about our classes
Our classes are located at the Town Hall Basement at 507 Maroon Ave, Crested Butte, CO
Mats, Blocks, Blankets & Straps provided and FREE to use during any class
Our classes are all levels. No matter your experience, we welcome you to ANY class on our schedule.
VINYASA/MINDFUL FLOW: Align the natural movement of your body with your breath. Vinyasa flow naturally aligns the body by incorporating a gentle warm up, core strengthening and as you begin to connect breath with movement you will build a seamless flow from one pose to the next.
RELAX & REJUVENATE: Restorative & healing poses for all students: those with health concerns & older beginners. Alleviate stress, open your heart, enrich your life and cultivate mindfulness. Bring an inquisitive fun attitude & ask LOTS of questions.
ASHTANGA: This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs.
RESTORATIVE: a long, slow, languorous practice combining restorative, yin, and somatic practices. A good class to practice intention setting (sankalpa). This is the effortless letting-go side of practice, using lots of props – deeply restorative for the nervous system. CTFO.
PRANAYAMA & MEDITATION: This is an opportunity to explore the breath and allow it to guide you into a more spacious and calm presence. Discover how a more spacious and calm presence provides more room in which the tensions and stresses of our lives can exist. All levels welcome. DONATION ONLY.
A Deeper understanding of HATHA Yoga
In the west, the most common form of Yoga practiced is asana, or physical postures. Asana is part of a deeper system that is Ha-tha Yoga. Any Yoga practice that uses asana, Pranayama, bandha and mudra is rooted in Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga has it's roots in Tantra. Literally, "Ha" means sun and refers to the solar energy or the masculine principle. "Tha" is the moon, the lunar channel or the feminine principle. Hatha Yoga is commonly translated as the Yoga of the sun and moon or the Yoga that brings union "of the pairs of opposites." Sometimes Hatha Yoga is also translated as the "forceful Yoga," because is seems to require the most physical exercises of all Yoga types.
Hatha Yoga brings health and energy to the body and mind by opening the nadis (life channels, meridians) by first concentrating the practices of asanas (postures, poses) and Pranayama (breath control) to energize the subtle channels (nadis). The objective of Hatha Yoga is to remove the blockages in the channels to address the further steps of Pratyahara (sense-withdrawal), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (oneness). In many Hatha Yoga schools, these further steps are seen as part of Hatha Yoga, the mere mastering of postures is not the objective in itself. Haha Yoga is concerned with Self-Realization or the awakening of Divine Consciousness, "to forcefully remove the blockages to the Divine."
The exercise of Pranayama (breath control, literally "extending life force") in Hatha Yoga is essential to master one's breathing patterns. Mastery of the breath will give control over the mind and regulate the flow of prank, or life force, in the body. In certain Pranayama exercises (i.e. Nadi Shodhana) the flow of breath in the nostrils alternates. This balances the two hemispheres of the brain, which is one of the main objectives of Pranayama. Also, Pranayama is said to activate the Kundalini energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine. This leads to Samadhi, or "Cosmic Consciousness."