YOGA - WHAT'S THAT? PART 1

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In one of my previous blogs I suggested that you choose who you wish to be.  How's that going for you?

Have you chosen yet whether you wish to be miserable, the passenger in life and unhappy or positive, the captain of your life and happy?

Every day's another opportunity to be your best, so if you haven't chosen yet why not start today.

When I teach group classes, one of the most popular questions I get asked by the student is, "What type of yoga do you teach?"

I often struggle with this answer because there is only one type of physical yoga called Hatha however there are untold new derivatives of it invading our studios today. These yogas all add to the familiar practices of Ashtanga, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Anusara and Sivananda. They all have their foundations in Hatha yoga.

What's Hatha Yoga?

Hatha means forceful, willful and when broken down the word 'ha' means sun and 'tha' means moon.  The union of the sun and moon which relates to both the masculine active side of us and the feminine receptive side.  

Hatha yoga aims to unite or yoke the mind with the body and create balance within us. We can learn when to surrender and when to give effort. It does this by paying particular attention to postures, breathing and meditation.

By having a strong, flexible body and a connection to the breath our main energy channel of the body (the spine) can open.  Now energy can freely flow to connect the mind with the body so that we can control our thoughts.

This is the start of the journey towards yoga.