An introduction to traditional yoga sequences and postures.
"Hatha yoga is a generic term that refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. Nearly every type of yoga class taught in the West is hatha yoga. When a class is marketed as hatha, it generally means that you will get a gentle introduction to the most basic yoga postures. You probably won't work up a sweat in a hatha yoga class, but you should end up leaving class feeling longer, looser, and more relaxed." (http://life.gaiam.com)
This class will teach you the basics of hatha yoga, the physical component of yoga. You will start out moving slowly to learn proper alignment, breathing and how to accommodate your physical abilities. You will also learn basic info regarding the philosophy of yoga.
"Ashtanga is based on ancient yoga teachings, but it was popularized and brought to the West by Pattabhi Jois (pronounced "pah-tah-bee joyce") in the 1970s. It's a rigorous style of yoga that follows a specific sequence of postures and is similar to vinyasa yoga, as each style links every movement to a breath. The difference is that ashtanga always performs the exact same poses in the exact same order. This is a hot, sweaty, physically demanding practice." (http://life.gaiam.com)
In this class you will learn the majority of the primary series of ashtanga yoga (this is a type of hatha yoga) preparing you to participate in a led class, or a mysore-type class. Along with alignment, we will teach you the background and philosophy of the practice. This type of yoga moves at a fast pace, gets your heart rate up and makes you sweat. The class is designed for people who are brand new to yoga and looking for a challenge, both physically and mentally.View Schedule