Thursday, November 21, 2013

"Hatha Yoga is a mind/body method of exercise. The foundations of practice are concentration, alignment, proper weight distribution, breath control, and mindful movements. Each contributes to the optimum development of posture, body and mind." - Tony Sanchez 
  It has been a month since Mountain Yoga opened the new Little Cottonwood Room. We have been pleasantly surprised at the enthusiasm the new classes have received. If you have not already, we encourage you all to try the new classes that are included in your current Mountain Yoga Sandy membership or package.
Yoga practice tips to help you maintain perspective... 
The practice of Hatha yoga consists of multiple foundational layers. In the beginning of one's practice it is easiest, and often best, to experience and master one foundation at a time while being respectful of others. It is important to be patient with your practice. Your understanding of each foundation will evolve in time.
With continued mindful practice one will find it easier to weave together the multiple layers of Hatha yoga and move into stillness; both physically and mentally. For it is the practice of STILLNESS that brings clarity of mind and ease of body. The process of integrating mental intentions into the physical body, with breath and balanced alignment, will bring great freedom and strength over time.

As you practice, allow yourself to move slowly into and out of each asana, maintaining control. Be interested in your skeletal alignment, weight distribution, muscle control and breath in order to create a balanced practice. Remember that the greatest benefits of Hatha yoga come from the littlest intentions.
Lastly give yourself some time before and after class to set your personal intention for your daily practice and to integrate it in your life, respectively.
Thank you all for supporting Mountain Yoga.
See you on the mat,
-Alex & Jackie