Hatha Yoga: One of the Four Main Yoga Paths Explained
What is Hatha Yoga? Hatha Yoga is a branch of yoga, typically the first thing to come to mind when one thinks of yoga itself. The practice involves breath, body, and mind, and the classes generally range from 45 minutes to roughly an hour. It is a combination of breathing techniques, meditation, and several yoga poses.
The word "hatha" means "force" in Sanskrit, which is in reference to the physicality of the exercises. Deep rooted in its origins, hatha yoga focuses on holding the poses for long periods of time to emphasize the body posture, helping you to release built up stress and toxins while simultaneously strengthening the core muscles. Not only does hatha yoga want you to leave feeling energized and having fully exerted your body's limitations, but to also leave feeling aligned and balanced. Historically dissecting the word "hatha," ancient yogis stated that "ha" meant "sun" while "tha" means "moon," to strive to bring balance to the mind and body.
Meditation within hatha yoga is seen as a way to of freeing the mind and attaining liberation. To do so, one must focus of their attention on the present moment, clearing their mind of jumbled thoughts and creating an open canvas, but also consciously focus on their breathing and how to maintain a steady breath. This is best done with great posture, crosses legs, and closed eyes. Here at Teesha Yoga, we tend to throw in soft background meditation music to ease you into the meditative state that is needed to reach the ultimate relaxation.
The benefits of this practice are endless, but the most common reasons why people partake is because it is known for greatly reducing/relieving stress, strengthening flexibility while building muscles, opening energy channels (necessary for a boost in mood), and maintaining weight control. Hatha yoga is the go-to yoga branch because it truly embodies the meaning of yoga: alignment and relaxation of the mind and body. It also boosts immunity, keeps your nerves healthy and spine supple while improving your sleep patterns.
So why not join us for a session in this work of art? Head over to the "YOGA" tab at the top left of your screen, and book a session in our infamous "Basic Beginner's Yoga" course. You won't regret it!