What is Yoga
It is thought that Yoga emanated from ancient times some 3000 years ago. It is a system of philosophies, principles and practices derived from the Vedic tradition of India and the Himalayas. Yoga is more than a set of exercises; the discipline transcends the physical and works on the multi-dimensional nature of the human person. It is said to enhance our physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Via the postures (asanas) we strengthen our body and mind to become more flexible in mind and body. We aim to align the body and to calm all of the fluctuations.
The Word Yoga means to “yoke” or to “unite” thus via our practice we aim to bring the body and mind into union with each other. This is accomplished through the three main components of Yoga: breathing, postures and mediation. If we complete our physical practice of doing poses, and breathe - we can then sit and meditate allowing the body and mind to become one. Overtime the system is designed to enhance overall health and happiness, and a greater sense of self-awareness and higher consciousness.
What is Hatha Yoga
Hatha yoga is a generic term that emphasizes physical exercises to master the body along with mind exercises to withdraw it from external objects. It is the branch of yoga which concentrates on physical health and mental well-being. Hatha yoga uses bodily postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation (dyana) with the goal of bringing about a sound, healthy body and a clear, peaceful mind.