What is Hatha Yoga

Hatha is an endless and adaptable practice usually tailored by the instructors for the specific needs of their students

Hatha is an endless and adaptable practice usually tailored by the instructors for the specific needs of their students


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is a broad term that

encompasses any of the

physical practices of

yoga and it could mean a

lot of things.

Most group of yoga classes including

the contemporary types could be

categorized as

To put things in a clearer perspective,

is an endless and adaptable practice

usually tailored by the instructors for

the specific needs of their students.

For this reason, it can be difficult to give a clear and

definitive description of what it really is,

as instructors have a lot of freedom to choose what they

teach in a Hatha class.

What is the purpose of


Each Hatha yoga class is different from one another.

But what makes them similar is the use of breathing

techniques to link between body movements and poses.

This practice allows you to

free your mind of clutter

by focusing on the

moment while performing

well-rounded poses that

opens up your body.

It will improve your

concentration, strength

and flexibility.

What are the benefits of


In addition to

flexibility and strength

the yoga practice of Hatha

has many other health

benefits like:

Tones your


Enhances physical


Promotes better



Improves your


Balances your


The other benefits of

Hatha yoga include:

Builds Immunity

The muscle movements in the

body help boost your lymph

circulation and drainage. This

aids the lymphatic system fight

diseases and flush out the body’s

toxic waste products from

cellular functioning.

It also fights budding infections

and destroys cells that could

potentially become cancerous.

Strengthen The Spine

Stretching and other forms of

physical exercise help tone the spine.

Medical scientists say that when the

spine is rigid, nerve impulses cannot

flow as freely and the body receives

weaker impulses.

If you keep your spine

healthy and flexible,

the nerves remain strong and they

branch out more from the spine.




Hatha and all its other forms encourage you to focus on

your poses and breathing.

As the exercises help

relax your brain and

body, they also improve

your concentration

which means you can


a calmer and

more peaceful

state of mind.



Yoga, just like any other forms of physical exercise, can help

stimulate the release of the “feel-good” hormones in the body

serotonin and dopamine.

When these hormones are

flowing, they give you

that sense of

peace and relaxation.

It also lightens up your

mood throughout the

day and keeps you

feeling happy and


What is contemporary


Given that Hatha is such an open practice,

there are so many unexpected things that could happen in a

Hatha class.

Today, this type of practice is used

to describe gentler and more basic

poses with breathing


You can expect a slower-paced

stretching, less intensive

meditations and some basic

pranayama breathing techniques.

If you have never

tried yoga before,

this is the first

category you can

experience as it

helps you work on



flexibility and


– all



you must

possess to

accelerate to




What is

Hatha flow”?

Some studios or private classes classify their sessions as

Hatha flow”.

As mentioned earlier, Hatha is a very open practice and it

can be difficult to provide a clear description on what the

class will be until you have tried it yourself.

Most Hatha flow classes move from pose to pose in a

sequence without resting, hence the word “flow”.

This can be correctly described as a less scale of Vinyasa,

but on a moderate level of intensity of Hatha.

You might also see both Vinyasa and Hatha flow being

offered in the same studio

Just keep in mind that Vinyasa is more vigorous, while Hatha

flow is more advanced than the regular Hatha yoga class.

If you need more clarifications on both lessons,

you can approach the instructor or try the class yourself to

find out.

Is Hatha yoga for you?

A Hatha class is generally more appealing to the beginners

because of its gentle poses. It can be used as an introductory

course to yoga, but it does not mean that it is going

to be easy.

Hatha classes are still

quite challenging

physically and mentally

while providing

opportunities to stretch,

unwind, release tension

and improve your

physical fitness.

If you feel like Hatha is

too slow or not active enough

do not dismiss yoga completely.

You can always attend a different class

where they introduce more athletic ways to do yoga

(like Vinyasa or Bikram).

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