Classes at Sun & Moon Yoga Studio
We teach classic hatha yoga, flavored by the eclectic influence embodied in our large and experienced teaching staff. Our primary focus is on safety, and we teach careful alignment combined with conscious breath and quiet mind. We do not heat our rooms, as we believe the body fares best when allowed its own natural course of warming up and cooling down. We emphasize a healthy balance of strength and flexibility, and as a school of yoga, our class curricula is designed to take the student through a complete range of training, practice, and refinement in any given quarter’s worth of classes.
Basic Hatha Yoga Classes
A basic introduction to yoga breathing, postures, and relaxation. Intended for beginners with no previous experience, or those looking for a gentle and basic ongoing practice.
Refines the basics and provides more detailed alignment instructions and breath work.
Level 3 and 3/4
Teaches more advanced standing and seated poses, pranayama, and begins integrating inversions, deeper backbends, and meditation techniques.
Includes the basics as well as options for deeper practice. Appropriate for all students.
Combination Classes (i.e. Level 1/2)
For the student who is comfortable in the lower level, and interested in exploring the next.
For Kids, Teens and Families
Play and work with poses to increase flexibility and strength, develop coordination and posture, and explore relaxation and stress reduction tools. Yoga stories and/or visualizations will be presented in each class Recommended for the younger elementary ages. Parents, drop the kids and enjoy your time away!
Yoga for those in-betweeners who don't seem like kids anymore, but are not quite ready for an older teens class. Recommended for grades 3 through 6. Parents, drop the kids and enjoy your time away!
Middle and High Schoolers
A playful yet disciplined practice of asana, pranayama, and relaxation, intended to help reduce stress and promote strength, self-esteem, focus, balance, and positive body images. For teens to be dropped off.
Yoga for Teen Boys
The adolescent boy will learn ways to focus his mind, condition his body to help avoid athletic injuries, build flexibility to balance his emerging strength, and manage emotions. The class is designed for middle and high school boys seeking a peaceful environment without the distraction of girls. For teens to be dropped off.
Family Yoga Fun
Monthly yoga for the young family to practice together – mostly geared toward younger children (toddlers through early elementary ages). A light-hearted and playful class that helps reduce stress, build motor skills, increase strength and promote flexibility. Usually includes games, stories, and guided imagery. Always relaxing. Always fun. Offered monthly Sunday afternoons in Fairfax and monthly Friday early evenings in Arlington; check our workshops/events page for dates and times.
Yoga for You and the Baby
Bring along your baby, from infant to almost-crawling, for this welcoming postnatal class that emphasizes how yoga can help you stay physically and emotionally strong and centered during your first months together. Strengthen, stretch and tone your body with emphasis on support for feeding, holding, lifting and carrying your baby, as well as moving more easily through your daily life. Learn basic techniques of baby massage and movements that encourage neuromuscular development in babies. All caregivers welcome.
Yoga for You and the Crawlers/Tots
A fun fun romp for moms or any caregivers and their babes who are crawling or toddling. We will incorporate asana, stories, music, and creative movement to experience the joy and heartfelt wisdom of yoga with a child-like flow.
Yoga for You and the Kids
An all-levels yoga class with all the favorite poses, breathing, and relaxation that our other standard classes offer, with the invitation to bring the kids so the whole family can practice together. Recommended for all adults and their kids ages 10 and up. Designed to be a straight-forward yoga class for families with kids whose attention span and interest in yoga can sustain a 75-minute yoga experience.
A slow-paced class which combines yogic breathing, deep relaxation, and gentle movement to restore strength, range of motion and vitality. The practice will be modified for individual needs.
A classical form of practice developed by the late Sri Pattabhi Jois, Ashtanga synchronizes a set sequence of yoga postures combining breath, focal points, and inner strength. Each class begins with sun salutations, and the remaining series of postures are held for five breaths each, some of which punctuated by a flowing vinyasa. Some yoga experience and basic understanding of alignment is recommended.
Bones and Balance
Those diagnosed with osteoporosis and arthritis have found this class useful. Students will learn to strengthen muscles, safeguard the spine while toning the upper body, protect their hips and lower back, build balancing skills, improve the health and flexibility of joints with blood circulation exercises and safe resistance-training postures. Class will include mindful breathing techniques and guided meditations.
Chair Assisted Yoga
A gentle class with additional support for those who have trouble kneeling and/or getting up and down from the floor. In keeping with yoga as a prescription for wellness, this class is perfect for anyone working with physical challenges.
An active class with a core-strengthening focus, where the strengthening happens more around awareness and less around force.
Chinese Yoga (Tai Chi / Qi Gong)
Based on a 5,000-year-old Chinese energy healing system, this class brings the body and mind into a state of balance and self-regulation through coordinated movement of body and breath. It includes seated, standing and walking movements. Adaptations are provided for those working on balance or who need to sit.
Movement explorations that can reveal and alter habits responsible for chronic stress or pains, facilitate recovery from injury, and improve skills and creativity. The focus is not so much on what you do, as on HOW you do it.
Basic poses at a slow pace with lots of support. Ideal for those recovering from illness or injury, as well as those with chronic health concerns necessitating extra caution in physical activity.
A holistic approach to yoga that incorporates a complete hatha routine combined with a deep relaxation, pranayama, chanting and short meditation. A stress reducing, more inward approach to yoga. Appropriate for all levels.
This exercise system of dynamic rhythms and progressions focuses primarily on core-strengthening coordinated with breath, according to the exercise system developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century.
A general survey and practice of various meditation philosophies and practices. Open to beginners and advanced students alike. No registration necessary.
A slow, steady, mindful practice, blending influence from several movement modalities. The guidance is toward exploration and discovery of easeful, pleasing and conscious action resulting in greater harmony, reconciliation, and freedom for body, mind, heart–whole being.
Morning Mysore Practice
Mysore style is an un-led class where students arrive any time during the specified hours. The teacher greets students one-by-one and gets them started on a set series of Ashtanga Yoga postures, breathing, and gazing points. Learn more about our morning Mysore classes here.
Begin your weekend or finish your week in an uncommon way, with three different elements of yoga over the course of the quarter. Yoga Nidra, Meditation, and Restorative Yoga will help move you toward a deeper and new-found feeling of peace. This class is designed to help you find time in your life for reflection, contemplation and relaxation.
An all-levels course which supports and empowers expectant mothers. Teaches ways to ease aches and pains, make the body comfortable during pregnancy, and use the breath to calm and steady the mind.
Rat Race Counterpose
A sanctuary for the highly busy! Does it ever seem you can’t catch a break or your breath? We know what it’s like - we live here too. If inserting some sanctuary in the middle of your work week sounds like a healthy idea, join us to restore, unplug, and take a well-deserved pause from stress and tension. We'll explore accessible contemplative practices, meditation, mindful movement, trauma release, and more.
Relax in yoga postures where the body is entirely supported by blankets, blocks, and other props. An ideal way to end the work week or start a new one, recover from stress, and renew the nervous system.
A faster-paced, physically challenging practice that builds stamina and strength through a series of flowing poses. Students should be comfortable coming quickly into standing poses with good alignment and should be practicing at Level 2 or above.
For those who have never taken yoga before, this class will be a friendly and accessible introduction to such mysteries as how to sit on the floor, use props, and practice simple poses like table, down dog, and easy twists. Time to take away the myth that you have to touch your toes to take a yoga class.
Yoga for Arthritis
Explores poses that can, over time, relieve the discomfort of arthritis. Poses and movements are made accessible for those with limited mobility through use of props, especially a chair or the wall. Learn exercises that can be done anytime, anywhere, on or off the mat. Additional focus on anatomy, current research on inflammation and nutrition, breathing exercises and meditation to reduce the stress that is both a cause and a product of arthritis pain.
Yoga for Healthy Aging
A research-based course of 37 essential practices correlated to increased healthy life span. The practices include static, dynamic, and restorative poses focused on flexibility, agility, balance and strength. This class is appropriate for anyone who's looking to take their yoga with them through many years ahead. We recommend that students have taken a minimum of one full quarter of Level 1.
Classic Pilates exercises intended to strengthen the core abdominal muscles, combined with a yoga aesthetic, incorporating gentle cool-down stretches, yoga breathing practices, and deep relaxation at the end.
Yoga On the Ball
Using a large exercise ball, this class incorporates muscle strengthening, balancing, and deep core work along with the usual focus on breath and flexibility.
A close-to-the-ground practice in long-held poses that complements our more active typical yang yoga practice and lives. The attentive receptivity of yin practice promotes health in the joints and connective tissue. Yin yoga class emphasizes focus on sensations and intensity, producing a meditative state in the mind and heart.
** Vinyasa classes are not recommended until a student has completed at least two quarters of Level 2.