Styles of Yoga
Our Hatha Yoga classes use asana (postures) with the breath to create a link between the body and the mind. Through asanas, we build flexibility and strength while minimizing the risk of injury. This well-rounded style balances and opens the body. You will learn to still the mind and be present in the moment.
In addition to more flexibility and strength, a hatha yoga practice will lead to all the other usual benefits of yoga: reduced stress, lower blood pressure, more energy and better sleep. We bring the body and mind to optimal health and well being.
Excellent for beginners, in Hatha Yoga you will learn the basics and keep brushing up on the fundamentals of yoga practice. Hatha Yoga is for students of all levels.
- The heat helps to promote deep, safe stretching and maximizes blood flow to your muscles and joints.
- Promotes detoxification of skin, blood, and muscles through sweating.
- Improves circulation and cardiovascular fitness.
- Builds up your immune system and reduces the symptoms of chronic illness.
- Increases weight loss.
- Regulates nervous and endocrine systems, both of which figure heavily in emotional well being.
- Assists healing through relaxing and centering of the mind. As our heart beat and breath get slower, our blood pressure also drops, and the body goes into healing mode.
Who can do Warm Yoga? The classes are for all levels and ages. There are always modifications for new students and everyone can work at their level and progress at their own pace. You will be in a non-competitive, learning environment, with teachers who are supportive and patient. Our warm yoga classes are inspired by both the Barkan and Absolute Hot yoga sequences. We encourage new students to take it easy in their first few classes and for best results practice as much as your schedule permits during the introduction period. A consistent practice will gradually allow you to build strength, focus, stamina, and flexibility. Practice and all is coming! SHRI K. Pattabhi Jois.
What if I’m not flexible? A common misconception that prevents people from trying yoga! You don’t need to be flexible. A consistent practice will develop flexibility, balance, and strength over time. Everyone needs to respect their own limitations and you will find that they begin to decrease over time. The new freedom of the increased, pain-free range of movement will empower every area of your daily life.
How often should I practice? Consistency and discipline are the keys to a successful yoga practice. We recommend you practice as often as your schedule permits Initially 2-3 days per week will begin a transformation over time. When you feel the benefits, your body, mind, and spirit will draw you to a practice that is right for you.
Can I lose weight? YES! Increased body awareness changes eating habits and helps you make a positive connection with your body’s well being and calms your nervous system. The combination of sweating and developing muscle tone will melt the fat off your body with consistent practice. The yoga postures also have internal benefits to all the organs and systems in the body, such as normalizing the digestive system and the endocrine system, regulating metabolism, and maintaining cardiovascular health, These processes help to sustain a normal and healthy body weight for each respective student.
This is a high energy flow class, where we focus on strengthening the core, legs and upper body to help improve balance, flexibility, and endurance in the body and mind. A fundamental understanding of sun salutations, postures and breath technique is recommended. In this class we also play around with new and more challenging postures. Be prepared to sweat!
This class is not suitable for beginners.
“Vinyasa” means to link together or to place in a special way. In this class, postures are linked together in a dynamic sequence in harmony with the breath. At times we move quickly, at other times more slowly, depending on the time of day and the general feel of the moment.
Based on the Anusara universal principles of alignment, and sometimes focusing on a particular aspect of yoga philosophy, this class becomes a moving meditation, a dance with the breath, a celebration of life! Meant to be enjoyed…
This is a more athletic form of Vinyasa yoga. It offers a more physically challenging class to students who are more athletically inclined or to those who love a challenge. If you want to lose weight or tone up your muscles, this one is for you!