What is Yoga?
Yoga is a generic word, meaning to join or union.
What is Hatha Yoga?
Hatha Yoga dates back to 15th century India and is where most modern-day yoga styles originate. It is generally practised for mental and physical well-being.
In Sanskrit, Hatha translates to "force," (it also means to balance, Ha being the sun and Tha being the moon), and practitioners seek to balance breath, body, and mind.
Through the practice of Hatha Yoga, you can gain increased flexibility, strength, and balance, as well as improved focus and concentration. Additionally, on a deeper level, Hatha Yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety while providing practitioners with peace and clarity. As such, it can be an effective tool for improving physical and mental health. It is a good way to release stress and can be very calming and relaxing.
Brain boost! It helps with memory.
Great for a good night’s sleep.
Our Hatha yoga classes are 75 minutes and include breathing practices, asana (poses) work and guided meditation or relaxation.
In class, you will learn to be curious, and interested, but not judge yourself, to enjoy what you can do and to patiently develop the challenging things and also have some fun along the way!
This form of yoga is known for its gentleness, although it can still be physically and mentally challenging, and is often used to help practitioners achieve physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. It can help deepen awareness and understanding of both the physical body and the mind, aiding practitioners in becoming more in tune with their inner selves.
There are many different styles of yoga to suit most people, all giving great benefits. Best of all, it keeps you young (if only at heart)!!!!
What to Expect in a Yoga Class
Class is 75 minutes and will typically start with gentle movements and breath awareness, advancing to more physical asana practice, and ending with meditation/relaxation. The hardest thing you will have to do is turn up.
Yoga Is for Everybody?
Yoga means “union”, so that means anyone can do yoga, regardless of age, body size, gender, ethnicity, mobility or fitness level.
You don’t have to be flexible to practice yoga
Over time, yoga can help you become more flexible—that's why it is called a yoga practice. Flexibility is a result of yoga, not a prerequisite
Yoga Is not just about Stretching.
The aim of yoga is to move your body, connect with your breath, and be in the present moment. The movements can encourage stretching but also build strength, both physical and mental.
What you take from your mat practice should translate into everyday life.
Yoga Is Not a Religion
There is a spiritual element to the practice of yoga, where you can connect to your higher power; that may not be a religion, but it IS whatever your belief system is.
Yoga CAN fit into your day.
You don’t have to commit to a 60, 75 or 90-minute class/practice. 10 minutes a day is all you need if you are time restricted, 3 minutes for meditation or connecting to breath, just to bring you back to you.