Strengthen + Lengthen
Creative and intelligent sequencing that blends movement with stillness and conscious breathing. Classes are athletic yet approachable and adjustable for all levels. The room is heated to 85+ degrees.
Most forms of yoga we practice at The Woods can be classified as Hatha Yoga, which is an umbrella term referring to the physical practice of yoga postures. Vinyasa and Power Yoga classes are both Hatha Yoga. Our "Strengthen + Lengthen" classes integrate traditional Hatha and contemporary Vinyasa yoga styles through creative and intelligent sequencing that blends movement with stillness and conscious breathing.
The word “hatha” (pronounced haa-thuh in the U.S.) can be translated two ways: as “willful” or “forceful,” the yoga of activity, and as “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance. Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for meditation. Hatha yoga is practiced at a slower pace, with focus on the breath, controlled movements, and stretching.
Vinyasa is a contemporary take on Hatha Yoga. The word “vinyasa” (pronounced vin-yah-sah) can be translated as “arranging something in a special way,” like yoga poses. Vinyasa classes focus on connecting breath to movement in a slightly faster pace. In a vinyasa practice, you can expect to stay in a constant flow of movement.
Vinyasa is also the term used to describe a specific sequence of poses (Chaturanga to Upward-Facing Dog to Downward-Facing Dog) commonly used throughout a vinyasa class.
Classes are athletic yet approachable and adjustable for all levels. The intensity of the practice is moderate to vigorous, and no two classes are the same. If you loathe routine and love to test your physical limits, a Strengthen + Lengthen class might just be your cup of tea!