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Hatha Yoga

Level:  Beginner to Advanced

Hatha Yoga is the general term describing classes that focus on “ansans” (yoga postures) and “pranayama”, (breathing exercises), and some meditation.  Literally, Ha means “sun” and Tha  means “moon”, expressing a practice that works towards balancing, or bringing together, opposing energies.  In our current lives, many of us are over connected to our minds and thoughts, and deeply disconnected from our bodies.  The practice of Hatha Yoga helps strengthen, and balance, the body-mind connection, and live our lives more fully.

There are many styles/schools of Hatha Yoga, but generally speaking, Hatha Yoga classes are gentle in nature, with a focus on correct alignment for safety and stability, a coordination of breath with movement, and a practice of breathing exercises for mindfulness and focus.

Our teachers are all trained in some form of Hatha Yoga, and as part of The Gentle Place yoga philosophy, take great care to make sure your practice is safe and comfortable.  Our teachers offer adjustments and modifications as needed, using our supply of props including blocks, blankets and bolsters. Because of this, our Hatha Yoga classes  are accessible and beneficial for beginners, while also offering more practiced students an opportunity to deepen their yoga experience.

Some of the many benefits Hatha Yoga include heightened body awareness, reduced stress, improved posture and balance, deeper and fuller breathing, stronger muscles, increased joint mobility, strengthened concentration, overall health improvement, and a greater sense of well-being.

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