CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Adult Classes: Please wear comfortable clothes that provide coverage and allow full range of motion as you move and bend.

Chair Yoga is for students who are not comfortable getting up from the floor. The entire practice can be done in a chair while keeping the focus on breath awareness. Students at any level are welcome.

Yoga for Core Strength This weekly practice is designed to help develop progressive core strength and is appropriate for intermediate level students. 

Vinyasa Flow For those looking for more of a challenge in their yoga practice, join us for this Vinyasa inspired class. We focus on linking conscious breath with a dynamic and mindful flow. Students will also learn more challenging postures in order to further cultivate the balance between strength and flexibility. We recommend that students seeking to take these classes feel confident, safe, and strong throughout classic sun salutations.

Restore and Renew provides instruction on the basic yoga postures and combines them into gentle flowing movements while focusing on the breath. This class is appropriate for all levels.

Beginner Yoga is for students who are new to the practice or for those who want or need to review the basic postures and breathing techniques. The focus will be on the proper foundation of the poses, link alignment with a concentration on the breath.

Yoga Level 2: This class is for those who have an understanding of the traditional yoga poses & breath awareness. We will explore refinements to the basic yoga poses learned in the Beginner’s class, and move towards more intermediate poses, as well as pranayama practices. Modifications are offered for each pose practiced. Pre-requisite: Beginner’s Yoga

Yoga for Stress Relief is a gentle class with the goal of relieving stress from the body while easing the mind. Benefits include reduced cortisol levels and sound sleep! Students at any level are welcome.

Gentle Yoga is for those who are new to yoga or for those who have a specific concern that needs to be addressed. Students will learn how to stretch while strengthening the body gradually with an emphasis on building internal awareness.

Meditation Mondays: Join us for a relaxing and rejuvenating practice of meditation.  We will start class with a simple & gentle yoga practice to prepare the body for meditation.  Practice diaphragmatic breathing, cost relaxation and concentration techniques that are used in the yoga tradition.  Meditation can be done in a chair or seated on the floor with props.  Come learn how to calm your mind, settle your body, and discover a new level of peace within yourself. The practice of meditation reduces stress, increases mental clarity, reduces anxiety/depression, and increases concentration.

Power Yoga is an invigorating yoga practice that will energize the body and clear the mind for the day ahead.  Starting with breath awareness and gentle stretches, moving into Sun Salutations and dynamic sequences that link breath and movement, building internal heat that opens up the body and promotes stillness in the mind.  Cultivate the balance between strength and flexibility!

All Levels Yoga continues to build on the postures and breathing techniques learned in the beginner’s class.  Fundamental postures are reviewed and refined, along with deepening breath work and the introduction of some intermediate postures.  Modifications with props are demonstrated so that all levels of practice can participate.

Workshop Wednesdays: Drop-In: Appropriate for all levels, our drop-in classes are “workshop-style”, focusing on a different theme or technique each week to deepen one’s practice in yoga, meditation, and pranayama.

  • September 6th – “Moon Salutations.” In celebration of the full moon, we will be practicing Moon Salutations. Turning our focus inwards, for a soothing and gentle practice.
  • September 13th – “Prop it!” Every second Wednesday of the month we will explore variations to a few yoga poses using props. The use of props allows the student a deeper experience of a pose, making it more accessible to all.
  • September 20th – “Building the Container”. This practice focuses on building strength and ease in the core. In yoga, our chain of muscles surrounding and supporting the core is called “the container”, which holds not only physical strength, but energetic as well. Learn how to access your inner strength with ease.
  • September 27th – “Joints & Glands”. This gentle and easy practice can be done almost anywhere! We will cover simple movements, self-massage, and relaxation that will leave you feeling refreshed and nurtured.
  • October 4th – “Chakras & Mantras.” The word chakra comes from the Sanskrit language and translates to ‘wheel’. Often described as ‘wheels of light’ a chakra is an energy center in the human body aligned with the spine. Join us for this practice where we will explore the chakras, and end with a chanting meditation of the Bija mantras associated with each chakra. Chanting these sounds brings us into resonance with the qualities and strengths of the center.
  • October 11th – “Prop it!” Every second Wednesday of the month we will explore variations to a few yoga poses using props. The use of props allows the student a deeper experience of a pose, making it more accessible to all.
  • October 18th – “Ayurveda & Asana for Fall”. Fall is the time of Vata in Ayurveda teachings. This class will focus on grounding, nurturing, and warming practices that help to balance out the qualities of Vata, which can be thrown out of balance during the autumn season.
  • October 25th – “Get Twisted”. Our focus will be twists as well as stretches that open up the sides of the body. Twists aid in digestion by massaging the internal organs, and can help to increase flexibility in the spine and abdominal muscles.

Restorative Yoga: Restorative yoga classes tend to be relaxing and slow paced, with a whole sequence using as few as five or six postures which are held for long periods of time. Props are also used often in order to allow the body to be in the most comfortable, supported position possible. This may include bolsters, blankets, blocks and belts. Restorative yoga is considered particularly beneficial for those suffering from anxiety, insomnia or headaches, as well as other stress-related conditions.

Yoga for Kids is an educationally based yoga program where the children will learn integrity, honesty, compassion, and self-awareness.  The class structure brings the children together by age groups and incorporates reading, language, math, environmental studies and social studies with movement.  While the yoga poses are important, they do become secondary, as we don’t expect 3 to 5 year olds to stand in a pose for 2 minutes.  They may not even want to stay on their mat that long!  What is most important is that the children learn in a fun and creative way. This class is appropriate for ages 3-10.

Mindfulness Through Yoga with Julie Leatherbarrow – for educators and those who work with children. This 3-hour workshop provides instruction on breathing techniques and yoga postures that can be used to increase awareness in children. This workshop can be scheduled at our studio or at your school. For more info, please email, Julie@buddingtreeyoga.com or call (716) 597-9809

Ayurveda 101 Workshop with Jen Stern: 
Ayurveda is the 5,000-year-old holistic healing system of India and the sister science of Yoga. According to Ayurveda, the five elements (space, air, fire, water, and earth) manifest in each of us in a unique way to give us our physical and mental qualities.
These five basic elements then combine into three constitutions or doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha.
The unique combination of the three doshas in each individual has a specific influence on our physical, mental, and emotional tendencies. Determining which dosha(s) are dominant can help you to make the right diet and lifestyle choices that will maintain balance and promote health and well-being on all levels.

Learn the basics of:
Mindful eating
Daily lifestyle practices
Appropriate yoga for your constitution

Start living more intelligently today by embracing an Ayurvedic lifestyle!