Hatha Yoga aims to balance the Yin and Yang with gentle postures that open the spine and facilitate the free flow of energy.

Hatha yoga refers to the practice of physical yoga postures, and comprises all types of yoga asanas including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar, and Power yoga.

The word ‘Hatha’ means ‘willful’ and can also be broken into ‘Ha’ which means sun and ‘tha’ which means moon, reflecting balance.

Benefits of this yoga

#1 Hatha Yoga aims to balance the yin and yang

Regular practice of the gentle asanas builds your strength and flexibility. Though mentally and physically challenging, this form of yoga also balances the emotions effectively.

#2 Reduces stress

Like all other kinds of yoga, Hatha Yoga builds the mind-body connection by helping practitioners focus on their breath.   The postures are designed to open many channels in the body especially the main one, which is the spine, to allow free flow of energy.

#3 Increases your energy levels

The energizing effects of regular practice prompt many to keep up yoga sessions. Also, Hatha yoga improves quality of sleep, flexibility, and overall well-being. Practitioners report a stabilization of blood pressure, and also an increase in vitality.

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What to expect in a Hatha Yoga class

#1 What makes this form of yoga unique is that a teacher of Hatha Yoga can adapt the poses. So there is no rigid set of asanas, and the level of difficulty for different individuals.

#2 The classes are usually slow, and teach you about the alignment points of each pose. They are gentle, and provide a practitioner ample time to get into each pose.

#3 They are not very movement oriented unless the instructor modifies some of the advanced levels to cater to your requirements.

#5 Hatha Yoga asanas are focused on stretching and include pranayama or breathing exercises.

#6 The class may conclude with a few minutes of meditation.