One of the very first thing we search for, a teacher says i teach "hatha", the regular says im practising "hatha", "hatha studio and "hatha this and hatha that". What is hatha??!!
In Yog, there is two sides of things. one is the mental aspects of mind(think meditation & sense deprivation), the other is the Asanas(postures). Asanas as the world knows it, is a form of physical exercise to render the body mind connection, also known by many as Sun Salutation. Hatha is a term to describe the style of asana(posture) class which teaches most of the postures during any other types of yoga class.
Hatha yoga has changed a lot since its conception. When it was created, it was a total life philosophy that incorporated how we relate to our world, to ourselves and how we can attain inner peace. The original writings were Patanjali Maharishi’s yoga sutras, 196 sutras (aphorisms) written in Sanskrit in around 400 AD. In his work, Patanjali describes hatha yoga as consisting of eight limbs, or disciplines, and referred to it as the eightfold path. Other texts over the years have referred to hatha yoga, but Patanjali’s sutras are the most recognised.
All yoga styles that you are aware of:
Hatha is usually taught in a traditional manner where one would create a dialogue by holding the postures longer than a vinyasa class per se to be able to observe thoughts and allow the practitioner(student) to observe rather than drift away in thoughts. Typical session of hatha will usually be slower, longer holding of poses which helps in gentle toning and strengthening of the body and mind. Hatha class is also good for those who wants to get good at attaining certain poses as the class will elaborate on how to get better and practice!
Due to personal touch, there is so much difference in personal teachings and interpretation on hatha nowadays that's why you would most probably need to sit in for a few different class to find a teacher that teaches you well in your own time and comfort during the class.
As the nature of Hatha classes being slower and holding poses for longer duration and transitions usually need not be in a sequence or "flow", it's best for any beginner to join in a hatha class to get stronger and conditioned to new demands of movements and learn to slowly shift awareness internally rather than external.
If you are looking for a beginners class in Hatha, of looking to just try a different teacher, try our hatha class.
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