and power. Whether you are interested in getting rid of everyday aches and pains, improving your atheletic performance or coping with a chronic health issue, Feldenkrais will empower you to become your own best teacher. This class is appropriate for all ages and abilities.
Gentle Yoga — This class is designed to meet students where they are-- whether recovering from illness or injury, searching for a healthier life-style, or wishing to develop deeper, more mindful postures. Taught in the Kripalu style of yoga, this 1 1⁄4 hour classes offers props, warm-up exercises, breath work and modified postures to help students find a comfortable and steady yoga practice.
Insight Meditation — Love offering accepted. dharmastl.org
The St. Louis Insight Meditation Group (SLIMG) will offer meditation sitting/classes at Big Bend Yoga Center. These sessions will meet from 4-5pm Thursday afternoons, led by Jon Yaffe. This class is shorter than SLIMG's Sunday evening sttting and is very suitable to those newer to meditation practice. Sittings are rewarding at any practice level, or course, and all are welcome. The general format will be 4pm–Sitting Meditation with instruction; 4:30–Brief Dharma talk and discussion. For more information, contact Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org. SLIMG also offers meditation sitting classes at BBC Sundays from 7–8:30pm.
Kundalini Yoga — Based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D. and Master of Kundalini Yoga. Kundalini Yoga is a complete science that includes pranayam, asana, sound, chanting and meditation. It is designed to provide you with the experience of your highest consciousness through the raising of your Kundalini.
Open to all levels— A mixed levels class, available for beginners to those who have an on-going yoga practice.
Pilates Mat — A stimulating class for the mind as well as the body. It is a unique system of exercises designed to strengthen and tone muscles, improve posture, provide flexibility and balance and create a more streamlined shape. The emphasis is on the core and the breath; however, Pilates works all of the muscles, all of the time.
Restorative — Open to all who want to relax deeply. Ideal for those chronically stressed.
Be prepared to be still and let go.
Vinyasa — The term vinyasa refers to the relationship of movement and breath, a method which turns static yoga postures into a dynamic flow. The length of one inhale or one exhale dictates the length of time spent transitioning between postures. Poses are then held for a predefined number of breaths. In effect, attention is placed on the breath and the journey between the postures rather than solely on achieving perfect body alignment in a pose. Vinyasa Class
Yoga for Pregnancy (Yoga, Relaxation, Group Support) — This class includes medically approved toning and strengthening exercises, stress management techniques, bonding with your baby and group discussion of the developmental and emotional issues of pregnancy. Pre-Natal Class
No need to call. Come to class a few minutes early. Make your check (no credit cards) payable
directly to the instructor or purchase a class card. Class cards expire 6 months from date of purchase. If this is your first class
at Big Bend Yoga, you will receive a free class when you purchase a 5
(or more) class card.
We have gift certificates available for yoga classes and therapeutic
massage. Massage is a wonderful way to nurture
body, mind and spirit. Treat yourself, a friend or loved one with a gift certificate from one
of our therapists.
What should you bring?
Bring clean bare feet, no gum and an empty stomach. Most students wear a leotard
and footless tights or a t-shirt and running shorts. Long, baggy pants
are not recommended. Please come without heavy jewelry and perfume. A
limited number of mats are provided but a personal mat would encourage
a practice at home.
Please advise your instructor before class if you have
any significant health problems, recent surgery or are pregnant.
If you don't see what you are looking for, contact us. We're happy to arrange an "in-class private" or one-to-one