Hatha is the building blocks of yoga. In Hatha, we focus on alignment and the breath. Postures are held for longer periods of time allowing the body to acclimate to both the effort and release required in each posture. Students begin to understand the mechanics of the posture on a visceral level. In Hatha, participants methodically construct a strong foundation upon which to evolve a more robust practice. Hatha is a deliberate and strong practice.
Vinyasa is about following the breath and going with the flow. Postures are sequenced to create heat, flexibility and strength in the body. One posture dissolves into the next. Participants move in a fluid, continuous manner to cultivate strength and flexibility while learning to control their heart rate and pulse by regulating their breath. Vinyasa is an invigorating practice.
Slow vinyasa interweaves the longer held postures of a hatha practice into a slow, mindful vinyasa flow. Participants challenge and strengthen their muscle control and stamina while they transition deliberately and precisely from one posture to the next. Slow deep breathing sets the rhythm for the practice and participants move to the rhythm of their breath. Slow vinyasa is a calming, liberating and empowering practice.
Sunrise yoga begins by priming the lungs with slow, deep breathing. With the breath established, slow deliberate movements gently crescendo into sun salutations which encourage lymphatic flow, detoxification, and activate the metabolism. Body, mind and spirit are awakened and energized. With sunrise yoga, students begin their day feeling fresh and inspired.
Yin is a practice of surrendering, of allowing gravity to gently open and create new space in the body, of allowing the tension to dissolve with every exhale. People recuperating from injuries and other ailments find comfort and a new sense of ease in their movement with Yin. It is an active restorative practice, so those who train intensely – runners, swimmers, triathletes, those who cross train – find that yin helps to clear the lactic acid in the major muscle groups, allowing their bodies to recuperate quicker from their intense training. People of all ages and many different levels of physical activity participate in yin classes to procure the various benefits of the practice. Yin is a healing practice.