“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.
Inversions can feel intimidating, but they don't need to be. It's all about taking things slowly and letting yourself feel the connections in the poses you CAN do in order to start moving into poses that have previously seemed unattainable. This practice will teach you some of the basics of going upside down, and help you build confidence to start feeling more comfortable with your head on the ground and your feet in the air. Enjoy!
In case the title of this class wasn't clear, this practice is all about shoulders -- stretching them, strengthening them and learning how to use them to make poses you can already do more stable, as well as how to work toward doing poses that are currently a little beyond where you are. Take your time, breathe deep and enjoy the journey!!
To all the people out there who either used to practice yoga and loved it but for one reason or another fell out of practice, or the people who have always wanted to start a yoga practice but for whatever reason have never made the time or have felt too intimidated to start, this practice is for you. Once you acquaint (or re-acquaint) yourself with the practice, you come to realize that Yoga is an old friend who it's always good to spend some time with no matter how long it's been. Enjoy!
When it comes to improving at anything, a lot of progress can be made simply by working hard. At some point, though, in order to continue getting better we have to begin paying closer attention to what we're doing and how we're doing it. This challenging, mindful practice encourages you tune in, take your time and look at the habits that might be holding you back from experiencing your full potential. Enjoy!
Arm balances can take a lot of work to master, but once you've got the hang of it they can become quite fun. Maybe the most fun arm balance of all is Tittibhasana. If you're looking to take your arm balance game to the next level, this practice will help. Enjoy!
This is a tutorial for those of you on the quest for the press! We will go through a bunch of drills that will teach you the movements essential for the Puppy Press to Handstand! The puppy press is a major milestone on the way to a full press to handstand. We will begin on our backs with core work and then warm up our shoulders, hamstrings and wrists before moving on to drills using the wall, blocks, bolster and a chair! Enjoy!
When it comes to building strength and learning to arm balance, it would be hard to overstate the importance of learning to access and engage your core. This practice will show you a few simple moves you can do to help you build awareness of the various muscles that make up your core, as well as how to use them to create lift in arm balancing postures. Enjoy!