The core refers to the muscles of the torso, both front and back, which support your spine, affecting your posture, and integrate the workings of your upper and lower body. While many workouts approach the abdominals in a fairly superficial way, yoga positions can get deep into your midsection, working muscles you didn’t even know you had, which is great for your long-term fitness and health.
Through proper alignment and mindful actions of the body, Hatha Yoga brings balance, strength, and a sense of well-being to the practitioner. Our Hatha Yoga classes combine postures (asanas) with conscious breathing and focus to develop strength, flexibility and mental clarity. Students can expect to develop body awareness and explore varied postures in a mixed-level environment.
Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement,” and Vinyasa yoga is a series of poses that will move you through the power of inhaling and exhaling. Vinyasa movements are smoothly flowing and almost dance-like, which explains why it is sometimes referred to as Vinyasa Flow or just Flow.
This class is suitable for all levels and is more of a flow style class. It will include a variety of options to meet the needs of beginners as well as regular practitioners. The practice will include strength, flexibility and core strengthening while continuing to move through the poses with the breath.
Restorative Yoga is a form of yoga aimed at students who need a very gentle practice and who are looking to regain the quality of life, perhaps work through injuries or to gain mobility. It involves the use of props to allow the body to feel totally supported to encourage the body to relax and release.
Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time—five minutes or longer per pose is typical.
Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. They are also designed to improve the flow of qi, the subtle energy said in Chinese medicine to run through the meridian pathways of the body. Improved qi flow is hypothesized to improve organ health, immunity, and emotional well-being. A more meditative approach to yoga, yin aims at cultivating awareness of one’s inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality.
For those yogi’s who have the Hatha experience and want a little more challenge.
Vinyasa yoga, in which movement is synchronized to the breath, is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath becomes an important component because the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale.