Class Descriptions

Unless otherwise noted, all classes are accessible to a strong beginner who is in good health.   If you are unsure, start with Gentle/Beginner’s Yoga or Restorative. 

As a general rule, from “least experience required” to “most challenging” :

(LEAST) Restorative  –> Yin, Gentle/Beginners, Sunrise –> Hatha  –> Vinyasa (MOST) 

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Pregnant? No problem! Most of our classes are very accessible and our instructors have the necessary skills to make your yoga experience beneficial for your pregnancy. Just let your instructor know so that we can make any appropriate adjustments. Most of our teachers also offer private instruction if you want or need a little more one-on-one. Just send an email to kate@westportyogakc.com for details.

 All our classes are walk-in, you do NOT need to reserve a spot for any of our classes.  If you would like to pay for your class before coming to the studio, you may pay through PayPal, but this does not ‘reserve’ your spot in any particular class. Everyone is welcome!  

**PLEASE NOTE:   Studio doors open 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each class.  Class sizes are limited to the following:  22 students for Restorative Classes; 40 students for all other classes.

Gentle/Beginner’s Yoga

Students will learn basic stretches, preparatory poses, breathing techniques, and proper alignment in a relaxed, non-competitive setting. This class will establish a solid foundation for further practice, and is also a great chance for those with experience to refresh their understanding of the fundamentals.

 

Hatha Yoga 

These classes are great for strong beginners as well as those who wish to deepen and refine their practice. Different than Vinyasa, students will work longer + more deeply with each asana (pose) for a focused practice designed to encourage intelligent exploration.

 

Happy Hour 

A fun, hour-long, Friday evening class intended to energize, de-stress, and prepare for the weekend! Teachers will be on a rotation, so every week will be something new.

 

Restorative Yoga

All students benefit from relaxing deeply. These classes are designed to reduce stress, calm the mind, and passively stretch the body. Come and unwind in a tranquil quiet environment – a perfect counterbalance for a hectic life. During the colder months, it’s a good idea to layer + wear socks in this class.

 

Sunrise Yoga

These classes are for early risers who like to start their day off with some yoga LOVE! All classes will include Sun Salutations and balancing postures as a way of preparing a level head and body for all that lies ahead. Come start your day happy!

 

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga targets the connective tissue of the hips, pelvis and lower spine.  Yin postures are held for extended periods to allow connective tissue to stretch and open which ultimately leads to increased flexibility.  This practice is the perfect balance and counterpart to our more vigorous classes.  Simple floor exercises with an emphasis on breath work and meditation recharge the energetic system of the body while stilling the mind. During the colder months, it’s a good idea to layer + wear socks in this class.

Vinyasa

Mixed Levels 1/2: This is a moderately paced class with modifications provided to make the practice accessible to all students.  Asanas are linked together with the breath, which is the primary quality of a Flow Class. Classes are designed to build balance, strength, and focus.  Postures could include standing, seated, twists, backbends, inversions (including shoulderstand, and headstand preparation) and the fundamentals of sun salutations.

 

Intermediate/ Advanced Levels 2/3: This is a moderate-to-fast-pace class linking breath with movement.  The flow will be fun, creative, and challenging for all levels.  Classes are designed to guide students into the deepest expression of their asana beginning with sun salutation variations, then progressing to standing poses, balance poses, inversions, arm balances, and deep backbends.  Mastery of these poses is NOT required, but students must have a seasoned Vinyasa practice and be prepared to work (and play) hard.  Minimum 5 Hatha or Flow Yoga Level 1/2 classes required before attending Vinyasa Flow Intermediate Advanced 2/3.