hatha Yoga at the movement center

We teach hatha yoga - the style of yoga whose purpose is to help you increase flow and well-being by infusing breath and awareness deeply into the body.

Hatha yoga is a very practical teaching.  It takes every part of a person’s life into account:  their body, mind, emotions, spirit, and the total environment in which their life unfolds. Yoga teaches us to release our tensions and live from our center in order to better adapt and flow with our total environment.

Hatha yoga includes the practice of asanas, focused breathing, meditation, study, self-reflection and growth; connection to community, care of oneself, and service to others.  It works on the principle that the physical body, mind, breath and psyche are dynamic and interconnected.  If you change one, the others will compensate in response. 

If we stress the body, our breathing and emotional state will shift to an alert defensive state.  Analogously, moving our thoughts from their usual patterned responses to an uplifting intention will help the body to relax, and the breath to soften and deepen.

From one perspective, the whole point of hatha yoga asana is to be able to feel the movement of energy within your physical body.

To feel a change of state in your muscles, to feel an old strain pattern, an old constraint, or lack of development shift and become a vibrant muscle system that is refined enough and vital enough that you can feel the movement of energy through it, that is the point of yoga.

Once you have developed the sensitivity to feel these changes of state in your physical body, you can begin to feel changes of state in your energetic system. And as you continue to work on that, in time, increasingly finer changes of state become available to you and establish themselves as part of your awareness.
— Swami Chetanananda


asanas (yoga poses)

The asanas are basically sustained body postures and movement with conscious breathing.  Asanas may be done seated, standing, lying prone or supine, kneeling, and even upside down.  They are intended to be functional and adaptable positions that can have an overall or specific benefit.  Yoga poses are intended to move the body through its possible range of motion.  This is different for each person, age group and level of flexibility – and so will look different from person to person. Attention is given to developing overall body strength and flexibility, awareness of safe alignment, and a true sense of respect and care for one’s body.  Pairing the movements with conscious breathing is vital for it releases tensions from muscles and joints, and calms the mind.


If you can breathe, you can do yoga! It's important to us that asana is taught from and with the breath. Why?

  • If we can learn to keep our mind centered within our breath and body while moving through a series of yoga poses, we can extend that capacity beyond the yoga class into our whole life.
  • Trusting our breath to lead our movements, it becomes clear when our effort is too much (we hold our breath, or become breathless) or too little (our mind wanders).
  • Learning to relax and go fully into the stillness of your natural breath, you may find a doorway to the expansion of your spirit!


meditation, care of oneself and others

Meditation is widely practiced as an effective and practical stress management tool.  It is also the vehicle for transcending the individual and the personal. At The Movement Center, simple breath-focused meditation is taught in most yoga classes.
Whether or not you have any specific health challenges, yoga practice naturally brings about a desire for increased wellness.  The release of tensions and increased feelings of vitality can really inspire a person to take the next step in becoming healthier in all areas of their life. Yoga is an excellent support for many health challenges such as weight loss, addiction recovery, and mental health challenges to name a few.
Another wonderful benefit of yoga practice is the unfolding of an understanding of how very connected we are to our whole environment, each other and our planet.  Many people feel inspired to adopt an attitude of service and go on to create beautiful and tangible expressions of flow and love within their family and the larger community.


  • It is not just for the slim, fit, or young.
  • It is not a religion.  You do not have to adopt religious beliefs that are different than those you hold dear.  Yoga opens you to a deeper experience of your own beliefs and your religious and spiritual inclinations.
  • It does not require a commitment to any particular teacher, unless you choose to do so.


Our method of teaching asana and breathing makes it ideally suited for those needing a more measured pace of movement, or wanting to connect more deeply with their breath and spirit.  

On our schedule you'll find classes ranging from gentle to core-strengthening and everywhere in-between. Regardless of your age, physical condition, or life style, yoga at The Movement Center is a dynamic experience that will put a spring in your step and smile on your face. You'll feel energized and more alive!  You can start right now.  Just as you are!

If you have questions about a specific class, please email us at myyoga@themovementcenter.com, or call 503-231-0383, ext 2201.