Updated: Sep 19, 2020
What is Hatha yoga?
It is thought that most forms of yoga in the West can be classified as Hatha Yoga. Hatha simply refers to the practice of physical yoga postures, a system of physical techniques that use muscle connection, alignment and breath work, practised more slowly and with static holds. These postures can be help typically 30seconds to one minute. The word Hatha can be translated two ways: as "willful" and "forceful" or the yoga of activity, and as "sun" (ha) and "moon" (tha). Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for meditation (Yoga Journal, 2020)
What to expect in my class:
For me Hatha yoga is a very grounding practice. One where I can really connect with the mat beneath me, using my muscles to move my bones into shapes that help align, strengthen and open the body. When we can take our time within a posture we have the glorious gift to find comfort, to be mindful and feel whats happening within the physical and emotional body. Allowing the body time to do what it needs to do to find that balance, peace and connection. We use props (blocks, straps, bolsters, chairs) to help all bodies achieve comfort in each pose and in the practice. I modify and progress poses for all levels. The music tends to be slower, deeper, a reflection of the intensity and depth you are invited to take in each pose. I guide you through each posture noting proper alignment, muscle engagement and breathing practices.
Benefits of Hatha Yoga:
reduced depression symptoms (aids in reducing levels anxiety and depression)
muscle and joint flexibility and mobility
increasing core strength which increases balance
increase mindfulness and reduces affects of mental health issues
increased breathing capacity and control
overall sense of calmness and well being
Hatha yoga is suitable for all levels of ability. If you have an injury or challenge, I offer guidance and modifications (don't worry no one will know who its for, it what I do for everyone throughout the class...never know when someone needs a little extra help)