What is Hatha Yoga?
Hatha yoga is one of the nine main types of yoga practiced commonly in the world today. Within the types of yoga there are styles. Styles that involve physical yoga practice are derived from hatha yoga systems. Learning the systems of hatha yoga is the groundwork for different styles of yoga, much like learning to play the piano can prime one for playing different instruments.
The physical practice of hatha yoga (asana) focuses on alignment of the body. Breath (pranayama) is incorporated as a bridge between the physical and energetic bodies. Regulating chakras and nadis (energy) within the body is another focus in hatha yoga. Ultimately the goal of physical yoga practice is to prepare the body for meditation, leading to the goal of all yoga which is that we may reach enlightenment or samadhi.
Beyond traditional hatha yoga systems, we incorporate the eight limbs of yoga philosophy and mythology of yoga as well as kriyas (purifications) and bandhas (body locks) for a more integral approach to hatha yoga. Our practice time will include hatha, vinyasa, yin, restorative and gentle yoga styles. Meditation will be a part of our routine along with the general prescription to try different yoga styles and maintain a personal practice outside of our class time.