class levels

Pulsation Yoga 101 (new students or refresher course)

Basic Level (beginning students)

Level 1 (beginners who are ready to advance)

Level 1-2 (6 mos. or longer of practice is recommended)

Level 2 (for the experienced yoga practitioner only)

Restorative, Therapeutic-Oriented, Recovery, Yin: all are welcome)

Prenatal (gentle: geared to pregnant students)

 

Please note: all our teachers have been trained in the Anusara™ Yoga Style and practice using the Universal Principles of Alignment™ in their classes. For more information on Anusara Yoga see Anusara.com.

 

Please review our policies on our class fees page

The Sound of OM

OM: om is made up of three syllables: A, U, and M, or, phonetically, "aaah," "oooh," and "mmm. Om is the imperishable word. Om is the universe, the past, the present, and the future, all that was, all that is, all that will be is om

PATHWAY FOR THE YOGA STUDENT

 

The owners of Pulsation Yoga have been teaching over a decade; many of the teachers have a 500-hour level of training; and all our staff continue to participate in workshops and trainings to raise the level of their teaching to make this studio one of the best places to learn. All instructors use careful alignment principles to ensure the best yoga practice

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Our classes have been carefully designed for the beginner to advanced student. We have created a separate syllabus for each level so you can progress at a natural, safe rate. For the brand new student, we recommend following the path of 101 series, Basic, Level 1, Level 1-2, and ultimately Level 2. Students can jump into any level they feel ready for; however, if you are unsure, ask any of our teachers for their recommendation as to what level you will most
benefit from.

 

 

WHAT CLASSES INCORPORATE FLOW OR 'VINYASA FLOW?"

All our classes, (with the exception of the restorative gentle, therapeutic and yin classes) incorporate some aspect of 'flow'. Vinyasa Flow suggests a practice in which we consciously place the body-breath-mind in the constant flow of space and time. Since all our classes are unique, and vary from class to class, week to week, going to a well-rounded array of classes will help you find what you resonate with. For example, some teachers may choose to teach a more rigorous flowing class one week and the following week choose to hold for longer periods of time. Our mission is to provide you with a well-rounded and varied practice so you continue to open the body, learn from each class/instructor, and continue to evolve in your practice.

 

PULSATION YOGA 101

 

Click here for a full description.  THIS CLASS IS NOT PART OF THE REGULAR CLASS SCHEDULE AND CANNOT BE ATTENDED UNLESS YOU SIGN UP FOR THE SERIES.

 

 

WARM CLASSES

 

The warm labels on our classes describe the temperature only. Warm classes are taught in a heated room that reaches 85-88 degrees without humidity. We have hot and warm classes for level 1 and above; Brand new students would be best served attending our Basic class prior to taking a hot class. Please drink plenty of water before, during, and after class to stay hydrated. We recommend you bring a mat and towel.

 

 

 

PULSATION YOGA BASIC CLASS

 

In the Basic class, you'll learn to perform fundamental poses with steadiness and confidence. We will follow a systematic syllabus of poses tailored to help you progress your practice in a logical and safe way using alignment principles and great attention to detail.  This class helps beginner students comfortably advance into mixed-level classes. While taking the Yoga 101 series prior to this class is not required, it is recommended.

 

 

LEVEL 1 CLASS

 

The Level 1 class incorporates all the poses taught in the 101 series and Basic class, while adding a few additional challenging poses to create a more flowing class. The Level 1 class is the next step for students who have been doing the Basic class and wish to advance in their practice before entering into a Level 1-2 class.

 

 

LEVEL 1-2 CLASS

 

Both new and experienced yoga students can enjoy this class. Our Level 1 and 2 classes are all based on alignment principles that teachers apply to the poses with a flowing style and breakouts as needed. Each of our teachers has their own style and leads a class with their unique sequence of poses. The instructor will modify poses when needed. We recommend a level 1-2 for yogis who have a good working knowledge of the basic yoga poses, or have attended either our Yoga 101 series or Basic classes.

 

 

LEVEL 2 CLASS

 

Our Level 2 class explores a wider syllabus of poses and variations.
Just like the Level 1-2, this class is based on alignment principles that teachers apply to the poses with a flowing style and breakouts as needed. Teachers create their own sequence of poses for each class and incorporate postures, transitions, and techniques that require more awareness and experience. Depending on the teacher and sequence, Level 2 classes can include inversions, arm balances, and deeper backbends to deepen your practice and improve strength and flexibility. The Level 2 is appropriate for students with an established practice and strong working knowledge of basic poses. Not suited or recommended for the beginning student

 

CARDI-YO CLASS

 

Cardi-yo is a fun flowing 45 minute class of energizing yoga sequences integrated with heart-pumping cardio and body weight strengthening movements. Expect to leave feeling highly energized and harmonized!

 

 

RESTORATIVE and THERAPEUTIC-ORIENTED CLASS


The class, taught by studio owner Kathy, focuses on two things: Using therapeutic-oriented yoga to help increase overall holistic well-being, and restoring the body  with relaxing poses. There is a heavy use of props, very few standing poses, and a main focus on seated and supine poses. This class will help you to get grounded and eliminate stress, and is a great way to bring the body back to balance after work or air travel. The class is beneficial for beginner to advanced students.

 

Kathy has extensive understanding of alignment and modifications of poses for many injuries and issues.  She has personally undergone several back surgeries, including a spinal fusion, and believes she has overcome her issues through yoga. Aside from the traditional hours of yoga teacher training, Kathy has attended more than 1,000 hours in her own private therapeutic-oriented sessions; and has studied more than 300 hours in therapeutic-oriented yoga teacher training with master teachers John Friend, Martin Kirk, Todd Norian, Desiree Rumbaugh, and Betsey Downing.

 

 

RESTORATIVE: YIN CLASS

Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures or asanas that are held for comparatively long periods of time, typically three minutes or longer per pose. Yin Yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. Yin Yoga poses are also designed to improve the flow of qi, the subtle energy said in Chinese medicine to run through the meridian pathways of the body.

 

RECOVERY YOGA

An all level class to strengthen and lengthen the muscles around the hips. lower back, and legs. Yoga props will be used to release tight muscles and deepen poses.

 

PRENATAL YOGA CLASS & PRIVATE SESSIONS

 

Christine Chodil will guide you through how to modify postures and build strength in preparation for labor and postpartum recovery, as well as restorative postures and breathing exercises to relax and re- energize. She can assist you in all stages of pregnancy and all experience levels. 

She is also available for private sessions to help assist your yoga practice as you meet the changing needs of your body during your pregnancy.

 

Email christine@pulsationyoga.com for any questions or to schedule an appointment.

 

 

About the teacher:

Christine has been a practitioner of yoga since 1998, and completed her 200-hour teacher training at Pulsation Yoga. She completed an 85-hour prenatal yoga teacher training with Bloom Yoga Studio in Chicago. Christine brings a loving and playful approach to her classes, which focus on alignment and the connection of movement with breath.

 

 

Thank you Thomas Balsamo and Wade Balsamo for being part of our community. Most photos on this courtesy of portraitsbythomas.com

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