Vinyasa classes are a continuous flow through strong sequences of traditional Sun Salutations and standing postures, linking breath with movement and building strength and endurance as you push the edge of your balance and flexibility.
In Sanskrit vinyasa means “to place in a special way,” which perfect explains the intention and emphasis behind the graceful dance that is a well-planned vinyasa sequence.
Our vinyasa classes are suited for all levels of practitioners. Teachers will offer modifications and fuller inflections of the postures, allowing these classes to be customized to each students individual needs and abilities.
Vin to Yin is a hybrid class that promotes balance in the body and mind. This class will begin with a warming and stimulating yang [vinyasa] practice allowing prana [energy] to circulate and flow thru the body and heal the muscular system. The second half of the practice will be yin poses, allowing prana to shift into the ligaments and tendons for deeper healing. Yin poses are floor based postures that are held longer and often supported by props such as blocks, blankets, and bolsters.
Kundalini yoga is a combination of specific kriyas and meditation aimed at raising the kundalini energy in the body. The practices also help prepare the practitioner physically and spiritually for the intensity of this energy.
The main part of the class is the kriyas, which combine postures and breathing techniques and end with a meditation and chant.
we encourage our students to wear white clothing for this practice as white natural fibers help amplify the aura and strengthen the connection with consciousness.
A typical class will last 75 minutes. Most classes will follow a common structure:
A Kundalini Yoga class will begin with chanting the mantra Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo three times. This mantra means, “I bow to the Creator, to the Divine Teacher within.” Tuning in with this mantra sets and calms the mind. It also connects us to the ‘Golden Chain’ the energy lineage of kundalini yoga for guidance during the session.
In each class we do a kriya, which means ‘completed set’. This is most commonly a combination of pranayama (breathing), asana (yoga posture & exercise) and mantra (chanting). Each kriya is done in a particular sequence and for a specific amount of time to create a desired effect.
After the kriya there is a period of deep relaxation in savasana or corpse pose. This posture allows the body and mind to relax completely and gives space for rejuvenation of spirit.
In a typical class following the relaxation there will be a meditation. In kundalini yoga there a literally thousands of meditations taught by the Master, Yogi Bhajan. These vary in length but may be as short as 3 minutes or last as long as 62 minutes. Meditations vary in form using various mantras and mudras (hand/arm positions).
Closing & Tuning Out
We finish each class by singing a song called Long Time Sun and then chanting the manta Sat Nam three times.
This song of blessing helps to ground you, to integrate the benefits of the yoga, and to prepare you to resume the activities of everyday life.
Sat Nam is a very common mantra used in kundalini yoga. It means “My true identity is infinity.” “Sat” means essence or truth, while “Nam” means name or identity.
Join BPY for a 45 minute practice of Breath Technique and Meditation.
Prana is our breath and the vital life force within everything. Pranayama is the relationship to our breath – it is the practice that teaches us to control the fluctuation of our thoughts.
The more we become aware of our breath, the more we are able to calm the mind and experience a state of bliss through the merging of breath + meditation.
Pranayama + Meditation will greatly benefit your yoga practice both on and off the mat because more awareness of our breath expands the quality and experience of our yoga practice.
No previous experience with pranayama or meditation is necessary. Both beginners and experienced meditators are welcome!
BPY’s meditation class, Movement + Meditation, perfectly harmonizes 20 minutes of gentle movement under our infraRED light with 25 minutes of a systematic guided meditation.
Yoga Nidra is intended to induce full-body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness. During the guided meditation, the teacher uses techniques such as body scanning and imagery visualization to move through the 5 layers of the body which when all said and done feels like 8 hours worth of rest!
BPY flow is our studio’s signature vinyasa flow! Like traditional vinyasa, this class uses breath synchronized with movement to integrate the mind/body connection.
Our teachers are encouraged to bring their own flare to this set sequence in an effort to celebrate their creativity and uniqueness – but fear not – the format will remain rooted in the foundation of the original flow! In each class you’ll be guided to build strength and awareness through Sun Salutations, standing postures, backbends, hip openers, as well as optional inversions or arm balances.
This sequence is designed to cultivate heat, endurance, flexibility, and strength in a supportive and loving environment. BPY Flow will teach the classic yoga postures through a deep awareness of correct alignment and precise actions in the body, making it appropriate for practitioners of all levels beginner to advanced!
BPY Basics is a 60 minute class that follows the studio’s signature BPY Flow, but includes more focus on alignment and emphasis on proper transition from pose to pose. This class is designed for yogis at all levels and is an excellent step up from our beginners classes for students who are newer to the practice but want a bit of a challenge!
BPY Basics is an opportunity to realign your practice as it deepens and build a stronger link between body and breath.
Yin is a style of yoga that allows students time and space to slow things down. This class consists of a series of long-held floor poses that work deeply and safely into the connective tissue of the body.
A variety of props and tools are used to enhance the postures and support the body through this deep and introspective self healing practice.
Yin yoga is a compliment to Yang yoga as it will lengthen the body resulting in better range of motion and overall wellness.
Gentle Vinyasa is designed for students who enjoy a slightly slower paced yoga practice. In this class the teacher will encourage mindful and meditative movement that allows students time and space to flow from one pose to the next.
All are encouraged to accept the beauty of their practice without needing to achieve anything other than coming into the present moment and truly experiencing it.
YBarre is a 60 minute high energy fitness class that draws inspiration and combines techniques from Yoga, Barre, and Pilates. This dynamic sequence uses props such as hand-weights , pilates balls, and a ballet barre to target specific areas of the body with emphasis on the thighs, glutes, and core.
YBarre’s small isometric movement produces a total body burn that will leave you wanting more!
Love our signature class, BPY Flow? Try turning up the heat!
Our infraRED classes at BPY use Infrared Heat Therapy during our 60 minute vinyasa flow class – an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional hot yoga!
We use this technology to cleanse and purify the body, while simultaneously linking breath and movement to cleanse and purify the mind.
Rather than forced heat and humidity [often used in hot yoga classes] our infrared light heats YOU rather than the room itself. Our studio temperature remains at a comfortable 85 degrees while your core temperature rises delivering a clean, detoxifying sweat. This light therapy increases circulation, muscle flexibility, and helps to improve skin and reduce wrinkles.