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All Big Shoulders Yoga classes are dynamic and challenging, they are designed to build heat within the body and warm students up towards a "peak pose". Our studio is kept warm, between 75°F and 85°F, we offer props and free mats for students to use in class. If you aren't sure which class to try first, we recommend starting with a Mild, Basics, or Restorative class.

Mild (Hatha Yoga)

Mild classes are the place to master the basics, work on alignment, strength, and flexibility while enjoying a dynamic workout. These classes tend to be more accessible and offer many variations on poses.

Medium (Hatha Yoga)

There is something for everyone in Medium classes, most poses will be offered with several variations so students can choose their desired level of intensity. Expect a whole-body workout and the chance to learn something new!

Spicy (Hatha Yoga)

In these classes we spice things up quite a bit. Expect creative sequences that include more challenging transitions and peak poses. These classes explore new and more advanced variations of poses you may not have encountered before. The unofficial goal of Spicy classes is for no student to be able to do every single posture or transition in the class.

Restorative

Our restorative classes ease students through a short gentle flow, followed by extended and supported yin-like holds, and a long Savasana. Expect dim lighting, soft music, and a lot of props. We like to think of them as moving naps!

Basics (Hatha Yoga)

Our basics classes are a great place to start if you are new to yoga, haven't practiced in a while, or are looking for a more chill practice that focuses on foundational poses. Expect to work on your strength and flexibility, move slowly, and learn to use props to support your practice.

Yoga with Baby

The first rule of Yoga with Baby is: take care of yourself. If your little one needs to sleep, feed, or cry this is a safe space for you to be you. The main intention of the class is simply to connect with other parents and babies. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to tone and stretch your muscles and breathe deeply. Plus, you will get to play with your baby! You will learn very sweet and gentle “baby yoga” moves to promote digestion, enhance circulation, and elevate joy. Babies experience the world through the feelings in their bodies. The better their body’s energy is flowing, the happier and healthier the baby. A happy baby makes a happy momma, pappa, and family!

The Six Pillars of Big Shoulders Yoga

Sequence

Each class has a unique sequence, so you'll never do the same thing twice. Our sequences all follow the same structure; they start with a seated series, then move through standing poses to the peak pose, and finish with inversions at the wall.

Adjustments

BSY teachers are trained to give expert hands-on adjustments and assists throughout the class to help correct your alignment and support you (literally) while you try new things.

Themes

Classes are written around a central theme and focus on complementary poses to warm students up. Examples of these themes include hip openers, backbends, strengthening, splits and laterals, twists, etc.

Peak Pose

Throughout class we work to build heat within the body as we intentionally warm up for the peak poses to come. There are usually 3-5 peak poses to tackle, each with its own set of variations so there's a challenge for everyone.

Workshop Feel

We take time to break down several poses in a class, concentrating on their mechanics and alignment, and giving students the opportunity to try the pose a few times. Yoga can be complex, so our teachers will demo and then move around the room to offer adjustments while students work independently on the poses.

Whimsy

We like to have fun in class! We try hard things, but TRY is the key word. We're all working on something and there will always be a pose that challenges you. We encourage students to approach that challenge with levity. You will be in a supportive community where it’s not uncommon for another student in class to cheer you on!