The Viniyoga Approach to Yoga

is an approach to yoga instruction that helps each student start where they are and work towards their goals. Breathing Time Yoga offers classes in the spirit of this intention: we are not cookie cutter people. We are each individually unique. Everybody can find a starting point in yoga, regardless of age, gender, race, degree of flexibility and/or strength, personal beliefs, or health conditions.

Our classes are designed to adapt to the needs of the individual. Therefore Breathing Time Yoga offers classes at a variety of levels, from gentle to vigorous, beginner to experienced.   For more on what you can expect from Viniyoga classes, click here.

  Class Levels
VinyasaYoga Vigorous: Vigorous yoga offers disciplined and challenging practices that help you to build endurance, strength, flexibility and fortitude. Our vigorous classes welcomes all who are seeking physical and emotional fitness. Please note that some of our vigorous classes are held in a heated room.
StabilityYoga2 Moderate: This level of class welcomes students who enjoy a little challenge and are looking for something a bit deeper than a beginners class, but not as athletic as a vigorous class. All students are welcome to attend these moderate classes.
BeginnersYoga Beginners: Everyone has to start yoga somewhere. Beginners yoga is designed to take the stress out of yoga by laying the foundation for a strong and confident yoga practice. Whether you are new to yoga or just want to work on the basics, beginners yoga is just right for you. This class welcomes all students who are relatively new to yoga practice or simply wish to focus on the basics.
Staff-FPO Gentle: Gentle classes are designed to reduce stress utilizing a range of yogic techniques, such as movement, meditation and breath control. With the aim of quieting the mind, inducing calm, and nourishing the spirit, these classes are suitable for everyone.

Prenatal yoga: Prenatal yoga helps expecting moms ease through pregnancy with practices that are specifically designed to help with the common aches and pains. It helps you prepare for childbirth and keeps you strong and fit through pregnancy. Expecting moms especially like participating in the community of other moms on their journey through pregnancy.



Class Type

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Community Yoga by donation is a low-cost class, making yoga accessible to everyone! Come join us. The suggested donation is $5 to $15 or what you can afford. No one turned away. Half of the proceeds from the class go to our Financial Aid Fund and support our low-income students and Seva volunteers in the Breathing Time Yoga Community.

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 3.49.09 PM Forrest yoga is a modern yoga style created by and named for Ana Forrest, an American yogini. It is known for long holds of poses and its emphasis on core work, both good for building strength. The style emphasizes mindful attention to proper alignment, safe sequencing, and connecting to feeling and sensation in order to heal from injury or trauma.
 225 Hatha yoga is in essence generic yoga. Think of Hatha as the big umbrella of yoga that covers the multiplicity of yoga styles that are practiced today. Hatha classes incorporate postures (asana) and breathing techniques (pranayama) and have a goal of bringing union to the opposite qualities of sun (Ha) and moon (tha).
 291 Restorative yoga is a delicious way to relax and soothe frayed nerves. Restorative classes use bolsters, blankets, and blocks to prop students in passive poses so that the body can experience the benefits of a pose without having to exert any effort. A good restorative class is more rejuvenating than a nap.
Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 4.03.43 PM_copy  The Viniyoga method of yoga is based on the deep relationship between breath and movement, experiencing yoga from the inside out and providing a sound approach to practicing yoga postures (asana). The deep slow rhythmic breath that you will master naturally creates a calm and focused mind and reduces stress on a physiologic level. The Viniyoga teacher incorporates safe and effective sequencing, and adaptation of poses to suit individual needs. Viniyoga classes may at times include seated breath awareness (pranayama), meditation and other yogic techniques.
Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 4.07.48 PM  Vinyasa yoga, in which movement is synchronized to the breath, is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath acts as an anchor to the movement as you to flow from one pose to the next in time with an inhale or an exhale.
 TransYoga Yin helps you reduce stress, and to feel calm and centered. In this quiet Yin class, we will explore the profound energetic, emotional, and physical aspects of yoga through stillness and surrender. We will marry meditation and asana by holding postures for two to ten minutes each while cultivating mindfulness.


Yoga Therapy Workshops

Breathing Time Yoga also offers therapeutic yoga classes that help you with specific challenges:

  • Viniyoga therapy for back care
  • Viniyoga therapy for upper back, neck and shoulders
  • Yoga for anxiety and depression
  • Yoga for curvy women

Please consult the Workshop page for a full listing of Breathing Time Yoga’s yoga therapy workshops.

What is Viniyoga?

The Viniyoga method of yoga is based on the deep relationship between breath and movement. It’s a way to experience yoga from the inside out and provides a sound approach to practicing yoga poses (asana).

The deep, slow and rhythmic breath that you will master with Viniyoga naturally creates a calm and focused mind and reduces stress. Your Viniyoga teacher incorporates safe and effective yoga sequencing and adapts poses to suit your individual needs. Viniyoga classes may at times include seated breath awareness (pranayama), meditation and other yoga techniques.

Repetition and stay: Using the breath as the source of your yoga movements, you’ll move in and out of poses before holding them. This helps warm up your muscles and increases flexibility and strength.
Function over form: There is no such thing as the perfect way to do a yoga pose. But there is a perfect way for you to achieve the posture to attain the optimal benefit appropriate to your body. Your yoga teacher will help you find it.
Adaptation: Breathing Time Yoga offers many adaptations to do individual yoga poses to create specific effects - in one case adapted to increase stretch, in another case to increase strength, and in yet another to calm or focus the mind.
Art and science of sequencing: Viniyoga teachers create sequences for their classes that create a specific and coherent effect. Even though you may not recognize the sequence, you’ll feel the effect of safely bringing you to the peak of your yoga practice and returning you to a relaxed state of ease by the end of class.



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Breathing Time Yoga is a community where people are nourished physically and spiritually.

We offer yoga as affordable health care, with a diversity of classes for a diversity of individuals.

We teach yoga as a path to equanimity and grace.

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