"I've been appreciating a dedicated bi-weekly yoga practice at Open Space for many moons. I'm able to seamlessly integrate noon-time yoga into my life multiple times a week which is essential in my work-life balance. I appreciate the small class sizes, variety in class offerings, and that the practice space is naturally well lighted with many windows"
Enjoy the best of many yoga styles, consciously blended, to give you a heat building, well-rounded practice. Prepare to let the mind go and color outside the lines. This multi-level class incorporates creative Vinyasa based salutations and sequences set to fun music. Expect a range of postures from balancing to inversions, twists, deep stretches, meditation, chanting, and a deeply restorative savasana. See what happens when you relinquish the need to control and perfection and take time to explore and experiment.
Mondays, 5-5:45 PM with karen
Here is an active and fun way to promote the physical, emotional and social development of children. Yoga helps to bring out kids' inner self and utilize their unique qualities in a positive way. Your child will gain coordination and body awareness through creative poses, storytelling, songs, games, breathing exercises and more. No registration necessary. Just show up. Classes offered on donation.
Deep Stretch Yoga
mondays, 6-7:15 PM with bonnie
Deep Stretch Yoga is therapeutic in nature and is accessible for all levels. It's a wonderful balance to our often over stimulated lives as it calms the mind and nervous system, enabling us to tune inward, and focus on the breath. Expect a deeply grounding, passive practice, allowing the pull of gravity to really do the "work" for us. Deep Stretch consists largely of floor postures designed to really get into the deep connective tissue, fascia, and joints, especially the shoulders and hips, the two places in the body notorious for storing tension! Practicing Deep Stretch Yoga over time can lead to increased mobility and flexibility.
UAA Yoga Classes
Tuesdays & thursdays
10-11:15 AM with margo
Open Space is excited to host yoga classes for the University of Alaska Anchorage.
1st Fall UAA Yoga Session
Aug 28 - Oct 16
Tuesday and Thursday mornings
2nd Fall UAA Yoga Session
Oct 18 - Dec 15
Tuesday and Thursday mornings
8:30-9:45 AM and 10-11:15 AM
Students must "apply" to the University in order to take a UAA class. The application is free for non-degree seeking students and just takes a couple minutes. Click here to learn more: https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/admissions/apply.cshtml
Baby & You Yoga
tuesdays, 2:30-3:30 PM
Yoga for mom, dad, parents or care providers, plus yoga for baby! Learn how to develop a safe and effective home practice. Build community with other open-minded parents and gain insights, advice, and tricks for easier parenting. Replenish your body while bonding with your baby in a warm and relaxing setting. This class is taught with a causal, easy-paced approach. Baby's needs always come first. No yoga experience is needed. Babies age 6 weeks to cruising are welcome.
Thursdays, 1-2 PM with lynne
Honoring the aging process, this class is for those that still enjoy an active yoga practice. Lynne emphasizes longer warm-ups, a slow and steady pace, modifications for joint comfort and care, core work and balancing. This class is designed for those who enjoy a challenge while being mindful of the body and its limits. All are welcome.
Thursdays, 5:30–6:45 PM with SviA
Time to dispel the myth that a woman is in any way debilitated during her pregnancy! Here, a community of expecting moms practice yoga in a fun and safe environment to prepare the heart, hips, breath, and mind for the birthing experience. Kundalini Kriyas (“Keep-ups”) build mental stamina and calm the nervous system, while specific Hatha Yoga postures help soothe backache, pelvic pain, and other common discomforts related to pregnancy. Every class offers a nurturing atmosphere in which to connect with your baby and other women, and restore vital energy during this sacred time in your life. Appropriate from day 1 all the way to full term. No previous yoga experience necessary.
Hips, Core, Explore
Thursdays, 7-8:30 PM with Svia
The hips complete the marriage of the lower half of the body with the upper half. A healthy hip joint includes stability from well toned deep abdominal (core) muscles, a strong back and elastic hamstrings. This class will complement the active Alaska lifestyle by preparing the body to absorb the shock of hiking, biking, running, skiing, etc.
The hips hold a treasure trove of emotions, secrets, and history. When we focus a regular asana practice around the hips, it is natural for more profound layers of the body to unfurl, release and eventually heal. Explore unique hip-opening postures with some longer holds and fun ways to build strength in the core and beyond. Classes will vary from week to week depending on the intention, theme and community present. Practice may include any of the following: warming flows, longer holds, advanced postures, inversions, chanting, and pranayama.
saturdays, 3-4 PM with desiree (begins 8/11)
Whether new to yoga or an experienced practitioner, this class focuses on the fundamentals of yoga. In this beginner class, we will focus on strength, balance, and flexibility through the connection of movement and breath. By using simple postures we will create a fluid and graceful dance. So be prepared to move, breathe, and sweat.
Head, Shoulders, Hips & Flows
Sundays, 5-6:15 PM with lindsey
When we feel good we do good. When we are clear we make better choices. When we are rested we are able to give more fully. This class provides a weekly space for you to get what you need to feel your best so that you may be more energized and present to the needs and demands of your life.
Expect a weaving together of styles from traditional yoga asana, chi gong, tai chi, emotional freedom technique, self meridian massage and acupressure therapy. This all-levels class will provide variations for both the beginner and more advanced yogis. Come with an open mind, leave feeling stronger, more centered, and relaxed.