Breathe's classes fall under five categories to help you find what is right for you: Fundamentals, Flow, Therapeutics, Asian Arts, and Hybrid/Family Programming.
At Breathe, we make yoga accessible to everyone, regardless of physical limitation, fitness level, age, or body type.
*Classes in each category are listed in order from easiest to most advanced.
These classes are for beginners and everyone who is interested in reviewing the essential elements of a yoga practice. These classes focus on the shapes of the postures, principles of alignment, utilizing the breath, lines of energy and the language of the practice. These classes do not have a flow-based component with the exception of traditional sun salutations.
Intro to Yoga
Introduction to yoga is a great class for anyone who is new to the practice. In this class we will discuss: what yoga is, the categories of yoga we offer, our schedule and which classes are good for you based on your body's constitution, the benefits of yoga, and yoga etiquette. We will do a light practice, just to get some of the poses introduced to the body, including a light meditation. Come prepared with ALL your questions, and we will get them answered. We will also spend plenty of time exploring everything Breathe has to offer you.
This is the best class for those new to yoga. In a comfortable environment, this class will introduce the fundamentals of a yoga practice, including breath, proper alignment, and mindfulness practices. This class is useful for those trying to work around injuries. Many long time students take Basics classes regularly because the pace of the class offers time for students to develop self awareness and refine their practice.
Iyengar Inspired Yoga
Iyengar yoga is a form of hatha yoga founded by BKS Iyengar. It is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga, characterized by great attention to detail and precise focus on body alignment. Postures attend to developing stability, improving circulation, coordination, balance and concentration.
Alignment Based Hatha
Practical yet insightful philosophy, precise alignment and a strong focus on community combine to make this class a full-spectrum invitation to expand your practice and deepen your understanding of yoga as a holistic lifestyle. Learn and refine key actions for a safe and effective yoga practice. Uniting innate intuition with the modern science of biomechanics empowers potent transformation and healing. This alignment-based class will focus on what your mind, body and heart need in order to master your strength, refine your sensitivity and increase your capacity to enjoy life.
This class is appropriate for beginners and injured folks as well as athletes and yoga teachers looking to expand their knowledge of structural alignment and performance acceleration. The tools acquired in this class can be applied to all other yoga practices, sports and life in general!
Tapas yoga is a deep cleansing practice designed to detoxify and rejuvenate the body and mind. Performed in a studio maintained at 95-100 degrees with humidity levels at 50%, this series of postures and breathing practices in hot yoga require tapas, meaning the discipline of steady practice which will lead to immediate internal and external benefits. Muscles and joints embrace the warmth, allowing for deeper flexibility and enhanced muscle tone. Practiced regularly, this deep body cleansing practice will give you better circulation, a stronger immune system and higher energy levels.
Intro to Ashtanga
This is a truncated version of the Full Led Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga, but is not a pre-requisite for either it or the Mysore practice. This class structure contains fewer sun salutes, a reduced number of transitional salutations, and a paired down seated sequence. It offers the opportunity to become familiar with the series while learning the vernacular and essential inner workings of breath, bandha and drishti that underpin the practice. This class is a great way to transition into the Ashtanga practice, or to reconnect with the essential, fundamental elements of yoga.
Old School Yoga
Working in a quiet room provides the setting for listening inward. The practice session first awakens the body’s center with bandha, stabilizing and mobilizing actions, then proceeds to movements to warm up all of the major joints and vital junctions of the body. Rhythmic movement (typically adapted from and centered on surya namaskara ‘C’) comes next, and places emphasis on cultivating the viability of the legs. Then, asana vinyasa embraces seed postures to cultivate the meditative seats of yoga. A little pranayama, a little kriya, and perhaps a little mudra bring the session to a close.
Breath & Meditation**
This class provides simple and effective breath and meditation exercises to apply in our daily lives to release mental, emotional and physical tension. We will begin with mild stretching to support the body to release stress, and practice ways of working with the breath and a variety of styles of meditation to enhance our capacity to be healthy, calm, aware and fully present.
FLOW BASED YOGA
Flow based classes tie breath to movement between individual postures. Focus will be on strengthening, lengthening, and stretching through a creative series of postures in constant motion. In order to thrive in a flow based class, your body should be free of injury and healthy and you should have a strong understanding of the individual postures.
Flow Yoga is the entry level class for all dynamic flow based classes at Breathe. This class is recommended for those whose bodies are free from injury and who have a solid understanding of the fundamental principles of alignment within individual poses before embarking upon connecting one posture to another through breath and movement. Through sun salutations and working our way toward approachable apex postures, emphasis will be placed on ways of establishing steadiness, ease, moving energy and efficient use of the breath. Moving from one posture to another, often to music, this class is designed to relieve stress and connect yoga students with the authentic self in a way that brings more ease and vitality to every day.
Rhythmic Flow Yoga
Rhythm can be defined as movement or variation marked by a regular occurrence of natural flow. Just as music incorporates elements such as accent, meter, and tempo, flow yoga when combined with elements of nature, can create an opportunity for transformation and holistic well-being. Rhythmic flow classes combine vinyasa yoga, energy rejuvenation, and mindful breathing and visualization to create a dynamic experience for the practitioner. Often set to music, rhythmic flow is intended to "get your groove on" and allow you body to feel free, playful and strong.
Body Temple Yoga
Body Temple Yoga™ is an alignment based, heart-centered Hatha yoga practice that artfully uses precise structural alignment with fluid movements, breath, and chanting with a strong emphasis on the opening of the heart. Each class includes a heart-centered theme that gives potency and greater meaning to why we practice. Detailed verbal cues of how to align each pose, hands-on adjustments, and demonstrations of poses with explanations are given.
Warm Yoga Flow
Warm yoga flow is a slow practice of postures sequenced in an intuitive manner with attention to alignment details, healthy transitions between postures, and the integration of breath and attention. Each class strives towards an even ratio of flexibility, strength and balance postures. Special attention will be paid to how we apply effort in order to maximize benefits while also maintaining safety in this heated class. Class heat will range from 80-85 degrees. Please make sure you bring water to every class.
Warm Conditioning Flow
Strengthen your muscles, develop your balance skills and stretch it all out all while purifying your lymph and cleansing your skin in this warm conditioning flow style class. This class is designed to strengthen commonly weak areas of the body, protect and nourish the joints through targeted muscle activation and keep the brain active and alert through constant change in sequencing. Multiple options are given so that each student can practice at the level they feel is appropriate and safe. Some students report weight loss or increase in muscular strength as the benefits they gain from this class however the teacher makes no promises. Please note even though this class can be challenging at times we make a point at keeping it light-hearted. Bring water and a towel (for sweat).
Jivamukti Yoga, pronounced (Jee-va-mook-tee). Founded by David Life and Sharon Gannon. These classes are vigorous and dynamic while integrating philosophy and spiritual teachings from ancient yogic texts, chanting Sanskrit mantras, meditation and inspiring music.
The 5 tenets of Jivamukti are Ahimsa (non-harming), Bhakti (devotion), Dhyana (meditation), Nada Yoga (development of a sound body and mind through deep listening) and Sastra (scripture). Taken from the Sanskrit term Jivanmukta, Jivamukti broken down - Jiva=individual soul; Mukti=liberation, in essence, “Liberation while still living in the body”; thus reminding students of the ultimate aim of the practice - Enlightenment.
Yoga for Athletes
The main goal of the YFA class is to both strengthen and increase flexibility of the major muscles used in repetitive endurance sports: hips, quads, hamstrings, calves, achilles, ankles, and feet. In addition, it includes work on balance, core, and mental focus. Your goals in training and competition can be achieved through form and breath - what is your most efficient and economical form and fullest breath available in order to stay present even in intense situations. The YFA flow is a sequential routine with specific yoga poses and stretches designed for athletes and those of us whose flexibility is challenged. With the improvement you will experience in balance, flexibility, strength, and focus the result will be improved performance, stability, injury reduction, and faster recovery. The mental benefits of YFA yoga include mental focus and staying centered during competition.
Vinyasa All Levels
Vinyasa yoga is a series of postures, one flowing seamlessly into the next, uniting body, mind, and breath. Designed as a moving meditation, every Vinyasa class is unique, creating the opportunity to become stronger, more flexible and balanced, while practicing being present to the moment.
If you are new to Vinyasa Yoga, trying a “Introduction to Flow” class first is helpful, but not required. Some classes may be 'hot'. Please check the schedule.
The definition of 'Vinyasa' is linking body movement with the breath. The definition of 'Vinyasa Beats' takes it a step further offering the linking of movement and breath through music. The flow is creative and has a tendency to be experimental while also challenging. The musical influences can be broad but tend to stay within the boundaries of instrumental hip-hop and electronic.
Power Vinyasa Yoga
An athletic form of yoga focusing on opening the body in all 6 ranges of motion with systematic routine... yet no two classes are ever the same. Breathwork (Pranyama) is essential for feeling how the body moves and if the breath isn’t flowing than the body feels stiff; much focus on getting the prana to flow to move through class. We open the body with an integration series, move through sun salutations, standing series, balancing postures, backbending, core abs with pilates focus, inversions, hip openers and savasana. On Sunday mornings, we also add the focus of unraveling the neck & shoulders with detailed movements through the entire class to give much necessary relief to tired spots.
Full Led Primary
A dynamic, flowing vinyasa practice, the Ashtanga Primary Series is the foundation for many modern flow, power, and vinyasa style classes. The series is a set sequence that starts with sun salutations and standing postures to build internal heat and strength, and moves on to an increasingly deeper set of forward folds and hip openers that are linked together through active vinyasa. The finishing postures of backbends and inversions serve to integrate this intense, purifying practice. Strong attention is given to the connection of breath and movement. Not appropriate for absolute beginners to flow-based practices.
*On new and full moon days, there will be NO Ashtanga practice at Breathe. Please check the live schedule before attending.
The traditional method for practicing the Ashtanga Vinyasa method, Mysore is a self-led form of practice. To the new comer, the practice may feel disjointed and chaotic, but after a period of assimilation, a meditative flow guides one's practice. In a Mysore class, you develop a close relationship with your teacher, your breath, and your bodymind. You will be given postures one at a time, and be asked to 'learn' the series before moving on to more complex poses. The aim is to build a progressive, safe, and sustainable practice that facilitates continuous awakening from patterns and habits. If you are new to vinyasa-based yoga, expect a vigorous, dynamic practice.
*On new and full moon days, there will be NO Ashtanga practice at Breathe. Please check the live schedule before attending.
These classes are designed to alleviate physical and emotional stress, and intelligently address how we work with injuries and/or chronic physical conditions. Yoga Therapeutics benefits all levels of practice and all ages. Please inform your teacher of any injury, pain or chronic conditions prior to class.
Yoga Therapeutics is a slow mostly floor based yoga asana practice that will use targeted muscle activation, resistive stretching and isometric lengthening as well as restorative and classical yoga asana postures to assist practitioners in relieving chronic tension and muscular imbalance. This class is excellent for those with limited mobility/flexibility, endurance athletes and students recovering from injury. Please consult with your physician about practicing yoga if you are recovering from a recent injury.
Yoga Tune Up
The practice of Yoga requires the ability to focus and "Breathe" while remaining fluid in in shifting modalities which induce conscious relaxation. Yoga Tune Up addresses the vital integration of suppleness and stability in any body type. this Yoga Tune Up class will break down the nuts and bolts of biomechanical movement and improve every aspect of Astanga Vinyasa power based flow. Potentiate your ability to integrate rotator cuff muscles [shoulder girdle] core and hips while deepening your kinesthetic awareness. improve overall strength and flexibility and become more embodied in your practice. Yoga tune Up cultivates "skill in Action". learn self care by working responsively and intelligently to have your practice for the rest of your life.
A meditative, healing practice using passive, long-held floor poses. Yin yoga bypasses the muscles and allows you to nourish and strengthen the deeper tissues. Connective tissues, fascia, joints, ligaments and bones receive gentle, low load stress. The poses are held between 2-5 minutes and the muscles stay passive in order to pass the stress on to the deeper tissues. Each Yin pose is an opportunity to go inward and find an appropriate balance of effort and ease. It is a wonderful complement to an active (Yang) practice and a much needed tool for anyone who needs to unwind a tight body, mind or heart. Yin is suitable for all levels, including beginners.
This class creates a balance of exquisite relaxation through deep stretches (Yin Yoga) and flowing movement ( Yang Yoga). Yin poses are long held passive seated and reclining postures (2-5minutes). Yin poses lengthen muscles, connective tissue and fascia. The Yang style style is a flowing practice which includes joint mobilization movements and may also include gentle circular flow sequences. Classes are often concluded with a short meditation. Yin/Yang Yoga is accessible to all ages and levels of ability.
Restorative Yoga is an excellent pathway to quiet the mind and calm the body. With the use of props such as blocks, bolsters and blankets, restorative postures release tension and encourage surrender into a deeper sense of relaxation and stillness. Restorative yoga classes are perfect for all ages, all levels of experience and stages of flexibility.
Intro to TRE
Intro to TRE is an all levels class inspired by the work of David Bercelli (TRE), Tias Little, Liz Koch, Peter Levine, Anodea Judith and many others. During this yoga practice, we will work on releasing tension in the body as well as promoting a healthy and regulated nervous system. The class will open and close with restorative poses to relax, release, and hydrate the psoas muscles. Gentle asanas will be included to warm up, fatigue, and open the body to initiate the neurogenic tremoring which will release tension in the psoas and reverberate to other parts of the body where tension is stored. Other areas of focus in this class include pranayama, sound, and relaxation techniques. This yoga class is ideal for anyone who has tension in their body from strenuous activities like cycling or running, tension from injury or surgery, or tension from the daily stresses of life. Each persons experience in the class will be completely unique to them as they discover where and how they hold tension and how their body releases tension and is conducted in a safe environment where everyone will experience individual, one on one attention, in every class.
The term, 'Kundalini', is derived from the sanskit word for 'coiled'. It refers to the life force of energy that exists at the base of the spine. Every human on earth has this reservoir of energy, and there is now a resurgence of yogis that are experiencing a new vitality in their lives by practicing the art of awakening this coiled energy.
A traditional Kundalini Yoga class consists of postures, pranayam, mudras, mantra, and meditation. The kriyas, or 'set of actions', are scientifically designed to strengthen and stimulate the nerves, digestion, circulation, glands, and brain. Balancing and restoring health to the chakras, or 'energy centers', is also a major focus, as well as enhancing the beauty of the aura. As a result, practitioners are often seen as having that healthy "yoga glow". Their radiance is palpable and contagious and a general sense of emotional well-being and confidence exudes when a yogi takes on a daily practice of this ancient science and technology.
Aside from the fitness-based benefits Kundalini Yoga offers, there is a very profound transformation that yogis of this lineage also experience. We are living in a time when millions of people around the globe are asking the question: "Who am I and what is my purpose?" This spiritual awakening is a process of discovery and purification of the powers and knowledge that naturally exist within us. It is a process of alignment of our physical, emotional and mental bodies, which once aligned give us the projection of the Self with a strength never experienced before.
Kundalini Yoga & Meditation is such a process. It is an ancient science and technology often referred to as the "yoga of awareness". Because its dawning on the planet is said to be around 40,000 years ago during a very harmonious, peaceful time, it is also referred to as the "mother of all yoga". It is a practice that stands up for our higher Self and the wellness of all living beings, so that we are destined to experience the happiness and fulfillment for which we strive.
This is an hour and a half just for you...to unplug, release and heal. Through natural movement, smart body mechanics, meditative breathing, and self-massage you will learn to activate your innate healing response (the Vital Force) to mend injuries, detox and rejuvenate the internal organs, regenerate joints and connective tissue, balance emotions, chill the mind, lift the spirit, and recharge body from skin to bone. You'll be amazed at how good you feel!
Yoga for Cancer*
In partnership with the Samaritan Cancer Foundation, Breathe will be offering a free weekly Yoga for Cancer Survivorship class to support our South Bay community. This class incorporates breath work, guided meditation, gentle movements, and supported resting postures. The class focuses on improving circulation and reducing stress while emphasizing the unique needs of the cancer patient, survivor, and caregiver. No prior experience is required, and all levels of health are welcome. These free classes are available to patients and their caregivers, cancer survivors, as well as any professionals working with cancer patients.
This class provides a way to improve total quality of life for those dealing with with chronic pain, compromised immune systems and chronic stress from illness or injury. Through practicing supported restorative postures, gentle movements, healing breath, guided imagery and relaxation techniques, you will learn how to to effectively apply yogahealing tools. No prior yoga experience is needed; please inform your instructor of any specific needs.
This gentle form of yoga is practiced in a chair. Some standing poses will be practiced (chairs can be used for support).
We will focus on strength, flexibility, balance and breath.
This is a great class for students with mobility issues due to aging and body constitution or those recovering from recent surgeries.
Tergar Meditation Group**
Based on the Joy of Living teachings of Mingyur Rinpoche, our unique approach to meditation focuses on working with the challenges of day-to-day life to create a peaceful mind and open heart. Our meditation group includes short presentations on the basics of meditation practice, guided meditations, and group discussions. The group is open to everyone, regardless of religious or cultural background. Feel free to drop in anytime.
Often referred to as meditation in motion, Asian Arts incorporates tai chi and qi gong, an entirely distinct modality that compliments a traditional yoga practice. Easy on the joints, these practices are designed to harmonize the internal organs and energetic systems.
Tai Chi - Qi Gong
Learn how to maintain and increase your own vitality with this simple but profound class. Each class will integrate gentle movements that stretch and strengthen your entire body with techniques that expand your breath and balance your mind. Each morning you will have a chance to learn simple and effective routines that energize, cleanse, and harmonize your body’s internal organs and energetic systems. Sometimes called "Chinese yoga," Tai Chi and Qi Gong healing exercises were developed in the earliest dynasties of China and have now spread throughout the globe. This unique opportunity to practice these ancient Chinese energizing techniques is not to be missed!
Qi Gong and Meditation
In this class we will focus on exercises, stretches, and meditation practices meant to improve your sense of relaxation and inner harmony. We will be building on a skill set that will help you regulate your nervous system and unwind accumulated stress in your body and mind.
The class is very gentle and not physically demanding. The class will include discussions and detailed instruction on developing a meditation practice .Perfect for those who are looking to relax and also develop some practical skill sets for relieving stress and creating a regular meditation practice.
Rather than focusing on stability, as in many Indian yogas, Daoist yoga emphasizes mastery of change. Daoist yoga fosters grace, strength, and flexibility by using unique exercises that delve deep into your structural web and reach your very bones. Here you will learn to tap into your own vitality using a combination of Daoist animal calisthenics, slow gong-fu (kung-fu) movements, yin and yang yoga postures, internal alchemy, and qigong (chi-kung) flow. Try this class to explore a new layer of yourself, or use it to add more depth and integrity to your physical movements.
Yoga Fusion addresses the elements of our human being; the mental, emotional, energetic and physical being. Practices will be used from both Taoist and Indian yoga traditions and will include Hatha Yoga poses and breathing, Qi Gong, self-massage, yoga philosophy and meditation.
The practice will take a holistic approach that involves building awareness of the various levels of our being (mental, emotional, bio-energetic, and physical). The goal is to build an actual skill set that will allow us to become self-empowered in managing our own holistic health. We will be actively working to transform our relationship to our body an our minds.
Please be aware that the class for mat will be more workshop oriented and less of a workout format. The class will usually begin with a ten minute lecture or discussion to introduce the principles that will be covered during the class. The class will end in seated meditation.
TaijiFit™ (tai chi fit) teaches tai chi in a format that imparts the spirit and benefits of tai chi without the years of study. It was originally created in China in the 1920s as TaijiCao and enables you to develop Qi (energy) in a quick and easy format without having to learn all the long, technically complicated forms. In fact, there’s no learning at all; students just follow the instructor to the gentle beat of music. Most students feel Qi flowing through their hands in their very first class. The goal of TaijiFit™ is to develop a flow state and maintain it throughout the class. Even the least coordinated students will find themselves flowing in TaijiFit™, developing balance, coordination, proprioception and more.
Instructor Adam Sewell is one of only two TaijiFit™ Master Trainers. He has been playing Yang and Wu style tai chi for over 20 years. His website can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/adamsewellness/. His Facebook page can be found at ‘Adam Sewell Yoga And Tai Chi.’
Breathe’s mission is to empower everyone, from babies to seniors, to practice a style of yoga that is right for their bodies. Classes that take place in the air (Flying Lotus) or on a paddleboard (Floating Lotus) offer innovative ways of engaging your yoga practice so that yoga isn’t something that just takes place on the mat, but in every aspect of your life.
Flying Lotus Yoga - All Levels
Flying Lotus Aerial Yoga offers you a new way to enjoy your yoga practice. The fundamental principles of flight are introduced in a fun, mobile setting combining breath work with postures using a sling! Open to all levels. This class focuses on strength conditioning and safety to help build your confidence to take your flight training to the next level! Focused on the basics of the Vinyasa series, we cover techniques and postures to manage the use of a sling and develop more confidence in each pose. This class is suitable for beginners.
Note: Children under the age of 12 years old will not be eligible for Flying Lotus classes without an interview with a Flying Lotus teacher.
Flying Lotus Yoga - Intermediate
This Flying Lotus Intermediate class allows you to experience the dynamic flow of movement integrating aerial yoga practices. This class is an intermediate class for students looking to enhance their yoga practice by taking a more aerial approach to yoga! For those comfortable with the Vinyasa series, this class is for those looking to add aerial variety into their dynamic practice.
Floating Lotus Yoga
Your mat is a surfboard, the world is your yoga studio and all the elements have been invited – sun, wind, water, and earth. Enjoy this ‘flow-based’ yoga practice while adapting to the motion of the board, the continuous challenge to balance, the instant instability created by minor energy and weight shifts, and the focus required to ground while afloat. Change is the only constant in life - on(and sometimes in) the water we learn to flow and enjoy the ride!
Yoga on a paddleboard has become an ideal way in which to practice yoga in a pool, pond, lake or the ocean. The principles that are taught on the yoga mat become essential and even more appreciated on the board. Enhancing the experience of concentration and moving with the breath on water, Floating Lotus creates a floating classroom that allows students to develop core strength, balance, do things you never thought possible, and have a great time outdoors. Much like the human mind, the board constantly shifts, moves, flows in different directions. Yet, within all this movement, there is a sense of peace inherent in being on the water. Yoga on Water is a wonderful addition to one’s yoga practice and a great way in which to be introduced to the principles of yoga.
This Vinyasa-based class is specifically modified for prenatal and post-natal Moms who desire to maintain balance, strength, and endurance throughout her pregnancy without compromising intensity. Through safe and fluid movements, this rhythmic class will focus on specific muscles preparing you for labor and faster post-natal recovery. This will be a journey designed to connect you deeper into the mind, body, and breath during this profound time of transformation into motherhood.
Calling all youth ages ~4-12 ... come and explore yoga in a fun and safe practice cultivating strength, flexibility, mindfulness and an awesome connection with peers. We will practice youth-friendly postures, breathing, partner poses, thai yoga, and other fun activities centered around themes such as compassion, gratitude, honesty, adventure, etc. Parents/grandparents/caregivers are welcome to attend the adult flow class that will be offered in the opposite room, same time! Come enjoy something for EVERYONE!
*Donation-based classes are funded through memberships. They are community classes for populations that need our help and support. Most classes have a recommended donation amount. Please inquire when signing in at the front desk.
**Free classes are supported by our membership and regular scheduling.
*** Community classes cost $8 for a drop-in instead of the regular $20.
What you are saying!
Yoga supports a healthy body, clear mind and open heart. Breathe offers two beautiful yoga studios, a well- being center, and the Mandala Tea House. Our passionate and knowledgeable teachers provide quality instruction across a diverse and innovative offering of dynamic yoga, movement arts, therapeutic yoga, to support your happiness and health at every level. To complement our yoga offerings, Breathe provides well being services in a variety of styles of body work. We have changing rooms with lockers and showers. Our Mandala Tea House serves delicious organic teas, coffee, juices, vegan smoothies and snacks. The yoga products we sell enhance your practice and your life. Love and compassion infuse the highest quality yoga and well-being programs at Breathe, where we believe yoga is for everyone!
Yoga Class Prices
|Drop In Class||$20|
|-Drop In (With a member)||$15|
|-Drop In (Civil Servant/Student/Child 12-/Senior 65+)||$12|
|10 Class Pass||$175|
|10 Class Pass (Civil Servant/Student/Senior 65+)||$100|
|30 Class Pass||$450|