Hatha Yoga is the most widely practiced form of yoga in the world. Hatha Yoga uses postures (asana) and conscious breathing (Pranayama) in combination with mental focus to develop awareness, strength and flexibility, and relaxation. Through proper alignment and mindful actions of the body, Hatha Yoga brings balance, strength, and a sense of well-being to the practitioner.
The Benefits of Hatha Yoga
- Builds strength
- Increases flexibility and muscle tone
- Brings focus to the mind
- Encourages physical and mental balance
- Develops proper body alignment
- Reduces stress
- Encourages a sense of calm and peace
- Increases lung capacity for better breathing
Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. It is a technology representing the coiled and dormant energy at the base of the spine that once awakened, through calculated movements brings forth an awakening of the senses with a renewed sense of elegance and excellence. It harnesses the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body and gently secures them under the domain of the will. This ancient technology, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, precisely and consciously combines breath, hand postures, eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures. It expands lung capacity, balances the glandular system, nervous system, and purifies the cardiovascular system. This yoga is for everyone who has daily challenges associated with jobs, raising families, and managing businesses. It is a path for people who want to nourish the skills and ability to cope successfully with the challenges of our fast-paced times without the use of addictive and destructive habits. From your very first class you’ll start reaping the rewards, which include relief from back pain, stress, addiction, depression, insomnia, and weight control.
Realignment & Restorative Yoga
Actively corrected alignment classes will assist the student with awareness of body and emotional mis-alignments and provide a method to correct them through posture improvements and methods of being in the present moment. Students explore basic poses more deeply and practice intermediate and advanced poses. Through the prolonged repetition of poses, students discover deeper levels of understanding and develop a refined alignment: inner and outer, shape and direction, form and function. We’ll move and breathe, but with time to pause and feel, observe and adjust. Mindful movement with breath, as well as longer holdings with active alignment cues and corrections, followed by more observing and breathing. Staying still within a pose with time becomes effortless and joyful.
Gentle Yoga For Ease and Balance
Gentle yoga classes are typically described as appropriate for those who want a softer, nurturing, slow-paced, well-supported and relaxing practice. The approach includes carefully orchestrated movements, controlled pressure, and well-measured stretches, including range of motion exercises. Postures may be approached in gradual steps, with plenty of time to focus on breathing and repetition so that the practice is simple to do and easy to remember. This form of yoga encourages a highly individualized approach to practice with on-going encouragement to make moment-to-moment adjustments and serve a variety of distinct needs: people with movement limitations, or profound stiffness due to lack of activity; relief from disabilities and chronic conditions e.g., arthritis, back pain and other musculo-skeletal issues; recovery from surgery, illness or injury; for seniors, new practitioners, women who are pregnant and those seeking stress-reduction or weight management. A gentle yoga approach has also been found to be an important compliment in programs to reverse heart disease or provide relief from the challenging conditions of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, as well as mood disorders.