Hatha (pronounced hahtah) Yoga, is frequently interpreted as
“action” or “movement.” Yoga is much more than a physical
form of exercise. The physical practice we commonly call “yoga”
is only one of the eight limbs of yoga described by the Indian
sage, Pantanjali, in the ancient text, “Yoga Sutra.”
Hatha Yoga is the classical foundation of all physical types of
yoga known today. Physical yoga postures or poses (called
asanas) were and still are utilized to calm the mind and body
for extended meditation/prayer.
Asanas are still commonly prescribed as part of a patient’s
medical care in India. Extensive research demonstrates the
benefits of a dedicated yoga practice. As a result, even
traditional Western medical practioners are acknowledging
the complimentary role that yoga plays in holistic patient
care and wellness.
Compared to more vigorous and demanding types of popular
yoga found today, the pace of a Hatha Yoga class is slower.
Movement is coordinated with the breath. The postures
balance the concept of strength with ease and can be easily
modified to meet the needs of every body, regardless of age.