Our Classes

  Hot Hatha Yoga (60 or 90 min)

This invigorating, rejuvenating, re-energizing class is perfect for beginners and consists of ninety minutes of 26 postures and two breathing exercises, designed to work every muscle, organ, gland, cell and joint in the body. The practice builds strength, flexibility and balance and increases productivity in the cardiovascular and circulatory systems. In addition to building strength through elongation and extension of muscles, it detoxifies and tones the internal organs through compressions focused on the body's key organs for elimination of waste and toxins. The temperature of this class is approximately 105°F (40.5°C) with a humidity of 40% and is available to all levels of students.

People of any age and condition can do this yoga. Some acutely ill have been cured of chronic disease (including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic back pain, etc.) as a result of practicing this form of yoga.

Offered in a 90 and 60 min format.

BENEFITS OF HOT YOGA

Benefits
  • Muscle Toning
  • Balance
  • Weight Loss
  • Stress Reduction
  • Increased Vitality
  • Flexibility
  • Strength
Reasons for the Heat
  • Enhances vasodilatation* so that more blood is delivered to the muscles
  • Allows oxygen in the blood to detach from the hemoglobin more easily**
  • Speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids
  • Makes muscles more elastic, less susceptible to injury
  • Improves coordination
  • Reduces heart irregularities associated with sudden exercise
  • Burns fat more easily.***
*The capillaries that weave around the muscles respond to heat by dilating. This brings more oxygen to the muscles and helps in the removal of waste products such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid.

**When blood passes through warm muscles oxygen releases more easily from the hemoglobin. Blood passing through cold muscles releases much less oxygen.

***Warmed muscles burn fat more easily than cold ones. Fat is released during stress. The stress of intense exercise causes a deluge of fatty acids into the blood streams. If you exercise with cold muscles they can't use the fatty acids, and they end up in places where they aren't wanted, such as the lining of your arteries.

Note: Muscles aren't the only beneficiaries of heat. Higher temperatures improve the function of the nervous system, meaning that messages are carried more rapidly to and from the brain or SPINAL CORD. Warm muscles are more elastic
and are less susceptible to injury. Warmer temperatures produce a fluid like stretch that allows greater range of motion. Cold muscles don't absorb shock or impact as well and aren't stretched as well so they get injured more readily.

Excerpt from "Smart Exercise" by Covert Bailey


 Power Yoga (offered in level 1 and level 2) 60 minutes

Invigorate your body with these amazing sequences designed specifically to allow breath and movement to come together as one, while aligning, detoxifying and strengthening your body.

Power Yoga is an intense practice that appeals to everyone. During class, time and space and the worries of the day disappear and the focus is solely on flow, movement, balance and intention. A Vinyasa-style yoga, Power Yoga focuses on core strength, balance and flow to build a solid practice based on strength and spirit. These intentional flows, combined with the heat, constitute one of the most powerful forms of physical and mental
fitness.

Power yoga is designed to promote lower and upper body strength, balance and flexibility all while coordinating the body, breath, movement, and spirit. It will strengthen your cardiovascular system, sculpt and tone every muscle in your body, build your endurance, and warm your spirit.

Accessible to beginners and advanced students, Power Yoga emphasizes breathing to connect the body and mind.

Power 1 room is 85 to 90 degrees and taught at a slower pace

Power 2 classes is 95 to 105 degrees and moves quicker than P1

It is recommended to take at least 5 to 10 P1 classes before taking a P2 class.

"This yoga torches calories."
mostly unseen, our chakras interact with and influence our thoughts, moods and health.  Energy flows through the entir- Self Magazine

Yoga Journal is an excellent reference for descriptions of the poses performed in Power Yoga 

  
 ~YIN YOGA~

Yin yoga postures gently stretch and rehabilitate the connective tissue and fascia that form our joints.  A deep Yin practice aids in making our joints more flexible and increases circulation, opening otherwise tight and restricted areas in the body.  Each posture is held for approx. 4 minutes with and emphasis on relieving tightness, stress, and congestion while gently stimulating the flow of energy through the meridians of the connective tissue and connecting you deeper with your breath.
Yin yoga is appropriate for all levels, learning how to slow down offers a valuable reprieve from our active lifestyles while strengthening and healing our bodies.

- DONATION BASED CLASS- 

A perfect world is a world in which all people have access to yogic teachings! I wanted to create an opportunity for those who can't quite afford the cost of yoga classes but still have the desire to learn and be a part of the SEVEN HOT YOGA COMMUNITY!! This will also be an incredible opportunity for certified teachers who have all the knowledge and skills and just need the opportunity to bring those skills to a class setting! the teachers of this class will fluctuate as well as the type of class, so come with an open mind and an open heart and allow the magic to happen! Donations are welcome and encouraged as the cycle of giving opens you up to receiving. All donations will go to a fund dedicated for a yoga scholarship.


 Warrior 2 ( Verabhadrasana 2)

(veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna)
Virabhadra = the name of a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Shiva, described as having a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, and a thousand feet, wielding a thousand clubs, and wearing a tiger's skin

Warrior Pose can teach you how to act with wisdom, courage, and unwavering focus.

By Shiva Rea

 

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Over two millennia ago, one of the most essential teachings of yoga was given on a battlefield, of all places. As recounted in the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna, the consummate warrior, becomes paralyzed with doubt and fear just as he is about to be called to action. Luckily for him, his chariot driver happens to be none other than the god Krishna, who proceeds to reveal to Arjuna the teachings of yoga to liberate him from his confusion.

In my favorite translation of the Gita, by the late scholar/teacher Eknath Easwaran (Nilgiri Press, 1985), Krishna defines yoga as "wisdom in action"—yogah karmasu kausalam (II.50). He guides Arjuna to reflect upon the source of his actions and find his internal center, where he is free from the fluctuations of the mind.

Many centuries later Mahatma Gandhi would take these teachings of the Gita as guiding principles for his life.

Gandhi saw the battlefield as a metaphor for our internal conflicts and Arjuna as the archetypal warrior within—one who sees through illusions to the truth and is able to act with courage and unwavering focus. Perhaps as a beginning yoga student, you have already encountered a glimpse of this warrior spirit in the standing pose Virabhadrasana II (or Vira II for short). In the deep lunge and open arms of this Warrior Pose variation, there is a challenging intensity—a marked contrast to the images of yoga as a passive practice intended for relaxation.

You may ask, "Why is there a Warrior Pose, when yoga is a practice of nonviolence?"

As a strong pose, Virabhadrasana II can teach modern yogis a lot about the dynamics of bringing wisdom into the actions of our everyday lives. It is a powerful pose, no doubt, but as you explore the pose's alignment and inner attitude, the heart of the peaceful warrior begins to reveal itself.

Finding Center

As we go about our daily lives, we often speak of feeling "off-centered" or of needing to "get centered." Being "centered" is a feeling of being balanced and at ease on all levels—physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually.

It is the clear space of awareness from which the wise action within any moment can be found.

To find your center in Virabhadrasana II—the place where your energy is distributed evenly, without bias—start by grounding yourself within Tadasana (Mountain Pose). The training of a spiritual warrior begins here as you let go of any external distractions and bring your awareness to your core.

When you feel your mind settle within the relaxed steadiness of Tadasana, then prepare to begin Virabhadrasana II. Consciously step your feet apart in a wide stance (4 to 5 feet), with your heels aligned parallel to one another. Pivot your left foot out to a 90-degree angle and pivot your right foot in to a 45-degree angle. Plant your feet like roots, connecting through all of the corners of your feet while lifting through the arches.

To focus on the leg work of Virabhadrasana II first, keep your arms relaxed at your sides. Slowly bend your left knee until it comes directly over your ankle. Now explore the feeling of your weight. Is all of your weight in your front leg? Lunge deeper into your left leg and then shift your weight into your back leg to feel the extremes, and then try to find the balance point.

Let your left hip sink to draw you deeper into the lunge, but keep your right leg firm, inner thigh lifting, and outer edge of your right foot reaching into the ground. As your legs develop stamina and your hips open, you can begin to explore coming into a right angle with your front leg as if you are balancing something on your thigh.

Once you find the place where your weight is evenly distributed through your legs and hips, bring your awareness to your torso. Are you collapsing into your lower back? Find your vertical center by turning your tailbone toward the earth. Without tension, lift your lower belly, the seat of your power, towards the spine. This action will awaken your center, so you can begin to extend out of your lower back and spread your chest open. Now balance your rib cage directly over your pelvis. Is your torso turning towards the left leg? Draw your right side and the top of your right thigh back to feel yourself opening out from the center.

Keep scanning your body to feel where you are losing awareness and balance. Change sides and explore Virabhadrasana II to find that even flow of energy—north, south, east, and west—throughout the pose.

Face Your Fears

As a metaphor for living, yoga can help us see how unnecessary tension within our actions shifts us off-center. To maintain Warrior Pose, we often harden our eyes, hold our breath, or shrug our shoulders. Try Virabhadrasana II again on the left side, setting up your foundation from your center. Slowly raise your arms up to shoulder height, keeping your shoulder blades pressing into and down your back. Now, turn your gaze (drishti) to the middle finger of your left hand.

Like a Zen archer spotting a bull's-eye, who practices just holding a bow for two years before ever releasing an arrow, find balance within your focus by becoming inwardly detached.

Let the backs of your eyes look inside while you stay totally present. Feel the power of your energy radiating freely from your center. Find the balance between working to your full potential and completely relaxing, mirroring the effortless stillness of an eagle hovering over a current of wind.

As you explore this dance between being active and receptive, you can contemplate Krishna's paradoxical teaching, "One who can see action within inaction and inaction within action is the wisest among all beings."

As you look out from this still point and open your inner ears, you may hear your internal warrior teacher giving you insights to bring you into balance not only in this moment, but in your life as a whole. Like Arjuna as Krishna whispered over his shoulder, you may be given confidence to face your fears, courage to move forward, compassion to embrace another, and wisdom to surrender to the one who holds th
e reins.

 Trikonasana (Triangle pose)

This is loved and hated and often referred to as the master pose of the hatha series. Whenyou have tamed the triangle and mastered this posture while finding your breathe a quiet mind and love for the trembling legs you will have found the key to mastering the rest of the series. Triangle activates every muscle in your body making it virtually impossible to find the posture if the mind is wandering.

You settle into this posture by rooting into the earth as you raise your arms towards the heavens inflating your lungs as you eecourage length in your spine. The exhale is a large leap of faith as you step to the right and allow the arms to come parallel to the floor. Arms should be powerful like a warrior. We relax the shoulders down the back while powerfully extending your arms towards opposite walls. Lift the toes on the right foot and pivot on the heal until the toes are pointing in the same directions and your right fingers then bend your right knee deeply. The goal is to allow the right thigh to come parellel to the floor without allowing your knee to come in front of the ankle. As the knee bends and the thigh sinks parallel to the earth your awareness once again returns to your spine. Tucking your tailbone removing the natural sway from the lower spine once again encourage the length in the spine as the chest fills with air and the hands turn to face the same direction that the hip are facing and you bend at the waist bringing the right elbow infront of the knee and the left arm straight towards the sky. You finish this posture by allowing your chin to rest on your right shoulder and adjusting your gaze to your right thumb

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