“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.
Tight calves? This stretch class is for you! We focus on the calves along with the rest of your lower chain, from your ankles to your hips. This is a great warm-up for a flow, as well as a nice stretch for the evening.
Life can be challenging. It's always a good idea to have a practice that helps us not only to rise and meet the challenges, but also to have fun with them. This is one version of what that practice might look like... enjoy!
This practice is designed to teach people dealing with wrist pain to use muscles that support the wrists with no pressure on the hands. Focusing on the core, we open the class with stability exercises, build warmth with modified Surya Namaskar C and standing poses, and eventually peak with a headstand.
This core-work-focused practice is a continuation of what is presented in Intro to Hatha Yoga Part One. If you are unsure how to maintain core stability and strength, this instructive practice breaks down and demystifies core engagement.
King Pigeon 2 Tutorial with a chair. If you’ve ever wanted to explore this big, beautiful backbend and front of hip opener, but had no idea where to start, this is it! It doesn’t have to be complicated or scary, in fact, the goal is that it feel delicious! With the support of the chair you will find your own edge and slowly build to go deeper. We will explore step by step how to set yourself up for success with the help of a chair and two blankets! Enjoy!
This is a slow, mindful flow designed to help you reset and calm your nervous system, particularly if you're feeling anxious. We do many breathing exercises throughout including alternate nostril breathing, breath retention (4-6-8 breathing), and ujjayi breathing, all while moving slowly and with intention. You will work in this class and you will probably sweat. There is core work and there are backbends, you will open your hips, shoulders and hamstrings, but the intention is to calm the nervous system and walk away from your mat feeling deeply grounded. Our nervous systems are built for short bursts of stress, not longterm stress, so if you're going through some of life's harder experiences, it's essential to find the tools that help you return to center. Yoga Nidra at the end <3
Your go-to middle splits stretch class! We will do an active mobility warmup followed by some static stretches to open up the inner and outer thighs, hips and hamstrings and get you a step closer to your middle splits! Some poses you can expect: Skandasana, Pigeon, Wide Leg Forward Fold, Baddha Konasana, Frog Pose and much, much more! If you are inflexible, don’t worry, plenty of modifications are offered and explained!