This class takes the mystery out of yoga and is a great way to discover what yoga is all about.  No experience is necessary, and the class is appropriate for all regardless of age or physical challenges. The class progresses gently with emphasis on alignment principles for safe yoga practice. Introduction to basic poses (called asana) and breathing are presented to increase strength, flexibility, stamina, balance and overall well being. You will learn how to use props (blankets, straps, bolsters) with the poses for added safety and greater success. We keep our classes small, fun and informative.


Examine the fundamentals of classic yoga poses with an emphasis on alignment and safety at a pace that allows for refinement. This class is ideal for returning students who have practiced but not recently, students who have practiced before but not in alignment based methodology as well as students recovering from injuries or working with a limited range of motion.


Rise and shine yogis!  Start your day with an hour of gentle yoga for all levels, all ages, and all abilities. In addition to classic yoga poses, focus will be given to stretching and strengthening. Modifications will be taught and poses will be tailored to your experience and ability.


Having completed Introduction and/or Fundamentals and having an understanding of alignment-based asana study, students dedicated to learning more and developing a home practice will explore classic standing poses, twists, forward bends and simple backbends at a deeper level. Emphasis is on refining the poses and building endurance in the poses. Basic preparation for inversions is included.


For the experienced Level I student who wishes to transition to a deeper practice, this class offers continued refinement and variations in the poses. New poses are introduced and time in the pose is increased to build stamina. This class moves at a quicker pace. Headstand and shoulder stand refinement is included. Consent of the instructor is necessary for attending this class.  Please contact Jane prior to signing up/dropping in to this class.


More advanced asanas are introduced as well as a deeper focus on the details and refinement of each pose. Physically more demanding, this class is appropriate for students strong in standing poses and inversions. Students must be able to do shoulder stand, headstand and full arm balance at the wall and push up into a full backbend with straight arms or know the appropriate modifications. Consent of the instructor is necessary for attending this class. Please contact Jane prior to signing up/dropping in to this class.


Build heat in the body with sun salutations, standing poses and core strengthening moves before settling down into a long deep stretch to commonly resistant areas: hip and shoulder openers, backbends and forward bends. Add to your home practice repertoire and start your day in a joyful way! (ALL LEVELS but NOT appropriate for those who have never studied before or those with health concerns)


Purna simply means complete. In your Purna Yoga class, you will enjoy the benefits of addressing all aspects of your being: the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. Each class will include simple breathing and meditation techniques to calm and focus the mind, balance the emotions and align your inner energies. You will also spend a good amount of time moving through active, alignment-based sequences and postures designed to awaken, enliven and strengthen your physical body. Expect to smile and to invite your highest aspirations to organize your life. This class is open to all levels.


Deepen your flexibility, intuition and balance as we explore the Yin aspects of Vinyasa flow.  By exponentially slowing the pace and holding each pose at an edge that softens our connective tissues, we introduce qualities of Yin to a traditional Yang practice (lengthening vs strengthening, receiving vs giving introspection vs external noticing and silence vs talking). This practice creates clarity in the mind and space in the body to manifest creativity and energy as you move through your days.

MORE MELTMethod –  (8 classes)

Expand your ability to get out and stay out of pain with the MELTMethod!   Join advanced certified MELTMethod instructor, Catharine Eberhart, for 8 week as you MELT more. Experience immediate changes in how your body looks and feels.  Learn simple self-treatments you can do at home to remain active , healthy and pain-free for life.  This all levels class will use specialized soft body rollers and small MELT Hand and Foot Balls to simulate the results of manual bodywork therapy. Relieve aches and pains brought on by stuck stress and active living. Reduce inflammation, ease chronic aging and low back strain, improve alignment, and learn how to keep your whole body working better.


Dealing with the side effects of cancer therapies impacts the body physically, emotionally and mentally. This class will focus on Yoga poses that may aid in strengthening the immune system and alleviating side effects.  Blankets, bolsters and props will be used to make poses accessible.  Please note: students need to be able to move to and from the floor unassisted.



Due to limited studio space, it is suggested you e-mail RYC director Jane Barrett at or call 919-856-1390 to reserve a space in the Weekend Specialty Classes.


Experience the mental and physical benefits of yoga with little effort thanks to a plethora of props. A sequence of supported yoga poses and breathing techniques allows you to settle deeply and completely into the pose and maximize its benefits. Learn mindful relaxation — a must for us all. Delicious!


“If the foundation is firm, the building can withstand calamities. The practice of yoga is the foundation, so that the self if not shaken under any circumstances.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar