What does Hatha mean?
The word hatha means willful or forceful. Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures), and sequences of asanas, designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body—especially the main channel, the spine—so that energy can flow freely.
Hatha yoga is a path toward 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.
Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. 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 unfolding of each moment.
How many times a week should I practice?
Yoga is amazing—even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits of the practice. If you can do more than that, you will certainly experience more benefits. Don't let time constraints or unrealistic goals be an obstacle, always come and do what feels good. You will likely find that your practice is always changing. After some time your desire to practice expands naturally and you will find yourself doing more and more. You will also find that this practice is never complete. Never perfect, always a practice.
I am not flexible. Can I still do yoga?
Yes! You are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga. Flexibility is a benefit not a requirement. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible.
The unknown and “cant dos” will get the best of us sometimes. I suggest coming in and trying a few classes and different instructors. Yoga is for every BODY at any level.
What do I need to do Yoga?
All you need is your body and breath to do yoga. We have mats, bolsters, pillows, blankets, straps and blocks. Please make yourself at home. You come to focus on what you can do and leave your judgements at the door. Remember that your practice is always changing.