Hatha Yoga › Carlene Bogues
Hatha Yoga is the name given to all physical yoga postures and breathing techniques to prepare the body for meditation. However, hatha yoga is commonly known for yoga with an emphasis on steadiness, so expect more static poses and longer yoga pose holds. The slower pace of Hatha classes makes it suitable for beginners, however it also provides a focus for more advanced practitioners and the possibility to explore the merging of breath, mind and body. Hatha Yoga provides the basis for many other forms of yoga including ashtanga yoga, vinyasa yoga, power yoga, yin yoga and restorative yoga. You may wish to follow your practice with yoga nidra, meditation or relaxation.
Work Break Yoga to Invigorate
A gently energising hatha yoga class featuring poses to help with wrists, neck and back and shoulders. This class is perfect as an invigorating break to bring a sense of focus and calm into the day. Class starts and ends with breath work to invigorate and balance, and there is a beautiful 15 minute meditation towards the end.
Morning Yang Yoga with a touch of Yin
This energising morning yang yoga class starts in seated stillness and moves into a mobility warm up followed by a hatha flow with sun salutations at a mindful pace. Then explore poses that are held for longer, build strength and flexibility, working towards dancer’s pose by the wall. You will need one or perhaps two blocks, and perhaps a wall nearby. This morning yang class can be contrasted with Carlene’s Gently Energising Yin Class. Each practice with leave you feeling calm and relaxed in a different way. Try both each morning and let us know how you feel!
Love Your Back: Gentle Yoga
A gently paced yoga class to put some love back into your back. This class starts supine with gentle somatic and yoga movements, unwinding the tension lying down and then incorporates standing poses to help with the release of tension throughout the day. This is the perfect class if you have a hard day and feel the tension in your lower back, it's a great antidote to having been sedentary at work or travelling.
Fluid Yang Yin Yoga
A balanced yang/yin yoga class. Notice the stillness at the beginning before bringing in some mobility and qigong warm ups. Then move into a hatha yoga flow and feel into the fluidity of the practice. Class ends with yin yoga poses to create a sense of balance. This can be done in the evening as a transition or anytime of day to move with more awareness and stillness.
Yin Yang Morning Yoga
This yoga class is the perfect way to start your day! Starting in reflection and stillness and setting intentions for the day, it then moves gently into circular movements in the joints as a warm up from head to toe, using some elements of Qigong. The beautifully restoring hatha yoga flow helps to find space and fluidity before we flow into our day. Class ends with a wonderful guided savasana; an energised but calm way to start the morning. You may need a block.