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What is Hatha Yoga?

Updated: Feb 28, 2021

Strength, Flexibility, Balance

This class offers a balanced approach to health and wellness with a blend of strengthening, stretching, balancing and breathing. Expect a good workout and a healthy challenge to your core and butt as this class is the perfect remedy for the modern sedated lifestyle of chair sitting and screen watching. Your body was designed to move and to work, and this class will teach you how to do both with efficiency, awareness and breath.

Hatha Yoga classes are suitable for students of all levels. Beginners are absolutely welcome! This practice blends movement, breathing, balancing, strengthening, and stretching while teaching the key elements of alignment and functional use of the body. Our instructors specialize in body alignment and movement, and will help each student find the positions and variations that are safe and productive for their individual body types.

Today when we think of yoga in the west, it is the traditional asana of Hatha Yoga that we usually envision. These traditional asana (postures) will allow our body to become strong and flexible, help regulate our internal organs and nervous system, and leave us feeling grounded and revitalized.

Meaning ‘Sun and Moon,’ Hatha yoga is a fairly recent development in the history of yoga, being created only in the 15th century by Yogi Swatmarama. In the 4000 years of yogic history before this style was created, yoga was almost exclusively a form of seated meditation. The goal was, and has always been, the expansion of consciousness and self-awareness by way of cultivating a union between the body, the mind, and the spirit. Hatha yoga differs from the more ancients approaches of attaining this goal by recognizing that this union isn’t possible unless the body is strong yet flexible, soft yet hard, grounded yet light, and above all, in a state of harmonious balance and health. This physical state is a necessary prerequisite for the holistic union of the whole. As such, a series of ‘asana’ (postures) and ‘pranayama’ (breathing techniques) were created first to train and heal the body, and then to bring the mind and body into a state of union and harmony. This union of mind and body was considered a necessary step in developing the spirit and the ability to and understand the greater meanings of life through yoga.

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