The word hatha means wilful or forceful. Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises and sequences of postures, designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. Hatha is also translated as ha meaning “sun” and tha meaning “moon.” This refers to the balance of masculine aspects—active, hot, sun—and feminine aspects—receptive, cool, moon—within all of us. Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites.
How often to practice?
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—do what you can and don’t worry about it.
Unlike stretching or fitness, yoga is more than just physical postures. Even within the physical practice, yoga is unique because it connects the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breath.
Postures to try:
- Downward Facing Dog – used in most yoga practices and it stretches and strengthens the entire body.
- Plank – teaches to balance on forearms while using the entire body for support. It is a great way to strengthen the abdominals and back muscles.
- Tree pose – an awesome standing balance for beginners to work on to gain focus and clarity, and learn to breathe while standing and keeping the body balanced on one foot.
- Cobbler pose– strengthens and improves flexibility in the inner thighs, groins and the knees. Helps prepare the hips and groins for meditative seated poses, which require more flexibility in these areas.
- Childs pose – everyone needs a good resting pose and Child’s pose is an awesome one not just for beginners but for yoga practitioners of all levels.
Feel free to try our live studio yoga classes at SportsDock:
- Monday Detox Yoga at 12.40-13.10
- Wednesday Hatha Yoga at 19.30-20.20
- Saturday Hatha Yoga at 19.00-19.50
- Selection of virtual Wexer classes as a free user choice from 13.45 to 17.00 on weekdays.
Another fantastic new! SportsDock is starting a Yoga club very soon. If you want to learn more or join the club, speak to our fitness instructors for more information.