What is Hatha Yoga?
Hatha Yoga is a traditional, slow paced but still very powerful practice that will calm your mind and increase flexibility, strength and vitality of your body. Every class includes elements of pranayama (breathing exercises), warm-ups with Sun Salutations, asanas (postures) and deep relaxation with autosuggestion technique. Historically the practice of Hatha was used to prepare the body for hours-long sessions of seated meditation. It was developed to release tension and stress and bring a person to a state of balanced relaxation.
What are the effects?
Hatha Yoga releases tension and stress from the body and brings a person into a state of aware relaxation. Practice of Hatha balances between the states of tension and relaxation, teaching nervous system how to deal with stressful situations. Ability to keep calm and maintain proper breathing no matter the circumstances helps to control the emotions and create space in the busy, chaotic mind. Physically the practice focuses on increasing flexibility and strength of the spine, creating healthy and strong back with beautiful straight posture while eliminating back pains.
What is Sivananda's Sequence
It is a traditional Hatha Yoga class based on the sequence of yoga poses designed by Swami Sivananda from Rishikesh in India. Practicing asanas in this suggested order helps to increase energy levels, calm down, ground and create harmony in the body and mind. In time, you will be able to perform the poses slowly and consciously and all this movement combined with proper breathing will become a mental exercise in concentration and meditation.
Hatha Yoga practice is for everyone who wants to take care of their back, spine, posture and general well-being. Pace of the practice is steady and calm allowing to dive deep into the nature of every posture, developing body awareness and healthy postural habits. Any physical pose can be modified to fit the needs and goals of the student.