Vinyasa is the practice of breath connecting with movement. It creates a very dance-like flow from one pose to the next while fully embodying the power of our breathing. This class goes through waves of relaxation, stretching, heat and strength building, balance work, and body and mind connection. The classes are always different to offer variety of strengthening & opening, creative expression, and to break from routine. In this class, there is a strong emphasis on alignment to ensure safety and mindful movement.
This class is open to all levels including beginners. Rest and modifications are always available along with prop use and hands on assists. Because it is open to all levels, lots of variations will be given to meet the beginner’s needs along with the more seasoned yogis- you are encouraged to listen to your body.
Have you ever wondered what the heck is Hatha Yoga? Or how it differs from Vinyasa?
Well in fact, all physical practices of yoga can be put under the umbrella of "Hatha Yoga," meaning sun-moon or incorporating both the heating as well as the cooling elements of the physical movements. However, when we practice Hatha Yoga specifically (as opposed to the vinyasa flow yoga), we focus on the postures and less on the flowing transitions between them. In other words, no chaturanga! And whether that makes you feel relieved or disappointed, know that Hatha can still provide a challenge (mental and physical, it's still yoga after all!) and it can also be a welcome opportunity to slow down and really feel the poses without rushing into those push-ups!!
This class will introduce you to the cooler side of yoga. The static yin practice allows for the stillness and calm required to lengthening and reshape the connective tissues of the body: the joints, the ligaments and the tendons. These tissues are not very vascular (like our muscles) so our work in increasing their mobility must be slow, steady and consistent. By holding deep yet well-supported mat postures for 3 to 10 minutes and allowing gravity to do the work, we give our bodies the time they require to change.
This class is a sweet blend of hatha, yin, and restorative yoga. Increase range of motion, flexibility, balance, and strength all while placing little to no pressure on joints (especially knees and wrists). Reclined, seated, and standing postures are offered to give the body a well-balanced practice as we move slowly with breath and intention. This class is great for those who desire a nurturing, slow-paced, relaxed yoga practice. Teacher encourages use of props (blocks, bolsters, blankets) and offers modifications for all levels.
Ashtanga is a very traditional practiced. There's a set sequence for each series (Primary Series being the most widely known) so the class will be the same poses each time, but the experience is what begins to change. You go through a similar class flow as you would a vinyasa class, but there are some different poses and transitions in this practice than what you might be used to. This is a disciplined practice and with consistency, can build strength into so many different areas of our lives.