The mandated restrictions due to COVID19 closed our physical studio spaces this spring. However, we are opening for limited classes starting JUNE 8th! We invite you to join us in either Exeter or Portsmouth for in studio classes or to continue your virtual practice with us from your home.
Most classes at Yogasmith are Ashtanga-based or Vinyasa Flow and focus on linking movement and breath throughout the practice. Classes vary by teacher as they each bring their own background and experience to the mat with a blend of styles such as Anusara, Yin, and Power. We encourage new and current members to be open to new experiences and to try any class that is at your ability level (see below). To learn more about the individual teachers and their teaching styles, check out their bios here. For the most up to date schedules and class changes please download the MindBody App or view online.
You DO NOT need to “sign up” for classes in advance, but you do now have that option if you’d like to create your weekly schedule in MindBody.
All Levels: This class is designed with the beginner in mind, but is also aimed at the seasoned student who wants to strengthen the foundation of their yoga practice. We believe it is helpful for the beginner to be practicing yoga with more experienced students and this class provides that opportunity. This class creates an environment that is safe, instructional, and inspiring.
Level 1: Classes provide more verbal instruction and a slower pace, to allow new students to feel comfortable as they try on foundational poses along with breathing techniques. The “beginners’ mind” is appreciated, and questions may be answered before and after class with the teacher.
Level 2: Builds upon the information learned in the All Levels or Level 1 classes and focuses on structural alignment principles for an experience of a stronger and more stable body. These classes also offer more options for advanced postures.
Level 3: Offers an opportunity to play with what has been developed in earlier levels and explore an athletic practice of breath/movement coordination with minimal cues about alignment. This practice builds awareness and strength at the true center of the body.
Gentle Yoga: Whether you are new to yoga, desire a slower pace from your more vigorous practice, are recovering from an injury, or want to experience stress relief, gentle yoga is a safe and supportive practice for all levels of experience and ability. You will calm the mind and open the body through gentle warms ups of the joints and spine, traditional yoga postures, breathing techniques and relaxation. You are encouraged to go at your own pace, listen to and honor your body. Come build strength and flexibility through a mindful practice that will support your whole being.
Restorative: This class is all about relaxation. Restorative yoga is known for the calming and healing effects of practicing poses using props to create a supportive environment for total relaxation. Utilizing props makes it easier for the body to get into certain poses, and thus, surrender to the pose. The more your body is supported in the poses the deeper the sense of relaxation. Relaxation is a state in which there is no movement, no effort, and the brain is quiet. Typically, Restorative poses are sustained for 5-10 minutes or for as long as you are comfortable.
Restorative Flow: End your busy day with this gentle restorative flow class. The first 30-40 minutes of the class will be gentle flow, followed by restorative postures to finish the class leaving you in a relaxed state.
Yoga Sculpt: Improve your flexibility and muscle tone with a total body workout on the mat. Using yoga and barre techniques and props we will aim to strengthen the body using small isometric movements. This is an all levels class.