class descriptions & levels

tolasana_poseAshtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga introduced to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs.

Our classes are a moving meditation of breath-connected postures. The postures flow together like beads on a string, or a “mala”.

This strong athletic practice results in improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

Mindful Yoga

For many of us, the practices of yoga have changed our lives. That statement may seem dramatic, but it’s true. These practices teach us to turn inward, to pay attention, and to notice without judgment. They enable us to find balance in our bodies and minds, as well as develop our overall well-being.

A breath led practice that will help you to find the supports and tools to find a calm and steady body/mind. The ability to integrate this work into your life,  and to lead productive and peaceful lives with the support of the mindful practices of yoga.


End the domination of a fragmentary mind and experience Unity directly! Enjoy flowing practice and precise attention to detail as you develop whole-body integration core strength and overall well-being. Perceive the tangible support, and inner alignment, of organs, glands, muscles and bones, through explorations in Embodied Anatomy®. Experience comfortable, graceful and injury-free movement in yoga (and in life) through whole-body-support templates. Yoga from the inside out!

embodyoga® was created by Patty Townsend. Newington Yoga Center also offers embodyoga® Teacher Training.

Mindful Yoga Therapy

Our programs are clinically tested. We’ve been working with Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress in residential treatment programs and in outpatient programs for several years. This work led to the development of Mindful Yoga Therapy.

Mindful Yoga Therapy has had a lasting positive impact on many Veterans who have worked with us. Mindful Yoga Therapy is an embodyoga®-based, empirically informed, clinically tested program comprised of five practices: Pranayama (breathing), Asana (postures connected with breath), Yoga Nidra, Meditation, and Gratitude

Yoga practices are a powerful complement to professional treatment for in many illnesses. A mindful, embodied yoga practice can provide relief from symptoms and develop the supportive skills that can help in leading a full life.

Classes at Newington Yoga CenterYoga Nidra

Lie down, put an eye pillow on, and take a journey of guided conscious rest. Learn to develop the feeling of deep relaxation in the body. Explore a deeper level of consciousness, connect with your body’s primal wisdom, relax. Join us for a restorative yoga practice, breath work and a long, guided savasana, which is the essence of Yoga Nidra.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga relieves the effects of chronic stress and promotes well-being and balance in the body-mind. Restorative postures are for everyone. They help to relieve accumulated stress and fatigue.

The body is completely supported by props (blankets, blocks, straps), in a peaceful environment, allowing for total relaxation. Feel refreshed and renewed after practicing restorative yoga!

Yoga for Back Care

In our society, we spend too much time sitting or bent over.  We drive to and from work in a car and sit at a desk all day. We unwind on the couch or recliner.  Our bodies are stiff and in pain. With back pain at epidemic levels, non-drug relief is necessary.

Yoga can help relieve tightness, increase circulation, and increase your strength and flexibility.  Learn to move from the center of the body. Expand and condense from the center out, and back in. Increase spine strength and bring good health to the abdominal organs, by keeping your center strong and supple.

Newington Yoga Center offers classes for all levelsLevels

Class Level descriptions are provided as guidelines. All classes at Newington Yoga Center are tailored to the participants. Postures can always be modified to accommodate individual abilities.

Level 1: This class is done at a slower pace with more explanation as you learn the practice. Build a strong and safe practice with emphasis on the fundamentals. All are welcome. Beginners to experienced students may benefit from this class.

Level 2: A strong flowing practice that connects breath and movement and develops strength, flexibility and endurance. Introduction to more challenging postures and inversion.

Level 3: Deeper exploration of asana practice. An intermediate to advanced class that may include inversion, pranayama, and meditation.

Exploration Classes: A class that will focus on one or more principles in the style of that yoga. These classes are similar to workshop atmosphere. All levels are welcome in these classes.


  • Do not eat two hours prior to class.
  • Hydrate before class.
  • Bring a yoga mat. Yoga mats are also available for purchase.
  • Please turn off cell phones.
  • Please be mindful that some people have sensitivities to scents and fragrances.

Class Series

Newington Yoga Center often schedules series of classes at a reduced price.
Classes at Newington Yoga Center