"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, wednesdays, & thursdays
7 - 8:15 AM with margo
Open Space is excited to begin hosting yoga classes for the University of Alaska Anchorage.
1st Summer UAA Yoga Session May 22 - June 21
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday mornings, 7:00-8:15 AM
2nd Summer UAA Yoga Session June 27 - August 2 (No Class July 4 or 5)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday mornings, 7:00-8:15 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
Summer Baby Camp
TuesdayS, 2:30-3:45 PM with Svia
may 22 - june 26
A gathering of new parents brings the circle together to stretch first you, then baby and then share the practice between both. A great way to safely exercise, bond and laugh with your wee one and others. This class is for infants up to cruisers.
Yoga for Recovery (12-Step Community)
Tuesdays, 6-7:15 PM with Kelly
The population who gravitate to these classes all share a common challenge: addiction (whether to drugs, alcohol, food, other people or anything else one might use to distract them from their uncomfortable feelings and emotions). If you feel like this is your community and want to experience a Yoga practice specifically catered for people in recovery, please do not hesitate to join us. For info about Kelly's classes email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Sport Youth Yoga with Cristy
thursdays 4:15-5:15 PM
Sports yoga for youth and adults from beginner to advanced. The class focuses on hips and back, injury prevention/recovery, strength, and posture. For more info, contact Cristy at 907-351-5545.
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.
Fridays 11:45 - 1:15
Use the studio on donation for your own personal yoga practice or meditation. Come any time during this 1.5 hour window to practice and to unwind. The studio is quiet, warm, and sunny and offers a calm space to take a break from the stress of your day.
Rejuvenate Yoga with Rebecca
fridays 5:30-6:30 PM
may 4 - june 29
Rejuvenate Yoga is designed to help us transition into the summer season in Alaska. Classes are welcome to all levels and perfectly safe for beginners as well as yogis with past experience. Classes will include a mix of delicious lunar flow and restorative yoga. This class is led by an Occupational Therapist and is appropriate for participants with history of injuries, pre/post partum, and mild to moderate low back pain. If you are thinking about joining & have questions please email Rebecca at: email@example.com or visit her website at emberyoga.net.
Fridays 7:30-9 PM with andrea
Kundalini Yoga is an art and a science, a beautiful melding of creativity, intuition, and precision. Every aspect of this practice works to heal our bodies, increase our awareness, and allow us to fully embrace and enjoy this experience of being human. Kundalini classes include pranayama, kriya, meditation, and deep relaxation.
In Kundalini Yoga, a kriya is a complete practice, most often a series of pranayama, movement, posture, mantra, and meditation. Every kriya is different and designed to have a specific effect, such as balancing the glandular system, supporting the internal organs, strengthening the nervous system, or enhancing intuition. Regardless of the intended effect, each kriya works to cover us on all levels; mind, body, and spirit. Kundalini classes are perfect for beginners and experienced yogis alike. You are invited to come as you are and experience who you are.
Head, Shoulders, Hips & Flows
Sundays, 5-6:15 PM with bonnie
After your weekend adventures, start your week off right with this practice that blends flowing sequences with longer held poses, building heat throughout. From an opening meditation and pranayama to creative Vinyasa salutations, we will awaken the breath and body in order to calm the mind for the week ahead. Class themes will range from a focus on specific chakras to finding balance, opening the heart, building a foundation, and much more. 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.