fbpx

10 Practice with Clara Program Benefits for You

The Practice with Clara Program features seven days of classes with different styles of yoga and meditation to help you make it to your mat every day. 

Throughout the seven-day program, you’ll move through Vinyasa/Lila Flow, Slow Flow, Hatha Restorative/Yin, Meditation, and Mantra courses. The calendar of classes was created to balance the targeted muscles in the yoga classes for you to feel strong and at ease in your body and mind. 

“I believe in doing yoga seven days a week. I also believe it’s important for us to do different kinds of movement as it’s great for the brain and the body. This is how the Practice with Clara Program was born. I want you to connect to your body in ways that feel holistic and healing.”
— Clara Roberts-Oss, founder of Practice with Clara.

Practice with Clara Program Calendar of Classes

Over the course of a week, you’ll move through seven classes featuring varied styles of yoga. 

Day 1: Vinyasa/Lila Flow – Fire

Day 2: Slow Flow – Water

Day 3: Hatha – Earth

Day 4: Vinyasa – Fire

Day 5: Restorative/Yin – Earth/Water

Day 6: Vinyasa – Fire

Day 7: Meditation/Mantra – Air/Ether

The Practice with Clara Class of the Day Playlist

The Class of the Day is the featured month of classes. The monthly schedule follows the Practice with Clara Program, rotating between the different styles of yoga to avoid burnout, strain, and fatigue. 

In the Class of the Day Playlist, you’ll see two yoga/meditation classes to choose from. We choose the classes for you, so you don’t have to worry about selecting what yoga class to do. We limit the options for you to focus on making it to your yoga mat to practice—much like you would in an in-person yoga class. Based on the current day of classes, you can choose your desired style, level, length, and theme.

In this playlist, you will also find the monthly series. Each month on Practice with Clara features a unique yoga series or 30-day yoga challenge. The yoga challenges appear in January, April, and October. These events are free for all new members. The monthly yoga series offers classes and bonus content designed around a specific theme. 

The Daily Email

The Daily Email is a simple reminder for students to make it to their yoga mat. 
  • Class reminders.
  • Daily prompts.
  • Questions.

The Styles of Yoga in the Practice with Clara Program 

Vinyasa 

Vinyasa Yoga translates from Sanskrit as “to place in a special way.” It links each movement to the breath.

Vinyasa yoga is defined by the unique sequence of postures and transitions between each pose. The fluid and dynamic transitions, intentional breathing techniques, and music separate vinyasa from Ashtanga yoga.

The intensity of vinyasa is similar to that of Ashtanga practice. However, the variety in asana, pranayama, music, theme, and transitions allow for a break in routine from the traditional Ashtanga practice. 

Vinyasa yoga is for those who have knowledge of the basic yoga poses and how to breathe. Understanding Ujayyi breath is necessary to flow through the class and link each posture to the breath. The teacher and style of vinyasa will also determine the intensity and level. 

 

Lila Flow 

Clara Roberts-Oss created Lila Flow Yoga. It fuses the watery movements of Prana Flow Yoga, pioneered by Shiva Rea, with Clara’s powerful and playful transitions.

Lila Flow is distinct in offering a full-body experience within each class. Participants start the practice standing and move through several flows towards a peak posture or a peak wave before coming to the ground to complete the class with subtle body practices. 

Theming is particular to a Lila Flow yoga class. Clara weaves aspects of philosophy, the chakras, Ayurveda, elements and prose to anchor the class. 

The Lila Flow classes are shorter in length, ranging from 20-40 minutes. These classes are great to do before or after work or a quick lunch break. 

Lila Flow is great for practitioners of all levels. Some knowledge of vinyasa yoga may be necessary. However, modifications are offered to accommodate practitioners of all levels.

Slow Flow

Slow Flow is a more fluid and slower-paced vinyasa class. Benefits include sequencing that links with ease and some creativity to the next pose.

Slow Flow is the next step to Vinyasa yoga; those new to the practice may wish to try Slow Flow classes before progressing to Vinyasa yoga. 

This style of yoga is excellent for beginners as it introduces the movement and breath between the poses. Slow Flow is also a perfect option for those recovering from illness or injury and pregnant yogis, as the sequencing is less advanced, and the pace is much slower than a typical Vinyasa yoga class.

Hatha

Hatha Yoga involves physical poses (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayamas) to create better alignment within the body.

Hatha yoga translates from Sanskrit as “ha,” meaning “sun,” and “the” meaning “moon,” to refer to the balancing of opposites.

Hatha yoga strives for balance by uniting such opposites; a Hatha class generally involves strengthening and heating poses and lengthening and passive postures to present a well-rounded class for participants to build strength, enhance flexibility, and increase overall mobility.

Hatha yoga is not presented in a fluid sequence like vinyasa yoga; instead, the emphasis is on the postures and not the transitions in a vinyasa yoga class. 

This yoga style is excellent for beginners, as the class’s pace tends to be slower for new yogis to get a better idea of each pose and learn the proper alignment. Hatha is also a great option for those recovering from illness or injury as strength and mobility are regained.

 

Restorative/Yin

Restorative Yoga is a style that features the heavy use of props to help the body soften and receive each pose.

Each pose is held for approximately 8-12 minutes in restorative yoga, and there is no muscular engagement. The goal is for the muscles to relax into the posture, hence props, to encourage a passive release in mind and body.

The purpose is to release tension through passive stretching. Props used may include bolsters, blankets, sandbags, dowels, blocks, straps, eye pillows, mats, and cushions. 

Visualization practices such as body scan and chakra work, pranayamas, and yoga Nidra may be included in a restorative yoga class to add to the Bhavana (mood). 

Restorative yoga is suitable for yogis at any stage of the practice, from beginners to advanced yogis. This yoga style is especially beneficial for those who could use meditation and relaxation to restore between bouts of intense physical exercise such as running, cycling, swimming, or hiking. 

Yin Yoga is a slower-paced style that features longer holds and props to facilitate the stretching of connective tissues. Like restorative yoga, yin yoga may be a meditative practice to destress and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system to decrease the ‘flight or fight response and encourage a state of calm. 

Yin yoga may improve joint mobility posture and release stress and tension in the mind and body.

Unlike restorative yoga, where the main goal is to release into a passive stretch, yin yoga works to release the fascia to strengthen and lengthen the connective tissues that support the joints. Poses are held for approximately 3-5 minutes. 

Yin yoga is suitable for yogis at any stage of the practice, from beginners to advanced yogis. This yoga style is especially beneficial for those who need to stretch and increase flexibility to enhance physical exercise such as running, cycling, swimming, or hiking. 

 

Meditation/Mantra 

Meditation works with the vagal tone, which is the activity of the vagus nerve.

The vagus nerve connects to the body’s principal organs, including the stomach, liver, heart, lungs, and brain, and controls the heart rate. We influence the vagus nerve by breathing deeply and slowing down the heart rate. A slower heart rate slows down the body’s vital processes, including the busyness of the mind.

The release of feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine during meditation may help manage anxiety and intense emotions. The lessening of the stress hormone cortisol reduces tension and angst.

Meditation boosts the immune system by decreasing the stressors on the body.

When we hit the burnt-out zone, our immune system takes the hit and causes the body to become inflamed as a means to protect itself. Stress causes the body to stay in fight or flight mode, which affects the mind and body. Meditation shifts the body from fight or flight, the sympathetic nervous system, into rest and digest, the parasympathetic nervous system. It’s in rest and digest mode to recover and restore to a more balanced state. 

The muscles relax when we meditate. 

Where yoga actively stretches to release the muscles, meditation creates space for muscles to soften and relax. Deeper breathing and stillness slow the body’s processes down, so we might passively release any tension we’re holding in the body or mind.

Mantras are repeated repeatedly to instill a sense of clarity and calm to prepare for meditation. 

How Mantra Practice Enhances Your Overall Health: 

  • Stimulates the brain’s emotional center—the amygdala—which plays a vital role in processing intense states such as anger and fear. 
  • Chanting initiates the parasympathetic nervous system—rest and digest— to calm the mind and body.
  • Mantra’s produce delta waves, which are associated with the deepest levels of relaxation and restoration.  

More on the Effect of Chanting on the Body/Brain: 

Similar to how movement rids the body of excess energy and tension, mantras cleanse the mind of the ego’s negative thoughts and desires. Every time you repeat the sound, word, or phrase, you might think of it as charging yourself up with the sound to create a space and awareness from the inside. 

Chanting is a form of Bhakti yoga, the practice of devotion. The power of vibration is contained in each syllable and sends out a message of the quality of life you wish to manifest. 

The benefits of mantra on the mind are vast as it influences the brain’s emotional center, the amygdala. The amygdala is part of the limbic system. It plays a vital role in processing fear and anger and coordinating responses to events and the environment, specifically triggering an emotional response. When we feel angry, fearful, or anxious, the amygdala is activated and initiates a stress response via the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight). 

Chanting initiates the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) to deregulate the mind and body. When chanting, delta brain waves are increased. Delta waves assist the person in detaching from their surroundings to focus on the present task at hand and harmonize the equilibrium between the brain and body.

10 Reasons to Join the Practice with Clara Program

  • Decrease stress and anxiety

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Support flexibility 

  • Enhance mobility 

  • Build strength 

  • Increase energy 

  • Lessen back and joint pain

  • Boost bodily awareness

  • Connect to community

  • Reinvigorate health and healing

Share:

Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
LinkedIn

Join Practice with Clara

New members get
7-days FREE!

Sign up for a recurring subscription and get access to hundreds of different yoga classes and join the weekly LIVE yoga class.

Social Media

Most Popular

Get The Latest Updates

Subscribe To Our Weekly Newsletter

No spam, notifications only about new products, updates.
On Key

Related Posts

What’s Your Process?

Hola! As I was getting ready to sit down and write my weekly musing, I got up, ate a snack, watered the plants, and loaded

Leaning Into It

Hola! This week has been full of pee and poo; most of it hasn’t been mine. It has been a FULL on mother week. Daylight

Practice with Clara Virtual Yoga Studio presents—

7-Day Virtual Chakra Workshop.

December 11-17th.

In-Person Yoga with Clara

Fridays in December

12-1:15 PM at Dance Co.

 

 
Join a FREE Live event on Practice with Clara Virtual Yoga Studio!
7-7:20am PST
Every Friday in December

Join me for an experiential practice!

My favourite thing about yoga is getting to watch people have a connection with themselves.

 

Yoga at Home

Reaffirm your commitment to a home yoga practice!

Read our post on how to set up a home yoga studio and the benefits of joining the Class of the Day.

Join the Community

Our community boasts yogis from countries all over the world who gather and co-create the spaces we share on the Practice with Clara platform.

Join a community of over 1.3k yogis from around the world in the Practice with Clara Facebook Group

· Share your feedback

· Seek help and motivation from the community

· Discuss and receive input on yoga challenges and injuries

· Cultivate a global community

· Exclusive access to content and upcoming events

· Bring your ideas and questions to the Practice with Clara Ambassadors 

Take a LIVE yoga class with Clara each week and join hundreds of yogis worldwide. 

· Ask Clara questions in the live Q&A after class

· Participate in a class with Clara and the community

· Put in your request for a specific class

· Build to a peak pose in a vinyasa-style sequence

· Learn modifications for injuries

· Receive how-to guides to advance your practice

See the History of Our 30-Day Yoga Challenges 

Take a look at the past 30-day yoga challenges. 

Read the history of the 30-day challenges with the past partnerships, themes, interviews with professionals, and more. 

Join an Upcoming 30-Day Yoga Challenge

See when the next 30-day yoga challenge is hosted to join the LIVE yoga & meditation classes.

Check out the events page to learn more. 

Are you looking for more opportunities to practice yoga, for free? 

Check out our Free Yoga page to see the latest offerings. 

Choose from three unique, free, offerings: 

30-day challenge
7-day series for beginners
7-day series for advanced vinyasa yogis 

Explore Yoga Teacher Training Options 

Learn to teach LILA FLOW YOGA with our free eBook!

The key to advancing your vinyasa practice and teaching style.

This workbook provides five written class sequences for you to experience a version of Wave Theory as designed by Clara Roberts-Oss, founder of the Practice with Clara Program.

✧ Community Feedback ✧

vinyasa yoga
vinyasa yoga
vinyasa yoga
vinyasa yoga
vinyasa yoga
vinyasa yoga

✧ Frequently Asked Questions ✧

1. What is the Practice with Clara Membership & App?

Practice with Clara is an online platform and Apps that allow you to take your yoga with you anywhere, anytime! With hundreds of classes in various styles, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin, Prenatal, and Meditation, there’s something for everyone at any level of the practice. The Practice with Clara Membership provides a monthly or yearly subscription package with the first 7-days free for you to experience the courses. 

2. How is the Membership Different from the YouTube Playlists?

A membership to the Practice with Clara Apps provides:

  • Access to the members-only library of yoga classes
  • Weekly LIVE classes with Clara
  • Unique events and workshops
  • Downloadable assets including:
    • Monthly Calendars
    • Journaling Booklets
    • Spotify Playlists
  • Access to a community of yogis worldwide 
  • Q&A sessions with Clara
  • & much more!

Clara’s YouTube Channel provides carefully curated playlists to introduce you to the free programs and yoga challenges for you to get a taste of what’s offered and commit to your wellness!

3. What Do I Get When I Join the 7-Day Program?

The 7-day programs include: 

  • 7-Days of Vinyasa Yoga Intensive
  • 7-Days of Yoga for Beginners

These programs provide a weeks-worth of yoga classes to ignite your yoga practice and cultivate a new, healthy habit. 

When you sign-up for one of these programs, you’ll receive:

  • A welcome email to the program from Clara
  • A class each day for 1-week
  • Curated Spotify playlists to accompany each course
  • A calendar to track your progress
  • Access to the private Practice with Clara Facebook Group

These programs are free with no hidden costs or fees; PLUS, you’ll still receive the 7-day free trial on the Practice with Clara Apps once you complete the series!

4. What Do I Get When I Join the 30-Day Yoga Challenge?

We host quarterly 30-day yoga challenges that are always free for all members of Practice with Clara. Each yoga challenge is themed based on the season. We’ve provided our inaugural challenge, Reconnect | A 30-Day Yoga Challenge, as an email series for you to try to test your physical and mental discipline and endurance!

What you receive in Reconnect | 30-Day Challenge

  • A welcome email to the program from Clara
  • A class each day for 30-days
  • Curated Spotify playlists to accompany each course
  • A calendar to track your progress
  • A journaling booklet to incite self-reflection 
  • Access to the private Practice with Clara Facebook Group

This program is free, anytime, with no hidden costs or fees, PLUS you’ll still receive the 7-day free trial on the Practice with Clara Apps once you complete the series!

 5.  I Want to Try the App, What’s Next? 

Great, we’re so happy to have you join our community!

To set up the Practice with Clara App, here are your next steps:

6. I’m Injured, Pregnant, or New to the Practice—Can I Join?

YES, no matter where you are at in your practice, there are classes for you on Practice with Clara. 

We’ve created playlists for beginners and those who are new to the practice.

we also have the Prenatal Collections with classes from the 1st – 4th trimesters that I created when I was pregnant with my daughter. 

Finally, I offer PLENTY of modifications and suggestions based on injury in all the platform classes. 

The biggest thing is to always listen to your body; your body is the greatest teacher.

Join Practice with Clara

New members get 7-days FREE!

Sign up for a recurring subscription and get access to hundreds of different yoga classes and join the weekly LIVE yoga class.