Hatha Yoga Classes

Hatha simply refers to the practice of physical yoga postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama) which help to align and bring peace to the body, mind and spirit and prepare your body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation. 

The first substantial writing on Hatha yoga was written in the 14th century, in a well-known text called Hatha Yoga Pradipika. It looks in detail at the various elements of this yoga: asana (pose), shatkarma (6 yogic purification techniques for the body), pranayama (breathing techniques), mudra (gesture of the body), bandha (internal body locks), and Samadhi (a deep state of meditative consciousness where the mind becomes still).  

According to the original texts, there are three purposes of Hatha yoga:

  1. The total purification of the body

  2. The complete balancing of the physical, mental and energetic fields

  3. The awakening of purer consciousness through which one ultimately connects with the divine by engaging in practices rooted in the physical body.

Hatha yoga, in its origins, is very much tied to tantric practices, seeking spiritual development in the ordinary experiences of life and using the sensuous experience of the body to cultivate the balanced integration of body, mind and spirit and connecting with the Divine. Hatha yoga offers a way to experience this integration along a path involving the specific practices that purify the body, calm the mind, and open the heart.

 

You will probably not build up a sweat in Hatha yoga but you will end up leaving the class feeling longer, looser and more relaxed. Unlike other forms of yoga like Ashtanga yoga, Hatha yoga does not focus on the flow of the movement from one pose to the other. Rather, it focuses on each pose independently, so you an really build up a strong knowledge of correct posture alignments.

For group Hatha yoga classes or to discuss anything further with the teacher go here.

Benefits of Hatha Yoga Classes

  • Maintaining a healthy body

  • Stress reliever

  • Increases flow of energy or prana

  • Improves flexibility

  • Increases fitness

  • Builds muscle strength and improves balance

  • Helps you focus

  • Increases blood flow

  • Makes you happier

  • It improves mobility in the joints

  • It improves flexibility in the connective tissue

  • It stretches the fascia and improves its condition

  • It improves metabolism

  • It improves the functioning of all body systems

  • It stimulates cell repair and regeneration

  • It improves blood flow in the spinal cord and brain

  • It rejuvenates the ligaments

  • It helps to stimulate the lymphatic system and cleanses the body

  • It improves the overall range of motion of the body

  • It improves energy levels

  • It improves the function of the lungs and heart

  • It brings balance to the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system

  • It helps to calm down the senses

  • It helps to improve concentration

  • It sharpens the focus

  • It brings balance to the emotions

  • It relieves anxiety and depression

  • It removes mental fatigue

  • It stimulates creativity

  • It stimulates learning facilities

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