4th Avenue Yoga’s Hot 26 class is inspired by the Bikram method, ideally heated to 105f degrees with a humidity level ranging from 30-50%; but during the winter we have been achieving about 90 degrees. We will soon be adding heaters to achieve 105 degrees. Each class contains Bikrams’ beginning 26 yoga postures and 2 breathing exercises. Postures are practiced only once each in 60 minutes. This class is challenging and fun for both beginners and experienced practitioners!
Hatha Yoga strives to achieve balance between body and mind, as well as attempts to free the more subtle spiritual elements of the mind through physical poses or Asanas, Breathing Techniques or Pranayama and Meditation. Generally, our hatha classes will have an emphasis on static holds and alignment.
Restorative & Yin
These are our slowest paced classes. Restorative uses props and soothing sounds to help activate the healing response in the body through guided, relaxing poses and breathing techniques. Yin is similar in pace, as you hold poses longer to deeply stretch the muscle, however the poses are meant to stimulate rather than restore. Both practices are performed entirely on the ground with a collection of about 8 poses to span the full hour.
Every 2nd Sunday of each month, we will gather to discuss the deeper aspects of yoga, learn about the history and roots of the practice, and come together as community. Each session will cover a different topic, led by our senior instructors, and will include reading and discussion as well as opportunities to practice meditation, mudra and mantra together. If you have been looking for a little something extra in your practice, join us for this time of community exploration!
Vinyasa is our fastest paced class. We will lead you through a challenging flow class with movements designed to build mental and physical strength to advance your yoga practice. You can expect this practice to be more fluid as poses are connected in a seamless pattern based on the sun salutation.
The main focus of Tai Chi class is health and wellness. We work on relaxed and fluid movements and practice ancient techniques to strengthen the body and calm the mind. In class, we learn the steps of a Chen style Tai Chi form. Join Geneva for a relaxed and refreshing class and end the weekend in the best possible way.
Our Goal Temperatures for Classes
Non-Heated: 68-75 Degrees
Heated: 80-90 Degrees
Hot: 90-100 Degrees
Hot 26: 100-105 Degrees
Yoga comes from a Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’ which means ‘to join’. In its spiritual sense, it is the process by which the identity of the individual soul and the Supreme Soul is realized by the Yogi. The human soul is brought into conscious communion with the Divine Reality. Just as camphor melts and becomes one with fire; just as a drop of water when it is thrown into the ocean, becomes one with the ocean; the individual soul, when it is purified, when it is freed from lust, greed, hatred and egoism, when it becomes pure (Sattvic), becomes one with the Supreme Soul. The science that teaches the way of acquiring this occult knowledge is called ‘Yoga Sastra’.
Meditation cultivates those states of mind that are conducive to peace and well-being, and to eradicate those that aren’t. If we examine our life we will discover that most of our time and energy is devoted to mundane activities, such as seeking material and emotional security, enjoying sensory pleasures, or establishing a good reputation. Although these things can make us happy for a short time, they are not able to provide the deep lasting contentment that we long for. Sooner or later our happiness turns into dissatisfaction, and we find ourselves engaged in the pursuit of more worldly pleasures. Directly or indirectly, worldly pleasures cause us mental and physical suffering by stimulating attachment, jealousy, and frustration. Happiness is a state of mind, therefore the real source of happiness lies in the mind, not in external circumstances. If true fulfillment can’t be found in worldly pleasures, then where can it be found?
Tai Chi promotes the circulation of chi or life energy within the body, encouraging wellness and vitality of the person. Tai Chi benefits both genders and people of all ages. At 4th Avenue Yoga, Geneva teaches the Yang style.