Hatha Yoga – what exactly is it?

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If you’re just starting out on your yoga journey it might seem like there are lots of different types of yoga and trying to decide which one to start with can be a bit of a minefield. So, over the next few weeks we will be sharing some bite size information about all the different types of yoga – a bit about their history, why they’re great and what you’ll get from them!

Hatha Yoga

The word “hatha” can be translated in a few different ways: as “wilful” or “forceful,” and as “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance. Hatha practices are designed to calm and align your mind, body and spirit.

In the western world of yoga that most of us are used to hatha is usually used to describe gentle, basic yoga classes without a flow between poses. These type of classes will be filled with slower paced stretches and basic breathing exercises.

Hatha classes are a good place to start your yoga journey – you can work on your alignment, learn some great relaxation techniques and build up your strength and flexibility. But bear in mind that it shouldn’t be ‘easy’ – you should still challenge yourself physically and mentally in the class.

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