Hatha yoga is a branch of yoga that emphasizes physical exercises to master the body along with mind exercises to withdraw it from external objects. The word haṭha literally means “force” in Sanskrit, and may have this association because the early Indians believed that its practice was challenging and “forced its results to happen” on the yogi. Hatha is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body, preparing the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.
Hatha at Yogatrex
At Yogatrex, hatha classes are designed to be relatively gentle, slow and great for beginners or students who prefer a more relaxed style where they hold poses for longer periods of time. This alignment-oriented session will help you build a strong foundation and understanding of proper alignment and technique in some of your most basic yoga poses. The session will be based on physical postures (asanas), deep breathing, mindfulness and listening to the body.