This class, also known as “Bikram Yoga,” is slow-moving with detailed instructions for each pose so it is accessible for newcomers as well as seasoned students. Each class focuses on 26 classic yoga postures which are energizing, purifying and highly therapeutic. Practice of the Hot 26 sequence improves physical conditioning while minimizing injury. Hot 26, while intense due to the heat and exactness of the postures, is suitable for all levels.
This class is a wonderful complement to the Hot 26 sequence and a powerful practice on its own. With focus on developing the body’s core, this class will help you connect to your center while you open up every corner of your body. As you connect inner and outer foundations, you will be able to lengthen your expansions. The result is a feeling of lightness, alignment and well-being. Evolution is suitable for all levels.
The Fusion class, practiced in lower heat than Hot 26 and Evolution, incorporates the postures of the Hot 26 class, adding Downward-facing dog/chaturanga poses and sun salutation sequences. Fusion is practiced in a flowing Vinyasa style. The standing sequence is consistent while the floor series varies to focus on developing flexibility and strength in different areas of the body. Fusion is suitable for all levels.
The Hot HIIT class is a movement training system that is practiced in a room heated to about 100 degrees. The class provides students with muscle toning and cardio exercises designed to rapidly create long, lean muscles while at the same time burning fat. Students will immediately notice enhanced core strength, better blood circulation, improved posture and increased flexibility in their bodies. Paired with upbeat music, the Hot HIIT experience is a full-body workout that is low impact (protecting joints and muscles) and performed in bare feet on a yoga mat. Hot HIIT is a practice appropriate for all levels.
Rhythm Fire is a rhythmic flowing yoga set to music and practiced on a mat in a warm room. The class moves systematically through the body, warming, stretching and strengthening the muscles. The series incorporates fluid transitions and balancing poses. The set sequence will help the student become increasingly familiar with the flow over time which encourages the connection between music and movement and results in a meditative yoga dance.
bodyART™ is a high energy movement class combining yoga, Pilates, dance and martial arts. The class is done barefoot on a mat in our non-hot studio. Come prepared to move to inspiring music and to sweat! Class size is limited to 25 -- be sure to sign up for the class in advance.
bodyART has been hugely popular in Europe for over 20 years and has begun to grow in the United States over the past six years. The flagship bodyART studio here in the US will be opening in NYC, January 2017. ZURA Montclair is one of only three studios in NJ that offers bodyART.
At ZURA our Pilates classes are taught with a systematic rhythmic method that allows flow of movement and increases length, helping to alleviate stress in problem areas such as the neck, shoulders and back. Continued Pilates work improves your flexibility, core stability and concentration. The practice of Pilates will strengthen your body for other movement and exercise disciplines.
The class will begin with grounding breath work and a gentle warm-up leading into asana (yoga posture) drills to build strength and flexibility. Students will then use props and the wall to learn the bio-dynamics of poses and refine alignment. Class winds down with an accessible breath-led sequence that students are encouraged to practice at home to improve posture and spine health as well as relieve pain. This class is open to students of all levels, especially those who are interested in breaking down alignment and learning more about the physical and mental benefits of yoga. Each class has an anatomical and philosophical theme.
ZURA Strength is a one-hour strengthening yoga and movement class using light hand weights. The ZURA Strength practice focuses on enhancing your upper body, lower body, core and cardio strength.
This class, taught in the non-hot room and practiced in bare feet, is an ideal complement to any of your yoga classes, including your Hot 26 and Fusion classes in the hot studio. ZURA Strength begins with a warm-up vinyasa which will incorporate core isolation and alignment principles. You will integrate light weights along with upper body and lower body movements to elevate your heart rate, continually moving with your breath so you optimize every exercise and movement sequence in your body. You are sure to work up a sweat as you sculpt and strengthen your core. All levels are welcome.
ZURA Blast begins with a warmup and gradually increases in intensity so that a faster heart rate is maintained to build cardio endurance. Weights, calisthenics and short bursts of power are used to build muscle and joint strength. This class, taught in the non-hot room, is only 45 minutes long so you are in and out quickly but in that short time you will have successfully challenged your cardiovascular system and actively moved your body for a total workout.
The Yin practice focuses on the body’s organs and connective tissues more than the muscular system. Since students are usually seated or lying on the floor during class, Yin Yoga is often referred to as the “quiet practice.” Holding each pose for at least 3-5 minutes allows a deep unwinding of tensions in the body’s connective tissues, specifically in the ligaments and tendons in the joints and spine. This has the effect of opening the connective tissue to flush out the meridian system which helps Prana or Chi flow through the body. A well-prepared Yin sequence can often create the same benefits to the student as an acupuncture or massage session.
Class begins with gentle, grounding poses as well as breathwork to reduce stress. After energizing sun salutations, we work through multiple standing poses to enhance strength and balance. The class ends with calming forward bends and detoxifying twists to improve posture and spine health. Yoga Foundations is derived from the Iyengar and Ashtanga styles of yoga and lasts 75 minutes. Blocks, blankets, straps and bolsters are used to assist in maintaining proper alignment. This class is suitable for students of all levels.
This class begins with core strengthening and energizing sun salutations and leads into an alignment-focused series which includes balancing standing poses, calming forward bends, and challenging backbends and twists. Techniques for inversions and arm balances are explored with the help of props (blocks and straps) to maintain proper alignment. Class winds down with cooling seated poses and detoxifying supine twists. Vinyasa Power Hour/75 is set to an uplifting soundtrack and lasts 60 minutes.