Hatha Yoga is the mother from which the rest of varieties of physical yoga arise. It is therefore the most traditional practice, which feeds into all other styles. ‘Ha’ means sun, or male force (of action, communication and decision), and ‘tha’ is moon, the female force (of relaxation, introspection, care and meditation), seeking the integration of opposites into a balanced union, the state of Yoga.
Hatha Yoga is described for the first time in the 15th Century by Master Yogi Svatmarama in his book Hatha Pradipika or Light on Hatha Yoga. Describing the use of mudras (hand gestures), pranayamas (breathing exercises), bandhas (energetic closures), asanas (postures) and shatkarmas (physical and mental purification exercises).
Although Hatha Yoga generally refers to “Asanas practice” and could be any style, the focus of this practice is based on the classic postures and the art of executing them with extreme precision for an optimal integration of all its benefits. Its purpose is to strengthen and balance physically, mentally and energetically, and to foster the state of complete union with oneself.
In the gentle classes we practice the aspects of breathing, stretching and relaxation postures. The advanced classes promote energizing effects of sun salutations and creatives sequences of postures with an increasing complexity and variety.