Hatha Yoga Fundamentals

This is a more gentle class suitable for beginners or people returning to yoga after a long time. As with all yoga classes, I encourage people to tune-in and listen to their bodies and to only do what feels right for them. Everyone is different and all yoga asana (poses) can be adapted or modified to suit every individual.

Hatha Yoga is forceful yoga or yoga of effort. The word force is used to describe the forcing of the mind to withdraw from the outside world by the use of difficult postures. Hatha also means “ha” sun, “tha” moon, referring to the balance or union of a pair of opposites: Left and right sides of the body, male and female energies, warm and cool etc.

Hatha yoga focuses on physical health and mental wellbeing by bringing balance to the mind and body. In a physical way, the body develops a balance of strength and flexibility but we also learn to find the balance between effort and surrender with each posture. Hatha yoga comprises of the following practices: moral disciplines, asana, pranayama, cleansing practices, hand gestures (poses) and meditation.

 

Benefits of Hatha Yoga

  • Increased strength and flexibility
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Lubrication of joints
  • Better posture alignment
  • Balance and stamina
  • Detoxification of body
  • Enhanced body and self awareness
  •  Breathing which help quiet the mind & cleanse the body
  •  Improved concentration & attention
  •  Stress reduction
  •  Relaxation
  •  Mental calm