Haṭha yoga is a branch of yoga that typically comes to mind when you think of yoga in general terms. The Sanskrit word हठ haṭha means "force" and thus alludes to a system of physical techniques.
Classical Hatha yoga was developed in the 15th century. Nowadays it is often thought that Hatha yoga is about balancing the body and mind. With ‘ha’ representing the esoteric sun, and ‘tha’ the moon, and the practice of Hatha yoga aiming to balance these two energies. The practice involves breath, body, and mind, and classes are usually 45 minutes to 90 minutes of breathing, yoga poses, and meditation.
A yoga class described as ‘Hatha’ will typically involve a set of physical postures (yoga poses) and breathing techniques, practised more slowly and with more static posture holds than a Vinyasa flow or Ashtanga class might do.
Hatha is considered a gentle yoga that focuses on static poses and is great for beginners as we can truly focus on posture technique. However, even though it is gentle, it can still be physically and mentally challenging due to the longer holds.
Hatha classes provide an opportunity to stretch, unwind, and release tension, providing a good counterpoint to both busy lifestyles and cardio workouts.
If you go into a Hatha class and it feels too slow or not active enough we offer faster-paced, more athletic ways to do yoga such as Vinyasa or Yoga Fusion.