Yoga has many layers. And there are many reasons why people try yoga.
The benefits of yoga are…
- Increased strength, endurance and flexibility
- Better balance, stability & agility
- Yoga postures not only work muscles but they also increase blood flow to your internal organs, which enhances function and detoxification as well as reduces inflammation.
- Because the primary focus of yoga is on breathing and it incorporates numerous breathing techniques, yoga can reduce stress and the symptoms of chronic stress disorders such as high blood pressure, adhd, chronic neck and back aches, better sleep.
Our yoga classes are unique and our teachers are experienced and trained and fully certified through the Yoga Alliance with at least 200 hours of training. In our classes you will get our attention. We offer classes and workshops for all levels of practitioners as well as different lineages of yoga practice such as Hatha, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga Yoga. (see class descriptions for more information)
Yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning union or joining. Meaning joining of our bodies with the higher consciousness or inner self. It involves practices that bring us to the direct experience of that state of being within. It is not a religion or philosophy but a personal, experiential process. You can be of any faith or background and practice yoga and bring your experience of higher consciousness into your practice. There are many different forms or paths of yoga. All bring us to the same realization of self.
We are attracted to particular paths and branches of yoga depending on our needs. Yoga is more than only postures. A yoga practice includes Asana (postures), Dharana (concentration), Pranayama (breath) and Dhyana (meditation).
What is Hatha yoga?
Hatha yoga is a particular form of yoga that has been used with other disciplines to bring strength, flexibility, movement and form to the physical body and merge the mind and body into your consciousness. Hatha yoga is the foundation for most other styles of yoga like vinyasa, ashtanga and kundalini yoga.
Self observation and awareness of the body alignment and sensation is a goal of a yoga practice. The poses (asanas) along with regulation of breath (pranayama) and a conscious mind is effective in releasing the tensions and stresses of modern day life and to benefit our body and mind through the practice of yoga.
Hatha yoga is appropriate for all levels of practitioners, from the first time beginner to the advanced yogi. Its richness and content affect everyone. Whether it is practiced to realign, rebalance and rejuvenate the physical body and/or to prepare and practice in meditation, Hatha yoga always opens the heart and uplifts the spirit!