Hatha yoga is a traditional form of yoga which combines static postures and steady movement with a focus on alignment and the breath to release tension and build strength and flexibility in the body. Hatha is translated as ‘ha’ meaning sun and ‘tha’ meaning moon, referring to the balance of masculine and feminine, and the uniting of opposites. This applies to the physical practice where a balance of strength and flexibility and of effort and surrender are developed in each posture. Bringing awareness to the breath allows the mind to settle and the body to release. With that there comes a greater connection with the present moment.
Why Hatha Yoga?
Hatha Yoga is one of the most accessible styles of yoga for beginners due to its steady pace, but it never stops challenging you as there are always further stages for development. Hatha Yoga benefits both the body and the mind and you can read about the benefits on my yoga page.
Anybody can practice
It doesn’t matter how old you are, how big or small your body is or whether you’re male or female. There’s a yoga mat waiting with your name on it. You don’t need to be flexible, fit or strong to start. That comes as a consequence of practicing yoga; it’s not a prerequisite. In everyday life, there’s a tendency to compare your body and its capabilities with that of others, but yoga isn’t about the ego. I encourage you to remain focused on your own practice and to let go of any self-judgement or frustration. Just accept where you are in that moment. Your strength, flexibility and balance will grow week by week, at your own pace, without you even realising it.
What to expect
My Hatha Yoga classes are suitable for all levels of experience, including beginners, and include a combination of static postures and steady movement connected with the breath. The pace of my classes is steady and I encourage mindful movement. For me, it’s more important to give yourself time to find the right position and feel what is happening in your body, rather than moving super-fast and losing the connection and alignment. A steady, mindful practice can be challenging because holding postures requires muscle strength and mental focus.
I teach with a strong focus on alignment and precision through giving clear alignment queues and will adjust you to ensure that you are safely in the correct position, if you’d like me to. The class environment is open, non-competitive and supportive; I am highly aware of each individual’s physical and mental needs and remain attentive to this throughout, no matter whether you’re working with injury, pain, illness or stress.
See you on the mat!
I provide all the mats and props for my classes but you are also welcome to bring your own. It’s best to wear comfortable clothing and you don’t need footwear as yoga is done with bare feet. You might like to bring a bottle of water and it’s also nice to bring a blanket or something warm to pop on for the savasana (relaxation) at the end, so you’re nice and snug.
A Hatha Yoga class is £7 when booked as a block of classes, or £8.50 to drop in.