"ha" - sun | "tha" - moon
The word haṭha literally means "force" and thus alludes to a system of physical technique such as postures (asana) and conscious breathing (pranayama) combined with mental focus. The goal is to develop more AWARENESS with breath, strength and flexibility. In my classes focus on the breath is key as you’ll become more present in the moment.
Hatha Yoga is a great practice to start for beginners. It focuses on foundational postures at a comfortable pace. You will be able to learn how your BREATH connects with the different postures. Eventually you deepen the practice into more advanced sequences when PRACTICING. Moving through postures in a faster flow, you may forget the subtleties of the alignment in different postures so it’s is always beneficial to SLOW DOWN your practice and check in to make sure you are receiving the full benefit of each asana/posture. Feel free in my classes to tune in on what’s GOOD FOR YOU as it’s not a performance but a PRACTICE.
Ideally Hot Yogais practiced in a ROOM HEATED to 35–40 °C (95–108 °F) with a humidity of 40%. The warmth ensures that your connective tissue and tendons become smoother, so that you can get deeper into asana/postures and the chance of injuries is reduced. You may feel dizzy during your first few classes or embarrassed that you’re sweating, however it’s important to DRINK a bit more in advance of these classes and not to wipe away your sweat as it closes your pores. Just remember that EVEYONE around you is SWEATING just as much and you’re in class for YOURSELF.