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About Our Classes

Lighthouse Yoga School is dedicated to the study and teaching of yoga to aid in the evolution of mankind. What makes Lighthouse different from other schools is that we have some of the best yoga asana teachers in the world, and we offer a holistic yoga education to all students. This education includes pranayama or breath control techniques, meditation, kriyas, and yoga philosophy.

At Lighthouse, we do not believe any one particular style or lineage of yoga is better than another. We strive to provide a comprehensive system that brings students clarity, strength, and connection.

JM Vinyasa (Open Level)
This is Lighthouse Yoga School’s signature open level vinyasa class. Breathing is used as a meditation, serving as a guide to create space from the inside out. Teachers focus on creating balance with the body’s strength and flexibility. JM Vinyasa aims to clear blockages in the central channel, speaking to the major chakras of the body.

This class blends many styles of yoga such as Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar, Forrest, and Dharma yoga. The practice aims to bridge gaps in yoga traditions, allowing practitioners to learn from all styles and not just one. Every class includes standing postures, hip openers, backbends, forward bends, twists, and inversions. Most classes include chanting, kriyas, or meditation. All levels are welcome.
JM Vinyasa (Beginners Welcome)
Our vinyasa classes are a dynamic blend of classical and modern yoga philosophies. Classes are specifically designed to break attachments, create energy and vitality, and purify the body and mind. The breath becomes a meditation and is utilized to create space from the inside out. Focus is on waking up the spine, balancing the body, and becoming strong and flexible. This variation of JM Vinyasa is geared specifically for beginners. In this class, we will move slower and break down the fundamental elements of each posture.
JM Vinyasa (Intermediate)
JM Vinyasa (Intermediate) is a challenging class with vinyasa and hatha sequences taught by senior Lighthouse teachers. Each class offers unique sequencing focused on strength, flexibility, breath, and movement. Advanced standing postures, hip openers, backbends, forward bends, twists, and inversions will be taught. Pranayama, chanting, meditation, and kriyas will be taught to varying degrees depending on the teacher. Teachers focus on clearing blockages in the central channel, speaking to the major chakras in the body. Often, this class will close with 30 minutes of optional Kriya Yoga. Students are encouraged to first get comfortable with JM Vinyasa (Open-Level) before taking this class.
JM Arm Balances (Intermediate)
This is a challenging class with vinyasa and hatha sequences taught by senior Lighthouse teachers. Each class offers unique sequencing focused on backbendning with strength, flexibility, breath, and movement. We will focus on Arm Balance Transitions from 3rd series ashtanga but advanced standing postures, hip openers, backbends, forward bends, twists, and inversions will also be taught. Pranayama, chanting, meditation, and kriyas will be integrated to varying degrees depending on the teacher. Teachers focus on clearing blockages in the central channel, speaking to the major Chakras in the body. Students are encouraged to feel comfortable with JM Vinyasa (Open Level) before taking this class.
JM Backbending (Intermediate)
This is a challenging class with vinyasa and hatha sequences taught by senior Lighthouse teachers. Each class offers unique sequencing focused on backbendning with strength, flexibility, breath, and movement. Although we will focus on backbending, advanced standing postures, hip openers, backbends, forward bends, twists, and inversions will be taught. Pranayama, chanting, meditation, and kriyas will be integrated to varying degrees depending on the teacher. Teachers focus on clearing blockages in the central channel, speaking to the major Chakras in the body. Students are encouraged to feel comfortable with JM Vinyasa (Open Level) before taking this class.
JM Vinyasa Core (Open Level)
This challenging, 60-minute class will focus on building core strength and joint stability through the use of yoga asana, abdominal isolations, and Pilates principles. JM Vinyasa Core also encourages students to continue developing flexibility and mobility within the body while using the breath to create awareness, stability, and space from the inside out.

JM Vinyasa blends many styles of yoga: Ashtanga, Bikram, Forrest, Iyengar, and Dharma Yoga. This practice aims to bridge the gaps in these yoga traditions, allowing practitioners to learn from all styles — not just one. Each class includes standing postures, hip openers, backbends, forward folds, twists, and inversions. All levels are welcome.
Backbending + Conditioning (Open Level)
This class focuses on conditioning and strengthening the spine. All postures prepare you to backbend safely using not just flexibility but also strength. Tibetan yoga traditions are used as a warm up. Wall-walks, handstands, and scorpions will be practiced during class with optional use of the wall (wall-walks or drop-backs). Students will leave class feeling energized. All levels welcome.
Classic 84 (Intermediate)
In this 2-hour class, we will move through the classic sequence of 84 hatha yoga postures, from which the Ghosh and Bikram yoga lineages descended. Although this class was popularized in a hot room, we will practice at room temperature and allow the body to develop its own internal heat. There are no vinyasas in this sequence. Apart from the opening salutations to the gods, goddesses, sun, and moon, all postures are practiced with static holds.
Led Ashtanga Primary Series (Open Level)
Ashtanga Yoga is a classical yoga practice created by master teacher K. Pattabhi Jois. Almost all modern day vinyasa styles stem from the Ashtanga tradition, which links breath and movement to specific asana sequences.

Led Ashtanga classes are taught by Lighthouse’s most senior teachers. In this dynamic class you will practice a traditional series of Ashtanga Yoga, typically the Primary or Secondary series. Each series includes standing postures, forward bends, backbends, twists, and inversions. Chanting and traditional invocations may also be included in class. All levels are welcome.
Kundalini (Open Level)
The kriya yoga system consists of varying levels of pranayama, mantra, and mudra based techniques whose common goal is to accelerate the natural progression of divine consciousness. Teachers who lead this practice utilize kriyas from the Yogi Bhajan, Yogi Babaji, and Kundalini traditions. This class will begin with a vinyasa warmup where breathing is used as a meditation, serving as a guide to create space from the inside out.

Teachers focus on creating balance with the body’s strength and flexibility. This class aims to clear blockages in the central channel, speaking to the major chakras of the body.
Vinyasa Yoga (Open Level)
Yoshio's class borrows from a number of different styles, including Rocket Yoga and Dharma Yoga, to create dynamic and challenging class, suitable from all levels beginner to advanced.
Candlelit Vinyasa (Beginners Welcome)
Prepare for the week ahead with our Sunday evening candlelit vinyasa flow. This vinyasa sequence includes standing postures, twists, forward bends, backbends, and inversions. All levels welcome.

Explanation of Levels

BEGINNERS WELCOME

This is a one-hour class suitable for students that are new to yoga. Explanation will be given on how to achieve each pose to the best of the student’s ability with an emphasis on proper alignment and breath. New students are encouraged to introduce themselves to the teacher in the minutes before class and let him or her know that they are beginners so that the teacher can make sure they feel supported as they work to establish their yoga practice. Intermediate and advanced students are also welcome, and free to adjust their practice during this class accordingly.

OPEN LEVEL

Open-level classes are suitable for all levels of practitioner, however we suggest that beginner students have some familiarity with the Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskara A + B). The pacing and postures may feel challenging, but students are not at all required to have mastered any difficult poses for this class— this is the class where you will learn how to approach them, and build strength and stamina along the way.  We invite you to try these classes with an open mind and playful attitude that will support your progress and growth without feeling the pressure for perfection.

INTERMEDIATE

Intermediate classes give students the opportunity to practice more challenging poses and further develop their strength and flexibility.  While this class may seem difficult at first, we understand that the only way to grow is to try.  Show up with an open mind and ready to work— progress is inevitable!  Students are encouraged to feel comfortable with the Open Level class before joining.

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