All classes listed below are held at LiveWell Camas • 417 NE Birch St. Camas, WA
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Mondays 9:30am Hatha Yoga
Tuesdays 12pm Restorative Yoga, 5pm Yoga Fundamentals
Wednesdays 9:30am Hatha Flow Yoga
Saturdays 9-10am Yoga Fundamentals
Serving the SW Washington (Vancouver, Camas, Washougal) and Portland, Oregon communities.
Private lessons for individuals and classes for business/organizations, either in person or via skype, are available upon request.
Both Hatha and Vinyasa classes incorporate the same asanas (poses). Both require strength, endurance, and mindfulness but they differ slightly in approach.
One translation of “Hatha” is force (referring to energy exertion for deep transformation). I relate this to the heat and discipline, or tapas, we build in our bodies during class. Typically, when practicing āsanas (postures) in a Hatha Yoga style, a posture will be held for 5-10 breaths, or even minutes at a time. Attention is given to alignment, making adjustments when needed, energy engagement, mental awareness, and taking deep breaths within the asana. In Hatha Yoga Āsana practice, each asana can become a mini-meditation.
“Flow.” In Vinyasa, the meditation is movement. Vinyasa uses Hatha Yoga Āsanas by putting them into sequences that flow together swiftly, in connection with the breath. Once correct alignment, adequate strength, and familiarity with the asanas has been achieved, vinyasa offers a wonderful companion practice to hatha-style asana pace. Practitioners seek stillness of mind within/amidst the flow, and moving more swiftly can support healthy blood circulation to all parts of the body and lubricate the joints well.
Restorative Yoga takes a collection of mostly floor-based, Hatha Yoga Āsanas, and aims to support the entire body into passive expansion and deep relaxation with the use of bolsters, blankets, blocks, chairs, and more.
This class will teach foundational Hatha Yoga Āsanas (poses) with attention to healthy alignment and the use of practice tools such as yoga blocks, bolsters and/or blankets. We will be taking time between poses to ask questions and practice mindfulness. You will also learn the Sanskrit names of each asana, practice Pranayama (yogic breathing), and there will be some introduction to the core concepts of Yoga Philosophy. This class is paced in a way that is perfect for a total beginner, someone returning to the practice after time away, or anyone wanting to refresh their foundational knowledge of yoga. It is a suggested pre-requisite for Hatha, and any style of yoga classes.
Here is some more basic information about the various styles of yoga for beginners