“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.
It's a myth that "basic" equals "boring". This practice breaks down some of the most basic poses in a way that teaches you to stay curious so that you can continue to make the discoveries that will ultimately lead to increased strength, flexibility and overall awareness. Enjoy!
Sometimes you just need to take it slow for a little while before you feel like pushing your edges a little harder. This practice will ease you into your body, gradually getting you ready to go a little deeper and work on some more challenging poses. Breathe deep, yogis, and enjoy the journey!
45 minutes of Standing Poses only focused on the GLUTES. My style is to MOVE you a lot and offer challenges. I teach the details of alignment! You will learn to do the poses safely and know if you're doing them correctly for YOUR body. Ground your SELF, find those muscles to Stabilize and then you will be FREE To OPEN. (Added bonus: great for those of you with wrist, elbow or shoulder issues that prevent weight-bearing on your arms!)
Most people love hip opening poses. A lot of people also love arm balances. This practice combines both to help you build strength while opening up the hips, and hopefully having a little fun along the way. Enjoy!
Looking to loosen up your hips? You've come to the right place! This slow-but-still-challenging practice will guide you through a series of creative movements all aimed at helping you understand how to move deeply into the hips. Take your time, enjoy the process and who knows... you might just wind up with one of your legs behind your head!
When most people think of abs, they think of the six pack, otherwise known as the rectus abdominus, but those aren't the only abs in town! The obliques, located on the sides of the torso, are responsible for twisting and side bending and are just as important for stability, mobility and a healthy spine as the rectus abdominus. This practice will help you start to develop an awareness of how to use and strengthen your obliques in order to help you find more balance and stability in a variety of poses. Enjoy!
No question about it: The traditional asana practice offers tremendous benefits. It's also true that the science of movement has evolved from when the posture practice came into being. If you're looking to step outside the box a bit and explore some new possibilities for how to build strength and create flexibility and awareness, this practice is for you. Enjoy!