Class Descriptions

class-descriptions

These descriptions will give you some guidance on which classes are right for you today but please remember that our teachers have been given creative license to express their own authenticity in each class. We trust their judgment and hope you do too.

Flow Level 1

This well balanced Vinyasa sequence covers all the foundational poses that prepare you for and help you maintain a safe and consistent flow practice. The set sequence is based on the core practice of our Mindful Vinyasa Teacher Training program and builds on content introduced in our Yoga Kickstart series. Expect modifications and a focus on alignment but remember that Vinyasa Yoga is an active strength building practice.

Flow Level 1/2

This vinyasa practice is open to all levels and builds on the foundations of Vinyasa to explore more complex concepts through movement. The teacher will provide a range of options while unpacking challenging poses with clear and accessible directions and modifications.
Expect simple meditation skills to be introduced as well. Level 1/2 is a great active practice for most students.

Flow Level 2/3

This practice is for students well versed in vinyasa yoga looking for another layer of physical and mental challenge. In Level 2/3 , students should already be able to come up into full wheel,  do handstands at the wall, and be comfortable meditating with less guidance. Expect arm balances and more work with Inversions. The overall intention of this practice is to explore boundaries and cultivate precision and grace during challenge.

360

This full being workout unites yoga asana, martial arts, plyometrics, barre, and sports conditioning with the techniques of meditation and sound therapy. Sweaty and soulful, this hybrid helps build optimal physical and mental strength and is a great compliment to our traditional yoga classes to help students improve overall fitness.

Yin-Vinyasa

This class includes long held, passive Yin poses to open the joints as well as slow, yet intense Vinyasa (Yang) poses to strengthen the core connection and increase integrated muscle coordination.  We use movement and meditation techniques to explore the Taoist and Yogic concepts of opposites that can create balance within our bodies and minds.  Yin/Vinyasa is highly recommended for students of all levels, as it focuses and elevates the connection to the aims of Yoga as a whole.

The Mission Practice

Dive deep every week in this 2 hour practice that expands on the basic format of drop-in yoga to include discussion, partner work, movement, pranayama, and meditation. This practice really is the whole enchilada! You will leave feeling the potent effects of a full yoga practice.

Seasonal Flow

Join our resident Ayurvedic Health Counselor for an integrative flow that gives you the medicine you need based on three-season consciousness: grounding in late fall/winter, invigorating in spring, and cooling during the summer. Each class includes breathwork, asana, and meditation that fuels mind, heart, body, + soul. This practice is safe for all levels.

Donation

This class is open to the public as an offering to the city of Charleston in order to keep yoga accessible to all. We accept but do not require donations for this Level 1/2 flow.  Community is taught on a rotating schedule by all our celebrated teachers and is a great way to get to know us and see why Mission Yoga is more than a workout!

Kundalini

Kundalini uses the practices of kriyas and meditations to prepare the body, nervous system, and mind to handle the energy of Kundalini rising.  Physical postures focus on engagement of the bandhas and activity of the spine using breath work to direct and control the flow of energy.

Prenatal

Relax into the process of growing life and bringing life into the world as a mother. Embody trust through restorative poses that prop and support lax muscles, connective tissue, and joints. Open your hips and help your baby get into an optimal birthing position though this practice.

This class is recommended for women who are familiar with yoga techniques who have practiced before. If you are brand new to yoga and currently pregnant, please seek one on one guidance.

Gentle/Restorative

This Gentle/Restorative practice uses various props to allow you to stay in poses for a longer period of time, without discomfort, stress, strain, injury risk or pain.  This class will reboot your nervous system to create more vitality in the mind and body, relieving anxiety and improving overall health.

Meditation

Sitting meditation has always been at the heart of Yoga practice throughout its long history. Mission's "Take Your Seat" meditation classes are designed to help establish, maintain or deepen a meditation practice in your life. Each session of Meditation will open with brief instruction in the fundamentals (if required) and a short orientation of the evening’s theme, followed by simple breath work, a period of silent meditation and ending with an inspiring talk and discussion. The intent of this practice is to mindfully engage and integrate body, breath, mind and heart.