Re-balance and restore with this gentle but steady practice to reset your mind and your body. We will utilize the props (blocks, bolsters, straps and blankets) for support, get grounded and melt tension away. It is structured around healing and rejuvenating and is suitable for all levels of yoga looking for a slower paced class. Perfect for beginners.
Imagine holding an asana, or pose, for 5 to 10 minutes at a time… Visions of legs quivering come to mind. Now, imagine being supported by blocks and pillows, covered in a comfortable blanket, in a dimly lit room, with gentle sounds washing over you, while staying present in the steady flow of your breath. Now, 5 to 10 minutes may not seem like enough! The aim of a restorative practice is to do nothing, except to be present in this moment; to move towards a healthful sense of complete relaxation.
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. Like all styles of yoga, Vinyasa has both mental and physical benefits. Physically, sweat expels toxins and re-energizes your body. Mentally, the synchronized breathing relaxes your mind and helps to release any blockage of energy flow throughout your body. Great for beginners.
Yin yoga works on the connective tissues. Connective tissue responds best to a slow, steady load, which is why we hold the poses for longer. If you gently stretch connective tissue by holding a yin pose for a long time in this way, the body will respond by making it a little longer and stronger – which is exactly what you want.
Different Yin yoga poses stimulate and remove blockages in the myofascial meridians in the body, which in turn balances the body’s internal organs and systems. Yin yoga requires the muscles to relax around the connective tissue in order to get a stretch. Great for all.
Hatha yoga describes the physical practice of yoga. In fact, sometimes the name Hatha is used interchangeably with "yoga." The slow pace and simple breathing exercises make it a great place to learn basic poses and become comfortable on the mat. The health benefits of Hatha are immense. Yoga relieves stress and promotes a deeper relaxation while still providing physical exercise. Classes range in intensity depending on the instructor. Great place for beginners to start.