Hatha Yoga is the branch of yoga that involves physical postures, breathing techniques and other practices to strengthen the physical body and to purify and balance one's energy to increase vitality, equanimity and joy of life.
The "Sivananda", "Ashtanga", "Vinyasa Krama", and "Iyengar" courses at our center are Hatha Yoga sequences of specific lineages. Our weekly "Hatha" courses, when available, do not follow a set sequence and are not based on a particular lineage. The weekly classes will vary depending on that week's focus.
Initially, one’s hatha yoga practice brings a keener awareness of the physical body. The exercises keep one’s body young, dynamic, supple, strong, and healthy. All yoga postures, combined with proper breathing, improve the circulatory, endocrine, and nervous systems. Digestion and assimilation are also stimulated as well as the elimination of toxins. The lymph system, the body’s defense mechanism, is thus far better able to prevent the onset of illness and will accelerate recovery when symptoms begin.
By maintaining one’s physical body at its optimal level in a focused and mindful way, one can arrive at a deep tranquility to better mitigate stressful situations and to remain centered regardless of the ups and downs of daily living.