SoulPlay Yoga offers a wide variety of classes - whether you're looking to build heat and sweat, luxuriate in a slow, deep stretch or if you're brand new to yoga and would like to start with the basics. Our yoga is practiced in a non-heated room, though we have large skylights that allow for natural warmth to fill the room. Check out a description of our classes below. You can find when each of these is offered on our class schedule.
+ YOGA BASICS
These classes cover the fundamentals of yoga for beginning students, those returning to yoga, or anyone who is looking for a gentler approach and a review of the basics of the physical practice. Emphasized instruction on the basics of poses, breathing and relaxation of the body and mind.
Perfect for when: You're brand new to yoga, you want to review the basics to improve your foundation or you're just in the mood for a structured, foundational class.
Goal: Learn or review the basics while taking it slow.
+ LEVEL ONE
A class for ongoing and strong beginners looking to challenge themselves. Emphasized instruction for sequencing together of poses, transitions between postures and basics of the salutation practice.
Perfect for when: You’re newer to the practice and want something more challenging than a Basics class, or you’re looking for specific instruction on poses but are ready for a little more flow.
Goal: Start to explore new possibilities in your practice and gain confidence on your mat.
+ SLOW FLOW
Hatha Flow class that slows down the flow to help maintain conscious control of breath, build resilience and intensify your practice. Slow Flow links unhurried breath with movement and mindfully holds postures to awaken the body and observe/clear the mind. These 90 minute classes start with intelligent opening of the body, abdominal/ core work, vinyasa, and a luxurious unwinding in deep stretches. You will explore and fine tune each posture at a comfortable pace allowing your body to deepen into a stretch or pause in strength building poses. Instructors give options for taking the postures up or down a notch. This class caters to intermediate students who know their physical limitations. You will enjoy creative, more complex sequencing, sun salutations, and the basics of inversions.
Perfect for when: You want to warm up slowly and have time to dig a little deeper.
Goal: Experience the poses deeply and luxuriate in a full-spectrum class.
+ VINYASA FLOW
Mixed level classes that emphasize linking movement and breath. These are Vinyasa classes that include sun salutations, dynamic movement and creative sequencing. A comprehensive practice with a slower warmup an cool-down. Classes may offer an exploration of inversions and arm balances. These classes are open to all levels but basic experience with yoga is helpful (beginners, consider trying Yoga Basics first).
Perfect for when: You want to move, breathe and flow, or you're new to yoga but you're adventurous and willing to be a little lost (don't worry, we'll help you!)
Goal: Get your heart pumping, move a lot, bliss out at the end.
+ STRONG FLOW
These classes are similar to the all levels vinyasa flow classes, but take it up a notch for those who want to work, sweat and build strength. These classes may include creative, more complex (and exciting!) sequencing and transitions. These classes typically include working on your arm balance and inversion practice.
Perfect for when: You want to challenge yourself with new postures and transitions, you're in the mood to work hard and have fun or when you're someone who doesn't take things too seriously!
Goal: Sweat, strength, flow, play.
+ BANDZ YOGA
SCULPT YOUR ZEN. The yoga postures you know and love, enhanced with resistance bands for a deeper stretch and greater activation of muscles groups that don't get much attention in yoga. Structured as a slower vinyasa class, you'll run through a full spectrum of postures and flows with resistance bands added in. The bands are always optional and make for an amazing burn!
Perfect for when: You want to add a little extra booty tone to your yoga practice (and arms and abs and back), you're someone who likes working out but isn't sure about yoga, or when you're up for a hybrid workout that is equal parts zen and fitness.
Goal: Get your flow on but feel a burn as if you'd hit a class at the gym.
+ UNWIND & RELEASE
This all levels class is the perfect way to end your week, with a combination of fluid movement and restorative held postures. Relax your body completely with dynamic stretches set to calming ambient beats. A strong start allows you to unwind and move through any built up stress, followed by a slow deep, releasing yin practice.
Perfect for when: You've had a long week and you need to unwind before the weekend, or you want to move but also to marinate in slow, deep, yummy stretches.
Goal: Balance your energy, soothe your soul and get ready for your weekend.
+ POWERFUL HATHA
In this all levels class, asana (postures) will be held for longer periods of time. Physical alignment; pranayama (breath); mantra repetition; and dharana (concentration) will be the focus, with the intention of preparing for a deeper spiritual state.
Perfect for when: You want to practice slowly, methodically, mindfully and dig deeper than you would in a flow or basics class.
Goal: Discover the deeper aspects of yoga philosophy, breathwork and mantra.
+ PRE & POST NATAL YOGA
An all-levels yoga class (beginners welcome) with supplementary instruction on safe, nurturing, prenatal self care. This class also has an emphasis on strengthening key body parts such as the pelvic floor, back and arms for an easier delivery and quicker postpartum recovery. Babies are welcome in the class up to 6 months (or when your babe is mobile).
Perfect for when: You're at any stage of your pregnancy, you've delivered and are cleared to resume exercise, or when you've got a newborn and want to show him/her how Mommy finds her balance.
Goal: Strengthen key muscles for delivery and recovery, ease muscle soreness from pregnancy, relax, breathe and feel supported.
+ IYENGAR/THERAPEUTIC YOGA
A meticulous practice adapted to serve the needs of the student. This class consists of strategic alignment of postures for spinal, hip and knee health. This Iyengar style class moves slowly but intensely, working the postures to find the optimal alignment for your body. This class also includes breathing, visualization, and relaxation.
Perfect for when: You're starting or coming back to yoga after rehabilitating an injury, or you want to develop a steady, specific, science-based approach to your practice.
Goal: Heal, strengthen, regain range of motion and reconnect with your body and breath.
+ SLOW DEEP STRETCH
Yin style yoga with long holds to facilitate deep release and increase flexibility. Poses are held for several minutes and are often supported with props. A slower class with deep, intense sensation as you stretch into your connective tissue and fascia. This class will leave you feeling loose and blissed out!
Perfect for when: You want to dig deep into those muscles and really feel the stretch, when you need to slow way down or when you're new to yoga and want to start with something a little less active than Basics.
Goal: Release and breathe deeply, build flexibility.
+ BETTER WITH AGE YOGA (50+)
is an inclusive yoga class for seasoned practitioners, 50 and older, who want to practice classical asana and sequences in a way that recognizes and celebrates the changes in their bodies. Taught by skilled and accomplished instructor Cheryl Moss, this mixed levels class will include warm up, attention to joints and connective tissue, and positions that improve strength and flexibility. Students will move from position to position more conscientiously, listening to their bodies more deeply. Personal attention will be given and modifications will be offered depending on each student’s specific needs, so that each is supported in continuing to practice at the level they want.
Perfect for when: You want to move a little more slowly and learn to take appropriate care of your changing body.
Goal: Honor your body's innate intelligence, and ultimately embody the rich wisdom of this stage in life!
+ RESTORATIVE YOGA
A restorative yoga sequence typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends as you deeply relax your central nervous system. This is a a passive class - you will release and surrender into postures without any physical exertion.
Perfect for when: You adore the art of relaxation, you need some gentle self-care and quiet time, or when you need to take it easy but still want to connect with your body and breath.
Goal: Relax deeply and let gravity increase your flexibility slowly.
+ INVERSION CLINIC
This is an all-levels class dedicated to getting you upside down and improving your inversion practice! No matter your level of experience, you will learn core, shoulder, arm and wrist strength and mobility exercises to help you build a solid inversion practice at the wall and in the middle of the room. Handstand, headstands, forearm stand and their variations, you'll work on techniques that will help build them all. This is a drill-based technique class that will make you work and sweat. No prior experience necessary - beginners welcome (seriously! give it a shot!), but come prepared to get upside down and prepared to have some fun!
Perfect for when: You want to learn to stand upside down! You're in the mood for a playful, drill-filled class and are ready to try again and again as you build these new skills. Or when you're looking to refine your inversion practice or acquire new skills.
Goal: Enjoy life upside down!
+ MINDFUL SOUL MEDITATION
This drop-in class is held twice a week and is open to everyone, for those who are new to meditation and those who have been practicing for years. We have the capacity to have authentic, intimate relationships but it comes alive with practice. This happens as we learn to be purposefully attentive, in the present moment, with ourselves and one another.
This class teaches present moment awareness and compassion based practices designed to create calm, centeredness and access to your true authentic self. Each week we will explore a new teaching such as fear, limiting beliefs, self compassion, loving difficult people, equanimity, stress/anxiety, relationships, thoughts/emotions, parenting, etc. Mindfulness will help you peel back the layers of your conditioned self so that more joy, clarity and happiness prevails in your life. Each 45 minute class opens with a Mindfulness teaching then flows into a sitting meditation practice. We provide back-jacks, mats, bolsters and blankets.
Perfect for when: You need to tune in an quiet down. When you've never meditated ever but you've been curious about it, or if you meditate every morning but want some community and guidance. The world needs this!
Goal: Quiet your mind. Reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, improve your life!
+ YOUNG WARRIORS (KIDS 3-12)
No matter the level, we are passionate about sharing the amazing practice of yoga at the earliest of ages while guiding children into the awareness of body, mind and spirit connection. Classes emphasize individual attention and safety while accommodating a variety of ages, needs and personalities. Let your youngest family members begin a life of healthfulness and balance while learning yoga and having fun. Classes take place on Tuesday afternoons- drop your kids off and go wander around the Culver City Farmer's Market! Classes are for kids ages 3-6 and 7-12.
YOUNG WARRIORS 3-6
Full of music, dance, silliness and, of course, tons of yoga, this class will bring both laughter and calm to your littlest yogis. They will learn basic yoga poses, songs, games, simple meditation and breathing! This class will bring a giant smile to their faces and instill a sense of peace in their hearts.
YOUNG WARRIORS 7-12 This class invites your kids and tweens to learn yoga but in a fun and accessible atmosphere. We work on all the basics – sun salutations, meditation, pranayama, challenge poses and games but with a twist. Updog classes will leave them wanting more yoga in their lives and using the techniques both at home and school.
+ YOGA FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN
A fun and playful class designed specifically for children with special needs. It will improve strength, flexibility, focus, confidence, motor coordination and body awareness as well as connection to self and others. It is designed for children with a variety of diagnoses including Autism, Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Microcephaly, Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD, Learning Disabilities as well as other developmental disabilities. It is also for children without a formal diagnosis who are having difficulties with sensory processing and/or attention to tasks as well as follow through and task completion. Each session will be specifically guided to benefit each child. The material is based on Yoga for the Special Child (the Sonia Sumar method - www.specialyoga.com)
Please contact us to determine if our program is the right fit for your child.
+ PURE PILATES WHEEL
Pure Pilates Wheel — The original name of the Pilates Method was “Contrology”— pilates is always about being in control of your movements, while creating space, length and increased range of motion. The Method is performed by lengthening, strengthening, and elongating all of your muscles, from your core first. That is the essence of Pilates: drawing your stomach in (constantly), keeping your spine in Pilates posture (constantly), while moving your arms and legs. Joseph Pilates created and used machines in his practice for added assistance and resistance of the movements in his methodology. The Pilates Wheel lets you experience the Pilates Methodology as you do with the Reformer, Cadillac and Wunda chair.
Pure Pilates Wheel will strengthen and elongate your body from head to toe, as well as leave you understanding and appreciating the Pilates Method every time!
+ PILATES WHEEL BOOTCAMP
Pilates Wheel Bootcamp
The Pilates Wheel is about lengthening and strengthening your muscles using assistance and resistance. This leads to increased mobility and balance, while still allowing you to move through intense muscle progressions. When we add the Bootcamp aspect, we will change stations, keep our intensity and focus up for longer periods of time, and (safely) push ourselves a little farther than expected that day.
Pilates Wheel Bootcamp is a mixture of Pilates, weight-bearing exercises and cardio. This class is designed to keep your heart-rate up, your muscles strong, and your brain engaged!
+ PASE TRAINING (Power, Agility, Strength, Endurance)
How do you really run faster, jump higher, increase balance, gain muscle or lose weight? PASE training will help you do that, by working your body in a way that will truly bring change. Consistency in this class will bring dramatic results over a 8-12 week period.
Power, Agility, Strength, Endurance. What do these terms mean to you?
Power - To move ballistically through a movement.
Agility - To be aware of one’s body in space while moving. Being balanced in movement. Being able to move quickly. (Necessary in life.)
Strength - This is the basis of all movement. It is the ability to apply force to a specific mass.
Endurance - The ability of a body or a muscle to perform at a high level over an extended period of time.
When PASE exercises are done on their own or in combination with each other, the results are fast and measurable. During each class period, every workout will be different, wherein we will employ one or more of these modes of training each time. Each person’s results will be unique and measurable.