"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" ~Ann Marie
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.
Mondays, 7:30 - 9 PM with david long
This is a beginning Tai Chi class. The class will begin with a sequence of warm up exercises. The focus will be on the traditional 108 move Yang Tai Chi sequence, which is designed to gently balance the body’s musculoskeletal structure. Tai Chi also helps to put a person in touch with their body, integrating mind and body into a more harmonious whole. Benefits of Tai Chi include: increased physical stamina, flexibility, strength; mental clarity, memory, awareness; spiritual development, energy development, self-defense and peace of mind.
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.
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 Camp Yoga
tuesdays, 2:30-3:45 PM with svia
next session starts 6/4/19
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.
Tuesdays, 4:30-6 PM with anastasiya
Whether you’re brand new to yoga, or you’ve been practicing yoga a little while and want a deeper understanding of alignment, this class is for you! This class focuses on building a strong foundation so that your yoga is yours for life. The class will combine strengthening, stretching and balancing asanas, vinyasa and breathing techniques. We will be learning how to properly align your body in poses to prevent injuries and to optimize its benefits. We will be learning how to keep balance and stability while working on mobility, and how to keep your breath flowing naturally.
All levels welcome.
Dynamic Yoga (Begins 4/24)
This class helps build a well-rounded and sustainable yoga practice with elements you can bring home with you. Classes will dip into a variety of yoga practices including chanting, meditation, breath work, an array of asana sequences, and yoga nidra. Our intention is to craft a balanced in-studio experience that brings forth both sthira (steadiness) and sukha (gentleness). The asanas will playfully explore the edges of our comfort zones.
This is an all-levels class where you can choose how far you want to go and modifications will be offered. We will sometimes take requests for practice focus areas so that we can work with you on the things you want and need most. Iris and Meredith tag team to teach these practices to provide you with extra love and attention.
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, 6:15 - 7:15 PM with dietrich
Join Dietrich Johnson of Kidding Around Yoga for a fun-filled hour of yoga every Saturday! Create lasting memories with your whole family, that special grandchild, a niece or nephew, or any beloved family member. All ages welcome. Every class will be unique and suited for all levels--no previous experience with yoga necessary. Enjoy the gift of yoga and togetherness.
Kids under 6 must attend with an adult.
Hips & Healing
sundays, 5 - 6:15 PM with iris
Nurture yourself and start your week from a grounded place by attending this weekly class with Iris.
Expect strong standing poses, long holds, greater awareness of your hips, breathwork, and end with a deeply restorative relaxation. You will cultivate stillness, patience, personal power, and self-love.