What is Yoga?
Hatha Yoga is an experiential practice that balances the mind and body via physical postures or "asanas". “Hatha” translates as, “bringing together the qualities of the sun and the moon in each pose...the vibrant energy of the body with the cool, calm state of the mind”. Lori Gholson’s classes explore a wide variety of asanas, including standing poses, twists, backbends, forward bends, inversions and restorative poses. Each asana has a definite form. Lori Gholson's students are carefully guided through the precise steps for achieving the desired position and exiting it, though it is much more than a physical practice.
"From my first class Lori began introducing me to my own body, and a year later she continues to gently introduce me in challenging ways week after week. The results are not only better posture and a disappearance of chronic knee and shoulder pain, but also a clear view of the inner landscape of my heart and mind. This is true yoga!" – Felicite G
What are the benefits of yoga?
Through the practice of yoga we learn to connect the conscious movement of the body to the rhythm of the breath, leading to a more relaxed and meditative state of mind. Yoga builds a bridge between movement and stillness. Hatha Yoga's benefits also include increased circulation and health to all parts of the body as well as poise, balance, and strength. It is Lori’s intention that through her classes and a regular yoga practice, her students will experience a sound body, calm mind and joyful awareness of their lives.
Who is yoga for?
Yoga is for every body! Instruction includes the use of yoga props, such as blankets, straps, blocks and chairs. These props offer support and enable each student to work with refining the asana. Yoga is a non-competitive endeavor. Lori invites every practitioner to respect their own level of strength and flexibility each time they come to the mat.
"Classic postures, when practiced with discrimination and awareness, bring the body, mind and consciousness into a single, harmonious whole."
– B.K.S. Iyengar