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Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is a slower-paced class that works toward balancing strength and flexibility, as well as effort and surrender in each asana (pose). The postures in Hatha Yoga are practiced not only to improve the body’s physical health but also to clear the mind in preparation for savasana (meditation).

This is class is appropriate for those who want to move at a slower, more thoughtful pace. Modifications will be given throughout the practice to meet you where you are and is appropriate for Beginner to Advanced students.  

Hatha Flow

Hatha Flow focuses on breath awareness in each asana (posture). This class incorporates strength, balance and flexibility in mind and body. Hatha Flow begins with a centering exercise, warm-up, and surya namascar (sun-salutatons) and progresses to stronger asana (posture) holds to build strength and burn off tapas (impurities).  Hatha Flow will wind down with balancing asana, and close with a sweet savasana (meditation) in order for your body, mind and soul to reap the full benefit of the practice.

 

This class is appropriate for Beginner to Advanced students who move easily from sitting to standing.

Vinyasa

The term Vinyasa refers to the alignment of movement and breath, a method which turns static asana (postures) into a dynamic flow, and is considered a form of Hatha Flow.  The length of one inhale, or one exhale, dictates the length of time spent transitioning between asana. In effect, attention is placed on the breath and the journey between the pose rather than solely on achieving perfect body alignment in an asana. In Vinyasa, you will stay moving and stay connected with your breath.

 

A Vinyasa practice is appropriate for Intermediate to Advanced students.

Yin & Restorative Yoga

Yin Yoga & Restorative Yoga sequences typically involves only five or six poses of longer holds.  These postures typically include spinal twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends.Practicing a Yin-style (which includes Restorative Yoga) activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which enables automatic control of the body. As such, the regular nervous system will be at rest, and the muscles will become more relaxed. Consistent practice of this style of Yoga will make the body and mind less vulnerable to stress-related illnesses and injuries, and help you achieve optimal health.

 

This practice is recommended for all levels on a regular basis (at least once a week.)

Yin Yoga is based in Chinese Medicine where meridians associated with organ systems are stressed to release blockages in the body & mind. This practice brings balance to students who participate in Yang practices that use strong physical strength. Muscles are loaded in the postures so that they, along with soft tissue and joint sockets, can release and recover. This class is recommended for athletes or Hatha Yoga practitioners to bring balance to their bodies and minds.

Restorative Yoga postures are completely supported by props that allow the mind and body to completely relax, rest and restore. This class is recommended for those who want to rest and recover.

Gentle Adaptive Yoga

Gentle Yoga is a beginner level of Hatha Flow and a great place to start if you are new to yoga, if you have physical limitations, or if you would like a refresher on why we do what we do in yoga. This class will move slowly and deliberately, with great attention to each asana (pose) and the physical and mental effects therein. Pranayama (breath-work) will be explained and demonstrated, as it is the foundation of all yoga practices and the single most important thing you can incorporate into your practice, as well as your daily life.

 

Gentle Yoga is appropriate for all levels and is adaptive, meaning it is appropriate for prenatal students and students with physical limitations.

Guided Meditation

Students are welcome to attend Guided Meditation in comfortable street clothes. You are welcome to come in and move your body before meditation begins,  to loosen and relax before meeting in a comfortable position for meditation (chairs are available for those who are not able to sit or lie on the ground comfortably). Students will be given cues to calm the fluctuations of the mind through drishti (an object of focus), pranayama (the breath), and/or mantra (a sound). Through this Guided Meditation study, students will become more mindful of their thoughts as an observer, without clinging to the thoughts themselves. Passively witnessing the types of thoughts that flow by while meditating, without attaching to them, will quiet mental chatter. When we allow the mind something to focus on through guided meditation, the breath, or a mantra, we become aware of an inner world of stillness, love, and peace. In addition to being the perfect way to let go of accumulated stress, meditation has many health benefits, including strengthened brain function, creativity, increased physical vitality, and better sleep. Many times, insomniacs have found that all that was needed was a way to slow down the constant activity of the brain. Even the immune system is strengthened from daily moments of the deep restful-wakefulness that meditation offers.

Offerings included a general guided meditation, a Christian-based meditation, and Sound Therapy meditation with crystal bowls.

 

This class is appropriate for all levels.

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga is based on a Hatha Yoga practice and incorporates techniques specialized to meet the needs of an expecting mother. Trimester-specific asana alignment, pranayama (breathing exercises), relaxation and stress management through meditation are most helpful when preparing both physically and mentally for labor and birth.

Support partners are welcome to participate in this practice as it is a Gentle Adaptive Yoga practice appropriate for all.

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