Essential yoga teaches the foundations of Hatha yoga. In Sanskrit, ha, means sun, while, tha, means moon. The sequencing for this class will explore these opposing energies and how they relate to the body. We will begin with warming breath techniques to focus the mind and prepare the body for movement. Using our breath as a guide and barometer, we will move through a series of poses seamlessly connected to prepare and warm the body for standing, balancing, and twisting postures. These poses help to build strength, stamina, and increase concentration. Next, we will transition into the lunar side of class where students learn the difference between active and passive yogic stretching. This process encourages muscular flexibility in seated poses, while simultaneously cooling off and rejuvenating the body. Restorative postures and meditation techniques may also be taught to assist in the relaxation process, bringing awareness around the body opening and releasing stress. This class is for yogis of all levels. People dealing with recent injuries or surgery should meet with the instructor prior to class for an assessment of mobility.