Hatha Yoga Classes › Vidya Heisel
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.
Shoulder Stand Tutorial
A shoulder stand tutorial which works through the preparations to build up to this inversion. If you're not quite ready for a shoulder stand, use this class to find suitable alternatives and learn how to grow your strength and confidence. You may want to place your mat by and will need a blanket.
Progress Your Practice: Backbends
The third class in progressing your practice series, this beginners yoga class focuses on backbends. Backbends help to keep the back and shoulders open after days hunched over a computer or smartphone and are essential to keep the back and spine healthy. With some slow flow and twists to counterbalance your backbending class. You will need a blanket, rolled up and two bricks.
Progress Your Practice: Healthy Spine and Twists
The second class in progressing your practice series, this class is perfect for keeping your spine healthy with twists. 'You're as old as your spine' is the saying and there is no better way to keep your spine healthy than with plenty of twists and gentle movement of the spine. A perfect way to progress your practice and to keep healthy every day. You will need two bricks.
Progress Your Practice: Forward Folding Flow
The first in a progressing your practice series, great for those who have mastered the basic yoga poses but are looking to start to flow! The first class in this progressing your practice series is a fully rounded class, featuring some of the standing poses you'll have grown familiar with, but with a focus on folding forwards. Forward folds help to release hips and hamstrings - things which those of us who have seated work may struggle with. You will need a blanket, a strap and two blocks.
Journey Towards Hanumanasana
A more advanced well rounded vinyasa sequence with a focus on twisting and getting ready for systematic preparation for three arm balances: side crane (Parsva Bakasana), scissors (Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1) and, for the advanced, Fallen Angel (advanced variation of Parsva Bakasana). With modification and step by step instruction for help to get to the more advanced poses. Enjoy, and go mindfully and at your own pace. You may need a strap and block.
Heart Opening Backbends
An intermediate flow sequence that will challenge, move the whole body and focus on the breath. You will move through asymmetric backbends, exploring a more advanced version of Natrajasana, dancers pose, Ardha Chandra Chapasana, half moon arc pose and Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana 1, Pigeon Backbend. You will need a block and a strap. Enjoy these beautiful heart-openers and move for joy with Vidya.