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 don’t rely on mirrors or inexperienced “apprentice” trainees to help our students find the proper alignment; great teachers 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.
Hatha Yoga - 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.
Yoga Basics - This class is for anyone new to yoga or who simply wants to get back to the basics. The class will be taught at a slower pace, and go over proper and safe alignment for yoga postures. Ways to modify and use yoga props will also be introduced to offer support for each individual body.
Hatha 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.
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 postpardom, students dealing with injuries, and anyone looking to de-stress!