Hatha is a traditional form of yoga focusing on body and breath. Classes move through stretching and strengthening poses at a mindful, meditative pace, opening space for greater physical health and mental clarity. With emphasis on connecting the breath to movements of the body, hatha offers a great starting place for those new to yoga as well as deepening for those at any level of practice. Check out the class descriptions below to find the hatha class that is right for you!
In this class, practitioners explore the benefits of an “awakened” Yoga practice. Slower paced than a Hatha or Vinyasa class, we start with an intention while performing a floor sequence, especially as we gather to mid-line and create enhanced body awareness. Moving mindfully through standing and balancing postures, we refine our physical sense of meditative wholeness. Core-strengthening is emphasized throughout. Each class will end with a reflective summary of the 75-minute sequence, along with a brief breath meditation. This class is open to all levels.
deep stretch hatha yoga
From athlete to office worker, the benefits of stretching are recognized broadly. Whether you wish to lengthen tired and sore muscles or release the mental and emotional demands of life, this class is for you! Come prepared to combine breath, body and focus. Submitting requests for practice and the sharing of specific health concerns are encouraged.
This class is focused primarily on the physical aspect of Hatha yoga: the dynamic set of poses aims at building flexibility, strength and balance. It is a fun way to both challenge your body and learn to be attuned to its signals. More importantly, the class is a place where we all will learn and grow together. People from all levels are welcome.
hatha yoga 1-2
Integrate breath and body, action and ease with a practice to build your strength, stamina, flexibility and focus. Slower moving than a vinyasa class, we will take time to explore basic and more challenging asanas as we refine physical alignment and sharpen the mind. Expect attention to detail, permission to play, and guidance toward your own awareness. ”
hatha vinyasa yoga
Hatha Vinyasa combines a flowing sequence with specific attention to individual poses. The objective is to combine the physical benefits of strength and stamina with detailed attention to alignment and awareness. Each class will start with a specific sequence of poses followed by focused anatomical instruction on where restrictive movement may exist and suggestions on how to release into greater freedom of mobility.
journey through the chakras
Creating balance in our life is critical to our well-being. Our balance can be affected by: our physical alignment (skeleton,muscles,past injuries), our environment (physical, mental,spiritual) and our emotions. Our chakras (energy centers) are where we receive, assimilate and distribute our life energy. Both external situations and internal habits affect our chakras. Because our bodies reflect our imbalances, the simplest way to balance each chakra is to create alignment in our physical body. Often we try to create change in our lives through changing our mind to overcome our outdated patterns and beliefs. When we create more balance and stability in our body we become even more sensitive to the subtle qualities of the chakras. Try coupling that approach with this asana practice and see what happens.
A Journey through the Chakras explores the physical (muscular/skeletal), energetic and spiritual components of each energy center. The asana sequence will bring balance to your seven main chakras. Lorri can also suggest additional poses for you to incorporate into your private practice to target a particular Chakra if you are interested.
For the Beginner Yogi or the practitioner who seeks to revisit a foundation of breath and pose in preparation for a more intermediate to advanced practice. Beginning class with centering breaths, practitioners will be guided into mindful connection with breath and overall body. Once a more lengthened and expansive breath is established, the student is encouraged to “ride the wave” of their breath throughout the series of class poses. Continuing through each individual pose, participants will be led to direct the breath to specific areas of the body to better lengthen and strengthen the body as a whole. The level and intensity of each class will be tailored to the student’s level of practice.
The word Yoga is derived from the the ancient Indo-European language of Sanskrit – “Yuj.” It is synonymous with “yoke” or “union.” In Yoga Fundamentals, we explore the ancient tradition of “yoking” the body and “uniting” the mind. It is through this process that we establish our practice from the ground up. Intended for all student levels, Yoga Fundamentals reinforces a strong and stable foundation. Through the physical practice of both alignment and awareness, each class is devoted to a series of poses that categorically involves movement in flexion, extension, lateral flexion, twisting, inverting and binding while sitting, standing and lying down. During each pose, students will be encouraged to establish and maintain a deepened and expansive breath for a deeper and more transformative mind-body experience.
Beginning in the Fall, we will be introducing wooden dowels as an additional prop, including blocks, straps, bolsters and more. The purpose of the dowel to is to provide an exo-skeletal reference for true and accurate alignment. Too seldom the practitioner is instructed to “adapt” to the pose, rather than “embody” the pose.