Hatha Yoga, typically referred to as physical yoga or the yoga of postures, is literally translated to mean “discipline of force”. Contrary to the “easy” connotation it has acquired in the West, Hatha Yoga uses the body as a tool to achieve spiritual liberation. As you use the asanas of the practice to move deeper into the body, you open yourself up to a profound awareness of self-realization. Designed to awaken dormant energy within the body, Hatha Yoga finds its roots in the 15th century text, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and, more commonly, in the Yoga Upanishads and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
Join us as we explore the history of Hatha Yoga, the importance of Krishnamacharya and Swami Sivananda, and the Eight Limbs that are central to this timeless practice. As you delve into the richness of this practice, it is important to remember that while Hatha Yoga incorporates physical practices, yoga is something that is lived - not done.