Class Offerings

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CURRENT PUBLIC CLASS SCHEDULE • ALL LEVELS WELCOME

Mondays 9:30-10:45am Hatha Flow • Body Bliss Yoga

Saturdays 9-10am Vinyasa • Body Bliss Yoga

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.

Style Descriptions

Both Hatha and Vinyasa classes incorporate the same asanas (poses). Both require strength, endurance, and mindfulness but they differ slightly in approach.

HATHA/HATHA-FLOW:
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 in a hatha style, poses are held for a number of breaths or minutes. Time and attention is given to alignment, making adjustments when needed and taking deep breaths within the asana. Another translation of hatha is “ha” = sun and “tha” = moon. This relates to balancing the assertive and receptive, light and dark qualities of ourselves. In hatha, each asana can become a mini-meditation.

VINYASA:
“Flow.” In Vinyasa, the meditation is movement. Emphasis is placed on the particular series or order of asanas and flowing them together (generally more swiftly than hatha) 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. 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.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. invitationtobreathe@gmail.com

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Here is some more basic information about the various styles of yoga for beginners

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