Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga originated over one thousand years ago. It is a refined, powerful and transformative practice that calls on the body, breath and mind to work together as one. During a class you will be lead through a series of yoga postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama) and mindfulness techniques (samyama) to improve not only the physical systems of your body, but also to create a steadiness of mind and a more intimate connection to your inner self.

Hatha brings strenght and confidence, improve flexibility and balance, and fosters peace and contentment. The word "Hatha" comes from the Sanskrit terms “Ha”, meaning sun, and “Tha”, meaning moon. Its postures, breathing techniques and mediation practices help to balance the opposites that exist within us: right and left, feminine and masculine, hot and cold, rationality and intuition, movement and stillness. Through the course of our lives, we have the tendency to favour things that we “like” and avoid things that we “dislike”, which gradually create imbalances in our bodies and bad habits in our minds. Hatha Yoga helps us to undo this conditioning to can reconnect with our inner selves again.

 References:
“Anatomy of Hatha yoga”, H.David Coulter
“Yoga Anatomy”, L. Kaminoff

Interesting websites:
http://www.yoganatomy.com/
http://www.bandhayoga.com/

Yoga schools:
Amsterdam: Svaha Yoga
Den Haag: Kusuma Yoga

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