The Yoga Center of Huntsville offers a classes in a variety of styles and methods to meet the needs of people of diverse interests and skill levels. Come join us and you will strengthen your body, improve flexibility, correct imbalances, improve your health, and improve your life.

This class introduces yoga postures and principles designed to bring strength, flexibility, openness and awareness into the body. Classic yoga postures as well as modifications are introduced to give the student options in the development of a personal practice. This class is for all levels.
Gentle yoga is geared towards those new to yoga or individuals looking to slow down and release the stress of everyday life. This compassionate practice uses gentle movements, breath work and yoga postures to develop flexibility and range of motion. Gentle yoga also offers a transformation for those with physical limitations – including tight muscles, unsteady balance, recovery from an injury, inflammation and heart conditions.
Iyengar yoga is named after B.K.S. Iyengar, a modern day master of yoga, who is still teaching and practicing in Pune, India.  He is in his mid-nineties and going strong!

The method is known for its emphasis on proper alignment, which allows the bones, joints and muscles to work with more stability and less effort. It teaches body awareness that shows the student how everything is connected to the mind, body and breath.  Emphasis is placed on how the body moves as well as on the actions in a pose. To make a pose accessible and beneficial to all practitioners, props are used, when needed, to allow students to practice poses comfortably and safely.

Presents a series of flowing yoga postures that are connected and flow into the next posture without interruption. This series balances the body by creating internal heat, breath awareness, deep release and relaxation.
Precise placement of your body in the postures supports the balancing of stability and ease, strength and stretch, and enhanced energy flow. Precision also focuses your mind and this can be used on and off your yoga mat. Participants in this class are expected to study and refine each category of postures: standings, inversions, backbends, arm balances, seated postures, supported restoratives and pranayama. Precision is disciplined fun! Pre-requisite: 2 years of posture training in any tradition, individual needs will be accommodated
Restorative Yoga is a category of practice that everyone should experience. The postures are done at a slower pace, often supported by bolsters, blankets, and chairs and held for longer periods of time. Your physiological systems have time to unwind, calm down, and rejuvenate from the inside out. It is a boon for those who have high stress jobs or who have a stressful situation, those who are healing from an illness or injury, and those who just want to take a ‘time out’ from the daily grind.
Is a balanced blend of strength and flexibility training that improves posture, reduces stress and creates long, lean muscles without creating bulk. Pilates exercises reach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine and strengthen the deep torso and abdominal muscles.
Yoga is an excellent preparation for labor and birth. It is also a great way to get back into shape after birth. One of the reasons for this lies in yoga’s approach. To experience yoga you need to be fully involved. The attention of the mind and the awareness of the breath are added to the movements of the body.

The physical positions of yoga are called poses or postures, not exercises. The work pose expresses a feeling of moving into stillness. In Yoga the body is eased into alignment with the awareness of the breath. The pose is then held quietly until the mind and body are one. Performing yoga poses with awareness creates a state of calmness. When a pregnant women feels inner clarity, her confidence grows. When she feels peaceful, her anxiety concerning the birth process decreases. The mind becomes involved in the body movements.

The focus allows the pregnant women to tune out distracting forces around her during labor and to respond appropriately to the contractions. This ability to focus takes practice. Yoga provides a way to refine the movements of the body. When first performing the poses, you may feel slightly awkward and stiff. Continue to do the same poses and perform them at any pace you are comfortable. After practicing them over and over again, the body will stretch, adapt and gradually move into alignment. As you get to know your own body through practicing yoga poses, you will be confronted with your physical strengths and weaknesses. This is a valuable training, for labor is a very physical process. As you feel the growth of your baby within, you need also to experience your own inner growth. Therefore yoga is not a type of exercise to be learned. It is an approach to be understood. The Yoga way is a calm, mindful way and will help you adjust to the physical demands of labor, birth and motherhood.

Yoga postures, breathing exercises and seated meditation are skills that can last a lifetime, even into advanced age and during times of injury or illness. It is also true that you can start yoga training at any age. In fact, some of the most dedicated yoga practitioners start training later in life when the other duties have reduced or ceased : childrearing, retirement from the daily grind, and relationship changes.

In this series of classes, you will learn yoga postures that strengthen your muscles and protect your joints. Standing poses specifically enhance your ability to balance on your feet as a way to prevent or reduce injury from falls. Yoga learning tools such as chairs, blocks, and other supports will provide the extra stability that is necessary to gain confidence in the postures – at any age.

Participants in this group class must be ambulatory (able to stand and walk with relative ease on their own). Specific individual needs will be accommodated within reason. The instructor (who is in her 60’s) has practiced and taught yoga for more than 30 years.

Foundational instruction geared toward people who are new to the practice of yoga. No experience with yoga required.