yoga class styles

Quick Note of Diversity

Karma believes there is not one path of yoga.  We believe and offer a large variety of styles taught by experienced and certified instructors of each method.  From complete beginners to seasoned practitioners looking to deepen their practice, our students love the choice a large yoga studio such as Karma can give them.

Navigating the world of yoga can be daunting and confusing at first! However diverse, all yoga styles are based on the practice of physical postures (also called poses, or asanas), and some styles also incorporate additional elements such as breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation, or chanting. Each style emphasizes different postures, different ways of sequencing these postures, and different ways of combining elements. Adding to this diversity is the fact that each teacher will bring their own personal viewpoint to teaching the yoga style you will practice during the class type you are taking. 

As a student you have to find not only the yoga style with which you connect, but also the right teacher for you.  Finding this magic combination that suits your needs and personality is a bit like shopping for that perfect pair of jeans -- you may have to try a lot of classes and teachers until you find it, or you may walk into the right class with the right teacher for you the very first time. Experimenting and trying different yoga classes and teachers until you feel "at home" is the way to go!

Unless noted otherwise, all classes at Karma are taught at a temperature of 72 to 75 degrees F (air-conditioning is used in the summer months).

Style descriptions are listed alphabetically below:

CORE VINYASA some prior yoga experience required

Core Vinyasa is a flowing style of yoga that integrates breathwork, movement, core-strength and awareness. This class is accompanied by music and held in a slightly heated room to promote detoxification and flexibility. With moderate pacing and subtle reminders of moving from the center, we keep the body and mind fully engaged in the present moment. Our core is both our literal and energetic center of our balance and strength. Many of us shut down around this area causing back pain, mis-aligned posture, suppressed emotions, and even poor digestion. Awaken your core and become strong & resilient both on and off your mat!
[offered 
at various times throughout the week at the Harvard Sq. and Newbury St. locations -- click on each studio's name to check the schedule page to confirm]

FIT FLOW VINYASA some prior yoga experience required

This fun and lively class, designed to get you fit, integrates dynamic posture sequences with deliberate breath and mindful engagement. This style of yoga is geared toward people who enjoy a physical challenge, and like to explore the body's capacity for strength. Classes progress through several standing and balancing series, and wind down through seated and reclined poses. Sequences are geared to achieve total balance, and options are provided for students to suit their level of ability. There is a strong emphasis on breathing and mental concentration. In this class, students are encouraged to advance their personal practice by exploring variations and testing their physical abilities. Upbeat playlists cover a variety of musical genres, and the room temperature hovers between 80 and 85 degrees.
[take this class at the Newbury St. location,Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 pm, and Sundays at 11:30 am -- check Newbury St. studio schedule to confirm]

FLEX & FLOW VINYASA some prior yoga experience required, but beginners welcome

Build heat, strength and flexibility while clearing the mind in this dynamic Vinyasa class. We will balance alignment with breath, fluid movement, and core engagement. Jenna Hill, your teacher, works with a strong foundation and encourages you to integrate a long lasting breath practice. With full body awareness and a focus on alignment this practice is for all levels of practitioners. Modifications will be offered as you build your strength. Be mindful, meet your edge and be open to experience growth and deepen your practice.
[take this class at the Newbury St. location, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 4:30pm; check the Newbury St. studio schedule to confirm!]

FRIDAY NIGHT CHILL with Live Music  no yoga experience required, beginners welcome

Reclaim yourself after a long week with Friday Night Chill Flow. If you are debating sofa or practice, this one’s for you! There is enough movement to get the day out of your system, and enough chilling out to prepare you for a relaxing evening or sleep. Expect Pranayama, meditation, and a gentle, slow and restorative flow served straight up and chilled with a long Savasana. Enjoy long held yoga postures while being supported by bolsters, blankets and props The perfect end to your week. Bring friends and make it your "Healthy Happy Hour." No experience needed. Come as you are. *This class might be accompanied by live music*
[take this class at the Newbury St. location, Fridays at 6:00 pm -- check the Newbury St. studio schedule to confirm] *Please plan to stay for the duration of class and arrive early, as participants are not allowed to enter the room once class has started - this requirement is specific only to this class due to the props used and the quiet nature of the class.

GENTLE PHYSIOYOGA™ no yoga experience required, beginners welcome

PhysioYoga is a yoga practice based on correct anatomical alignment, scientifically-verifiable facts and serious attention to injury prevention that was developed by the founder of Karma Yoga Studios, Jesse Winder. Gentle PhysioYoga is designed as the perfect introduction to yoga, for absolutely any and every one. No one can ever feel out of place in this class, and everyone will feel they belong.

The class is a mild practice session that is entirely appropriate for true beginners, more experienced students looking for a gentle stretch, or even for persons with minor injuries or physical limitations. This class is also appropriate during pregnancy (just let the teacher know that you are expecting at the start of the class). The overall pace is slow and steady, with gentle warm-ups and attention to the details of each posture.

Jesse's teaching style is heavy on education, so expect him to talk throughout the class about the science and benefits of each pose. If you believe that laughter is good for the soul, that your teacher should view you as an equal, and if you like world music - not just yoga music - there is a good chance that this is a class for you!
[take this class at the Harvard Sq. location, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 pm, and Saturdays at 4:00 pm; check the Harvard Sq. studio schedule page to confirm]

HATHA no yoga experience required, beginners welcome

This general yoga style utilizes holding the classical yoga postures and using different sequencing depending on the instructor for the purpose of strengthening, opening, and cleansing the body. In Hatha-style classes, the poses are held for varying lengths of time, unlike in Vinyasa-style classes where the poses are linked and create a flowing movement from one pose to the next.

Please note: this class is led in a unique way by each different instructor--so Hatha with one teacher might not be the same experience as Hatha with another teacher!  We suggest that you experiment with different instructors!
[offered 
at various times throughout the week at the Harvard Sq. and Newbury St. locations -- click on each studio's name to check the schedule page to confirm]

JIVAMUKTI VINYASA some prior yoga experience required

This style of yoga is a vigorous, flowing practice that links traditional asanas into smart and creative sequences.  Created by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984, the Jivamukti method is a physically and intellectually stimulating practice emphasizing spiritual awareness.  Each class focuses on a theme, which is supported by asana sequencing, yogic breathing, music and explorations of yogic philosophy.  Expect hands-on assists to support your alignment.
[offered 
at various times throughout the week at the Harvard Sq. and Newbury St. locations -- click on each studio's name to check the schedule page to confirm]

POWER VINYASA some prior yoga experience required

(this class MAY be taught in a warm room that is heated to aprox. 85 degrees; see if "heated" or "warm" is marked on the schedule next to the class name)
Sweat, Surrender, Serenity! Practiced in a heated room, Power Yoga is a challenging vinyasa-based style of yoga that focuses on building heat to burn away mental, physical, and emotional toxins. We'll flow on the rhythm of the breath through Sun Salutations and use the heat to move further into the body with progressively more intense poses. Often described as a meditation in motion, Power Yoga offers an active and intense practice meant to quiet your mind as you detoxify the body and cultivate the energy of the breath. Emphasizing safety and alignment, modifications will be offered so that everyone can work at their own pace with their own authentic breath. You will leave feeling stronger, centered and refreshed.
[offered 
at various times throughout the week at the Harvard Sq. and Newbury St. locations -- click on each studio's name to check the schedule page to confirm!]
 

PRANAVAYU VINYASA some prior yoga experience required

PranaVayu Yoga is a flowing vinyasa practice that blends an exercise science based approach to postural practices with traditional meditative techniques from the Buddhist tradition. This challenging, heart opening practice is perfect for those who wish to change the body AND free the mind in a fun and uplifting way.
[take this class at the Newbury St. location, Mondays at 7:30 pm; check the Newbury St. studio schedule to confirm]
 

PRENATAL no yoga experience required, beginners welcome

This class is suitable for any woman in any stage of pregnancy. Prenatal yoga offers a time to tune out the rest of the world and tune in to the amazing creation of both a baby and a mother. Yoga addresses our wholistic being, encouraging us to grow stronger and become more flexible in all realms – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. A regular prenatal yoga practice helps connect to and listen to our bodies, confront our worries, and develop the courage to enter parenthood. Classes are a lot of fun too – participants often develop close bonds with other students.
[take this class at the Harvard Sq. location, Mondays at 5:45 pm; check the Harvard Sq. studio schedule to confirm; this class is not available for unlimited-attendance passes, other class packs, or any special deal such as Groupon; pricing for this class is $17 drop-in or 6 classes for $90]
 

RELAX & RECHARGE no experience required, beginners welcome

Set your to-do list aside and make room for self-care. Pausing to recharge generates the energy to live your life fully. This all-levels class presents simple, non-competitive yoga practices that can be targeted to reduce chronic tension and systematically relax the physical body, the emotional body, and the mind. We explore the lesser-known gem of yoga, breathwork, which plays an essential role in grounding the body and quieting the busy mind. Through a unique sequence of deep stretches, coordinated with breath, you will nourish and balance the body and calm the mind. Class ends with a progressive relaxation practice—Yoga Nidra—the antidote for lifestyle stress. With consistent practice, you will develop the ability to release blocked energy, focus your mind and stay present in difficult situations; when you step off of your yoga mat, you can more skillfully take on whatever life brings. For beginning and experienced students alike, this class is highly inclusive and open to anyone. No previous yoga or meditation experience necessary.

Yoga Nidra is a meditative practice often translated as yogic sleep or divine sleep. It is a yoga practice that focuses on systematic relaxation of the body while the mind enters a state of deep, meditative awareness—like dreaming while fully awake. In this ultra-relaxed state of consciousness, the mind is focused, fully alert, and receptive, as the body releases into the physiological relaxation response where deep healing, regeneration and rejuvenation can happen.
[take this class at the Harvard Sq. location, Fridays at 6:00 pm; check the Harvard Sq. studio schedule to confirm]
 

SLOW FLOW some prior yoga experience required, but beginners welcome

Take it slow with this gentle, but deep approach to Vinyasa yoga. This practice links poses to breath to reveal body awareness, inner strength, and easeful opening. Some postures will be held longer to encourage the body to release deep-seated tension. Alignment cues and hands-on assists are woven into the flow to guide students to safely receive all the practice has to offer. Posture modifications are offered to suit all fitness levels.

Slower-paced than standard a vinyasa class, Slow Flow is about strengthening and deep stretching in the body while following a slower and more gentle rhythm of movement. We can carry our practice of Slow Flow into our everyday lives. It will help us be more mindful, grounded, and balanced in everything we do.
[offered at various times throughout the week at the Harvard Sq. and Newbury St. locations -- click on each studio's name to check the schedule page to confirm]

STRONG FLOW some prior yoga experience required

Strong Flow is a powerful, fast-paced vinyasa class. It is breath driven, challenging and fun! Class begins with modified sun salutations, and then continues on to a layered flow, building in complexity with each repetition. Standing poses, arm balances, backbends, and inversions may be explored, followed by plenty of calming, stretchy poses to relax tired muscles. Emphasis is placed on building long, strong and flexible muscles in a mindful, nurturing way. Get ready to move!!
[offered at various times throughout the week at the Harvard Sq. and Newbury St. locations -- click on each studio's name to check the schedule page to confirm]
 

VINYASA (FLOW) some prior yoga experience required

(this class MAY be taught in a warm room that is heated to aprox. 85 degrees; see if "heated" or "warm" is marked on the schedule next to the class name)
This very popular contemporary yoga style requires a good-working knowledge of the basic yoga poses. The class leads through a series of breath-synchronized postures which are linked to one another through a flowing movement--thus "flowing" into one another and inspiring the style name, Flow ('Vinyasa" in Sanskrit) Yoga. Each movement of the body is harmonized to each breath taken, so the breath is not forced to follow the actions of the body as occurs with other forms of exercise.

Please note: this general-style class is conducted in a unique way by each different instructor--so Vinyasa with one teacher might not be the same experience as Vinyasa with another teacher.  This is a great reason to try more yoga and explore different approaches by all of our great teachers! :)
[offered 
at various times throughout the week at the Harvard Sq. and Newbury St. locations -- click on each studio's name to check the schedule page to confirm]
 

VINYASA FLOW & RESTORE some prior yoga experience required

This class brings together the elegant, flowing motion of vinyasa yoga with the grounding stillness and silence of yin yoga. In one word, this class is an exploration of equanimity.

It is the balance between muscle-strengthening, breath-expanding vinyasa yoga and the meditative, tissue-healing practice of yin yoga. We will blend these two polarities together to create a consolidated flow which uses the breath and alignment in an energizing vinyasa practice and which cultivates our yin awareness and our inner witness to descend deep into our bodies to nourish our joints and connective tissue.

This practice is a union of of energy-generating vinyasa and energy-receiving yin. So, come, play, re-align and find your center.
[take this class at the Newbury St. location, Sundays at 5:30 pm; check Newbury St. studio schedule to confirm]

YIN no yoga experience required, beginners welcome

This lusciously slow and meditative practice is the yogic prescription for chronic tension, feelings of overwhelm, longterm physical imbalance, and/or exhaustion. It is the perfect compliment to more vigorous yoga styles, and a great balancer for high-stress living.

Through the elegant combination of appropriate asana and gentle timing, Yin Yoga deeply stretches and nourishes the joints of the body, helping to generate much greater flexibility and core-level relaxation. Yin Yoga is not boring, in fact the poses and cues will challenge and inspire you--and the relaxation is mindful and deep.

The practice is designed to bring your Central Nervous System into "Rest, Digest and Restore" mode, where healing work at the cellular level can occur--like digestion, muscle repair, scar tissue production, organ detoxification and emotional processing. 

Yin yoga sequences are also often linked to Meridian theory, similar to the practice of acupuncture, and can help open up and balance the body's energetic pathways. Think of it as an efficient way to catch up on all that sleep you missed over the years! 
[offered 
at various times throughout the week at the Harvard Sq. and Newbury St. locations -- click on each studio's name to check the schedule page to confirm]
 

not yoga

The following classes are taught at our studios because they complement, enrich, or are related to the practice of yoga (alphabetically listed):

BOLLYWOOD DANCE no experience required, beginners welcome

The Bollywood form of dance is an art that fuses India's most traditional dances such as bhangra, garba, and classical bharatnatyam with the hustle and bustle of Western forms such as hip-hop, salsa, and jazz. Bollywood dance is not only a form movement but it is an artistic expression in which themes of drama, comedy, and romance are all involved.

We will learn all the dance moves from scratch, so bring only your spirit for fun, adventure and great music. You will quickly learn one of the more popular styles of dance in India and have a blast!
[not taught on the schedule this month; check back to confirm start dates!]
 

QI GONG AND DAOIST / ZEN MEDITATION no experience required, beginners welcome

The Chinese equivalent of yoga, this is an ancient exercise that uses simple flowing movements, breath control, and "standing" meditation. Easily accessible to beginners, it is an excellent tool to promote overall strength in the body, freedom in the joints, and calmness in the mind.
[not taught on the schedule this month; check back to confirm start dates!]
 

REIKI & MEDITATION no experience required, beginners welcome

Come experience the long hidden and complete system of Reiki for eliminating deep blockages within your Body, Soul, and Spirit. This beautiful, silent class set in a group setting is sure to liberate you on all levels of your being.
This two-part class is composed of a meditation and group reiki session. Through serene music, candles, and a different theme each week, this class is intended to remind you of your truth, your greatness, and your divinity. During the meditation (known as Max Meditation) portion of class, students surrender to a body relaxation, silence, focusing on a word from nature, and a guided journey. During the reiki (known as Ensofic Ray) portion of class, students lie down on yoga mats with blankets and experience this healing, relaxing technique led by the instructor. As you receive this powerful experience in complete comfort, you’ll walk out of class reminded of your true nature of joy and inner peace.
[take this class at the Newbury St. location, Saturdays at 5:30 pm; check Newbury St. studio schedule to confirm]