“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.
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!
Strengthen and stabilize your shoulders! This sequence will provide you with the tools you need to combat tightness and weakness with plenty of stretching and strengthening for the upper back, shoulders and chest. What to expect: Shoulder flossing, gomukhasana shoulder stretch, Cobra variations to stretch and strengthen, dolphin, Pincha Mayurasana, and much more!
Never jacked your mula before? You're missing out. Don't worry, it's good clean fun, and if you want to master handstands and other arm balances, it's the key. So roll out that mat and dive on in! You're guaranteed to come out stronger and more capable than before, and you'll probably end up smiling a fair amount too.
Time to go to work! Don't worry, though. In yoga, the work is always done in a way that's meant to leave you feeling good... otherwise it's not yoga. Shoulders, core, hamstrings, hips - they all need constant attention, otherwise they get stiff or weak or both, and who wants that? So get out your yoga hammer and let's break it down!
The essence of yoga can be summed up in one word: Devotion. Dedicating ourselves with single-minded focus to whatever it is we wish to accomplish is one of the simplest things we can do to cultivate peace and joy within ourselves, and also achieve our goals. And yet it's also one of the most challenging things for most of us to do. The good news is, it just takes practice, and that's what this class is all about!
If you're like most people, backbends are tough. But if you can understand the mechanics of doing them properly, they feel amazing and can open up all kinds of possibilities in your life and practice. This class will help you figure out how to engage deeply through your shoulders and core in order to help you move deeper into your backbend practice. Go slow... and enjoy the journey!