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Types of Yoga:
Seitai Yoga
Prenatal Yoga
Postnatal Yoga
Restorative Yoga (3x/month)
Asa Yoga
Special Classes

How to Choose a Class

Welcome to FURLA yoga! In order to choose the class that is best for you, please read the following:

1) If you have no previous yoga experience, please begin with

  •      "Hatha Yoga 1" or "Iyengar Yoga 1" class, or
  •      A class marked "Beginners Welcome" in the class description (below), including Seitai Yoga, Restorative Ypga, and Pre- and Postnatal Yoga.

2) If you have practiced yoga 6 months or more, you may join an "All Levels" class. You may consult with the teacher after the class to determine whether the level is appropriate for you.

3) If you have practiced yoga one year or more, you may join either level "2" or "All Levels" classes. You are also certainly welcome to join a lower-level class.

4) Prenatal and Postnatal students may join any Prenatal or Postnatal class. Please see the class description below for details on preparing for class.

5) Get to know your instructor! See their profile on the "Instructors" page.

6) If you still have questions, please see the FAQ page, or contact us by phone or e-mail. 

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Class Level Descriptions

LEVEL "1"

A first introduction to basic yoga poses and principles, in level "1", the beginner acquires a basic understanding of asana (posture) dynamics and breath awareness. Experience how practicing yoga can help you gain flexibility and strength, promote balance and enhance relaxation. For students who are new to yoga, as well as for those who would like a review of the fundamentals.

LEVEL "2"

Level "2" class is for those who have practiced regularly for at least one year, and have achieved a level of confidence in their practice. This class focuses on strengthening basic skills in yoga asana, in order to progress to seated, backbending, and inverted poses. Basic pranayama (breathing techniques) may also be introduced.

"ALL LEVEL" 

This is a mixed-level class appropriate for students with a wide range of experience and abilities. While this level is recommended for students with six months or more yoga experience, beginners are welcome, as our experienced instructor will accommodate your needs.

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Types of Yoga:

"HATHA YOGA" 

Hatha Yoga ("Ha" = Sun, "Tha" = Moon) refers to the practice of physical postures (asana) and breathing practices (pranayama) which prepare the body and mind for meditation.  A full Hatha yoga practice incorporates some of the following: standing, sitting, twisting, forward- and backward- bending asana, as well as inversions (headstand, handstand, shoulderstand, etc., depending on the class level) which provide strength, flexibility, and balance to the physical body while settling the mind. 

"IYENGAR YOGA"

Iyengar Yoga is a type of Hatha Yoga, developed by Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar. Now 96 years old, Mr. Iyengar has spent his life systematizing the classical yoga postures. Iyengar Yoga focuses on correct alignment of the body and clear understanding of direction of intention, to create a very precise way of practicing the asana (yoga postures). Making use of props to help students achieve the best possible poses while attending to each students different capabilities, Iyengar Yoga can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age, body type, or physical limitations. Iyengar Yoga introduces classic poses while sequencing postures carefully to create different effects within each practice.  Each posture links to the next, creating a base from which to practice asana effectively.

"HATHA FLOW"

From September, 2017, Hatha Flow classes become "Hatha Yoga All Level Class".


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Seitai Yoga

Masaki’s Seitai Yoga is held on Saturdays from 3:30-5:00pm, and Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30pm.

"Special 2-Hour Seitai Yoga" classes are also offered occasionally (see Schedule page and "Special Classes" on this page).

This class was developed by Masaki Okinaka for people with back trouble, tight shoulders, and related health problems, and utilizes basic yoga poses as well as other bodywork modalities, including Seitai (traditional Japanese chiropractic), Alexander Technique, and Feldenkrais Method, to improve posture and body awareness. By becoming aware of your habitual body use patterns, you can improve your health and well-being, and restore your mind and body. See Masaki’s instructor profile for more details.

Students of all levels are welcome to join. Beginners welcome.

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Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga is held in English every Monday from 1:00-2:30pm with Meg. At this time, we do not offer Prenatal Yoga in Japanese. Thanks for your understanding.

This class helps mothers-to-be develop strength, flexibility, and focus to prepare for birth. Through the practice of asana (poses) and breathing, we nurture the body’s needs and attend to its changes throughout pregnancy. A yoga practice to increase awareness and create trust in the body’s ancient wisdom to engage in the power of labor.

You may begin Prenatal Yoga classes after the 14th week of your pregnancy, and may practice as long as you feel well. Some students come to class on their due date!

Students of all levels are welcome to join. Beginners welcome.

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Postnatal Yoga

Postnatal Yoga is held in English every Thursday from 11:00am-12:30pm with Meg. At this time, we are not offering Postnatal Yoga in Japanese.

New moms are welcome at Postnatal Yoga classes, and new babies are welcome, too. The class is specifically designed for the needs of a new mom, and focuses on poses that strengthen the back and abdominal areas and free the upper body, plus poses for relaxation and emotional balance as well. Class also includes simple poses with the babies which can be practiced at home. We try to make moms and babies feel as comfortable as possible. Breastfeeding and changing diapers during class is all part of our yoga practice as new moms.

You may begin from 1 month after birth, 2 months in case of caesarean. Contact us if you have any questions.

Students of all levels are welcome to join. Beginners welcome.

Babies who plan to attend are asked to read the notes below!

-Babies are welcome to attend class until they are mobile enough to distract Mom or other participants from the yoga practice.  Feel free to discuss "graduation" with the instructor.

-Please bring a towel/small blanket to put under your baby, plus a change of clothes, diapers (plan to take diapers and trash home), and a drink (breast or bottle) for your baby. Older babies may bring some quiet toys.

-Because there is no space to park strollers, we request that you please bring your baby in a baby carrier or sling.

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Restorative Yoga (3x/month)

Restorative Yoga Classes are held on selected Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00pm.

Nov. 16: Yoshiko O

Nov. 30: Noriko

Dec. 7: Yoshiko O

In Restorative Yoga classes, the goal is to refresh the body and mind. After a brief warm-up, we use props such as bolsters, blankets, blocks, and belts to support the body in poses for longer periods of time to allow deep relaxation. With fewer standing poses and a relaxed atmosphere, this class is perfect for any student, from beginner to advanced. This class is held in Japanese, and is taught by Yoshiko O and Ineko (Iyengar Yoga instructors),  and Noriko (Hatha Yoga instructor).

Students of all levels are welcome to join. Beginners welcome.

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Asa Yoga

"Asa Yoga" is held every Tuesday, 7:15-8:15am.
 
Start your day with this one-hour class.* Asa Yoga starts with a dynamic yoga practice, finishing with a quiet meditation, so that you can approach the day with a fresh mind, body, and spirit! 

*Due to the shorter class length, class fee is Y2000 yen, payable in cash. (You are welcome to use a FURLA yoga ticket, but there is no discount in this case.) 

Students of all levels are welcome to join. Beginners welcome.

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Special Classes

November Special Classes

 
November 5 (Sun.) 3:30-5:30pm "2-Hour Seitai Yoga Class" with Masaki
See the Class Description for "Seitai Yoga" for details.  This class is open to all levels of practitioners.
 
November 11 (Sat.) 1:30-3:00pm "Yoga Kurunta (Rope Wall) Class" with Mika
Expand the interior space of the body using the support of the rope wall!  Class will also focus on specific issues for each student in attendance.  Reservation required. Yoga experience required.
 
November 19 (Sun.) 3:30-5:00 pm "Sun Salutation Series: Focus on the Spine" with Koumei
Sun Salutations are a foundation of many yoga classes. Viewing this sequence of poses from an anatomical perspective is also fascinating. This class focuses on the spine in terms of both anatomy and biomechanics, in order to both improve your sun salutations, as well as improving awareness of the spine elsewhere in your practice. All levels of practitioners are welcome.
 
November 23 (Thurs.) Labor Thanksgiving Day Special Class:
1:00-3:00pm "Backbends and Forward Bends" with Junko
After opening the chest and extending the spine in backbending poses, relieve the body in forward folding poses. All levels of practitioners are welcome.
 
December Special Classes
 
December 2 (Sat.) 1:30-3:00pm "Yoga Kurunta (Rope Wall) Class" with Mika
Expand the interior space of the body using the support of the rope wall!  Class will also focus on specific issues for each student in attendance.  Reservation required. Yoga experience required.
 
December 9 (Sat.) 1:30-3:00pm "Backbends for Winter (Level 2)" with Masayo
In winter, the cold weather makes our bodies feel stiff; in this class, after preparing the chest and back, we will try a variety of backbending poses! For Level 2 students  only. This class is taught in both Japanese and English.
 
December 10 (Sun.) 3:30-5:00 pm "Sun Salutation Series: Focus on the Spine" with Koumei
Sun Salutations are a foundation of many yoga classes. Viewing this sequence of poses from an anatomical perspective is also fascinating. This class focuses on the spine in terms of both anatomy and biomechanics, in order to both improve your sun salutations, as well as improving awareness of the spine elsewhere in your practice. All levels of practitioners are welcome.
 
December 23 (Sat.)Emperor’s Birthday Special Class:
13:30-15:00pm "Yoga Kurunta (Rope Wall) Class" with Mika
Expand the interior space of the body using the support of the rope wall!  Class will also focus on specific issues for each student in attendance.  Reservation required. Yoga experience required.
 
December 28: Closing Day Special Classes and Closing Party! Details to come; save the date!
 
*Unless otherwise noted, Special Classes cost the same as regular classes, and are taught in Japanese. Reservations recommended for Special Classes.

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