What is Hatha Yoga?
by Delight Yoga
"In the practice of yoga, one can emphasize the body, the mind or the self and hence the effort can never be fruitless."
- T. Krishnamacharya
Hatha Yoga is a traditional yoga method that includes:
- Asana (postures)
- Pranayama (breathing exercises)
- Dhyāna (meditation)
- Mantra (chanting)
- Mudra (hand gestures)
The emphasis in Hatha Yoga is on balancing body, energy, and mind.
"Hatha Yoga’s fundamental objective is the same as any authentic form of yoga: to transcend the ego-consciousness and to realize the Self, or divine Reality. However, the psycho-spiritual technology of Hatha Yoga is particularly focused on developing the body’s potential so that the body can withstand the onslaught of transcendental realization. We are prone to think of ecstatic states like Samadhi as pure mental events, which is not the case. Mystical states of consciousness can have a profound effect on the nervous system and the rest of the body. After all, the experience of ecstatic union occurs in the embodied state. The Hatha yogi therefore endeavors to steel the body - to ‘bake’ it well."
- Satya Katiza & Kevin Sahaj
Hatha Yoga Classes
In a Hatha Yoga class, you move in a gentle way. The hatha yoga postures are designed to cultivate strength, flexibility, openness, balance, and relaxation. The classes typically consist of 50% active poses and 50% relaxing poses. Practising Hatha Yoga on a regular basis will allow prana (life force) to flow freely, reduce anxiety and stress, invite steadiness of breathing, clarity of mind, improve circulation and flexibility.
Hatha & Pranayama
We also offer Hatha & Pranayama classes. These classes can be quiet and meditative but also physical and challenging at times, with a strong emphasis on breathing. Yogic breathing exercises (Pranayama) are designed to harness the power of Prana to open and clear our energy channels (Nadis) for the purpose of removing the obstacles to higher awareness and to promote physical vitality. Pranayama offers a set of simple breathing techniques which help to cleanse and stabilizing body and mind. With a regular Pranayama practice, more vital energy is made available for the body and mind.
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