offerings

We create space for you to learn and grow within an inclusive community.  With a variety of classes for students of all levels, we welcome you to find your Breathing Room. 

Founded in 2008, Breathing Room offers more than 50 weekly classes in addition to a robust schedule of workshops, teacher trainings and domestic and international retreats.  

See the schedule and sign-up for classes here.

Lotus Flow Vinyasa

Merging radically fluid asana and rockin’ tunes into a dynamic, devotional dance, Lotus Flow Yoga delivers a physical and spiritual high. Through creative vinyasa sequencing, conscious alignment, breath awareness, meditation and relaxation, we spiritualize our physical form and honor yoga’s powerful and transformative lineage. Lotus Flow sequencing is honored in every class as we move through the chakra system, an organic unfolding where each step prepares us for the next.

Power Lotus Flow

Power Flow is a high-energy, advanced level Lotus Flow Vinyasa practice. In class we move through a vigorous, creative, and high endurance practice concentrating on strength and devotion within the body. If you like to rock out with fun music, challenge yourself with advanced postures and sweat, you will enjoy Breathing Room’s Power Lotus Flow Yoga! 

Power Yoga is for yogis with advanced asana practice. For your safety, please have at least one year of yoga practice experience before trying Power. We suggest trying Margot's Mixed-Level Lotus Flow as a great alternative! 

Form + Flow

This class is an education in the proper alignment and anatomy of yoga posture. When proper alignment is created in yoga asana, freedom to explore the breath and the body ignite. Students will be guided through challenging sequences creating a fluidity in the practice while exploring form and breath. All levels of students are welcome and modifications will be given to ensure that everyone is able to participate.

Candle-Lit Yoga

These evening candle-lit classes are a time to unwind the mind and check in with body and breath. We move and flow through vinyasa practice at a more gentle pace, with opportunities to delve deep into poses, releasing tension and relaxing heart, head, hips, and hamstrings. You will float home after class! (Open to all levels.)

Each candle-lit class is taught by different teachers and will vary in style and pace, but all leave you feeling calm.

Mixed-Level Vinyasa

Mixed-Level follows the foundation of vinyasa practice, with emphasis on safe alignment and breath to help us flow from posture to posture. Mixed level classes are accessible for students new to yoga or those coming back from injuries, as well as students with steady yoga practices who want to work towards the edge of their balance, endurance, strength, and flexibility. (Open to all levels.)

Strong Meditative Flow

Strong Meditative Flow will move through a slowed-down Vinyasa style practice, with emphasis on gaining strength and flexibility in body and mind--a form of meditation through movement. In this class, awareness will be on breathe and subtle sensations, allowing you to get out of your mind and into your physical and energetic body. All levels class with modifications offered, as well as advanced postures to challenge the experienced Yogi.
 

Urban Zen Restorative

Urban Zen blends restorative yoga poses, breath awareness, essential oil therapy and Reiki. You’ll leave each class feeling calm, relaxed, and revitalized. In a world of over-stimulation and over-work, these practices can offer a meditative sanctuary. This class is open to anyone who needs a little TLC. No yoga experience is necessary.

Yinstorative

Yinstorative is a hybrid of Yin and Restorative yoga; a complementary yoga practice to the other more dynamic and invigorating yoga styles offered. In Yinstorative class, floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive ‘stress’ on the deep layers of connective tissue in the body.

Physically, Yinstorative restores and maintains the natural mobility of the joints, primarily between the navel and the knees. Energetically, Yinstorative opens the body’s meridian system, which enhances the body’s energetic flow and supports emotional equilibrium. Because this practice emphasizes stillness and silence, Yinstorative prepares both the body and the mind for deeper experiences in meditation. Yin is a wonderful class for all level yogis.

Dynamic Hatha

This class is a blend of a few different styles of yoga. You’ll generally find Katonah Style practices with some pranayama often inspired by Kundalini. A strong practice peppered with more gentle openings to create balance and fluidity. We work to become more skillful in our asana, focusing on safe alignment, orienting our bodies by keeping the architecture sound. With that comes better awareness of breath, prana and how to allowing the torso to become more spacious and open from the support of the base. These classes are mixed level are accessible for all students.  The practice is great to increase strength, agility and grace not only in our bodies but also our minds/thoughts and even the way we breathe. 

Prenatal Yoga

Practicing prenatal yoga is associated with a range of physical and mental health benefits for expectant mothers, including boosting strength, flexibility, and balance, easing pregnancy-related discomforts, enhancing relaxation and sleep, and fostering a deeper connection between Mom and Baby, while creating a close community of expectant mamas. Join other mothers-to-be in a mindful practice of gentle yoga postures, breathing techniques, and meditation practices that will help you prepare for labor, childbirth, and motherhood. No previous experience with yoga or meditation necessary. Women at all stages of pregnancy are welcome.

Yoga for 12-Step Recovery

Y12SR combines the practical tools of the 12-step program with the ancient wisdom of yoga. This union creates a model that truly addresses addiction as the physical, mental, and spiritual dis-ease that it is. This meeting is available to everyone battling their own addictive behavior and/or feels affected by the addictive behavior of others. This is an open and inclusive group. All A’s and A-curious individuals are welcome. An A curious individual is someone who does not identify as an addict but is interested in exploring addictive behavior and control patterns in their life as a part of their own beautiful journey of self discovery. We offer a 45-minute 12 step based meeting followed by a 45-minute recovery themed yoga practice. ($5 suggested donation).

Private Instruction

Private lessons provide a setting in which your individual needs can be completely addressed. Yoga postures and breathing exercises are selectively chosen and developed to meet your specific needs. Learning and practicing postures and breathing exercises at your own pace and within your own range is one of the most effective ways to realize the benefits of yoga. Email info@breatingroomct.com for more information and teacher availability.

Foundations of Yoga

This is our Beginners Class,  a Level 1 class that builds the foundation for your yoga practice with an emphasis on breathing and healthy alignment in the poses. Whether you are brand new to yoga or wanting to return to the basics of the practice, this class will help the student break down poses and bring a deeper awareness of how to support themselves on the mat.

Karmic Community Class

This donation-based one-hour, mixed-level yoga class is offered to our community by new and fabulous Breathing Room teachers! All proceeds are donated seasonally to different local charities--including IRIS, New Haven Climate Movement, Liberty Community Services, 108 Monkeys, Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services and more. Karmic Community Classes are a great way to give back and meet new rising teachers each week, Friday-Sunday! 

Acro FUNdamentals

AcroYoga FUNdamentals is accessible open level class geared towards first timers. Acro is a practice of postures and flows in which practitioners lift one another in the air.  It's fun, social, and a terrific workout. In addition to the introspective awareness exercised with other Yoga practices, in AcroYoga, attention also turns outward while neuromuscular coordination is developed as we work with others. No need to bring a partner; positioning and sequences are explained in manageable segments then practiced in small rotating groups, typically with a base (grounded), flyer (lifted), and spotter. Participants can base, fly or do both as they wish. 

Wednesday night Acro FUNdamentals is accessible to all levels class. No prerequisites. No partner or experience needed.  
First Wednesday of every month is a donation based Open Jam. 
Last Wednesday of every month is geared towards first timers who are always welcome on Wednesdays - but if you're looking for baby steps into acro then this class is for you. 

Intermediate Acro

Intermediate Acro class builds on AcroYoga FunDamentals.  Several postures and transitions are broken down and then threaded together. Prerequisites for the Monday night intermediate class include jumping into star, cartwheeling into straddle bat, and completing a barrel roll. To learn more join the New Haven Acro Community FB group; message us there with questions or email skrushnic(at)gmail.com. 

Monday nights Intermediate Acro with Sasha and Abigail. 7:00 - 9pm.  Class is usually 1:15 with 45 min of open practice time after that. No partner or experience needed.

Pre-requisites: Base or fly - free star 10 sec hold, ninja star, foot to hand 20 sec hold, jump to reverse star. Check with instructors if you're not sure if you are ready.  

Second Monday of every Month is a donation based Open Jam with instructors present if you have questions.  
Last Monday of every Month will be geared towards people new to intermediate - Come give it a try!

Aerial Flow & Aerial

Aerial "Fun"damentals is a beginner-friendly class that starts with a yoga-based warm up, stretching, strength conditioning, and is focused on building the fundamental aerial skills you will need to progress in your aerial practice, such as hipkeys, rollups and inversions. Did we mention, it’s totally fun?

In the Aerial Flow class, we incorporate the aerial hammock into a traditional flow class exploring flexibility, strength, balance and basic inversions. Beginner-friendly & open to everyone!

Slow-Flow Candlelit

This night-time candle-lit class creates space to unwind the mind and check in with body and breath. During class we'll begin with a gentle vinyasa, which will then move 
through yin, and finish in restorative. 

Our practice will go at a more gentle pace, with opportunities to delve deep into poses, releasing tension and relaxing heart, head, hips, and hamstrings. You might just float home after class! (Open to all levels.)