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.

Yin + Meditation

This passive practice consists of mostly floor poses held between 2 and 5 minutes. While our Yang practices work with muscle, the yin practice targets connective tissue, ligaments, and joints. Yin works to increase the fluid matrix of these tissues in the body and improve the flow of Chi (vital energy) within the Meridian channels which flow through connective tissue. The practice is rounded out with seated meditation taught in traditional ways to improve clarity, diminish stress, and awaken wisdom. This practice is considered foundational for all students at Mission Yoga.

Foundations of Vinyasa

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.

The Full Flow

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. The Full Flow is a great active practice for most students.

Workshop Flow

This class blends vinyasa flow with a more workshop like approach to practice. We will breakdown and rebuild complex postures and explore nuanced relationships. There may be longer holds, partner work, and wall work to support meaningful learning. Expect a complete practice that expands awareness and grows your movement I.Q.

360

360 is a fun and dynamic complimentary practice to round out your overall health by focusing on strength and conditioning through targeted core work and interval training.
Always taught with a yogic focus on intelligent and mindful movement, you will improve your stamina, stability, and adaptability in a safe sustainable way.
Modifications and personal pace are encouraged!

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 Yoga + Meditation

The pure, unadulterated teachings of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with
an extra emphasis on structural alignment, proper preparation and
modifications. The perfect compliment to your Vinyasa, Restorative, or
Yin Yoga Class with a holistic practice that includes breathwork,
movement, and meditation. The focus is on strengthening the nervous
system and balancing the glands, which makes it a great tool for anyone
coping with high stress, depression, anxiety, fatigue, or in the
overcoming of addictions. No experience necessary.

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.