Kundalini Yoga and Meditation
Lighthouse is DC’s only studio dedicated to the teaching of Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan. Kundalini is a powerful technology that combines posture, breathing, chanting and meditation to uplift and empower. Classes are mixed levels and open to all. They are sometimes vigorous and energetic, other times more meditative. The goal is not perfection, but rather to allow yourself to experience this powerful healing practice. You can learn more about Kundalini Yoga here.
Very often, when we speak about “yoga” we are referring to Hatha Yoga. Hatha is a type of yoga focused on physical postures (asanas), along with breath (pranayama) and meditation. The practice of Hatha Yoga can help you recognize your hidden physical and mental potentials. Through the continued performance of asanas, you will gain flexibility and strength, and learn to be more relaxed under otherwise stressful situations.
Core + More
With Pilates-inspired exercises, yoga postures, and breath work, this class targets all layers of your abdominal muscles. You will develop awareness and understanding of the structure and function of the core, while building core strength and pelvic stability. All levels welcome!
Yoga Fundamentals is offered as a 6-week series and is recommended for a student who has little or no experience in yoga. You will be introduced to some of the basic concepts of Hatha yoga and explore gentle asanas (postures) and pranayama (yogic breathing). It’s also a nice refresher class for those who would like to go back to the basics to jump-start your practice.
Basics and Beyond (Level 1 & 1.5)
With a focus on alignment, Lighthouse’s Basics and Beyond classes offer students a solid foundation on which to build their practice. The class combines warm-ups, gentle postures and yogic breathing to increase mobility and reduce stress. This is an excellent choice for people who are in the early stages of exploring Hatha yoga, as well as more experienced students who are looking for a less intense experience.
Beyond the Basics
A little more movement, a little more challenge. Appropriate for all levels, but a special emphasis will be paid to students looking for solid alignment cues. Modifications will be offered, and you will have the opportunity to find your own personal edge in these classes.
All Levels Flow
This mixed level classes offer something for everyone. Classes will begin with warm ups and basic postures, and for students who have achieved a degree of comfort in their Hatha practice, these classes offer the opportunity to explore more challenging asanas (postures). Students are encouraged to work at their own pace, and special attention is paid to the principles of alignment. Classes may include pranayama (yogic breathing) and meditation.
Tap into the subtle flow of yoga to reach that point of calm and clarity that we crave. This class begins with a steady flow sequence to create heat and warm up the muscles followed by longer held poses for bringing strength and ease to the body, and ends with healing relaxation, pranayama (breathing techniques) to strengthen the nervous system, and meditation to recharge the mind and increase receptivity to the innermost self. Open to all levels.
Movement + awareness of postures. While you’ll enjoy some of the grace and benefits of a flow practice, you’ll also have the opportunity to stop and explore ways to get deeper into certain postures. These classes offer adjustments and even time for questions. An easy way to deepen your practice and experiment with more advanced asanas.
A restorative yoga sequence typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends. This luscious practice will relax you and re-set your nervous system.
Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance, all in conjunction with breath. This is a great option for anyone looking to build core strength and stability. Since most exercises are done on the mat, Pilates is accessible to students who struggle with balance or standing poses.
Yoga for “Misfits”
An all-levels class focused on body awareness, body acceptance, and learning fundamental points of stability and flexibility. Modifications for all postures are offered, and the focus is on having fun while learning how to move our bodies safely and effectively. The only requirement is a sense of humor.