Hatha is a blend of posture practice, breath work, relaxation and meditation. It balances the body-mind with the rhythms of modern day life.
This class is appropriate for those who have some yoga experience. It will have segments that are challenging, and others will cultivate softness and relaxation. We work to balance our body-mind and integrate our experiences with humour and ease.
For those looking for respite from their busy life, or for those who are post injury or illness, and want to gradually renew strength and resilience in the body.
Half the class will be gentle movement with the intensity adjusted to meet the needs of the students. The second half of the class will be restorative yoga. Restorative yoga allows profound relaxation where deep healing can take place.
Yin emphasizes working the connective tissues and fascia of the body, as opposed to the muscles. In order to access the connective tissues, the sequencing involves long holds (from 1 to 10 minutes) in postures that work with gravity. There is little to no emphasis on breath work in this class.
Yin yoga is simple, but not easy. The entire practice is one of mindfulness and meditation through the use of internal or external focal points. Yin Yoga is unique in that it is based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine Meridian Theory, stimulating various organs and energy pathways.