Strengthen the body and increase flexibility

Hatha Yoga is the yoga of action but more recently it has become known as the yoga of balance – (ha) sun and (tha) the moon – to strengthen the body and increase flexibility.

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, circa 14th century, includes 15 asanas and most are seated meditation positions. These “asanas” were originally performed to deny the body, to move from the physical to the spiritual. It also includes other purification practises, “kriya”, or internal cleanses and pranayama, breathwork.

Hatha Yoga is an holistic form of yoga, nowadays combining physical postures (asanas), breathing (pranayama), poses (mudra), withdrawal of the senses (pratyahara), purification (kriya) and meditation (dhyana), among others which will cultivate a sense of wellbeing: ultimately to a higher state of consciousness (samadhi).

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In a Hatha Yoga class you can expect to learn the traditional asanas and how to move with ease between them; helping to strengthen and lengthen your muscles. You will learn how to change postural habits and train your body to continuously improve them. Pranayama and meditation will help quieten your mind. You will end your practice in relaxation (savasana) which melt away stress and aid healing.

The physical benefits of yoga include:

  • increased flexibility.

  • increased muscle strength and tone.

  • improved respiration, energy and vitality.

  • maintaining a balanced metabolism.

  • weight reduction.

  • cardio and circulatory health.

  • improved athletic performance.

  • protection from injury.

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Regular practice can be life changing, encouraging mindfulness and bringing inner peace.

Private Classes and Group Classes. All levels and abilities welcome.