What is Therapeutic Mindful Hatha Yoga?
Based on a mix of the ancient wisdom of traditional Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness practices, with a healthy dose of the latest research in mind-body science and therapies, Therapeutic Mindful Hatha Yoga invites you to tune into your body and be kind to yourself!
With a foundation of Ahimsa (do no harm) to yourself and your students, and at its heart the 8 attitudinal foundations of mindfulness (non judging, patience, beginners mind, trust, non striving, acceptance, letting go and self compassion) Therapeutic Mindful Hatha Yoga is a path, a journey, not to get somewhere else, but to be where we are, as we are in this very moment, with this very breath, whether the experience is nice, unpleasant or neutral. For details of what is included in a typical class, please see the next page.
This style of Hatha Yoga taps into the innate potential for healing that we all have. It mobilizes our ability to cultivate embodied wisdom and self-compassion, and by so doing it teaches us to live our life and face whatever arises with awareness, integrity, clarity and an open-hearted presence.
This is why we call it a Therapeutic Mindful Hatha Yoga practice, even so, from time to time, we may need to remind ourselves to just be and let the yoga do (and undo) us, rather than think we are doing the yoga.
Learn to let go, that is the key to happiness.
Jack Kornfield. A Path with Heart.
A typical Mindful Yoga class -
The focus of a typical 90 minute general Mindful Hatha Yoga class is to tune into your body, and practice in a way that brings bring balance and harmony. It is based on a 5 stage structure -
Stage 1 - Welcome and check in -
- Theme and intention of the class
- Education if applicable
- Guided body awareness practices
Stage 2 - Initial practices -
- Pranayamas & Mudras
Stage 3 - Warm Ups -
- Joint and energy freeing series
- and/or selection of warm ups including Seated, Standing and Sun/Moon Salutations
Stage 4 - The 10 step asana sequence -
- Step 1 - Standing poses
- Step 2 - Balancing poses
- Step 3 - Stabilization and tranzition to the floor
- Step 4 - Hip openers
- Step 5 - Prone back bends
- Step 6 - Seated poses
- Step 7 - Forward bends
- Step 8 - Supine poses
- Step 9 - Inversions
- Step 10 - Finishing poses
Stage 5 - Integration in savasana -
- Progressive Muscle relaxation
- Guided imagery and/or silent relaxation
- Final pranayamas & mudras
- Completion and affirmations
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