Hatha yoga is a form of yoga which concentrates on physical health and mental well-being. Hatha yoga uses bodily postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation (dyana) with the goal of bringing about a sound, healthy body and a clear, peaceful mind. There are nearly 200 hatha yoga postures, with hundreds of variations, which work to make the spine supple and to promote circulation in all the organs, glands, and tissues. Hatha yoga postures also stretch and align the body, promoting balance and flexibility.
This class is designed to provide rejuvenation for the body and mind through breath, light repetitive movement, gentle stretching, and deep relaxation.
Restorative Yoga consists of postures, usually seated or reclining, that are done using the support of props (blankets, bolsters, straps). The poses are held from 3-5 minutes at a time to allow the body to release into the poses to stretch the connective tissues (fascia) and promote the health of the joints. Holding the poses for several minutes at a time also presents the opportunity to begin exploring meditation bringing a mental release and relaxation effect into the practice. This class is ideal for stress reduction, alleviating fatigue, or healing from chronic pain and illness, as well as cultivating increased flexibility, circulation, and energy and is appropriate for all levels of yoga students.