Hatha Yoga with Pranayama, Mondays 4-5:30pm with Catherine

Hatha is translated as Ha “Sun” and Tha “Moon.” The sun symbolizes light, heat, activity, and masculine energies. The moon symbolizes darkness, cold, receptiveness, and feminine energies. This class will work the equal and opposing aspects of ourselves, creating a sense of integration and equanimity at the center of our being. Hatha can also be translated as willful or forceful, representing the physical movement of the body into various postures activating the energy channels, fluids, muscles, bones, and tissues of the body.

This class will move at a comfortable pace with an emphasis on breath coordination with sensing the physical and energetic bodies.   The practice becomes a moving meditation.  Postures may be held for longer periods of time, and will flow together to unite the body to the breath and mind. Some prior yoga experience is recommended although modifications will be offered.

Hatha Yoga with a Hint of Yin, Thursdays 5-6:15pm with Jessica Laurin; class begins November 1

This class will encompass a wide array of yoga techniques. We will begin the class with pranayama, a meditative breathing. Then we will transition into Yang yoga, incorporating sun salutations to help warm up the body as well as asanas or poses to keep the body in motion. I will also be sneaking in some Yin yoga to give you a taste of having the body stretch a little deeper. Yin yoga is a deeper form of yoga where you hold a pose anywhere from 3-15 minutes; in this class we may hold a pose for a maximum of 5 minutes. The knowledge behind holding a pose for that long is known to help work the deeper muscles, and also works the ligaments, and connective tissues; by doing this, you work the joints and bones giving them more attention. You will also help your body steer clear of injuries, increase range of motion, bettering your bone growth, and helping your body reduce pain; combining all three practices will leave you feeling more grounded and balanced.

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