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The word ‘Hatha’ (from Sanskrit) means ‘force’ or ‘effort’ and refers to the physical practice of yoga. Consequently, as ‘the yoga of effort’, almost every style of yoga class in the West is technically Hatha yoga. The concept of Hatha yoga dates back thousands of years, but the emphasis on the physical practice of yoga is more recent.

Nowadays ‘Hatha’ is the term used to describe a class that is usually slower paced, including the basic and traditional yoga asanas (postures) as well as breath awareness (pranayama) in preparation for meditation.

Hatha yoga is a great way to unwind, stretch and release tension. There is no such thing as a definitive Hatha yoga class as these classes can be as varied as those teaching them, but they do on the whole tend contain the elements described above. Seated meditation may or may not form part of the class but you can expect all classes to end with lying down on the floor for final relaxation (Savasana).

In the Hatha classes we always start by connecting to our breath. It is said that if you can breathe then you can do yoga. Breath awareness is in fact, the most important part of the practice. Yoga is known to have a positive effect on the nervous system, but even just utilising the breath correctly without adding postures into the mix can help to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, calming the body’s ‘fight-flight’ response. I feel that being able to breathe with awareness is an invaluable tool that can be of benefit to us all in our day-to-day lives.

Hatha also mean "Ha'" The sun and "tha'' The moon the masculine and the feminine aspect in our body.

During each class I will guide you through a series of yoga asanas (postures) with an emphasis on alignment, offering variations along the way to help ensure you are practicing the version of the pose that works best for you. You can expect a mix of poses which in combination will mindfully move the spine in all directions – forward and backwards bending, lateral flexion (sideways bending), rotation and articulation, lots of the traditional standing, seated and floor-based poses such as Triangle, Chair Pose, Tree Pose, Bridge Pose and more. We usually link our breath to our movement to help maintain breath awareness throughout the asana practice.

You can also expect an introduction to breathing techniques. And we always close by lying down in Savasana, usually incorporating a guided relaxation or aspects of meditation before allowing space for silence at the end of the class.

With all these elements combined you should leave feeling relaxed, stretched, calmer and rejuvenated.

Overall, Hatha yoga classes a great way to become more aware of your breathing and learn relaxation techniques as well as building strength, stamina and flexibility while you become more at ease with the fundamental yoga postures.

Come along and experience some of the positive benefits of this practice for yourself.

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