Beginners Hatha Yoga
Beginner Yoga classes provide a slower paced program with more description and commentary accompanying each asana/posture. Breath awareness is introduced, we practice deep breathing, mindfulness and listening to the body. Sequencing is built around sun salutations. Guided relaxation will lead you into a world of total bliss, you will leave the mat looking forward to your next yoga experience.
There is a general misconception that “gentle yoga” is not as beneficial as the more active styles. However, the gentle styles of yoga, such as Restorative Yoga, Somatic Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, can stimulate the immune system and improve one’s overall health.
Gentle yoga styles help to get the body out of stress-mode, release tension, calm the nervous system, gain clearer thinking, and even restore an overall sense of balance to the body, the mind and the soul. While stress is essential in certain moments where we need to achieve a goal and the stakes are high, the body’s stress apparatus (the brain, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and muscles) become chronically over or under-activated when even low-levels of stress are persistent. Chronic stress can produce mental and physical illness over time, and the list of potential effects is too long and sad to list to here.
People often think that gentle yoga classes are easy, but these may be students who are already stimulated in life (always on screens) and physically very active (athletics and fitness outside yoga) and still choose to only practice vigorous forms of yoga. Unsurprisingly, many people actually find these classes more difficult because they require the body and the mind to relax when they have been coping with hyper-stimulation for years.
Relax & Renew Restorative Yoga monthly class
The most common form of Yoga offered today is Hatha / Yang, active Yoga. Yin Yoga is the other half. Seated poses are held for a time, so we can target the deeper tissue/fascia, the connective tissue, which is concentrated in the joints. Yin yoga practice keeps our joints nimble. In Yin, we stimulate energy/chi/prana flow through channels called ‘body meridians’ (body’s healing energy pathways). In an active practice, yang/hatha yoga, the focus is mainly on strength and tone of the muscular body. Maintained harmony and balance between these two forces keeps us in good health.
Perfect for all levels!
Beginners Hatha Yoga
This class is suitable for complete beginners and more advanced students who want to focus on alignment. The class is guided with clear step-by-step instructions to establish a strong foundation of each posture. The class is energetic and designed to strengthen the body, improve flexibility and to learn how to relieve stress in daily life. Pranayama and relaxation are integral part of a class. Pranayama is a science of yogic breathing techniques that are beneficial in managing stress and help relieving the symptoms of asthma. Every class ends with a guided relaxation. Props and modifications offered for proper alignment and ease in the postures.
Gentle Hatha Yoga
This class is appropriate for adults of any age, including seniors and those looking for a gentle introduction to yoga. The class is structured around rejuvenating the body, including stretches, breathing techniques, attention to alignment and meditation. Gentle yoga practice helps develop greater flexibility and can be effective in preventing and slowing bone density loss. Regular mindfulness meditation practice can help relieve stress and stay centered, and energized.
As you mindfully integrate movement and breath, this Vinyasa class is aimed at the seasoned beginner who feels confident practicing Sun Salutations and intermediate practitioners who are ready to expand their yoga practice. Vinyasa classes typically include smoothly flowing movements between poses guided by the force of inhales and exhales. Every class ends with a guided relaxation.
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