The focus for the month of August in our Hatha Yoga practice will be balance. When our lives are in balance, we feel centered, grounded, and steady.
The word “Hatha” in Hatha Yoga can be understood as the balancing or centering of the two energy flows on either side of the body. “Ha” means “sun” and “tha” means “moon.” Hatha deals primarily with bringing the subtle energies of the physical body and the breath into balance. When that balance has been attained, the body becomes relaxed, the breath is smooth and steady, and the mind is calm. From this state of balance or equanimity, one can move on to the subtler goals of yoga through contemplation and mediation.
The pranayama (regulating the breath) for balancing the energies is Nadi Shodhana or alternate nostril breath. When both the right (“ha”) and left (“tha”) are in balance, the sushumna (central) energy channel is open and the mind becomes calm and joyous. Now that sounds good!
Please note that the last day of Monday/Wednesday evening classes will be August 8. See the list below for August highlights or either the attached file or the website calendar (https://4yoga.me/calendar/) for a full schedule. We have also added class descriptions to the website; if you are curious about the focus or level of any of our classes, please see https://4yoga.me/class-descriptions-2/ , and feel free to share feedback with us about this new section of the site.
August guest teachers and special events:
Tuesday, 8/7: 9:30 a.m. gentle class with Kathie Downs
Friday, 8/17: 6:45 p.m. yoga talk and meditation following yin class with Erica (everyone welcome, no charge)
Classes meet at Dance Images (1803 Creason Street, Bowling Green, KY), and the fee for each class is $5. If you have any questions or feedback for us, please send an email to this address or talk to one of us before or after class. We hope to see you in August!