Our approach to the practice of yoga focuses on allowing each person to discover their authentic practice.  At Baker Ranch Yoga, we carefully select instructors, each of whom has completed advanced training and has many years of experience teaching at all levels, from the athlete seeking to gain an extra edge in performance to those working with physical limitations.  Everyone can find a safe, fulfilling, and empowering practice at Baker Ranch!

Our classes focus on the traditional postures, with an emphasis on alignment and breath.  Instructors lead a practice tailored to the students in the room at any given time - we rely on our well-trained, experienced teachers who are devoted to this pracitce and will be there to help you modify, find that new pose, or deepen a pose that you’ve practiced before.  It is authentic yoga, but with a contemporary focus on anatomy and physiology, with a specific emphasis on the physical challenges that face modern yoga practitioners.  We know what it’s like to have a desk job, or to carry around children all day, or to have only a few precious hours a week to call your own - and we tailor the practice to help you find balance no matter what is happening in the rest of your week.

All levels are welcome - we can help you start a yoga practice if you are in your worst physical condition, and we can help you protect yourself from injury and create better body awareness for even the fittest athletes.

Classes:

Candlelit Gentle Flow - Unwind and downshift into a sensory candlelit experience that aims to relax your nervous system, leaving you feeling calm and blissful.This gentle flow class invites a deeper understanding of mind-body-spirit connection and improves flexibility, muscle tone, circulation and balance. Gentle stretching opens the way to a gentle flowing sequence of postures with simple transitions and attention to alignment and essential breath awareness.
* Modifications and props are offered, making this class accessible to beginners and experienced practitioners looking to slow down.

Gentle Yoga - these classes are structured around restoring and rejuvenating the body. Yoga props such as blankets, blusters, and blocks are used to achieve support and comfort in each posture. The practice is held at a slower pace and focuses on stretching and releasing stress and tension from joints and muscles. This class is appropriate for all levels, especially for prenatal and postpartum, students dealing with injuries, and anyone looking to de-stress! Appropriate for all levels.

Hatha Yoga/ Lunch Flow Basics - In these classes, students will receive instruction in the fundamental postures of yoga.  Classes include sun salutations, and all students are encouraged to practice at their own level.  We can help you find that level!  This may mean that the instructor helps you modify if certain poses are not yet attainable, and it includes encouragement and assistance to take your practice to the next level.  Hatha classes are appropriate for beginners, but offer a lot of options for experienced yogis to challenge themselves.

Hatha Flow/Happy Hour Flow- In a hatha flow class, expect to sweat!  These classes are appropriate for students already familiar with the basic postures, and the pace is a bit quicker than in a hatha class. You will be encouraged to work more deeply in the fundamental postures, and given instruction and help as you work toward deeper and more challenging asanas.  Hatha flow focuses intently on the breath practice, and as a result, the classes tend to be very warm and physically more rigorous.  These flow classes are most appropriate for those familiar with the basic postures, or those new to yoga but with a fairly high level of fitness.

Restorative - Restorative yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props makes it easier for you to maintain balance while you are stimulating and relaxing your body.  Restorative yoga poses are beneficial to the entire body.Restorative yoga provides healing for the body and the mind. It is especially useful when you need to eliminate fatigue and stress that result from your daily activities. It can also help you recover from illness and injury.

Therapeutic Restoration - This is a class designed for those who may be recovering from an injury, surgery, pregnancy and or dealing with some form of pain. This class is good for those who may be new to the practice of yoga and want to start slow. In this class students will be instructed on how to use their breath as a form of healing. Students will be gently guided though poses using props to help support their bodies in the poses to aid in the deeper release of muscles and to help relieve stress and tension. Therapeutic restoration is a yoga class that will leave your body feeling open, relaxed and gently stretched, and your mind feeling clear and present.

Yin - is a simple practice, but not necessarily easy. It consists of a series of long-held, passive seated and lying down poses that target mainly the connective tissues and muscles. It also improves the energy flow throughout the body. Yin Yoga complements a more active muscular style of asana practice (yang). Yin helps release physical tightness. Benefits of Yin Yoga are stress reduction, calming and balancing the mind and body, greater joint mobility, increased circulation, improved flexibility and deeper relaxation. Yin is practiced in a cool room and appropriate for all levels.

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