Class Descriptions

Free Community CLass

Come one, come all! A free yoga class in Tacoma open to the entire community. All levels welcome. No charge for the class, but donations greatly appreciated and help us off-set the cost of providing affordable yoga for all. We are a registered non-profit, so your donation is tax deductible!

Fundamentals of Yoga program 

This 6-class series is designed to teach the fundamentals of yoga alignment, breath, and sequence, with a focus on cultivating relaxation, body awareness, strength and familiarity with basic yoga postures.  This series will prepare and ease you into a continued yoga practice, helping you to build confidence in attending other class offerings at SKY or wherever your yoga practice takes you.  You will also have the chance to connect to other students and learn about SKY's unique mission and services.  Find out dates for the next program here.

Basic Level I

This moderately paced class teaches through basic yoga poses, with emphasis on alignment, stretching, mindfulness and strength-building.  This class is appropriate for those fresh out of the Fundamentals Program, and anyone seeking a moderate practice.

Gentle Yoga

This is a slow-paced class, perfect for those with minor injuries, seniors, or anyone looking for a gentler practice. The class includes gentle stretching and strengthening, and concludes with meditation and a long shavasana (final relaxation pose). It will leave you feeling serene, relaxed and rejuvenated. 

Restorative

This is a practice of gentle, long-held postures, often done with the support of props, that allow the body to passively relax and release built-up tension. The practice concludes with meditation and a long savasana to leave the practitioner with a sense of deep relaxation and peace.  

iRest Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra means yogic sleep, but the practice is actually one of awakening in every level of being.  This class begins with gentle movements, then a long period spent reclined on the back, where you are guided through a specific form of meditation.  Through bringing awareness throughout the body, Yoga Nidra will leave you with a sense of deep calm, quiet and clarity.

 More specifically, iRest Yoga Nidra is a research-based transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry that releases negative emotions and thought patterns; calms the nervous system; and develops a deep capacity to meet any and all circumstances you may encounter in life. It effectively reduces depression, anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, chronic pain, and chemical dependency. No yoga experience necessary. 

All Levels

Appropriate for beginners and more practiced students, All Levels classes include students of varying experience and ability.  Teachers assess the ability and needs of the particular students present in each class and modify appropriately. Variations of postures given to suit each student's body and ability. All levels classes are particularly encouraged for folks who have practiced yoga for more than 6 months but who may still consider themselves Beginners--you might find you are more advanced than you think!

Flow Level I-II

Flow yoga (vinyasa) incorporates movement linked with breath. This class incorporates basic postures into dynamic sequences.  Be prepared to build strength and stamina, increase your flexibility, and most likely break a sweat!  Discover the power of flow on varying levels. Some experience recommended.

Yoga & the Recovery Process

Whether we suffer from an addiction to drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, people, or simply obsessive thoughts--whatever it is--the physical and mental practice and philosophy of yoga can help bridge the gap to fill the "void" within. Techniques and texts that have been practiced for thousands of years can help recover what many of us are looking for--our true selves.

We'll read and discuss some of the ancient yogic texts and how they relate to the recovery path, and follow that with an asana class designed for people of all levels and abilities. ALL are welcome!   FREE (donations welcome)

Kundalini

Kundalini Yoga, the Yoga of Awareness, was brought to the West by Yogi Bhajan in 1968. Yogi Bhajan taught that, through the practice of Kundalini Yoga and meditation, your glandular and nervous systems are stimulated, and your capacity for creative potential is heightened. You gain inner vitality to compensate for the adverse effects of stress so you can excel in life.  Kundalini yoga classes are a dynamic blend of postures, pranayam, mantra, music and meditation, which teach you the art of relaxation, self-healing and elevation. Balancing body and mind enables you to experience the clarity and beauty of your soul. No previous experience in yoga is required for you to achieve results with your very first class.

Yoga for a Healthy Back

Yoga for Healthy a Healthy Back will help to stabilize your back, reduce chronic pain and explore healthy movement patterns that can prevent future injury. We will discuss basic back anatomy and learn healthy alignment. All poses will be modified and supportive props will be provided to accommodate each individual’s needs. No prior yoga experience is needed, just a willingness to come join others with similar struggles in a safe, supportive and uplifting environment.

 Yin Yoga

Yin is a practice of stilling the body and mind while gently stressing and therefore strengthening the connective tissue (ligaments, joints, tendons) of the body. No experience necessary.

Meditation as Exploration

This class is an experimental exploration into meditation and movement as our two co-teachers each share wisdom from their respective traditions and practices. This class is suitable for beginners and experienced meditators alike. Attend with a curious and open mind. 

Once Monthly Special Classes

Adaptive Yoga

Third Thursday of the Month, 3-3:30pm, by donation

This class is provided in collaboration with the L'Arche Tahoma Hope Community, and is designed to teach simple movements, yoga poses and breathing exercises to individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. We provide a safe and inclusive environment to hold, nurture and celebrate each individual. We aim to help participants have an enjoyable, social way to improve their physical health, practice relaxation, reduce stress, acquire self-regulating tools for dealing with daily life, and get connected to the broader community. 

No special supplies necessary. Please bring your own support person if needed--individual support outside of class instruction will not be available. No yoga gear needed, just wear comfortable clothing that you can move in. SKY is wheelchair accessible and is just a few blocks from the 10th and Commerce bus depot.  Please contact us if you have any questions and prior to attending your first class: info@samdhanakaranayoga.org

Laughter Yoga (Sundays 4 to 5pm, once monthly, check schedule)

This class is suitable for everyone! Join us for one hour of facilitated laughter. 

Kirtan (Sundays 4 to 5pm, once monthly, check schedule)

This is a call-and-response chanting class. No experience necessary. All voices welcome.

One-on-One Instruction

One-on-one yoga instruction is available by the hour with Pamela Higley, Kate Fontana, Vania Kent and Heidi Krotzer.  One-on-one instruction is valuable for brand new beginners who may have questions or doubts about starting in a public class; folks with injuries or physical limitations; more practiced students wanting to refine and deepen their practice; and those wanting a completely personalized practice.  First session is 1 1/2 hour minimum.  Contact us for scheduling details and see pricing here.