So you want to start Yoga? Try Hatha Yoga!

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Hatha, pronounced ‘Ha-Tha’ has become a broad term for ‘gentle’ yoga today. The slow pace and super gentle nature of this practice makes it a great place for beginners to start.

Hatha is a system introduced by Yogi Swatmarama. In Sanskrit ‘ha’ means ‘the sun’ and ‘tha’ means ‘the moon’. In other words, Hatha Yoga represents the union of the pairs of opposites.

What a lot of people don’t know about it is that it’s an umbrella term for most of the types of yoga we practice in the west today, including Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow. These are derived from Hatha. So although it seems as though it stands alone, it’s actually the ‘mothership’ of all yogas.

BENEFITS

Mentally
Relieves stress and anxiety and promotes deeper sleep

Physically
Releases muscular tension

What to Expect

Classes will vary depending on your teacher but essentially you can expect holding postures and focusing on their alignment as well as seated mediation and breath work. The more ‘athletic’ practitioner always has the option for holding postures longer or taking more ‘advanced’ variations.