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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.

The Six Pillars of Big Shoulders Yoga


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.


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.


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.


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!