“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 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!
Sometimes going further requires slowing down. This practice is all about taking time to investigate some of the subtler dimensions of the body and mind in order to understand ourselves on a deeper level and thus allow for new possibilities both on the mat and off.
If we want to learn to swim, there comes a point when we have to wade into slightly deeper waters. And so it is with yoga. Eventually we have to build on what the basics have taught us and move into more challenging territory. This practice is designed to introduce you to some of what lies beyond the basics and give you the tools to wade out with confidence.
An intense practice designed to help you build strength and gain confidence in your arm balances and inversions. As the saying goes, "Grip it and rip it!" Just don't forget to breathe deeply and move mindfully!
Few things feel more exhilarating in a yoga asana practice than learning how to lift yourself up. This class will move you toward building the shoulder and deep core strength required to master arm balances and inversions. Slow and steady... and doing it over and over and over is the name of the game!
Only have a little bit of time to get on your mat? No problem. This practice is designed for yogis on the go! Take as little or as much as you like. It's actually 4 shorter practices rolled into one. Part 1 moves you through some gentle warm ups, connecting breath with movement. Part 2 moves into some core work, but if you don't have the time or energy for that, you can skip to the 30 minute mark and get into the deeper stretching and balance work in Part 3, and when you're ready you can work on your headstand and then cool it down in Part 4. Enjoy!!