Welcome to the Namaspa Community! This page will help you to choose your first class, come prepared, and to know what to expect.
1. Which class to take?
All of our classes are suited for "All Levels" of experience, so if you are a beginner you will be guided by the teacher on how to create the shape of the pose, how to modify as needed, and if you are more experienced you will receive suggestions about how to enhance your experience.
That said, we have 3 "flavors" of classes: Hot, Medium, Mild - you can choose what will best meet your needs and physical abilities:
* "Hot": Power Flow - The Namaspa Power Flow practice, based on the teachings of Baron Baptiste, author of the best-selling book, Journey Into Power, supports you to raise your vitality, power & freedom to access accelerated results in your overall strength and confidence. If you are in-studio, the room will be heated to 90 degrees. The pace of movement is to the breath, though you are welcome to take breaks in child's pose as needed. This is a total body and self experience: you will gain endurance, strengthening as well as deep stretching. As a beginner we recommend that you pace yourself for the first few classes until you have a sense of the class. If you have prior injuries, practice slowly and listen to your body to know when to back off and when you are healed and ready to challenge yourself again.
While no experience is necessary for our Power Flow classes, it may be helpful for you to review the sequence and common modifications in these Beginner videos: 30 minute practice and 60 minute practice, especially if you will be joining our Zoom Online classes, which do not generally show demonstrations of the poses.
* "Medium": Healing Flow - This is a great class to start with if you haven't practiced for a while (or ever), have injuries or are pregnant. The focus of this empowering and rejuvenating class is on creating space for natural healing of the body and the whole self through moving energy, strengthening the core, improving balance and releasing tension. Movements will be paced with the breath to start, with longer holds toward the end to lengthen tight muscles, nourish connective tissue and provide deep mental relaxation. More modifications offered than our All Levels Power Vinyasa classes, and shorter holds than our Evoke Energy Yin classes. Accessible to all levels of physical conditioning and experience, and ideal for beginners, athletes, seniors and pre and post-natal students. Practiced at room temperature.
* "Mild": Evoke Energy Yin - Yin Yoga is known as the quiet yoga. While the Power Flow class is fundamentally “yang” in nature, based on rhythmic movement of the muscle, Yin Yoga, in contrast, tones and nourishes connective tissue (fascia, joints, ligaments and tendons) which can in turn enhance our range of motion and overall physical well-being. Postures are practiced on the floor and each is held for a period of 3 up to 15 minutes.
Evoke Energy Yin is a discovery-based Yin Yoga practice accessible to all backgrounds and body types teaches you to relax, connect and accept the present moment. It utilizes longer holds in the poses and which allows for more focused energy medicine--meditation, breathwork, acupressure, Reiki, Yoga Nidra and other healing modalities. As a result you can access a balanced state and your body can be energized with new flow of 'life force'. Practiced at room temperature.
Another "mild" practice is Yoga Nidra, which is a guided meditation done lying down. This requires no physical effort at all, and is wonderful to do as a preparation for sleep. Yoga Nidra offers us tools to help deep rest, improves quality sleep, and calms the nervous system for deep relaxation. It is called "yogic sleep" though it is not sleep - it helps you access a level of relaxed wakefulness that is even more restorative than sleep.
* Blend: Vin/Yin - The Vin/Yin class gives you an experience of both extremes. For the first 30 minutes you can expect a vigorous Power Flow practice culminating with backbends. Then you will drop into the longer, 3-5 min Yin holds. In-studio this is done in a 90 degree room.
2. How to sign up?
We recommend you download our Namaspa App, found in the iOS or Android App Stores. Create a username and password and easily register for class on the Bend or Redmond schedules (note these two locations for in-studio classes; online classes are listed on the Bend page).
If you have an existing pass and don't see it in your account, you may have set up a duplicate account. Please email [email protected] and we can merge your accounts and get you going. Please also email us with any other questions you have, or if you don't see your link for the online classes.
3. What to bring?
Due to COVID-19, our In-Studio processes have changed. We request that you ONLY bring what you need for class: yoga mat, towel (recommended for heated classes) and optional props: yoga block, yoga strap, bolster & blanket for Healing Flow and Evoke Energy Yin classes. We do not have rentals or other props to provide at the studio at this time.
Wear comfortable clothes you can move and stretch in. The Power Flow and Vin/Yin classes are heated to 90 degrees, so tank tops and shorts are recommended, and bring layers if it is cooler outside. You will leave your shoes outside the room - we practice in bare feet.
4. What to expect?
Due to COVID-19 precautions, you will be asked to enter wearing a mask and sign a waiver stating that you do not have COVID-19 or any symptoms, have not been in close contact with those who have, and that you have been in Central Oregon for the past 2 weeks. We will also take your temperature to ensure it is not above 100 degrees.
Once inside the studio, you will have your own space, taped 6' from all other spaces, in which you can remove you mask, relax, drop your day, and experience the guided practice. While our teachers are not walking around giving hands on assists, they will be speaking directly to you to give you directions to create healthy alignment, movement and expression. Have fun, be yourself, and don't hesitate to ask questions.
We begin and end each class with 3 Oms, which helps to raise the vibration of the class, to warm up the body, and to unite the class in sound and breath. If you are In-Studio, you can put your mask on and Om, or leave off and do closed-mouth "hums".
Most importantly, please know this practice is not a competition. Let go of your concern of not knowing and trust your inner wisdom. The aim is to leaving you feeling light, whole and complete, and connected with the others in your class. Have fun!