“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.
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!
Wanna level up your handstand game? Of course you do! The only thing is, who has the time, right? Or maybe it is easier than you thought! Here is a quick, efficient, timed handstand routine that will improve your handstands, strength and flexibility all in 17 minutes! Enjoy!!!
If you want to get better at something, you have to take it seriously. At the same time, it's equally important to learn how to have fun with it. This playful practice takes a variety of traditional postures and yoga-inspired movements and combines them in creative ways to help you learn how to have fun with your practice while still working hard to build strength, flexibility and overall mind-body awareness. Enjoy!
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!