Which Class is Best for Me?

Yoga was never meant to be a one-size-fits-all practice! Your yoga practice should evolve and grow to reflect your progress, development and interests. If you feel "stuck" or you're wondering what's next, it is a sign that you may need to add new elements to your practice. This is why Quest offers numerous yoga styles, approaches and traditions. Each approach is slightly different to target what you want the most. This TWO-STEP guide will help you identify the class(es) and level best suited to your goals and abilities. 

 

Step 1:
Choose the Right Level

- Beginners = For those who never did yoga before and want to get the basics down before taking a level 1 class AND for those who wish to refresh on the basics

- Level 1= Beginners with 1 to approximately 8+ months of practice experience

- Level 1/2 = Experienced beginners to intermediate practitioners with approximately 6 to 18+ months of practice experience

- Level 2 = Intermediate practitioners with approximately 12 to 24+ months of practice experience

- Level 2/3 = Experienced intermediate to advanced practitioners with approximately 18 to 36+ months of practice experience

- All levels = Appropriate for Level 1 thru Level 2/3 practitioners

- Gentle = Slower pace designed for those with limited range of motion or for those recovering from injury.

- Prenatal and Postnatal Classes (for all levels) are designed to target your needs and concerns like no other class can during this special time in your life. These classes offer you benefits, practices and valuable information that is not offered in regular classes and are appropriate for all three trimesters all the way through 12 weeks postpartum.  

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Step 2:
Choose the Right Class

HATHA

Are you looking for:

  • Slower pace (note: slower does not mean it is easier!)

  • Meditation

  • Pranayama (breath techniques)

  • An internal, reflective practice

  • Traditional approach

  • Consistent practice (to master the poses and techniques)

HATHA YOGA is the great grand-daddy of many modern yoga styles. It is a classic style of yoga offering a systematic and meditative approach. Hatha is a great jumping off point for those seeking to experience the deeper practices and paths yoga has to offer. Hatha tends to move at a slower pace (which does not mean it is "easier"). A slower pace in yoga goes beyond the development of muscular strength and flexibility and aims to bring greater range of motion, hydration and flexibility for the joints, core and connective tissues as well as improved ability to focus, and a keen body/mind awareness. Hatha includes a distinct standing and floor section of asanas (poses) as well as a comprehensive deep relaxation. Hatha is an internal and reflective approach to yoga. Good for those who seek reconnect with their inner silence.

NOTE: Students in these classes should be able to get onto and off of the floor with relative ease and be able to bear weight on hands and knees.

Hatha classes we have on offer:

- Hatha Elements (Level 1/2)  -  Sundays 10:30a - 12:00p
This particular class is characterized by a focus on the primary elements (earth, air, fire, water, ether). This specialized hatha practice brings awareness and balance to these often overlooked, yet powerful energies that reside within and strongly affect well-being of both body and mind. This class seeks to reconnect you with the ebb and flow of the cycles of nature that are not only "out there" but also reflected within the body.

- Hatha Flow (Level 1)  -  Fridays 7:00 - 8:15p (beginning Sept 21)
This class is a fusion of hatha and vinyasa styles.


VINYASA

Are you looking for:

  • Faster pace (note: faster does not mean it is harder!)

  • Energetic, invigorating, physical practice

  • Fun, creative approach (different poses or sequences in each class)

  • Primarily an asana practice (physical poses)

  • Theme classes

VINYASA YOGA is a very common and popular approach to asana practice. It is characterized by a sequence of asana (poses) that proceed through a continuous flow of motion that is linked and guided by the breath. Each flow sequence builds upon the next becoming increasingly challenging and often builds toward a peak pose. Classes are typically energetic, playful and focused on breath and repetition. Vinyasa classes are primarily characterized by standing flows that build toward a specific peak pose. Classes end with a short savasana (relaxation practice). Students can also expect class to begin with a short dharma talk or poetic reading that conveys yogic concepts for application during the practice and in everyday life. 

NOTE: Students in these classes should be able to get onto and off of the floor with relative ease and be able to bear weight on hands and knees.

- Vinyasa (Level 1)  -  Wednesdays 4:15 - 5:30p  AND  Saturdays 10:00 - 11:15
- Vinyasa (Level 2)  -  Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:15p  AND  Saturdays 8:30 - 9:45a
- Vinyasa (Level 2/3)  -  Fridays 9:30 - 10:45a


YIN

YIN YOGA is a reflective practice that is highly complimentary to other styles of yoga. This meditative mind/body practice specifically targets the connective tissue, joints, meridians (energy pathways) and organs of the body. This practice can improve range of motion, but it also provides an opportunity for a much deeper release and transformation of energetic congestion in the body (as a result of held emotions, habitual thought patterns, stress and life experiences).  A Yin class involves fewer poses that are held for longer lengths of time. Yin yoga challenges students to work slowly, mindfully and respectfully on their edge with instruction on how to personalize practice for the appropriate level of intensity according to individual needs.

NOTE: Students in these classes should be able to get onto and off of the floor with relative ease and be able to bear weight on hands and knees.

Yin classes we have on offer:

 - Yin/Yang (All levels)  -  Mondays 9:30 - 10:45a  AND  Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:15p
Yin/Yang includes a combination of active, energetic (yang) poses and reflective, still (yin) poses for a well-rounded practice that targets specific muscle groups as well as connective tissues throughout the body. This class is open to both men and women seeking a practice targeting  both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. 

- Yin Goddess (All levels)  - Tuesdays 4:30 - 5:45p (beginning Sept 18)  AND  Saturdays 8:30 - 9:45a
Yin Goddess is a nurturing women's practice in celebration of all stages in a woman's life cycle.  This class supports the feminine psyche and frequently includes a more  shamanic approach that links the natural ebb and flow of the cosmos to the corresponding cycles within the body.  In addition, this class often addresses the powerful physical, emotional and mental shifts that accompany peri-menopause, menopause, postpartum, menstruation and fertility as well as the emotional and energetic aspects related to the overall well-being of women. This class connects you with a dynamic women's circle and renews appreciation of your radiant inner goddess.  

- Yin (All levels)  -  Thursdays 10:45a - 12:00p
This is the classic approach to yin yoga for both men and women. A highlight of yin yoga includes fewer poses held for longer periods to target connective tissues and joints for greater range of motion and deeper relaxation.

Are you looking for:

  • A meditative approach

  • Improved range of motion

  • Embodied understanding of how to align the physical, emotional and mental aspects of your being

  • Balance of internal organs, meridians (body's energy channels), joints and connective tissues

  • Theme classes

  • A class that addresses issues of concern to women (see: Yin Goddess)

  • A shamanic approach to yoga exploration (see: Yin Goddess)


ALIGNMENT-BASED

Are you looking for:

  • A technical class focusing on body mechanics and planes of motion

  • Heightened awareness of body positioning and overall alignment

 

ALIGN & FLOW classes are a fusion of alignment-based practice and vinyasa flow. Students in these classes may expect specific instruction regarding proper body alignment, both physically and energetically within each pose as well as the mechanics of movement. Great for those who resonate with a more "technical", embodied, how-to approach to the asanas.

NOTE: Students in these classes should be able to get onto and off of the floor with relative ease and be able to bear weight on hands and knees.

- Align & Flow (Level 1)  - Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:00a AND Thursdays 9:30 - 10:45a
- Align & Flow (Level 1/2)  -  Mondays 6:30 - 7:45p  AND  Wednesdays 9:30 - 10:45a
- Slow Flow (All Levels)  -  Tuesdays 10:45a - 12:00p


RESTORATIVE

Are you looking for:

  • Peace and quiet

  • A nurturing, serene practice

  • The ability to let-go

  • A rejuvenating yoga nap

  • Yoga, aromatherapy and massage all in one class

RESTORATIVE YOGA provides a restful, relaxing and rejuvenating experience where gravity does the work during a sequence of postures that are supported by props for the ultimate stillness and peace. Restorative yoga  facilitates a deep pervasive feeling of healing, equilibrium and harmony in your spirit. Aromatherapy, massage and reiki is offered by certified yoga teacher and licensed massage therapist to enhance meditative states and blissful experience.  

NOTE: Students in this class should be able to get onto and off of the floor with relative ease. 

- Reiki & Restore (All levels)  -  Mondays 1:00 - 2:00p


GENTLE

Are you looking for:

  • A slower pace

  • Nururing, gentle practice

  • Improved range of motion

  • Increased body-awareness and overall flexibility

  • Tone

GENTLE YOGA emphasizes gentle, slow movements, breath and relaxation. Students in this class are given multiple options to practice at the the appropriate level of physical intensity. The overall experience is one of learning and self-acceptance by incorporating modifications that meet  individual needs. 

- Gentle Yoga (All Levels)  -  Fridays 11:30a - 12:45p


BEGINNER

Are you looking for:

  • Step-by-step introduction for new beginners

  • Small-group instruction that allows targeted individual attention and guidance

  • A refresher on the basic poses and introductory information on that is not generally covered in Level 1 classes and beyond

BEGINNER YOGA is a  foundational class for those who have no previous yoga experience and for those who wish to refresh on the basics.  Beginner poses are covered in greater detail with focus on alignment and breath. You will learn some of the basic yogic concepts and many of the benefits of a regular, mindful practice. This is a great way to get started on your yoga journey.

NOTE: Students in thIs class should be able to get onto and off of the floor with relative ease and be able to bear weight on hands and knees.

- Beginner Yoga (brand new beginners)  -  Thursdays 7:00 - 8:15p (beginning Sept 20)


PRENATAL & POSTNATAL

Are you looking for:

  • A practice designed specifically for the needs and concerns of pregnant and postpartum women

  • Connection with other moms-to-be and new moms in the community

  • Information and valuable resources for pregnancy, birth and new motherhood

  • A yoga practice that provides practical techniques that facilitate and ease the process of birth

PRENATAL YOGA includes many beneficial elements not found in regular yoga classes. Women gain a far deeper understanding of the importance of various modifications for practice during every trimester. Prenatal yoga addresses the tremendous physical, emotional, and mental changes experienced during pregnancy and invites expecting moms to explore and embrace these changes while connecting to the innate maternal wisdom within. Class includes movements and breath work that helps reduce common discomforts of pregnancy and introduces strategies, practices and information to utilize during labor and beyond. Each class provides the opportunity to connect with other moms-to-be, to ask questions and share resources. Prenatal yoga is often the starting point for many new friendships and parent-organized support networks. 

- Prenatal Yoga (All levels and trimesters)  -  Saturdays 11:30a - 1:00p  AND  Sundays 9:00 - 10:15a (beginning Oct 14)
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POSTNATAL YOGA is a special time to bond with baby while practicing gentle movements and yogic techniques for relaxation, rejuvenation and core toning. The practice will also help release some of the common discomforts associated with being a new mom (or parent), such as neck, shoulder and back tension. Ample opportunity for tummy time is provided and many of the movements are done while interacting, singing and playing with baby. Parents have the opportunity to bond with baby and learn infant massage techniques that provide a number of benefits during the early stages of your child's development. Parents are encouraged to feed, change and care for baby as needed throughout the class and to bring a baby blanket.  

- Mom & Baby (new moms with babies age: newborn to pre-crawlers)  -  Thursdays 1:00 - 2:00p
- Baby & Me (new moms, dads or grandparents with babies age: 3 months thru 11 months) - Saturdays 1:15 - 2:15p


FAMILY, KIDS & TEENS

Are you looking for:

  • Yoga classes for your kids

  • Fun after-school activity

  • A place to burn off that extra energy before homework

  • A practice that promotes focus, and mindfulness kids

 

FAMILY YOGA is a time to play, sing, tell stories and practice the shapes of yoga in this playful class full of imagination and sheer joy.

- Family Yoga (for kids ages 2-5 years and their parent(s) or caregiver)  -  Mondays 3:00 - 3:45p
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KIDS YOGA provides the opportunity to dance and explore  yoga all in one class. Kids are encouraged to use their imagination as they flow through different yoga shapes and enjoy a fun after-school activity. Kids will also practice breath awareness, mindfulness and a few minutes of relaxation at the end of class. This  can be helpful when settling down to focus on homework and other activities later in the day.

- Kids Ballet & Yoga (kids ages 6 - 10 years)  -  Mondays 4:00 - 5:00p
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TEEN YOGA provides a fun and creative yoga practice that helps to facilitate body awareness and acceptance, strength, flexibility, focus, mindfulness and stress reduction. This class also provides  teenagers the opportunity to socialize and meet other teenagers in the community.

- Teen Yoga (ages 13 -17 years)  -  Mondays 5:15 - 6:15p


MAT PILATES

Are you looking for:

  • Strength, tone and flexibility

  • Something besides yoga

 

MAT PILATES focuses on toning and strengthening the abdominals, hips, and back; or what Joseph Pilates refers to as your “powerhouse.” This classic Pilates class emphasizes precise body alignment, mental focus, and breath work for a refreshing mind/body workout resulting in improved posture, flexibility, and strength.

NOTE: Students in this class should be able to get onto and off of the floor with relative ease and be able to bear weight on hands and knees.

- Mat Pilates (All levels)  -  Tuesdays 9:30 - 10:30a  AND  Thursdays 9:30 - 10:30a