Hatha Yoga is one of the paths that lead to the ultimate goal of Raja Yoga meditation or contemplation.
Although Hatha Yoga is 000’s of years old it was first codified in the 15th century in India. Hatha (pronounced "ha-tuh") yoga comes from combining the two Sanskrit terms hat meaning "sun" and ha meaning "moon".
The Practice and Meaning of Hatha Yoga
The purpose of Hatha Yoga helps to purify the body and to help remove blockages (disease) in the mind and body.
There is an attempt to balance mind and body via physical postures and exercises (asanas), controlled breathing, and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation. Asanas teach poise, balance & strength and were originally (and still are) practiced to improve the body's physical health and clear the mind in preparation for meditation in the pursuit of enlightenment.
In the West, Hatha Yoga has become very popular as a purely physical exercise regimen divorced of its original purpose. Western psychologists and physiologists have also taken an interest in Hatha Yoga with respect to its control of bodily processes
By balancing the various aspects of our sun & moon we are able to increase concentration and mastery of the body and mind, Hatha Yoga is essentially a manual for scientifically taking one's body through stages of control to a point at which one-pointed focus.
This practice has many benefits and can be practiced by everybody.
Physical & Mental Yoga Health Benefits
• Reduces the impact of stress
• Increases coping skills
• Increases vitality and overall ABUNDANCE
• Improves the health of your joints
• Improves strength and flexibility
• Improves immune system function
• Can reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases
• Strengthens the cardiovascular system
• Improves digestion, metabolism, hormone production
• Alleviates depression and anxiety
• Increases feelings of health and wellbeing
• Promotes weight loss and weight regulation.
• Improves athletic performance in all endeavors
• Greater sense of clarity and concentration
Hatha Yoga for Health & Fitness
Yoga postures for strength and alignment. Breath & movement for coordination and harmony. Breath Work for a calm nervous system followed by relaxation.
Hatha Yoga for Relaxation
These classes are ideal for those who would like to make time for relaxation in their life. In each class we shall practice various movements to relieve tension in the joints and to increase spinal mobility. Also breathing techniques to encourage stress relief & calmness. Each class will conclude with a relaxation.
Hatha Yoga is Meditation
This class is more meditational. Also the posture work will be strong as we tend to hold poses for a longer time, this is to release tension from the body so that we can then go on to practice Pranayama (yogic breathing). This class is concluded with a 10 minute just silent sitting meditation.