Class Descriptions

Ember offers hot yoga, traditional yoga and mat Pilates classes. This variety provides many ways to build or deepen your yoga practice. It also enables you to access aspects of other styles that may not be emphasized in your regular practice. Click here to see our schedule of class offerings.

If you are new to yoga or have not yet practiced at Ember, make sure to check out our FAQ page for more information.

There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same
- Chinese Proverb
hot yoga

Hot Sequence
Ember's Hot Sequence class is an invigorating sequence of postures that works the entire body and is appropriate for all levels of experience. The class is led in a heated room with a temperature of 106 degrees and humidity of 40%. The heat warms and opens the body; enhances flexibility; releases toxins; and naturally focuses the mind to a single point of concentration. Within this environment, a truly complete sequence of postures is practiced at a deliberate pace and with thorough instruction from the teacher. Modifications and advanced variations will be introduced. With the aid of the heat, the postures will gradually optimize every facet of the body and mind.

This class is recommended for new students and experienced students alike. This sequence of postures, practiced regularly, will build and maintain strength and flexibility and will purify the body and the mind.


Hot Vinyasa
Hot Vinyasa is a powerful, physically challenging class that connects postures through vinyasa, a transition between postures that involves motion with the breath. This class is not a set sequence of yoga postures but will vary from class to class. It is always designed to strengthen and balance the entire body. The class is led in a room heated to around 95 degrees and 40% humidity which allows the student to move deep into the postures while, at the same time, detoxifying the body. The class begins with several rounds of sun salutations; moves through a challenging standing series focusing on core strength and balance; and concludes with a floor series of postures that takes the student deep into their practice. Advanced variations are taught along with modifications. All levels are welcome, some prior experience is helpful.


Hot Vinyasa - Prana Flow & Surya Flow
These intermediate level classes are a sweaty, challenging vinyasa flow yoga class. A creative and energetic set of yoga poses will explore the edge of strength, flexibility, concentration and balance. Vinyasa, the coordination of movement with the breath, creates an intense heat in the body, producing sweat and melting mental and physical resistance. This class is designed to push muscles toward greater endurance through long, deep sets of postures. Students should come prepared for an original class designed to challenge on a multitude of levels! This class is heated to around 90 degrees. All levels are welcome, some prior experience is helpful.


Hot Vinyasa - Hip Opening
This challenging but fun class is focused on building strength and flexibility in the low back and hips. Although a basic knowledge of yoga is helpful, it's not required. In each class a unique sequence of asanas are blended in an effort to reach toward the full expression of more intricate postures such as pigeon or eka pada sirsasana (one leg behind the head). This class is heated to around 90 degrees. All levels welcome.


pilates

Pilates
Through targeted exercises, Pilates strengthens and tones all of body's core muscles. Pilates challenges the student to focus determination on these muscle groups and the result, through practice, is tremendous strength. That strength is foundational to many aspects of health and well being. This may include reducing various forms of pain, an amazing new depth to your yoga practice, or the acheivement of new abilities in sports and other activities.

Hot Pilates is Pilates performed in a room heated to 95 degrees and 40% humidity. The addition of the heat to traditional Pilates, enhances detoxification, flexibility and concentration.


acro yoga

Acro Jam
Acro Jam is Ember's free weekly yogi play time. From 8pm-10pm Sunday nights, join Charlotte and an ecletic group of adventure seekers as we learn and explore partner poses, inversions and arm balances and whatever else comes to mind. This is not a class but open studio time to explore your playful side. It is not led in any normal sense of that word, but is more of a collaboration of like-minded, free spirited participants, facilitated by one of the coolest acro-yogis around.

You do not need to have a partner to attend. Come, make friends and try new things. The Hot Vinyasa - Hip Opening class at 6:30pm is a great warm-up for the jam.


traditional yoga

Meditative Vinyasa (Dharma Yoga)
Meditative Vinyasa is an all levels traditional yoga class based on the teaching of Dharma Mittra, no experience is required. Dharma Yoga is traditional Hatha Raja yoga as taught by Sri Dharma Mittra at his New York center and around the world. This class introduces students to sun salutations and a powerful series of balancing, stretching, back bending, twisting and inverted postures all with detailed guidance and explanation from the instructor. This class is recommended for students new to yoga.

Dharma yoga classes end with deep relaxation, a pranayama breathing exercise, and several minutes of meditation. These traditional components of yoga are taught so that, from the beginning, students can learn a complete set of techniques that, with constant practice, will remove impurities and bring a sense of well-being to the body and radiant peace to the mind.


Vinyasa
Vinyasa is an energetic class that uses vinyasa to connect motion with the breath and awaken the body, mind and spirit. This class is led in a non-heated room . The asanas practiced vary from class to class, but always include backbends, inversions and a complete standing series. Advanced variations are taught along with modifications. All levels of experience are welcome.


Vinyasa - Basics
Vinyasa Basics is a beginner class introducing traditional yoga, no experience is required. This class will break down and focus on good techniques for moving through vinyasa transitions. "Vinyasas" are the transition postures that connects motion with the breath and are an important integrating component of many styles of yoga. This class will also teach breathing, basic asanas (yoga poses) and other techinques to releive the body of tension and the mind of stress. This class is recommended for students new to yoga.


Vinyasa - Inversions - Learning to Fly
You are not that button down…break out of the mold. Hands to the ground and feet to the sky…we will learn to fly. This 60 minute class will focus on a creative sequence of postures designed to tone, tighten and test your balance. Handstand – check. Forearm balance – check. Headstands – check. You will sweat and you will find your edge. Everything you need is already inside! Yes you can…slowly, slowly.

Arm balances and inversions are not only fun and playful ways to challenge your body, they are also insightful teachers in the quest to bring stillness to the body and the mind. If you’ve never experienced the lightness and power of flight, this class will show you the way. By exploring the delicate balance of control and surrender you can begin to defy gravity. Going up?


Ashtanga - Fundamentals & Level 1
This class is an instructor led beginner to intermediate level approach to the primary series of Ashtanga yoga. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a system of yoga popularized and brought to the west by Pattabhi Jois in the mid-20th century. It uses vinyasa to connect movements and postures with breath and introduces the concepts of drishtis (concentration or focus points) and bandhas (locks). These classes are recommended for new students and experienced students alike.


yin yoga

Yin Yoga - Deep Stretch
Deep Stretch Yin Yoga is a great practice for anyone who is 'stiff' looking to improve flexibility, anyone looking to stretch their muscles back out from a more vigorous practice, and anyone looking to begin exploring meditation.

In this class floor poses are held for extended periods of time with the muscles relaxed to allow gravity time to work on the muscles, connective tissue, joints, and even the bones. This practice can actually be therapeutic for certain kinds of joint-pain as the long gentle holds can allow the joints to be worked in a safe and therapeutic manner that is simply impossible in a more active class. Because of the nature of the long holds it is a great time for inner-reflection and meditation as well as developing a deeper awareness of both the body and the breath. The poses themselves also begin to cultivate flexibility in the very same areas that one would need flexibility in to be able to hold an upright meditation posture for an extended period of time.

This practice is NOT restorative yoga. Unlike restorative yoga where the body is supported by props and the focus is on relaxation, in yin yoga the body is allowed to be pulled by gravity into the pose so that there are certain 'stresses' placed on different tissues of the body resulting a therapeutic effect. It is the TIME that the poses are held that gives yin yoga its power and which also makes it challenging. With care and consideration almost anyone can derive benefit from a yin practice, however as with any asana practice special care must be taken to cultivate the right attitude and approach to this unique practice for your individual body.

Warm Yin Yoga is this practice performed in a room heated to about 90 degrees. The addition of the heat to traditional yin yoga, enhances detoxification and flexibility.


lecture and discussion groups

Ember Yoga Book Club
The Ember Yoga book club is a group that meets from 8pm-9pm in the Zen Room on Sunday nights. We select books, on a wide variety of subjects, to read and discuss together. Topics will range from yoga to philosophy to health to conscious living. There is no cost to attend this club, everyone is welcome. If you have the text we are using and want to read along with the weekly selection, great. If not, come anyway! The topics discussed from the reading selection will have relevance to life experiences that we all share in our various ways. This group encourages you to lend your voice, perspective and insights to whatever the topic of the day happens to be.
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