Class Descriptions

/Class Descriptions
Class Descriptions 2018-05-06T16:36:32+00:00

Many styles of Yoga under One Shell-

Start enjoying a routine and find what yoga is best for you. Registration for classes is on a monthly basis with MindBody Software. We encourage students to pre-register because sometimes they fill up fast. Turtles has a variety of classes to choose from for your yoga practice. (* NO Aerial or Dance Fusion the second weekend of each month only, the room is reserved for our Ayurvedic Yoga Training here at the studio, thank you)

 Aerial Gentle Yoga:  This class compliments Restorative Aerial and our Foundations/All levels classes. The silk is set at waist height and is an excellent and informative balance and alignment tool. As in an all levels/foundation class or Restorative Aerial, students will move through postures, assisted by the silk, that mirror traditional Hatha/Vinyasa/Yin traditions, but with less total inversion/pressure heavy postures. This is a great option for people who have limited mobility, get a little motion sick, or don’t feel the need to dangle quite so much. This class will also move a little slower giving your Yoga Suggester, Annie, time to help you discover how the silk can best support and grow your practice. You must call to reserve your spot in class for Aerial- We have only a number of silks.

 Aerial Restorative:  This is an all-levels class which uses the silks to gently support gentle restorative poses. This class features deeply relaxing full-body inversions as well as mindful stretches and a long relaxation at the end in the cocoon of the hammock!  Visit the Aerial page on the website for more details. You must call to reserve your spot in class for Aerial- We have only a number of silks.

Aerial Intermediate:  This Aerial class is for intermediate Aerial students who have taken a minimum of (5) five classes here at Turtles and comfortable with Inversions. This class will exceed your expectations in aerial balanced with a strong yoga practice. You will laugh, move, stretch, push the yoga limits with a gentle wrapping in Savasana completing your experience. Visit the Aerial page on the website for more details. You must call to reserve your spot in class for Aerial- We have only a number of silks.

Ayurvedic: Core-strengthening and deeply relaxing is the essence of this class. You will move into standing poses and balancing poses to address the seasons and organ systems active in that season. You will learn how each pose reflects the organs and ways of your body. We always end with a bit of restorative yoga and an extended Savasana. This is not a hot, sweaty class but more of a balancing class to warm up the muscles, get the joints moving and nervous system relaxed and calm. Ayurveda believes a person is as old as their digestive system, therefore supporting the digestive system is a major focus of the practices in this class.

Candlelight Yoga: During our Candlelight Flow Yoga you will enjoy a peaceful and relaxing candlelit room as you move from one pose to the next. A perfect way to unwind after a busy day or busy weekend. This warm, dynamic class encompasses a strong standing flow to warm the body with an emphasis on deep relaxing hip openers. The class is wrapped in candles, the perfect way to relax from your Monday or take the Thursday class and let the busy week just melt away and really find calmness and joy by releasing and relaxing into the weekend and your intentions of letting go and become blissed out!

Gentle Yoga: This class incorporates the physical practice of yoga poses (asana), regulated breathing (pranayama) and meditation while giving attention to the form, alignment and intention of poses and movement through instruction and practice. The poses are practiced at a slower and gentler pace. This Appropriate ideal for beginner levels or needing a more slower pace practice. This is a quiet, restful, calming class to gently stretch & lengthen the body. Class begins with breath work (Pranayama) followed by gentle flowing movements with supported postures (asanas) using) props: bolsters, blocks, blankets, and straps. Class completes with the peak pose Savanna (resting pose) gently yoking the mind and the body into peaceful awareness. 

Kundalini Yoga: Called the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul. In Kundalini Yoga we harness the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body and put them under the domain of the will, which is the instrument of the soul. This technology precisely and consciously combines breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purify the blood. It brings balance to the body, mind, and soul.

Lunch Yoga: Get your mind and your body stretched in this one hour lunch class. Cultivate mindfulness in your movement with core exercises combined of with dynamic flow to increase strength and flexibility needed to improve your yoga practice and your overall health. Great class in the middle of your day to check out of the busy life and really focus on you. This is an all levels class and props are provided, blocks, stability balls and bands. Students love this class and leave refreshed and saying, “I so needed this.” 

traveling turtle pix-sm

Level 1 Hatha: Learn the basics of yoga in a supportive environment. Class includes clear and precise instruction in basic yoga postures to build awareness, strength, flexibility and balance. Includes breathing and relaxation. The class incorporates the physical practice of yoga poses (asana), regulated breathing (pranayama) and meditation. This class gives attention to the form, alignment and intention of poses and movement through instruction and practice. This yoga class draws upon alignment principles while it incorporates physical, mental and spiritual transformation. Appropriate for all levels.

Level 2 Hatha: Yoga experience required. Continued refinement of posture alignment with focus on connecting to the inner body experience of yoga and deeper study of philosophy. More challenging inversions and backbends will be introduced. Also includes time for pranayama (breath techniques), meditation and relaxation.

Level 1 & 2 Hatha: Continue to explore the nuances of alignment, awareness, and breath, with some more challenging options for the more experienced beginner. Beginning inversions and sun salutations will be offered, as well as pranayama. Students are encouraged to go at their own pace to deepen their practice as they feel ready, and modifications are offered for the more challenging uses. This class is suitable for the more experienced beginner to intermediate student and taught by a Yoga Therapist Certified Instructor. 

Meditation Class: Learn to find the stillness and peace within yourself with meditation. Meditation is both nourishing for the body and the mind. It helps ease anxiety, inside, creativity, and create inner peace and joy. Please come and experience the richness and depth of this practice. During each class, we will begin with grounding ourselves and setting an intention, followed by breath-work to calm the mind and nervous system. Brittany will guide you in a meditation, along with some time in silence. This is for all levels. Bring your mat and wear comfortable clothing. 

Restorative: A style of Yoga in which floor postures, supported by props (blankets, bolsters and blocks) are held for a time to gently and deeply open the body to promote deep relaxation, better health and better sleep. Appropriate for all levels. A great compliment to our more vigorous classes.

Stress Reduction Yoga: This class involves a lot of slow movements and focuses on reducing stress levels. Use the powerful tools of yoga and breath to balance out the energy of the body so you can experience a happy and healthy life.

ViniYoga: This is a flowing yoga class that includes a gentle warm up, a slowly increasing Asana sequence, a philosophy of respecting the body’s limits, following the breath, and a great variation in the range of motion, which is essential for vitality. This is suitable for all levels. This class helps you reduce stress and calm the nervous system with a breath-centric practice. These techniques really teach you how to relax. The approach is subtle, but powerful, incorporating slow, controlled movements in and out of postures, paired with poses held for longer periods of time. This combination leads to greater strength, flexibility and psychological benefits.

Vinyasa: Deepen your Vinyasa practice with flows that emphasize precision alignment and muscle activation. Identify, from the inside out, your potential for balance, strength, stamina, and flexibility. Our instructors are lively, verbal, and creative teacher who relies on repeated attention to yoga’s most fundamental aspects to inspire growth in both beginning and advanced practitioners. Explore your edge with standing balances, inversions, aerobic flows and isometric strengtheners. Calm your heart and mind with attention to breath, deep stretching, and savasana that rejuvenate, inform, and keep you coming back to the mat.

POWER Vinyasa:

Yin: Yin is a gentle practice for any level of yoga and beginners. Yin yoga poses apply moderate emphasis to the connective tissues—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. The class flows in a gentle pace with focusing on stretching your body. The poses are also designed to improve the flow of qi, the subtle energy said in Chinese medicine to run through the meridian pathways of the body.

Yoga for Modern Living: In this fast pace world, we are connected by busy lives and modern technology in more ways than one. Maddie, your yoga instructor has designed a class to help support your back, neck, shoulders and overall well being. We know you are not going to stop doing your busy life, however allow us to help you create some postures and techniques to make the time spent as a “sitting” more sustainable. Relax your neck and shoulders, strengthen and flex your back and open your hips. Release stress and tension. This is exactly why this class was specifically designed with YOU in mind. All levels are welcome.

Aqua Classes

pool2Aqua Cardio : This class is a higher level cardio class, you will get your heart pumping and body moving in this hour. You will be practicing postures in water puts less stress on the joints and brings a feeling of expansion, as it allows you to safely experience a wider range of movement. Standing in water while practicing yoga adds uniform resistance for abdominal work against, which promotes a healthy core and strong back muscles. The water resistance also allows you to build strength and endurance without any anxiety or unnecessary pressure to fulfill an ideal and also helps you develop a greater range of joint motion and muscle flexibility.  We will move at a faster pace with more strengthening poses and movements. Be ready to have a solid work out in the pool and move your body. The class is fun, invigorating and motivating. We welcome anyone who has had aqua class experience or who has taken Aqua Slow Flow with Julie and ready to take their aqua class to the next level. This class is in a salt pool with temperatures ranging from 80-83 degrees. No late entries to the class, please be on time, pre-register- this class fills up fast.


MELT roller on backWe are so excited to offer MELT here at Turtles with Lila. Normally Lila offers this class as a workshop, however we are the only studio to have The MELT Method® (MELT®) on our weekly schedule and offered to our Members! Lila will introduce you to the MELT Method and during the duration of the months, she will also offer amazing workshops to really dive deep into the beauty wisdom, body movement and more advanced knowledge in various workshops. We offer a 10 Melt rollers and balls for the class, however we suggest you bring your own and your welcome to order a set at the front desk at Turtles. 

Lila will have MELT products available for this class. Have a question about MELT, before or after class say hello to Lila! Looking to attend a MELT workshop, lets gather 5 friends and make one happen!

MELT in a nutshell “turtleshell” is a simple self-treatment technique that reduces chronic pain and helps you stay healthy, youthful, and active for a lifetime. Just 10 minutes of MELT three times a week is all you need to reduce the effects of accumulated tension and stress caused by daily living. This revolutionary approach is backed by the latest science and acclaimed by hundreds of thousands of devoted MELTers around the world!

New research has revealed the missing link to pain-free living: a balanced nervous system and healthy connective tissue. These two components work together to provide your body architectural support and optimal mind-body communication. Using specialized techniques, a soft body roller, and four different small balls, MELT hydrates the connective tissue, balances the nervous system, and restores space to compressed joints.

Read more about MELT here.

Mat Pilates – 

mat pilates 2Mat Pilates: Challenge deep abdominal muscles to support your core by engaging your mind and enhance body awareness while  reducing stress, relieve tension and boost energy, restoring postural alignment by creating a stronger, more flexible spine and enhancing mobility, agility and stamina. Compliment your routine and sports training by developing a functional fitness for your daily life activity.

Dance Fusion

This will be offered through out the year as a workshop. Our members LOVE this class. We have both men and woman who take this class and insisted we have it on our schedule. Yamuna and Lila are amazing instructors. They will fill your body with soulful music and expression of movement. This is a great class to get your body moving and freely flowing if you have tightness or just want to learn to feel comfortable moving in your body. If you love Nia, you will LOVE Cardio Dance Fusion, this tunes your body + tones your mind via the expressiveness of movement, the power of martial arts, and the sensitivity of the healing arts – leaving you energized, grounded and glowing! This class is a barefoot non-impact cardio dance is always adaptable to individual needs and abilities. 

New to Movement? With easy-to follow choreography, great music, and simple cueing, this class provides a 60-minute endorphin-filled mini-vacation! Check out this fun video.



  • Feel good!
  • Supports weight loss / weight management
  • You’ll get stronger and (more) toned
  • You’ll increase your endurance
  • You’ll relieve stress
  • You’re posture will improve
  • You’ll condition your cardiovascular system
  • You’ll strengthen your immune system
  • You’ll look and feel younger and happier
  • Did we mention, you’ll have fun 
  • Come experience the joy of movement

Other Yoga Offerings

hangtal-gong-no-stresszGong Bath: Begin this amazing experience with a brief warm ups and pranayama (breath exercises) before an extended deep relaxation to the sounds of the gong. Perfect for relieving stress and balancing the nervous system. Everything you see around you is vibrating at a frequency, whether we hear it or not (yes wifi and all those gadgets you love give off a frequency too). Sound frequencies can effect us on a cellular level, influence how we feel and function. Sound healing practices like a Gong Bath uses vibrational sound and frequency to help reduce stress, alter consciousness and create a deep sense of peace and well being for better health. To greater amplify the healing effectiveness of a Gong Bath all you need to add is intention. Adding good intentions to your everyday living is a holistic way of thinking and even though you may not believe in such things, just give it a try and you might be surprised by the results.

Once you start to opening yourself up to this way of thinking and visualize a positive outcome for anything in your life (before a gong session you could visualize overcoming an issue) the success of the outcome is intensified, because the energy of intention is a powerful tool. Great for all levels of people and yoga.

Private Sessions:  A personal training session is the most effective way to learn, practice and perfect your Yoga practice. The instructor devotes undivided attention to your specific needs and develops a custom program for optimum results. Great for healing the body, building strength or hitting your wellness goal!