Hatha Yoga generally refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical asanas (postures). Typically practiced at a gentler pace, Hatha yoga offers many of the familiar foundational poses found in more physically-challenging classes, including vinyasa and warriors, though at a slower pace. At the SYCSTL, you might find the following styles embedded in our Hatha yoga offerings (Grace), including Traditional Solar Yoga psychomotor movements (Diane), Energy flow/balance in English and in Spanish (Monica), gentle fitness (Julie), Yin (Mimi), and YogAlign (Suzanne).
Yin yoga poses are held for longer periods of time (3-5 minutes), and connective tissues – joint ligaments and tendons – relax and stretch. This slower pace of Yin complements the more active yoga practices taught at the Solar studio. An informal meditation practice immediately follows this class for those who wish to participate. (Mimi’s class will resume in-person on Saturday mornings at a safer, future time.)
YogAlign is a whole new yoga method based on keeping the spine in natural alignment by viewing the body globally instead of as separate parts. Suzanne offers the YogAlign Zoom classes for the SYCSTL. YogAlign utilizes self massage and special breathing exercises toning the core from the inside out, and there is no pain in the process. All YogAlign positions simulate how our body moves in real life functions. YogAlign aligns the body into natural effortless posture from the very first session and gives people the tools to correct and change poor posture and breathing habits that lead to chronic pain, illness, and premature aging.
Iyengar strongly influences Monica’s teaching style during her Wednesday evening intermediate classes. She focuses on breathing while holding asanas, and emphasizes toning and building strength in the muscles of the torso.
Capoeira is a martial art created by enslaved African peoples in Brazil as a means to protect themselves from their oppressors over 400 years ago. A dynamic physical art form with roots in the ceremonial dances of the Bantu and Native Indian people of Brazil, it weaves together elements of music, vigorous body movement, acrobatics and self-defense. Capoeira creates a strong sense of community and develops self discipline and self confidence.
For more information about Grupo Axé Capoeira St. Louis, visit our website: www.axestl.com.
SUNDAY SANGHA MEDITATION
The shared intention of sitting together in meditation creates a sacred space. Our format includes some instruction, silent meditation, dharma talk and open discussion. Sometimes we schedule potluck lunches following meditation. This group is led by several rotating facilitators listed below. If you are looking for a support and connection try our established group at Solar Yoga Center. Our group has no required fee, but voluntary donations are accepted. One recipient of our donations is the Mitrata Nepal Foundation for Children, a 501C3 non-profit working in Nepal.