‘Hatha Yoga’ is often used to describe the gentle, slow flowing style that we often associate with Yoga.
In Sanskrit, Ha’ means ‘Sun’- representing heat, male energy, present in the right side of the body, and ‘Tha’ means ‘Moon’- representing cooling, female energy, present in the left side of the body, according to ancient Indian tradition.
Brought together, the word ‘Hatha’ encapsulates the physical, energetic practice of Yoga.
We usually start with ‘pranayama’ or breathwork, which settles us into our space by bringing our awareness to our breath and inner energy, followed by a lush combination of seated, standing and balancing postures- settling into each pose or ‘asana’ for 3-5 breaths.
I always offer variations and options throughout my classes, and love using props (like blocks) to support our practice in various ways- there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to do yoga- if it works for you, its yoga!
Overall Hatha Yoga subtly strengthens and beautifully balances us, in body and mind, so we step off the mat feeling more present, calm and at ease- the perfect way to start your day.