SIVANANDA HATHA YOGA / CLASSICAL HATHA YOGA
A traditional, slow paced but still very powerful class that will calm your mind and will increase flexibility, strength and vitality of your body. It is a typical open class, suitable for all levels, which includes pranayama (breathing exercises), warm-ups with Sun Salutations, asanas (postures) and deep relaxation using autosuggestion technique. You will learn how to properly rest and prepare your body for more advanced meditative practices.
Asanas are performed in a suggested order. It’s an open sequence designed by Swami Sivananda that helps to open energy channels within a body, while increasing the flexibility of the spine, strengthening the bones and stimulating the circulatory and immune systems. In time, you will be able to perform the poses slowly and consciously and all this movement combined with proper breathing will become a mental exercise in concentration and meditation.
Difficulty level of poses progresses with time and leaves a lot of space and time for the student to truly adapt. Historically the practice of Hatha was used to prepare the body for extremely long meditation, so it is designed to release tension and stress in body and mind, bringing you to a state of relaxation. This traditional, classical practice is a basis for all modern styles.
*All Hatha Yoga classes that I teach are based on Sivananda’s methodology and sequence! (check out the Weekly Schedule!)*
A powerful practice where breath and movement are coordinated – smooth transition from one pose to another turns static asanas (steady, comfortable positions) into dynamic flow. To follow rapidly changing circumstances the mind has to stayed focused through out the whole class, and the practice itself becomes a moving meditation. Steady cycles of inhales and exhales will calm you and increase concentration. Regular practice will increase your strength, flexibility and sense of balance.
A typical open class contains Sun Salutations – a sequence of poses done in a succession – while incorporating static asanas and breathing exercises. Depending on the students level the classes may vary in intensity and dynamism.
A quiet, simple but not necessarily easy practice as it targets the deepest tissues of our body: ligaments, joints, bones and deep fascia (connective tissues) rather than muscles. If you relax the muscles around and gently stretch your connective tissue by holding yin pose for few minutes, the body will respond with making it a bit stronger – and that is exactly what you want.
Not all yoga poses (asanas) can be used during Yin class, because the muscles should stay relaxed. A typical class contains a series of long-held, passive floor poses mostly targeting lower body – hips, pelvis, inner thighs and lower spine – especially rich in connective tissue. Regular practice will improve your flexibility, blood circulation and joint mobility, while calming your mind, releasing stress and bringing balance.