Posts Tagged With: Hatha Yoga

The Yoga for YOU

Have you found your Yoga?  I mean the yoga that makes you feel like coming home.   Maybe you  have your own practice or have a teacher or a few teachers who just bring you right to that place.   If you have found your style I think you will know what I mean…

There are many styles of Yoga and Teachers out there…  If you have taken a class, but maybe didn’t connect with a teachers style or the Yoga was too difficult, too fast, or maybe too slow…  I encourage you to check out different classes to see what is available to you out there.  Another aspect is that some people don’t like to be physically assisted in a pose, some people really do…

So…I always encourage people to try different classes – more than a couple of  classes – seek out a teacher that clicks with your needs.

My own philosophy on Yoga is that it should feel good.  It should be healing not “beating me up”…

I love this quote  🙂 “We don’t use our body to get into the pose, we use the pose to get into our body”  –  Bernie Clark

This is at the core of my own teaching philosophy and I hope that people that come to my class feel that.

How do you know if its the class for you? I can just share what  is true for me… in my own home practice and the classes I choose to go to.

I should feel ease and steadiness in the poses – maybe a bit “comfortably – uncomfortable” at times to challenge me …but being mindful of my edge.

I want to feel a sense of healing taking place – not forcing or pushing.

I like to feel space…to think, to breathe…to not think…to release tension…just space to simply experience my Yoga.

I want my energy to feel renewed and replenished not exhausted.. I want my practice to release tension, but conserve my vital energy – “Prana”

I teach a gentle – slow flow – moderate style of Hatha Yoga influenced many other therapeutic practices.  Gentle doesn’t mean easy – it simply means to me – that we are kind to our body…check in and see what it needs, what it wants – and just listen. 🙂

Journal or Meditation Questions around this… What is enough today?  What is enough on the mat and what is enough OFF the mat?   How is the way I practice Yoga like I live my life?   Do I need to challenge myself OR take it down a notch today?   Is my Yoga balancing for me?   What classes leave me feeling renewed?  How do I feel during my yoga class and after?   Which classes do I enjoy?   Why?

Above all – Enjoy your journey discovering YOUR Yoga and evolve with your practice.

Namaste – Kerry 🙂

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What is Hatha Yoga?

I was asked this question last week… What is Hatha Yoga?    Hatha Yoga is the Yoga of asana – the physical postures.   The whole body, mind and spirit is connected together through the practice.   Yoga means to “yoke”  “unite” to “connect” and Hatha is a pathway to connection.   A Hatha Yoga class will include pranyama (breath practice) and meditation along with the physical postures.    Generally we begin with centering, then warm up starting on the floor, then working to standing postures, then working the way back down to the floor for more postures and finally working the way to Savasana – a meditative relaxation to integrate the practice.

All of the different styles of Yoga find a home base in Hatha Yoga and were later modified into different styles, but the roots and basics are Hatha.    This style of Yoga usually has longer holds and will be slower pace than a vinyasa or flow class.    Hatha Yoga connects and energizes all layers (koshas) of body, mind and spirit.   From the teachings of Yoga we learn that the physical postures were designed to make it easy for Yogis to sit and meditate for long periods.   Physical postures prepared the body, allowed tension to release which allowed the mind to settle.   Ahhh… yes…try to tame our  “Monkey Mind”  🙂    On a side note – I actually have come to appreciate my monkey mind now in meditation, because of the creativity and ideas that flow.

Through Hatha Yoga we build strength and flexibility in mind -body- spirit.   We may notice we become stronger and more flexible off the mat as well and deal with the stressors of life a little easier.   Practice…practice  🙂   The Sanskrit word “Ha-tha” breaks down to mean “Sun-Moon” – opposites.   Yoga brings union of the masculine, heat, Yang, “sun” energy and the feminine, cooling, Yin “moon” energy and we are brought into balance through our practice.    These energies balance each other out – everything is connected.

Hatha Yoga allows us to gather all of our energy (prana) together… united… and at the end of a Yoga class that feeling of wholeness is undeniable.

Namaste – Kerry

Asanas are not just physical exercises: they have biochemical, psycho-physiological and psycho-spiritual effects. The cells of the body have their own intelligence and memory. Through practice of different asanas blood circulation is improved, the hormone system is balanced, the nervous system is stimulated, and toxins are eliminated, so that the cells, sinews and nerves are kept at their peak level. Physical, mental, and spiritual health and harmony are attained. – BKS Iyengar

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