Hatha yoga helps to create balance in the body by working on strength and flexibility. Ha means the Sun and Tha means the moon, signifying the integrative qualities of this practice. It balances both male and female energies in our bodies, helps to reduce stress and promotes energy.
Suitable for all, Hatha yoga is characterized by its alignment and attention to details. Postures can help ease pain and are beneficial for back care and injuries including SIJ. The poses (Asanas) are held for some time to discover the best alignment possible and bring energy and ease in the body.
In a Hatha Yoga class you can expect to practice a combination of standing poses, seated poses, backbends and abdominal twists. There isn’t a set sequence as such but expect to work through similar poses regularly to keep building better alignment and trigger the body’s own intelligence to strengthen and open in a safe and harmonious way. The teacher will still bring in some variety from one class to an other to keep learning and progressing through the practice.
All Hatha yoga classes include some breathing exercises (Pranayama). It has many benefits, one of them being to trigger the body’s parasympathetic nervous system, hence bringing a deep sense of calm and focus.
The Hatha yoga class finishes with a deep relaxation to leave you feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and renewed.
Hatha Yoga Level 1 is for beginners.
In this class you will learn to familiarize yourself with the basic poses (Asanas), their names and alignment.
Props are used intensively to find the safest way possible to align the body while building strength and flexibility. The props are chairs, wooden blocks, straps and blankets. All are provided.
You don’t need to have any flexibility at all to come to this class, on the opposite, this class caters for people who feel the need to start somewhere, as with everything else in life. Come as you are and trust that the teacher will help you to the best of his/her abilities.
As with every Hatha yoga class, breathing exercises (Pranayama) and a deep relaxation (Savasana) are always present.
Hatha Yoga Level 2 is for anyone who wants to have a better understanding of their own body alignment and posture and have some basic understanding of the main poses (Asanas).
In this class, props are often used to help deepen the practice while building strength and flexibility. The props are chairs, wooden blocks, straps and blankets. All are provided.
In level 2, some Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) A and B can be included to help build some heat in the body before holding poses for longer periods of time.
As with every Hatha yoga class, breathing exercises (Pranayama) and a deep relaxation are always present.
Hatha Flow is for the student who already has some knowledge about the main poses (Asanas), their names and basic alignment. In this class, enjoy flowing from one pose to an other with the breath as your guide. It is still alignment based but has more vitality in the practice.
Compared to Hatha Yoga, fewer props are used to allow the practice to keep flowing. Sometime, the teacher might encourage the use of blocks, blankets or straps to help align the body while holding certain poses for a few breaths. We work on building strength and flexibility as well as breath control and mindfulness.
All Hatha Flow classes include a relaxation (Savasana) at the end of the class to bring back balance and calmness in the body and the mind.
Yin yoga poses are more passive than in Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga (Yang Yoga), mainly on the floor and held for longer period of time (3 to 5 minutes each). By holding the poses for a certain amount of time, moderate stress is applied to the connective tissues of the body – the tendons, fascia and ligaments – with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. It is a more meditative approach to yoga that leaves the student in a space where calmness and relaxation can be cultivated.
The benefits of this practice are numerous. It balances the body and the mind and is a great complement to Vinyasa Yoga practice. It increases flexibility in the body especially around the joints and hips. It brings a deep inner feeling of relaxation and therefore is great to deal with sress and anxiety.
In a Yin Yoga class, you can expect to old poses for a few minutes at a time and be encouraged to relax as much as possible to allow muscles and connective tissues to soften. This in itself can be challenging and the teacher will remind the student that a stretch should never be taken to its maximum intensity in this practice, but rather to 30 % to 50% to allow the body and the mind to open and release gently without any risk of damaging the soft tissues. To allow the student to find this comfortable space in a mild stretch, props are often used; such as blocks and blankets. Chairs can as well be used. All are provided.
In this class, the future mum will be able to practice yoga in a safe and harmonious way. Through gentle movements, mobility and strength are maintained. With breathing exercises, the student can find ways to better control emotions and energy levels. Breathing techniques will become very useful in childbirth and having practiced them for a certain time will allow the future mum to trust her own capacity when the time of birth comes.
I is as well a great way to bond with the baby by being fully present for an hour, focusing on bodily sensations fully.
This class is for 13 to 18 years old and brings some Hatha yoga and Vinyasa yoga together to give the student a rich experience on all levels.
Caring for the student’s alignment and self-understanding of the body, the class starts with warm ups in Hatha yoga and some breathing techniques. Then Vinyasa yoga, a more dynamic and flowing practice, allows for some heat to build up in the body, while encouraging the mind to stay very focused on the practice by linking the breaths and the movements.
Some props such as blocks, straps and blankets might be used to help find better alignment in the body. The teacher will always include breathing techniques (Pranayama) and a deep relaxation at the end of the class (Savasana).
This is a wonderful way for teenagers to enjoy a practice that will not only give them more strength and flexibility but as well more self-confidence. By getting to move and to learn about the breath, the student can better self-manage stress, anxiety and any other feelings that come with growing up in a sometime challenging world. Learning techniques to be present and happy in the body and the mind are great tool in a teens – or in anyone’s – life.
Kula Kids’ Yoga at CendrineS:
These playful and creative ‘just for kids’ yoga classes weave story, song and game into the ancient art of yoga. We will build strength of body and mind, balance and flexibility in a spirit of joy and compassion for self and others.
Thursdays, 4 and 11th of May – 8-29 June
3:30-4:15 pm Ages 5-9
4:30- 5:30 pm Ages 10-13
6 weeks session
$80 if prepaid or $15 per session
Contact Jeanne Balding-Weinstock at email@example.com
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