Gentle Hatha: Taking it Slow

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Instructor Sarah Holmes de Castro
Average: 4.7 (88 votes)
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This slow-paced, gentle hatha yoga class uses a block and a bolster and plenty of modifications to help ease you into the yoga practice, calm your nerves, slow down your mind and encourage your body to relax. In Sarah's first class with DYWM, she brings her 13 years of teaching experience and certifications in Integrative Yoga Therapy, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Functional Yoga Therapy, Restorative Yoga and Pain Care Yoga into this all levels class. If you don't have a bolster, learn how to make a bolster at home. The beautiful background music playlist is provided by Yogitunes.

Equipment: Block, Bolster
Style: Gentle Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Anxiety Stress


Very relaxing
oakhazel 7 months ago

I enjoyed this lesson - lovely and slow and relaxing. You have a relaxing voice. I did find the music distracting especially with the singing as I find I am trying to listen to you and block out the singing voice. It was especially distracting in the beginning lying down to relax and there was also some laughing.

awsome , thank you
AmberMoon 9 months ago

Very relaxing and the sound quality was good. I didn't have to strain to listen to you!

A fully restorative class
Rubiés-Mirabet 9 months ago

This session is perfect when you are too tired or nervous to do anything else. I felt restored and relaxed after taking it. Thank you very much, Sarah!

NB: It helped me a lot the way Sarah explains how to do the one-legged warrior pose and her emphasis in feeling your hips.

A lovely class
Lollyb 1 year ago

This class was perfect for me today. After struggling all week with a difficult head cold, the gentle guidance and variations given was just what I needed. Excellent slow class and I appreciated the gentle reminders.

Soothed my stiff neck.
Nyamyj 1 year ago

Soothed my stiff neck. Perfect, gentle and so calming. Enjoyed the modification suggestions throughout. I would love more from Sarah. I learn to care for my body with her guidance and the cue to check the level of hips is so helpful. This is an area of weakness in my practice.
Thank you.

Good class! Hopefully there’s
Svsd 1 year ago

Good class! Hopefully there’s more coming from Sarah!

why isn’t this one 1st.?
Svsd 1 year ago

why isn’t this one 1st.?

Thank you for a great class.
teach123 1 year ago

Thank you for a great class. I appreciated the modifications and the reminder to do what felt right, "today."

After a rough couple of days
Nyamyj 1 year ago

After a rough couple of days with a tender back, I took this class instead of crawling into bed and am so happy I did. What a terrific experience and I surely will revisit this as one of my favorites. I hope to see more from this new instructor to DYWM. Sarah, you are fantastic. With the options you provide, this practice will suit me on good and bad days. The music was delightful and calming. Thank you.