“Ha” means sun, and “tha” means moon. Hatha yoga is about union. Any form of yoga where you’re connecting breath to movement falls under the umbrella of hatha yoga. Sun salutes build heat (like solar power), and are sometimes thought of as “masculine” in nature (although they’re beneficial poses for all of us!), while deep stretchy poses are thought of as lunar, and feminine (although they’re also good and necessary for all of us). What we’re looking for is balance. We need action, but we also need to be able to slow down and nurture ourselves. Our Hatha classes are more methodical, the poses are often held longer and broken down more thoroughly, and sometimes they are a little less sweaty than our vinyasa flow classes.
If we want to learn to swim, there comes a point when we have to wade into slightly deeper waters. And so it is with yoga. Eventually we have to build on what the basics have taught us and move into more challenging territory. This practice is designed to introduce you to some of what lies beyond the basics and give you the tools to wade out with confidence.
An intense practice designed to help you build strength and gain confidence in your arm balances and inversions. As the saying goes, "Grip it and rip it!" Just don't forget to breathe deeply and move mindfully!
Few things feel more exhilarating in a yoga asana practice than learning how to lift yourself up. This class will move you toward building the shoulder and deep core strength required to master arm balances and inversions. Slow and steady... and doing it over and over and over is the name of the game!
Only have a little bit of time to get on your mat? No problem. This practice is designed for yogis on the go! Take as little or as much as you like. It's actually 4 shorter practices rolled into one. Part 1 moves you through some gentle warm ups, connecting breath with movement. Part 2 moves into some core work, but if you don't have the time or energy for that, you can skip to the 30 minute mark and get into the deeper stretching and balance work in Part 3, and when you're ready you can work on your headstand and then cool it down in Part 4. Enjoy!!
A slow, simple sequence of basic poses. Perfect for beginning students looking to build a more solid foundation to their practice. Great also for more seasoned practitioners looking to revisit and reconnect with the basics.
When it comes to learning something new, nothing is more valuable than mastering the basics. This practice will move you slowly through several of yoga's foundational poses, taking time to let you absorb the mechanics and feeling of each posture and transition. Whether you're brand new to yoga or a long-time practitioner, you can always benefit by spending a little time on the basics. Good luck... and enjoy your practice!
Growth means change, and more often than not change is hard. This challenging practice asks you to lean into the discomfort that is an inherent part of getting stronger, becoming more flexible and deepening your ability to concentrate -- the keys to accessing your full potential.
Getting "better" at yoga is more often than not a matter of simply slowing down and taking the time to explore some of the basic poses on a deeper level. This class is an opportunity to do exactly that. Let the familiar become new again with this mindful practice designed to help you discover what you may not have realized you've been missing!
Like it or not, we all have wounds, and the less we pay attention to them, the more they tend to get the best of us. Let this practice help you take ownership of your own healing first by noticing what's there, and then working through it with patience, determination and creativity.
It's one thing to build core strength; it's another to learn how to use the strength to begin to move in new ways. This practice is designed to help you do both. No previous experience required... just a desire to get stronger and a curiosity about your own potential. Enjoy!