Hatha yoga is the aspect of yoga that works with physical postures, (āsana), to bring the physical body into alignment and energetic balance.
We teach Hridaya hatha yoga. This is a form of classical hatha yoga practiced in a contemplative style. We often describe this style of yoga as ‘meditation in motion’.
The asanas we teach stay true to the ancient yogic texts, such as the Hatha Yoga Pradīpikā and Gheranda Samhita.
We synthesise the physical āsanas with a constant inner awareness and the practice of Self-enquiry.
The practice is performed with the eyes closed and we generally hold the āsanas for longer than other styles of yoga. This helps us to interiorise and connect with the more subtle aspects of our being such as the energy centres, (chakras), and our true essence that can be perceived as a dynamic stillness.
We practice with a non-pushing attitude, striking a balance between effort and relaxation.
Yoga does not discriminate, and this style is inclusive of all bodies. People of all ages, body shapes, sizes and ability can practice this style of hatha yoga.
We appreciate that the idea of doing hatha yoga, especially in a group setting, can be intimidating for some people (we have been there!). If this is you, check out our New to Yoga? page with some handy tips and hints that can make starting a practice or joining a new group easier.
‘Exercises are like prose,
whereas yoga is the poetry of movements.
Once you understand the grammar of yoga;
you can write your poetry of movements.’
Amit Ray, ‘Yoga and Vipassana: an Integrated Lifestyle’
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