What is Hatha Yoga?

Uncategorized Jun 20, 2019

You may already know there are several types of yoga out there. In fact, that knowledge may be what started you on the path to finding out what type of yoga may be suitable to your needs and to your lifestyle. Hatha yoga is appealing to many people for a variety of reasons. If you have never heard of Hatha yoga here are a few quick facts to get your started.

The Technique

The first thing to understand about Hatha yoga is that it is a gentle form of yoga. In fact, it is considered the ideal yoga practice for someone that is new to the world of yoga.

It has gentle slow movements. It also allows you to learn different breathing techniques and to grasp them before moving into more complex and intense yoga styles. The technique is an ancient technique that works on not only breathing techniques but the flow of the movements.

The Movements

Most of the Hatha yoga movements you see are ones used in other yoga traditions. The difference with Hatha is that the movements connect. They flow from one to the other instead of breaking up with a small break and movement in between.

This is ideal if you are looking for a set routine that you can memorize and use while you are at home or on the go. In some other traditions, you can learn the movements and poses, but they may not join. In Hatha, they do join and move as a flow.

Hatha Classes

If you plan on going to Hatha yoga classes there are a few things you should expect:

  • It is a low energy and quiet environment in most cases. This is ideal for someone who wants a stress free environment where they can concentrate on the yoga and not on the world around them.
  • You will also have an instructor that likely moves around the room and helps you with your poses.
  • This is a hands on class, but a silent meditation class.
  • It is peaceful and the flow of the class moves with the flow of the poses.

These facts should let you know if you want to continue pursuing your path of Hatha yoga. If you do, you will find there are several poses to help stress as well as ways to incorporate Hatha into your natural healing and health routine.

If you see a hatha yoga class listed on a yoga studio schedule, feel free to ask them if it's a good class for beginners to try. Don't be afraid of being a beginner. We all have to start somewhere and the idea of yoga is not to be the bendiest or flexiest. It's to connect to your body and breathing to help reduce stress.

Other classes to look for if you're new to yoga or you haven't done it in awhile:

  1. gentle yoga
  2. slow flow
  3. restorative yoga
  4. beginner yoga (obvi, I know)
  5. yin yoga

Oh, and if "hot yoga" interests you, see if you can try a "warm yoga" class first. Hot yoga is no joke - it's freakin HOT

The room is heated to 40 degrees. Once you start moving around and building your own heat, it can be quite overwhelming and/or stifling.

If you do decide to try a hot yoga class, make sure you're WELL hydrated BEFORE you take the class, and def bring a full water bottle with you to sip on throughout the class.

If the yoga studio doesn't allow water in their classes, find another studio. Not only is that stupid, it's incredibly unhealthy! Hydration is life - so don't be shy to bring your water bottle with you; just make sure to cap tightens well so there's no accidental spills during your flow ;)

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