The word "Hatha" comes from the Sanskrit terms "Ha" meaning Sun and "Tha" meaning Moon - a union of opposites.
The practice of Hatha Yoga concentrates primarily on Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath control) and Meditation, using Patanjali's Eight Limbed Path of Yoga as its guide and philosophy for practice and every day life. During a Hatha Yoga session the practitioner will work through a number of different asanas, which are designed to stretch and strengthen the muscular body as well as improve health and wellbeing in the physical, causal and subtle bodies. Throughout the asana practice the practitioner will be encouraged to develop an awareness of their breath and there will also be practices that concentrate specifically on breathing techniques, pranayama. Pranayama practice is an important part of any Hatha Yoga practice as the ancient yogis believe that the secret to controlling the mind can be revealed as we learn to control the breath.
Together the asana and pranayama practices help prepare the body for the practice of meditation and where the search for enlightenment can begin.
Hatha Yoga Classes
Thursdays - 8.00pm - 9.30pm @ Belmont Village Hall, Parker Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 5YN
Class prices: £7 on a drop in basis or, £35 for 6 weeks over a pre-set period.