What are some of the benefits?

 Physical Health

  • strengthens, invigorates and helps heal the body
  • lowers blood pressure
  • relieves back, neck and shoulder pain
  • improves immune system
  • increases energy
  • improves flexibility and builds stamina
  • helps body to rid itself of toxins
  • calms nervous system

Body toning & weight reduction

  • strengthens and tones core muscles
  • increases muscle definition throughout the body
  • boosts metabolism 

Emotional & Mental Health

  • helps cope with stress
  • improves focus and concentration
  • brings more clarity and sharpness
  • encourages a general feeling of calm and well-being
  • Yoga can be a powerful tool for self-transformation and positive change

More about Hatha Yoga

Many people are first drawn to Yoga as a way to keep their bodies healthy and strong. Others come seeking relief or help for a specific complaint such as backache or tight shoulders, or simply to help them deal with a busy and stressful lifestyle. Whatever the reason that first brings you to Yoga, usually people who continue with a regular practise experience subtle positive changes in their approach to life.

Hatha yoga comes from the Sanskrit words “ha”, meaning sun, and “tha”, meaning moon. The word “yoga” means to unite. The ultimate goal of Hatha Yoga is to bring harmony to the two main energies in all of us – the moon referring to the feminine energies (also known in the east as “yin”) and the sun referring to the masculine aspects (also known as “yang”). We all possess both of these aspects. According to Yoga philosophy, the moon energy causes our mind and emotions to constantly change – it relates to the “feminine” traits of intuition and receptivity. The moon’s opposite energy, the sun, is always steady and unchangeable. The sun relates to our “masculine” energies, such as decision-making, action-taking, and it gives mental clarity.

Hatha Yoga is a practice for creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies, we develop a balance of strength and flexibility – we also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the here and now – in this place, we are better able to enjoy each unfolding moment, rather than worrying about the past or the future.