“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.
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!
Jeff Bridges once said of the magic of making movies, "The deeper you dig, the deeper it gets." Turns out, it's the same with yoga. Grab your headlamp and shovel and find out what magic is lurking in the depths of your being with this slow and powerful practice!
There's no two ways about it: Building strength is hard. If you want to get stronger, you have to do the work. This class is designed to help you slow down, dig in and move in creative ways to build up not only a foundation of strength, but also an understanding of how to work effectively in order to build on that foundation.
A deep, mindful exploration of the interplay between strength and flexibility, focusing on the hips and the core to release untapped potential in those areas so that you can begin to access both more challenging poses as well as a more abiding sense of joy and calm.
Why do we let ourselves become distracted from our goals? More often than not, the forces that pull us away from our intended path are unconscious. This challenging practice is designed to help you understand what might be getting in your way so that you can reclaim your truth and move toward it with confidence and determination.
If you've been wanting to try funky pincha or you are bored and need to mix it up, then you've come to the right place! You will work up a nice sweat with this tutorial since funky pincha requires a lot of core! What you can expect: Surya C mixup, think lots of low lunging, shoulder opening, flip dog and stretchy, yummy goodness! After making sure you are warmed up, we will start to get specific! What you can expect: Funky pincha standing up at wall
Funky pincha plank at wall with blocks
Stretch pose with breath of fire
Funky pincha prep
Funky pincha using block under one shoulder and much more!