“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.
This class starts off with some creative movements aimed at building core strength and mobility, as well as overall body awareness. We then move into some more traditional postures, building toward arm balances and inversions with the possibility of combining the two. In other words... fun!
This practice is for those dealing with an injury or for anyone who does a lot with their shoulders and hands and want to prevent an injury! Some of the things we will go over are: Shoulder flossing, Gomukashana, Wrist stretching, Forearm massage, Holding the block, Cat stretch, Chest stretch
Infraspinatus release. Here is to happy healthy shoulders!
A slow-but-challenging practice designed to explore the edges of both body and mind. In this class, we go inward to figure out where peace and joy reside within us so that we can better bring them out and share them with others and the world around us.
"Simple, not easy" is the key to finding balance for older adults and beginners alike. We will use the wall for extra support as a safety net that will encourage you to be brave in warrior pose. And be astonished by how well you balance on one leg when the wall's got your back!
A short practice building to the challenging and elusive press to handstand. What to expect: Shoulder stretching with Gomukashana arms, lengthening the hamstrings with half-splits, opening the hips with Surya C, wrist warmups and strengthening with "flashlights," core-work in plank and forearm plank, an explanation of alignment principles, and work at the wall with props in handstand to create the muscle memory and awareness for pressing to handstand and much, much more!
Opening up the side body feels great for an expansive, free breath and long spine. AND it can throw you off balance as you willow over sideways while trying to maintain your center. This is a great practice for life - finding expansion, getting off balance, finding your center and remembering to bring your sense of humor so that you have fun along the way!
Learn how to get started doing crow pose, or bakasana, which is a great entry point to doing other arm balances and inversions. Watch the tutorial, then try the classes below which incorporate this pose into a complete practice.