Why Classical Hatha Yoga?
Has life been challenging and left you feeling stuck, unable to move freely in mind body and soul? Maybe you spend most of your time in your head, forward looking, anticipating and managing issues... We've all been there!
Being present and really enjoying that can be hard. We often ignore what the body is telling us: to slow down, relax, listen to what it needs. Over time the body carries our story, "our stuff", in different ways which may manifest in stiffness, pain or injury.
Yoga means “union” in Indian Sanskrit – “Ha” means sun and “Tha” moon, so it is the union of sun and moon in a literal, translated sense. Symbolically and more broadly, it means bringing polarities into centre, into balance. So in the yoga postures we are bringing the body and the mind into balance using the breath. Working consciously with the breath is what makes yoga different to other forms of physical exercise.
In this way you benefit not just physically, from strengthening and stretching the body, but also mentally and emotionally. You can explore where your body needs space but also support. Often feelings of clarity, calmness and peace accompany the practice.
Classical Hatha Yoga also works with the body’s subtle energy system (the chakras). Each posture correlates with one or two energy centres – there are seven of these chakras along the spine, from the base of the spine to the crown of the head.
Using breath awareness we can feel into these areas when in a posture and release any tension or blocks that may be there. Thinking about the body energetically is just another way of working with yoga to feel balanced.
Whichever level we choose to work with the yoga postures, it’s ultimately about freeing up space in our body and mind in order to reach our full potential and lead more fulfilling lives.