Yoga we teach
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Hatha combines postures (asanas) with conscious breathing and focus to develop strength, flexibility and mental clarity. Creating flexibility in the joints and connective tissue, encouraging more ease in the body and an improved flow of prana (energy).
Hatha yoga is one of the most practiced yoga forms and has the potential to help with flexibility and focus in all aspects of life. Students can expect to develop body awareness. The word Hatha is a Sanskrit word and literally translates to English as ‘Ha’ = Sun and ‘Tha’ = moon. Therefore and simply, the practice of Hatha yoga is a balancing of the Sun and the moon, the Yin and Yang, male and female, positive and negative and the dark and light which lies within all of us.
On a physical level, when we practice Hatha, we are bringing into balance the left and right sides of the body. Have you ever noticed how it is usually easier to do something one side of the body than the other? This is very normal and the practice of Hatha is a tool to help us learn how to bring our left and right sides into balance.
Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar and Power Yoga classes are all forms of Hatha Yoga. However in these classes, we will be focusing on the foundational style – or Classical Hatha as it is sometimes referred to. The postures taught, will be focused on alignment and breath while entering, holding and leaving the posture. Poses are broken down, with modifications offered for all levels. There will be flowing sequences, exploring connection with body and movement, taking time to move through the postures to promote healthy habits both on and off the mat. Meditation is included in these classes, which is the whole aim of posture and breath work, to prepare us for the practice of meditation. And the most important thing of all… saving the best for last – learning the art of relaxation. Not always as easy as it sounds. Classes offer a guided relaxation at the end, to help you move into that place of bliss to round the practice off nicely.
If you are a beginner, we appreciate this could sound like a lot. However, the only intention for the class is to show up on the mat, and express yourself in the practice of yoga exactly as you are.