In these classes, each person progresses at her/his own pace. Beginners and experienced students alike, share in the non-competitive atmosphere of hatha yoga expression, making each pose as gentle or as rigorous as one needs. Beginners will learn the authentic and proper cultural poses, breathing techniques, and introductory meditative practices. Continuing students will have the opportunity to deepen and refine their practice.
Through systematic movement, stillness, and breathing we gain flexibility, strength and balance. Toxins are removed and previously tight and closed parts of the body are permitted to open. In addition to practicing the cultural poses (asanas), a great deal of emphasis is placed on breath awareness and relaxation techniques. We also learn the ancient breathing techniques (pranayamas) and a variety of meditation techniques. We try to remain true to the authentic ancient teachings of Yoga, as taught to us by our teachers, and the teachers of our teachers. We have great respect for the eastern teachings (you're bound to learn some Sanskrit and eastern philosophy and mythology in many of our classes). At the same time we recognize the difference between eastern and western cultures and try to honor our unique American experience for what it is.