In order to fully understand our classes on our MindBody site, we created a little “cheatsheet” explaining all the terms you’ll come across. Class descriptions will be provided here as well.

Rancho Yoga Class Levels

L0 For those Brand new to the practice, haven’t practiced in a while, recuperating from an injury,  or just want to take it a little slower.  Fr our prenatal studios.

L1 or L0-1 For those who’ve taken a few classes and getting familiar with the class and the sequencing.

L2 or L1-2 For those who want a little more challenge to their workout.


Ashtanga Yoga

The Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series is a traditional Yoga practice that builds sequentially in terms of flexibility and strength as you progress through the series. Ashtanga Yoga is one of the most powerful, popular and proven methods of Yoga.

It involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures that produce intense internal heat and a purifying sweat that in turn detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

The fitter you are, the more likely you’ll enjoy Ashtanga yoga. The repetition of athletic poses leaves almost no time for catching your breath. The vigorous sessions involve standing and seated poses, back bends, and inversions—holding the head below the heart. You won’t build bulky muscles, but you will increase muscle density. It can be a very intense form of yoga, and because it’s so demanding, it does require consistent, steady, regular practice to see the benefits.” We recommend five to seven hour-long sessions per week.

You will experience inner transformation every time you practice. Practitioners will benefit from taking a Beginning Ashtagana class first in order to get used to the practice.


Beginning Ashtanaga Yoga

Intended to be a daily practice this powerful, healing practice is a specific sequence of postures (asanas) linking breath (pranayama) and movement (vinyasa.) Ashtanga is an athletic flow, combining strength, flexibility and stamina for a complete practice. The Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series is a traditional Yoga practice that builds sequentially in terms of flexibility and strength as you progress through the series. Ashtanga Yoga is one of the most powerful, popular and proven methods of Yoga.

All levels welcome!


Vinyasa Yoga Flow

Vinyasa Flow Yoga was born out of the Ashtanga lineage. Vinyasa is also called Flow because of the smooth way that the poses run together. In Vinyasa yoga, each movement is synchronized to a breath. The breath is given primacy, acting as an anchor as you move from one pose to the next. Each movement in the series is cued by an inhalation or an exhalation of the breath.

Vinyasa allows for a lot of variety, but will almost always include sun salutations. Expect to move, sometimes vigorously, from pose to pose. Whether the class is fast or slow, includes advanced poses, or is very alignment-oriented will depend on the individual teacher and the particular style in which he or she is trained.

Some classes include some warm-up stretches at the beginning while others launch straight into standing poses.

Whether you’re just starting out with yoga, or you’re looking to try something new, there are tons of great reasons to try Vinyasa.  Here’s 7:

  1. You stay focused by going with the flow. The different sequences force you to be aware
  2. You like a little variety? Flow is for you!
  3. You can find your perfect yoga class. We offer a variety of Flows: Beginning, Candlelight, Heated, Bedtime, Afterwork Flow, Morning Flow , Gentle Flow, Yoga and Chill, Presidents Day Flow, Flow of Love, Memorial Flow, Freedom Flow, Grateful Flow.
  4. It pushes you to your limits. The variety of the flow and the style of the teacher will push the limits of your strength, flexibility, and balance.
  5. It gives you great cardio. Yoga style. Yup, your heart rate is going to get a workout!
  6. It’s perfect for beginners. This style is a great way to learn the skills you need to build a strong foundation for a more advanced yoga practice
  7. Vinyasa is fun!


Restorative Classes

Relax, renew, and restore with this gentle yoga class. Props are used to offer support and deepen the pose. Postures are held for a longer period of time allowing for the release of stress and tension in the body. This type of yoga is a wonderful compliment to your regular yoga practice, helpful for those who are recovering from an injury, and perfect for all levels.



Imagine if yoga married gymnastics and a circus act! Acro Yoga! In short, one person, the base, lies on the ground and uses his arms and legs to support a flyer. While suspended, the flyer twists into a series of positions. AcroYoga tones and loosens and really increases your balance, focus and concentration. It also gives you a freedom that only comes from flying! It can be very beneficial for people with back problems—you’re opening your body without strain, without forcing it, and with the support of another person.


Mat Pilates

Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. Pilates is named for its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercises in the 1920s.

Pilates exercises develop a strong “core,” or center of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Control of the core is achieved by integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle.

In Pilates the quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Last but not least, learning to breathe properly can reduce stress.

Try one of Rancho Yoga’s specialty Pilates classes: Hottie Body (heated pilates), Beginning Pilates, Cardio Pilates (more rigorous movement), or try one of Rancho Yoga’s Yoga/Pilates blends: Fit Flow, Fit Body, Yogalates.

Many rehabilitation clinics and wellness centers now offer Pilates as a form of physical therapy. Research has found that Pilates can be an effective treatment for injuries and illnesses such as:

  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Hip or knee replacements
  • Multiple sclerosis

It is also excellent for athletes, dancers and other sports professionals who have had some kind of injury and need rehabilitation to get back into top form. Because Pilates is a low-impact exercise, it can be tailored to work on certain areas of your body under a trained and qualified instructor.

If you’re a beginner, it is advisable that you take a beginning Pilates class so that you can be shown the correct method of doing the exercises. This will avoid any injury that could occur from doing the various moves incorrectly. You might even engage a private lesson to get you started correctly.

Be prepared though, you’ll find that this type of exercise is challenging and quite addictive!


Pilates Reformers

The Reformer is basically a bed-like frame with a sliding carriage which is attached to one end with a set of springs. These springs are adjustable to offer different levels of resistance. One of the benefits of the reformer is that it can lengthen your muscles as they resists the force of the springs. This is called eccentric muscle contraction and is excellent for achieving strong, long muscles without added bulk.

The reformer is particularly useful if you have some form of injury or are recuperating from an injury as your muscles can be gently stretched and strengthened using only slight resistance.

These classes are 25 minutes long and it is strongly recommended to pr-register for these classes as there is a limited number machines.If the class shows full, come anyway! If the machines are indeed taken, we will place you on a mat and you will enjoy a very comparable workout.

Try any one of Rancho Yoga’s Pilates Reformers Classes: Discover Pilates Reformers (for beginners), Cardio (a more rigorous workout), Strength and Tone (challenging).


Mysore Yoga

The Mysore style of yoga asana practice is a particular way of teaching yoga within the Ashtanga Yoga tradition as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the southern Indian city of Mysore.
This is a yoga class where hardly any words are exchanged, there is no fixed start and end time and where it seems at first that everyone is just doing whatever they want. During this two-hour block, students can drop into a mysore session at any time and stay for as long as you wish.
Practicing in this way gives you the space to focus. The cue to move on to the next posture comes from your own breath, instead of a teacher’s instructions. Students can therefore spend a little longer working at their own pace on something they find challenging. If there is something you are unable to do, the teacher will give you an easier version.
It is a wonderful way for beginners and advanced practitioners alike to develop a self-practice that you can then take anywhere.
Mysore self-practice  offers a highly personalized approach without the cost of a private lesson. The benefits include increased fitness, a calmer mind and the ability to focus and work at your own pace.