Please note, the levels denoted below will give you an idea of the challenge presented but all classes are open to all practitioners. Keep in mind that yoga should be undertaken with gentle patience and care. Practitioners are encouraged to rest and ask questions. Modifications for postures are often taught based on individual needs. Let the instructor know if you are new to yoga and take the practice at your own pace regardless of level.
Dharma Studio is committed to a widely varying, eclectic schedule. Experience as many different classes as you can.
Anusara® (Level 2)
Anusara Yoga® is a style of hatha yoga founded by John Friend in 1997. Its official home, The Anusara School of Hatha Yoga, is a 100% teacher-led, global organization of dedicated students. Each Anusara instructor is extensively trained in yoga history and philosophy, in the art of teaching and therapeutics. Anusara means “to flow with grace and follow the heart.” This popular style of yoga emphasizes an elegant, concise set of bio-mechanical postural alignment principles, and includes a carefully-paced flow of breath-led postures. Each class begins with an invocation or centering as a devotional recognition of universal Spirit within and around us. Classes feature different heart-oriented themes meant to illuminate the grand spiritual purpose of the asana practice and are structured to help each student unveil a connection to their full potential, both on and off the mat.
Ashtanga (Level 2-3)
It is said that the Ashtanga Yoga tradition dates back several millennia through an unbroken line of teachers, sages and gurus. To preserve the lineage, it is taught only by those who have been authorized to do so through the official Institute in Mysore, India where this style originated. Each ashtanga class is a journey, both physically demanding and emotionally revealing, where individual postures are linked by a sequence of breath-synchronized movements (or vinyasa) which give this style of yoga its signature dance-like flow. Ashtanga consists of several distinct series, each of which contains a precise sequence of postures with a specific objective. This strenuous style is known to attract goal-oriented people, and its consistent practice helps one to develop concentration, stamina and flexibility- not just of the body, but of the mind itself. Over time, with the guidance and encouragement of a dedicated teacher, the practice of Ashtanga Yoga will lead to physical stability, clarity of mind and (ideally) lightness of heart.
Chair Yoga/Chair Yoga Sponsored by The Woody Foundation
Accessible to anyone no matter age or physical limitation. So many people would like to experience yoga, but find that getting on and off the floor is challenging or impossible. Often it is believed that the practice of yoga is unavailable due to specific ailments or limitations. This class makes yoga accessible to everyone. Students are expertly lead through an entire routine while seated comfortably in a chair, emphasizing breath-awareness and alignment. Students will come away with a practice that can be incorporated into daily life. This class is always free.
Classes on Monday are sponsored by The Woody Foundation . Check out this beautiful video for more information.
Community Class (Level 2)
A series of gifted teachers all with their own unique style will be co-teaching this class. Classes will be Vinyasa yoga based featuring a flowing energetic style, and including breathwork, meditation and relaxation. These classes are donation based. There is a suggested minimum $10 donation.
Dharma After Dark
This class features LIVE music. Different talented local musicians will perform a private concert in synchrony to a yoga class, creating an experience of utter magic as the energy of a yoga practice and live music mingles. Music will widely vary from week to week along with teacher and style of yoga presented. Sometimes a solo musician, sometimes a band, sometimes a live dj. Musical offerings may include the use of voice, guitar, trumpet, flute, percussive instruments, harmonium, violin and more. Class packages may be used for this with just a $10 extra fee, or pay $25 per class.
Funyasa™ (Open Level)
Funyasa Yoga was created by Natalie Morales to celebrate the joy of movement. Each class is designed as an uplifting tribute to the complete person - physical body, reactionary mind, luminous soul. Poses are linked playfully by the breath's rhythym, inviting joy into the practice with kinetic variations, all kinds of balancing poses, deep delicious stretches and more. Students make their own cathartic exploration of the body, through a sensual mélange of poses emphasizing sensation. Everyone finds their own way to move intuitively, intelligently through challenging sequences, staying true to the principles of healthy alignment.
Gentle Stretchy Yoga (Level 1)
Gentle Stretchy Yoga is at once mild and deeply effective. This class moves through a series of gentle stretches sometimes held for up to few minutes. The poses in this class necessitate little to no strain on the muscles or the body in general. The class is designed and sequenced in such a way as to take the whole body in its full range of motion, leaving the practitioner feeling more enlivened, relaxed, free and more comfortable in their own skin. Gentle Stretchy Yoga is appropriate for students of all levels from beginners to advanced, including athletes, people in search of stress-relief, seniors and anyone nursing injuries. Individual attention is offered and props as well as modifications to the pose are given to those who would benefit as a result of individual body types and history. These classes are a nice gentle treat to the body and mind not to mention an antidote to stress.
Gentle Therapeutics Yoga (Level 1)
This is a restorative class, emphasizing the release of tension and taught in a relaxing atmosphere. Restorative yoga refers to the approach of non-doing, which helps melt away the stress of your day as your entire being unwinds in the art of passive yoga. With great precision and the help of props (like walls, chairs, blocks, bolsters, blankets, straps and eye-pillows) you will be guided into position with a deep understanding of anatomy to restore healthy alignment. This support and stability invoke a restful state of healing, renewal and equanimity. Even those with an active, dynamic practice will benefit greatly from the inner peace, rejuvenation and deep release created through this style of yoga. This candlelit class is appropriate for anyone at any age or stage of life, in any physical condition.
Hatha Yoga (Level 2 and Level 2-3)
Hatha yoga classes include physical postures (asanas), fluid movements, controlled breathing and a calming of the mind through different meditation techniques. Proper alignment in asanas is a primary focus. Often classes include a spiritual component in the form of an idea, philosophy or feeling. Hatha yoga teachers have been influenced by a wide spectrum of various hatha yoga traditions. Hatha Yoga Practice on Fridays is a led practice with the intention to build stamina and strength. Poses are often timed. This practice offers helpful drills to establish a strong foundation and understanding of the form of the postures.
Hatha-Raja Yoga (Level 2-3)
By definition, hatha can translate as forceful, or as a compound of Ha, which means sun and Tha, which means moon. Traditionally this word implies the joining of the opposing forces of body and mind. The word Raja means royal, and symbolizes a mastery over the mind through meditation. The word yoga means to yoke, or unite. Hatha Raja Yoga combines these four ideals, using the physical to unite the mind and body. You will be guided through traditional yoga poses and sequences as well as some modern exercises concluding with a relaxation, breath-work and meditation. This class emphasizes meditation and contemplation to help you awaken towards more enlightened states of being.
Baby & Me Yoga
By popular demand, we are bringing back one of the most adorable classes our schedule has ever seen: Baby & Me Yoga! We used to call this class "Mommy & Me" Yoga, but that title left out all the Dads, Aunties & Uncles,Grandparents, Godparents & Beloved Others who love to do yoga with their babies! Please escape to Coconut Grove with your little ones and join us for this delightful mid-day class: take the time to stretch, get your
yoga on, twist and strengthen your resolve in a light-hearted setting, with other nice people. There's no joy that compares to having a houseful of sweet, innocently demanding babies and their optimistic adults who would LOVE to do yoga in their unpredictable presence. Join us for a celebration of yoga & babyhood on Thursdays, as we joyously attempt to hold the fort down, in good company. We'll always manage to get
centered, catch our breath, release stress & enjoy the little ones!
Power Yoga (Level 2-3)
Power Yoga integrates a complete system of yoga positions and dynamic sequencing movement to give the body a new shape and allow you to excel beyond your limitations. This moving meditation practice symbolizes the spiritual way: the willingness to refine ourselves and the confidence to change.
Mamaste™ Pre-Natal Yoga classes allow expecting moms the chance to relax, and stay more comfortable throughout their pregnancy through increased flexibility and strength. These classes can be a way to release tension and anxiety. These classes promote an increase in energy, and a way to feel even closer to your growing baby. This is an opportunity to step aside from your busy life to celebrate your pregnancy, deepen your connection to yourself, your baby, and other expecting moms. Mothers must pre-register. Please contact Vanessa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 786.223.7743.
Vinyasa Yoga (Level 1-2)
Vinyasa classes present creative inspired sequences of flowing physical postures with a detail to alignment, and an emphasis on synchronizing movement and breath. This style of yoga is challenging however students are encouraged to move at their own pace and rest as often as they like. Vinyasa yoga will tone the body and improve agility. Physical poses release tension trapped in the body which in turn effect the mind. There is a shift of attention with an emphasis on listening inwardly and letting go. You will leave these classes feeling stronger, more alive, calm and relaxed.
Yoga Basics (Level 1-2)
This class is all about exploring the art of yoga. Not only is the focus on key asanas (postures) that helps us cultivate a solid foundation, but this class also explores pranayama (the art of breathing), meditation (exploring mindfulness), and basic philosophy. Appropriate for beginners and ongoing students that want to refine their practice.
Yoga for Alignment (Level 1-2)
This class will guide you through various poses with close detail payed to proper alignment. Techniques to safely hold physical postures are taught through the use of walls, chairs, blocks, bolsters, blankets, straps and other props. Once supported and stabilized, the body naturally lets go of long-held tension and stress. Everyone can benefit from this class especially those with specific ailments, issues and conditions, from pregnancy to scoliosis. The result of this class is a balanced state of being, from the inside out. This style of yoga is appropriate for anyone at any age or stage of life, in any physical condition.
Yogathleta® (Level 2-3)
This challenging always changing inspired style will leave you feeling like you can fly. The varied, eclectic music that often accompanies the class adds yet another dimension to this intense sometimes fast paced yoga practice. A glimpse is offered into how to break down and refine poses, emphasizing smooth transitions to create the powerful flow of yoga postures. Harmonizing breath and action, through a choreographed sequence of movements, the program can help to calm the nervous system, improve circulation and organ function, and stabilize the endocrine system to create a glowing, radiant form. Thursday's class offers additional challenges and intensity, where participants will feel the "burn!"