Below is the weekly schedule for Bent Yoga Studio. Please do not print out the schedule, as it may change due to holidays or other events. This will always be the most updated place to view what classes are going on, so check back often.

Class Descriptions

All of our classes (except Yin) are heated to the max (95-105F) and are both mentally and physically challenging. All of our classes are also doable by beginners, as we hold no judgement if you need to come down to your mat or even step out of the room for a breath of fresh air. So why not give it a try? Find which class is right for you by clicking on the headings below.

hot vinyasa yoga
Fluid Fire: Guided Vinyasa

This 60 minute class is perfect for those students who want the cardio of vinyasa but have recurring nightmares about the teacher saying “ok, now flow on your own.” The teacher will guide you through the flows every step of the way, challenging you to find that elusive edge and encouraging you to go deeper. The room is heated over 95 degrees and the upbeat music helps to get your blood pumping. This class is for any level student – only requirement is a willingness to sweat.

Perfect For: Someone looking for a hot sweaty workout, someone who likes fast paced movement, someone who has never done yoga but is ok being a little lost at first (we’ll help you!)

Goal: Cardio workout

Funky FreeStyle: FreeFlow Vinyasa

This class is all about exploration, playing, and getting yourself to your edge. The teacher will take students through a few flows and then encourage you to begin to move through them to the measure of your own breath. The loud, upbeat music and 95+ degree room take this practice to another level – it is not uncommon for inversions and arm balances to be thrown in in the heat of the moment. Because this class is less guided and faster paced, previous yoga experience is recommended but not required.

Perfect For: Someone who enjoys challenging themselves with new postures and transitions, someone who smiles when they fall, someone who isn’t afraid to have less structure and more responsibility

Goal: True exploration and experimentation

Ebb + Flow: Simplified FreeFlow

Ebb + Flow is a great way for EVERY BODY to experience a FreeFlow class. In FreeFlow classes, the instructor sets up a flow, runs through it a few times, then turns up the music and encourages the students to take it over on their own. Detaching from the teacher and the people around them allows the student to get deeper into their own practice. They can move at their own pace, modifying or intensifying where ever they need to. With FreeFlow classes people get nervous they won’t remember the flows, which is why we have introduced this Ebb + Flow: Simplified FreeFlow class. Flows will be short, simple, and doable by everyone. This does NOT mean the classes will be “easy”. They will still be challenging, we just won’t be making up crazy transitions or using far out props. Basic postures, more guidance, great for beginner through seasoned yogi.

Perfect For: Someone who has never done yoga, someone scared of flowing on their own, someone who likes to move with their own breath and find their own rhythm

Goal: True connection of body and breath – 1 breath, 1 movement

YinYasa

Experience the intensity of 30 minutes of Hot Vinyasa (might be some freeflowing, might be entirely guided – be surprised), coupled with the bliss of 45 minutes of Yin Yoga. Hot Vinyasa will raise your heartrate as we jam to loud music and challenging movement. Then we bring it down into longer holding, restorative Yin postures meant to open and soften even the tightest muscles and tissues.

Perfect For:  Someone who has never done yoga, someone who wants a balance in their life, someone who has a crazy mind and need that vinyasa time to slow it down before Yin

Goal: Balancing hard and soft, fast and slow, tight and loose

Torch + Tone: Slow Flow

This 60 minute class is perfect for both beginners and seasoned yogis. It moves at a bit of a slower pace, allowing your body to really get deep into each posture. The room is heated to 90-95 degrees and the music is soft and soothing. The class consists of a some guided flowing (linking postures together) to build heat and a few longer holding strength postures to build your mental stamina as well as tone your body. A great workout for both your mind and body, while still leaving you refreshed and destressed.

Perfect For: Someone who has never done yoga, someone whose mind won’t settle down but wants to learn how to focus, someone who wants to increase strength

Goal: Build strength and focus

Yin Yoga

We know a lot of you are athletes (re: TIGHT muscles) and like to move fast. You need that distraction for your crazy mind. But what if we told you in some instance softer poses might yield the most benefits?  Everyone needs balance, and Yin is here to complement you uberathletes. Yin is an amazing stretch of the inner most tissues of the body. Where we hold lengthening and restorative postures at minimum 5 minutes on each side to allow your body to slowly work into the posture. There is no warm up or music and the room isn’t heated. This is truly a mental practice in slowing down and reaping the physical benefits of stillness. Don’t kid yourself, it is still challenging to stay put even in restorative poses. But you are mentally as well as physically strong, you can do it!

Perfect for: Everyone!

Goal: Release the tension deep in your muscles and tissues

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know anything? Just Ask!

What do I wear?

We’re glad you asked! There are many movements where your head goes below your heart. These postures are much more difficult if you have to use one hand to keep pulling your shirt back to your waist (we know from experience). The best thing to wear is something flexible that you can move in, but fitted so we don’t get a reenactment of your last Marti Gras.

What do I bring?

We have a few mats to borrow, but not a lot so we highly suggest you bring your own mat. You will definitely sweat, so a towel is helpful to stop your hands from slipping. Also, many people like to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.

Just how hot does it get?

Picture the Arizona desert in the peak of summer, with the sun beating down and the pavement melting under your feet. Not quite that hot :) We turn up the heat to about 100F and how hot the room gets above that depends on how hard everyone is working. But before you blow us off because “you don’t like the heat” keep in mind that every element in these classes has a purpose. The heat helps to loosen up your muscles, sweat out toxins, and get you to the edge of your comfort zone. You can always come down to your mat to rest or leave the room for a breather. And honestly, once you get used to the heat you start to crave it day after day.

I can’t even touch my toes. Will I look silly?

Not unless you come to class wearing a Big Bird costume. Contrary to popular belief, the physical poses themselves are not the goal of yoga. Yoga is a path that uses tools to help bring you into the present moment. The easiest way to stop your mind from daydreaming, or planning, or re-hashing, or auto-piloting is to feel something. Anything. When you reach for your toes, it is hard to ignore the intense feeling of your hamstrings stretching, so your mind is brought back to the present moment. The only difference between someone who doesn’t reach the floor and someone who can place their head between their legs, is that the latter is so stretched out they need to go a little farther to feel anything. That’s it. They don’t win a prize or get a medal.

I’ve heard this is very physical yoga, will I be able to keep up if I’m not in great shape?

Our classes are all “work at your own pace”. If something gets too intense, come down to your mat, catch your breath, and begin again. Our number one rule is to listen to your own body and do what feels right. You don’t need to match the person next to you, just focus on moving at a pace that suits you.

What is this “flow on your own” thing I have been hearing about?

We teach Vinyasa style yoga. That means the poses often flow into one another – for example when you inhale you lift the arms, then you exhale and bend the knees. We often hook a few different postures together into a “flow”. We will take you through it a few times and then let you go to run through it on your own a few times. And before you ask, it doesn’t matter if you remember the flow. If you don’t, just look around the room, or make it up as you go along. All that matters is you are moving in a way that allows you to feel something inside, and you are listening to your body. Beyond that, you could lay on your mat and do situps the entire class and we wouldn’t care.