Root Yoga Studio is a premier yoga studio offering classes in all levels of classical Hatha yoga as well as therapeutic Yoga for Back Care and Posture at our Ropes Wall. Quite simply, we focus on thoughtful and intelligent movement. Our philosophy is grounded on the principles of alignment, awareness, and acceptance. Our teachers are the most trained and experienced in the area and we take great care to provide you a safe and learning environment for your yoga practice. Our teachers are certified in Anusara, Back Care, Kripalu, Kula, Kundalini, Meditation, Pranayama, Prana Flow, Reiki, Restorative, Yin, and Yoga Nidra. Root offers Yoga for Back Care certified by Yoga Union & Yoga Union Back Care and Scoliosis Center in NYC. We offer private instruction by appointment. Please inquire!
A Balanced Body (Gentle/All Levels)
This 75-minute yoga class is offered to restore your true breath and balance your body. All levels are welcome; beginners and those with beginner minds seeking an opportunity to tune-in to the simplicity of a straight-forward asana practice. In this all levels class, awareness will be on sensation, awareness, breath, and alignment & anatomy; allowing you to get out of your mind and into your physical, energetic body. A theme is offered each class, which supports connecting the physical practice with a deep sense of self-honoring, safety, community, devotion and love. Modifications and props are offered and encouraged.
Afternoon Yoga (All Levels)
Breath based practice of classical yoga postures including Namaskars. Sometimes we flow and sometimes we focus on specific action but always it’s to find clarity and calm in the body and mind. Ample time for savasana.
All Levels Moderate Kripalu Flow
This class is designed to help increase flexibility, release muscle tension and create a greater sense of ease and calm through the focused emphasis on breath and synchronizing breath with movement. The postures used in this class will be of moderate vigor level and simpler in nature with accessible and guided transitions between postures, great for first time students and/or students with limited flexibility or injury. The class begins with a centering and warm up to help get settled and synched up with the breath and then flows through a guided sequence of postures then ends with a relaxation. The postures will be sustained, and transitioned between, with movements synchronized to the breath, creating a rhythmic and relaxing tone to the class.
Building Balance/Building Bones (Yoga for Osteoporosis)
Most people who practice yoga know how it changes everything! However, it is always refreshing to have the doctors and scientists confirm it through research. Recent studies, published in peer reviewed medical journals, by Loren Fishman M.D., show that a daily yoga practice of 12 specific poses significantly improves bone density in the spine and femur.
This class is based on the 12 poses recommended by Dr. Fishman and included in his book Yoga for Osteoporosis. It is suitable for anyone interested in maintaining and building bone strength, including those with osteopenia and osteoporosis. A range of modifications will be offered using props and chairs to accommodate each student's individual needs. Students with no prior yoga experience are welcome. As with any exercise program, please consult with your doctor.
Evening Yoga: A moderate yoga practice and Nidra. The class will give you just enough movement to stretch out the kinks from your busy day. To begin you'll practice a few strong standing poses to feel the vitality in your bones. You'll find yourself, midway through, in a handful of gentle twists and soft heart openers. We'll end with deep forward folds to quiet your mind and steady your breath. Expect some supported postures using the plethora of props we have access to which will ease you into a closing 15-20 minute yoga Nidra.
Gentle Kripalu Flow + Meditation (plus flute)
This class will help prepare you for the day with a gentle/moderate vigor level of postures, guided in a fluid rhythm synchronized with the breath. The postures used in this class will be simpler in nature with accessible and guided transitions between postures, great for first time students and/or students with limited flexibility or injury. Each class will have strong emphasis on the breath, incorporating different types of invigorating and soothing breathing techniques. Class will end with a guided meditation to help calm and settle the mind, creating a grounded and clear perspective to help guide you into your day.
The ancient art and science of Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan provides practical tools for embracing life’s challenges with grace, courage, and joy. Kundalini Yoga is safe, simple, and comprehensive. The classes are open to everybody. Through carefully chosen sets of exercises called Kriyas, through breathing exercises, sound currents and Mantras, through specific Meditations we will work and focus on different parts of the body that are directly responsible of our nervous well being. Each of these classes are carefully planned to bring you an experience; strengthened by this experience you will be able to bring another dimension into your consciousness when facing stressful and difficult life situations. You will also gain the most powerful tool to combat stress: the control and awareness of your breath. “Life is one simple challenge, Act, don't react. Calm yourself and claim yourself.” Yogi Bhajan
Root Flow (intermediate)
Prana Vinyasa. In this class, students are guided through innovative Prana Vinyasa namaskars and sequences using creative transitions that lengthen, strengthen, and center. The core of this practice is mindfully integrating breath and rhythmic movement to build toward a peak pose. Students will be encouraged to play with their edge of sensation and explore more complex movements and transitions. This class is set to inspiring and fun soundtracks to raise the vibration, open hearts, free the body and transform the soul.
Recommended for students with a consistent, ongoing practice.
YIN Yoga (All Levels)
Slow, deliberate and meditatively focused, YinYoga offers us a chance to delve into the inner terrain of the subtle energy body -- meridians, chakras & prana -- and how we can nourish and revitalize the fascial network & organic interconnections via this quiet practice, hydrating connective tissue, improving resiliency of the immune system and increasing sensitivity to our somatic experiences. Explore abiding calm and ease in your daily interactions on the yoga mat and in Life with this ancient Taoist tradition.
Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep as it is commonly referred to, is an immensely powerful meditation technique, and one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain. Yoga Nidra is a meditation and conscious relaxation practice where the body is completely relaxed into a state of deep meditative consciousness. While the practitioner rests comfortably in a cozy restorative savasana (corpse pose), this systematic meditation takes you through the pancha maya kosha (five layers of self) which consist of the physical body, energetic body, emotional body, wisdom, and bliss bodies. You’ll leave your Nidra practice feeling grounded, relaxed, rejuvenated, inspired and with a greater sense of wholeness. A
BACKCARE + ALIGNMENT CLASSES
Basic Back Back Care + Restorative Yoga (90 mins)
Small class setting that begins with restorative poses to quiet the mind and body that has been cluttered with pain. Then we continue to modified poses at the Ropes Wall that teach you about the correct movements in the pelvis and spine while working on safety and strengthening the back. Finish with a restorative pose for savanna.
Yoga for Herniations + Posture Basics (90 mins)
Safe, restorative yoga for people with herniations and other disc issues of the spine. You will learn to work safely, without pain. Our main goal is to bring awareness to the habitual patterns of posture that have led to pain and injury and address them. Gentle strengthening exercises to learn how to support the back. Regain trust in your movement and reclaim freedom in your life if herniations, stenosis, spondylolisthesis, or other disc or spinal issues have hindered you physically and mentally for fear of feeling pain.
Ropes Yoga (90 mins)
Classical asana work with with ropes and slings at the wall. Fun, energetic and freeing in your spine and in your mind. Not suitable for disc issues.