Yoga Center of Columbia Yoga, Pilates, Qigong, & Meditation Class Descriptions

(FC = Free Class Available Apr. 1 - 7)


Yoga 1 (FC)
Introduces new and continuing students to the fundamental principles of alignment and breath in the basic standing poses. Emphasis will be on opening and strengthening the shoulders, back and legs.

Beginner’s Yoga (Mini-Session)
This class is meant for students who are interested in starting a yoga practice part-way through our progressive session. It introduces the same poses taught in Yoga 1. Completion of this mini-session establishes a foundation upon which to grow in Yoga 1 or Gentle Yoga at the beginning of the next session.

Yoga 1 Plus (FC)
For the student who has completed Yoga 1 or has prior Yoga experience, but prefers the pace of a Yoga 1 class. This class will explore, in greater depth, the standing poses and alignment principles. It’s more than Yoga 1 and less than Yoga 1-2.

Yoga 1-2 (FC)
For continuing students who have completed Yoga 1 or who have prior Yoga experience. Emphasis will be on refining the basic standing poses while building endurance and strength and introducing Yoga 2 poses & variations.

Yoga 1-2 Plus
For students who have completed Yoga I-2. This class will emphasize building endurance and introducing Yoga 2 poses. Preparations for inverted poses (headstand, plow, and shoulderstand) will be introduced. It's more than Yoga 1-2 & less than Yoga 2.

Yoga 1 - 2 and Meditation (FC)
Cultivate strength, stability and ease in a yoga practice that leads into introductory breathing practices and seated meditation.

Yoga 2 (FC)
For students who have completed Yoga 1-2 or have prior Yoga experience. Emphasis on refining Yoga 2 poses and variations and introducing revolved and seated poses. Preparations for inversions may be presented.

Yoga 2 Plus (FC)
For students who have completed Yoga 2 and are ready to continue to build more strength, stamina, and flexibility by refining alignment and deepening Yoga 2 poses. Begins to explore more advanced postures including inversions and arm balances. It's more than Yoga 2 and less than Yoga 2-3.

Yoga 2-3
Level 2-3 is for intermediate students who have completed level 2. It will focus on deepening the practice through further exploration of revolved standing poses, twists, inversions, backbends and arm balances

Yoga Core (FC)
Abdominal strength improves nearly every pose, offering a sense of balance and ease in your body. Yoga Core will point you to the vital force that holds you steady in your poses, keeps you upright in your standing poses, lends vitality in backbends, and enables you to maintain balance. Core strength is what will help your practice soar! Pre-requisite: Completion of Yoga 1.

Yoga Core Plus (FC)
An intermediate class, Yoga Core Plus is for the student interested in advancing their practice by working on strength and endurance. A strong, flexible core underpins almost everything you do. This practice will make you strong and empower your body, mind, and spirit!

ParaYoga (FC)
ParaYoga seamlessly weaves yoga postures, breathing techniques, and meditation into a complete practice that supports your physical and mental wellbeing. Develop strength, steadiness, and balance with yoga poses. Guided meditation and integrated breathing practices

Care Partner Yoga (FC)
Extra gentle seated yoga class specifically designed for “Care Partners” including both the caregiver and the person who needs assistance. Learn breathing techniques to reduce stress, move through gentle seated stretches and practice instructor guided meditation for an overall improved well-being. No prior yoga experience necessary.

Yoga For A Healthy Back (FC)
For all levels, this class will use yoga poses and sequencing specifically tailored to anyone looking to focus on strengthening, supporting, and/or maintaining a healthy back and spine. Explore safe, adaptable, and effective yoga postures, including standing, seated, backbends, twists, and forward bends, specifically designed to enhance strength, flexibility, and core stability. 

Mindfulness Meditation (FC)
For those new to meditation, learn seated and walking meditation and other mindfulness practices that can be incorporated into your daily life.

Yoga For Round Bodies (FC)
Every body can be a yoga body! We will practice guided meditation, breathing, and poses specially tailored to work with your beautiful curves in a body positive, non-judgmental environment. Absolute beginners and all levels welcome. 

Mindful Eating (FC)
This seven week workshop series is designed to help you develop a better relationship with food. Living in our fast paced and stressful world, we often eat when we are not hungry, when we are stressed or emotional, and we frequently never really taste our food. You will learn how to sensitively listen to your body’s hungers, how to handle emotional and stress eating, and how to fully and joyfully experience your food when you eat. Each of the 7, 2 hour classes will consist of learning new material, yoga or other movement practice, meditation, mindful eating exercises, and discussion. You will receive a binder with class notes and homework practices as well as access (digital or CD form) to guided practices you can do at home. The more you practice and participate, the more you will benefit from the workshops.

Yoga For Healthy Bones & Joints (FC)
Scientific studies have shown that yoga can prevent and reverse bone loss, and can improve symptoms of arthritis. We will practice postures that will safely build and strengthen your bones, improve posture, and increase range of motion and flexibility in your joints. 

Chair 1 (FC)
Just about any pose that can be done standing, sitting, or lying on a mat can be adapted to sitting on a chair. Everyone is accommodated as each pose is presented in multiple levels of flexibility. The class includes breathing, meditation, strengthening, lengthening, and a lot of fun! Great for people with mobility or balance concerns, preparing for or recovering from surgery or joint replacement, and those who find it challenging to stand or get down to and up from the floor.

Chair 2 (FC)
Continue your exploration of chair yoga (see description above) in this class where more advanced options for poses are offered, including occasional standing at the wall or beside the chair for balance and deeper stretching. Each class includes breathing, meditation, strengthening, and lengthening. We also have fun! This class is perfect for those easing into an exercise program, those recovering from injuries or surgery, and those with other health challenges.

 Extra Gentle Yoga (FC)
Formerly known as therapeutic Yoga, this class is appropriately paced for those students with injuries and other health challenges, such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, MS, and chronic lower back and neck issues. Practicing within the group setting and the framework of each student’s abilities, we work to build strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to reduce or eliminate pain.

Gentle Yoga (FC)
This level 1 class specializes in using props to gently challenge the ability of students to their maximum potential. Gentle yoga provides a slower paced class, emphasizing yogic breathing and stress reduction. Poses are modified to enhance each student's experience of increasing body awareness, flexibility and strength. Suitable for students desiring a less vigorous class and for those with health challenges. Must be able to get up and down from the floor.


Gentle Yoga / Yoga 1 (FC)
A less vigorous approach to Yoga I using warm-ups, preparatory poses, modified poses, and props to help students learn the primary Yoga I poses and yoga basics. Focuses on standing poses, shoulder openers, and yogic breathing. Appropriate for beginning and continuing students including those experiencing or recovering from illness or injury, and for pregnant women with some yoga experience.

Pregnancy Yoga (FC)
Prepare for childbirth and motherhood with gentle and safe yoga for moms-to-be. Come stretch, strengthen, relax and meet other moms! Classes will be tailored to your individual needs and stage of pregnancy. Moms with high-risk conditions should check with their doctors prior to joining. Safe for weeks 1 through 42. No yoga experience needed!

Infant & Me Yoga (FC )
(For infants 6 weeks until crawling) Utilizing connective exercises (including asana, infant massage, song and meditation) this playful class will provide you and your baby with an opportunity to build strength & increase flexibility in addition to nurturing intimacy in these important early developmental months. It addresses basic postpartum needs, such as restoring & strengthening abdominal & pelvic muscles, while promoting a much needed sense of calm.

Crawlers/Toddlers To 2 & Me Yoga (FC)
Nurture the parent/child bond and assist in developing gross motor skills as crawling and walking babies to 2+ explore yoga through songs and movement. We'll have fun as they playfully explore the world and interact with other children, their parents and caregivers. Previous yoga experience is not needed. A brief relaxation segment concludes each class. Older siblings are welcome, space permitting.

Preschoolers 3-4 yrs and Me Yoga (FC)
Share your child's yoga experience through thematic based play, games, stories, props, and music. They'll learn and have fun in a welcoming atmosphere while increasing strength, coordination and body awareness. Previous yoga experience is not needed. Younger siblings are welcome, space permitting.

Children’s Yoga: (Ages 5 - 10 years) (FC)
Yoga increases their strength, flexibility, concentration and balance. The classes will include warm-up postures, breathing exercises, balancing poses, standing poses and lots of games.

Yoga For Preteens / Teens (FC)
Geared toward High School & Middle School students, this yoga class is tremendously beneficial to the healthy development of teens. It builds strength and flexibility, aids relaxation and stress reduction, and increases body awareness, self respect and self confidence.

Yoga for Men (FC)
This is a yoga class for men focusing on strength, flexibility, and power. You will increase your strength and flexibility in this one-hour efficient class. What makes this class different than other yoga classes: only men, strength will be emphasized, flexibility in regards to men. This class is appropriate for all levels.

Community Yoga
This gentle yoga class will be taught by recent graduates of our Teacher Training program, and will include gentle breathing exercises and yoga postures. No pre-registration is required. $5 donation requested.

PilatesWorks for HopeWorks (FC)
(Donation Based Community class). Suitable for people with Pilates experience. This half hour class will focus on various lower body series in Pilates. The physical benefits include more stability, and strength for hips and lower back, and more flexibility for legs, hips and back. Ankle weights, resistance bands and hands weights will be used each class, but will be optional, so you can get the right challenge level for you. All proceeds from this class are donated directly to HopeWorks of Howard County.

Yogalates (Yoga & Pilates) (FC)
East meets West in this combination of both disciplines. By fusing yoga with Pilates, participants will gain strength, flexibility and stability with extra attention given to the core muscles. No previous experience is needed.

Pilates 1 (FC)
Improve postural problems, increase core strength, prevent injury, create strong muscles, refine coordination and balance through body awareness, while also building functional strength and endurance. Thoroughly covers the basic mat work series of this whole body workout system created by Joseph Pilates.

Pilates 1 - 2 (FC)
This class builds on and refines the movements learned in level I while improving alignment and adding in a greater variety of exercises. Students who have taken a beginner level Pilates class (at the Yoga Center or elsewhere) are welcome.

Pilates 2
This class provides challenging Pilates mat work series plus more through core exercises as well as resistance work with bands and light weights. We will incorporate exercises and principles from sports medicine to further develop back, hip and knee health and always end with a light stretch. Resistance will be used in every class.

Pilates & Stretch 1 (FC)
Combining multiple traditions, this class will work your abs and back through movement and stabilization exercises for the ultimate in posture, powerhouse toning and core strength in a quick format. The majority of the class will be flexibility exercises for the whole body from various practices including focus on postural muscles, functional fitness, stress and pain relief.

Pilates & Stretch 1 - 2 (FC)
This class further develops abdominal and back muscles in a quick and challenging format. The flexibility portion takes deeper stretches with static hold, active isolated stretching, PNF stretching and more to expand upon both active and passive range of motion, to support sports and an active lifestyle and to optimize motor performance.

Foam Roller (FC)
In this mind/body class, utilize the breath to improve stability, strength and balance with the assistance of soft, therapeutic-grade foam rollers. The use of foam rollers provides the body with helpful feedback which works to improve the efficiency of our movement. This series will emphasize building core strength through stabilization of deep core muscles. Gentle yoga and Pilates inspired movements with the assistance of the roller will work to better the body’s response to dynamic surfaces such as moving cars, skis, and bicycles while also gently creating more mobility and flexibility in the shoulders, hips and spine. Each class will also include myofascial release, stretching, and a relaxation component.

Energy Medicine Yoga (FC)
An integrative practice accessible to students of all levels.  The practice includes asana poses, breath-work, meditation and Energy Medicine techniques such as acupressure holds, Neurolymphatic Reflex self-massage, and energy channel clearings.  EMYOGA will help unlock the language of your body to amplify your healing power.

Medical Longevity Qigong (FC)
Rooted in Chinese tradition, Qigong is a series of gentle movements synchronized with breathing and mindful intent which cultivates the flow of energy through the body. It is the foundation for Tai Chi and Traditional Chinese Medicine, supporting improved health and wellbeing.

Introduction To Women’s Qigong (FC)
Learn this beautiful and graceful Chinese health exercise that opens the body’s energy flow. This complete program of empowered self-care blends ancient Chinese & Tibetan techniques that address the specific health issues unique to women.

Women’s Qigong 2
For women who have completed Women’s Qigong 1: we will enhance and heighten the form. In particular, by blending our individual voices during Tibetan Sound Healing. New material will be shared for deepening and refining energy.