Class Descriptions Below
Hatha refers to the Yoga of physical postures. It is but one of the 8 branches in the traditional Science of Yoga. Hatha means moon–sun or yin-yang and refers to the balance of our feminine & masculine energies for optimal well-being and evolution. A typical Hatha class includes a combination of breathwork, sequenced yoga postures, and meditation.
The main focus in our Hatha class is proper geometric alignment, synchronization of breath & movement, awakening natural intelligence through ergonomic form, and cultivating lasting inner peace. Hatha is for people who enjoy a holistic experience of Yoga, visiting each posture for 3-5 breaths to build endurance, comprehension and balance. The moderate Hatha tempo ensures safety and supports precision of asana. This class is great for newcomers, as well as advanced students ready to upgrade their technique and deepen the skill of yogic breathing through the practice.
This class builds on the foundation of Hatha by adding flow, or intuitive transitions between postures. We start with warm ups and deep breathing to lengthen and relax the tissue, then work our way into standing postures that build upon each other with intelligent design to open the joints, heart, and mind. Hatha Flow energizes the entire mind-body system for a blissful day!
Restorative Yoga is for everyone! It is especially supportive for extreme stiffness, chronic health concerns, past injuries, or debilitating anxiety. This class combines deep meditative breathing with gentle poses on the floor or against the wall. We encourage the use of props to support the relaxation response which reduces inflammation and increases mobility in joints, and we turn OFF the lights so participants feel safe to close their eyes. Restorative Yoga improves cardiovascular health, aids digestion & elimination, lowers blood pressure & cholesterol, and improves sleep. The slower pace and deep breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system from the very first pose, mitigating the effects of the fight-or-flight stress response and restoring emotional balance. The overall calming effect on the nervous system sets a deeply relaxing tone for the class that comforts your mind and body down to the cellular level, even when releasing grief or trauma. Restorative yoga is an excellent option for pregnant women up to full term, the sexy boomer, or the 'hard core' yogi who wants to recover from an intense session and play with advancing breath consciousness.
Learn foundational Yogic techniques to develop a strong and safe practice from the ground up. This class is perfect for people who appreciate a thorough, scholastic approach, and wish to comprehend details of poses and yoga philosophy. Students explore esoteric and technical practices such as Bandas, Chakras, Chanting, Mantras, Meditation, Mudras, Pranayama, and Yantras.
Yoga 101 is NOT just for beginners. The vibe is similar to a workshop or yoga training. After a few months in this class students feel comfortable in most any Yoga style. As the primary Yoga 101 instructor, Kiovanna integrates techniques from the Katonah Yoga lineage, a syncretic Hatha yoga practice developed by Nevine Michaan over 40 years. 'Katonah Yoga incorporates classical Hatha yoga with Taoist theory, geometry, magic, metaphor, and imagination. It also explores asana as origami, manipulating form for function, and developing a sense of personal measure.
Yin Yoga teaches us to let go in each pose. We cultivate endurance and focus via long holds, and we work with gravity to bring us deeper into the next edge of our potential and balance. Yin Yoga emerged to protect the integrity of classical therapeutic Hatha Yoga once frenetic power yogas developed with an overly yang emphasis. [Props to Paul Grilley]. Yin Yoga takes us back to the source: we taste meditative stillness in each shape by allowing a minimum of 10 healing breaths per posture. The influx of Prana without hyper-activity (which depletes oxygen levels) serves to benefit joints, connective tissue, fascia, and the parasympathetic (calming) nervous system. Similar to restorative yoga, Yin Yoga reverses the effects of stress and supports weight loss, however it is a notch more challenging as we move beyond props and work with our own body weight as resistance in folding, lengthening, or twisting. All levels are welcome!
VINYASA / "HOT YOGA"
Our Hot Yoga class is taught in the Vinyasa style. Vinyasa means “flow.” This class takes practitioners from pose to pose with breath and movement coordination emphasizing core strength. Vinyasa is more intermediate style of practice, thus newer students who try this class are encouraged to pause, slow down, and take breaks in child's pose when the tempo moves beyond comfort level. Yoga is *not* about powering through and keeping up. We learn to listen to the body as an art. This class caters to students who wish to integrate fitness with yoga culture and postures. Our Vinyasa class combines hip/shoulder/heart openers with balancing postures and inversions. The A/C stays OFF so the muscles stay warm. This type of organic Hot Yoga allows the practitioner to detoxify through sweat and increased heart rate. Students who cultivate the inner fire burn physical, mental, and emotional impurities using their own heat.
HATHA + INVERSIONS
This class emphasizes an inversion practice. The sequence of specific asanas covered in class will be designed to safely & logically lead your body into the inversion of the week, i.e. headstand, handstand, shoulder-stand, forearm stand, scorpion, peacock, plow pose, full wheel, etc. Experience the myriad of benefits from turning upside down and shifting your perspective!
Prana compromises all cosmic energies that permeate the Universe on all levels. Through the practice of Hatha Yoga and the 8 Limbs that make up this unerversal practice, this class includes balancing your energy (prana) with a gentle practice of postures (asanas) that are designed to supply the chakras with this vital energy. Learn the Yogic breathing excercises (pranayama) and mantras and meditation.
Meditation is the practice of silence and stillness where one gently trains the mind to remain in the present moment. Studies have shown that detaching your mind from obsessive thoughts pertaining to the past and future relieves stress, improves attention and ability to focus, relieves symptoms of chronic pain, and helps alleviate feelings of loneliness. Meditation also leads to the expansion of consciousness beyond habits and boundaries of the ego. We offer this weekly gathering or spiritual 'satsang' by donation so that anyone with a desire to learn meditation has access. The first Friday of the month is always Vipassana meditation (Insight to Reality as it Is). We then present a different meditative style each week. Our free guided meditation is a studio tradition where teachers, students, and karma yogis mingle and safely connect around spiritual questions. Join RGV folks who enjoy tapping into healthy vibes for the weekend.
Yoga Nidra is an immensely powerful relaxation technique and one of the easiest yoga practices to maintain. The class begins with 15 minutes of gentle warm ups for the neck, hips, and lower back. Then the practitioner rests comfortably in shavasana or corpse pose and is guided into layers of the subconscoius mind through techniques such as visualization and scanning the body. The systematic meditation takes you through the pancha maya kosha (five layers of self), leaving you with a sense of wholeness. Nidra is a practice that everyone, from children to boomers can easily follow.
As a healing system, Reiki involves the laying of the hands on or above the body guided by a specific protocol. The Universal Life Force Energy, or Reiki is channeled through the hands of the giver who intends for the energy to flow into the receiver. The Reiki flow increases and enhance the vibrational frequency of both the giver and the receiver resulting in well-being and feelings of peace.
Reiki is an energetic healing system that clears energy blocks in the chakra system, i.e. the main electric vortexes of the being, and integrates all levels of mental, emotional, and physical health. Reiki supports the body’s natural ability to repair and nourish itself and promotes deep lasting relaxation.
Tantric Yoga Massage brings you back home to your body. Sometimes we can feel disconnected, fragmented, or simply a bit clogged and lethargic. Our Tantric session is for women or men of all ages. It incorporates Thai-yoga massage and energy clearing techniques designed to bring you to your senses and allow your Chi to flow. Tantra refers to a lineage of yoga that works through the mind's play of light and dark using meditative techniques and pranayama to harness our natural sexual energy as fuel for greatest human evolution. The session offers a safe space to receive therapeutic touch without repressing or judging the organic sensations which may arise. As holding patterns of shame and guilt dissolve, we easily connect to the flow of the universe and healing happens.
The bodywork practiced at Corazón yoga studio is rated NG for non-genital. Bottoms stay on and the practitioner's hands stay off the body while working with the sacral chakra or erogenous zones. The technique weaves energy to and from the heart chakra and the rest of the human electrical grid, allowing deep relaxation, renewed vitality, and a positive shift in thought frequency. Tantric yoga massage alleviates physical pain, fear, anxiety, panic, and stress. The session amplifies focus, clarity and personal empowerment as recipients experience embodiment and peace.
Thai Yoga Massage
“In the unique healing system of Thai Yoga Massage, also called Nuad Boran, the practitioner guides the client through a series of yoga postures, while palming and thumbing along the body’s energy (‘Sen’) lines and pressure points. Together these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically. Thai Yoga Massage is performed on a mat on the floor; both client and practitioner are dressed in comfortable clothing allowing ease of movement and flexibility.”
What Yoga is NOT
• Yoga is NOT a trend, social scene, or fashion show.
• Yoga is NOT for specific groups, ages, or genders. [It is for ALL HUMANS].
• Yoga is NOT for the experienced, flexible, or physically fit.
• Yoga is NOT a competitive sport, fitness clique, or corporate entity.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient science of healing and self-realization that originated in India over 7,000 years ago. The Sanskrit word - yoga - can be translated to mean "union" or "to yolk" and refers to the merging of the individual with their higher Self or soul. The practice of the postures is called Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga is one branch in an eight-fold path designed to restore human beings to physical homeostasis and to expand human consciousness using the body as a vehicle of awareness.
Benefits include: stress relief, relaxation, disease prevention/treatment, rehabilitation, clarity of mind, increased strength, muscle toning, energy and flexibility, resistance to injury and fatigue, enhanced mood, weight loss, improved digestion and metabolism, emotional stability, reversal of the signs of age, general health and well-being, and a closer relationship to that which is Divine.