Hatha yoga is usually slower-paced where yoga poses (asana) are held for a few breaths. A Hatha class will often include breathing techniques and meditation as well as asana.
Hatha yoga is a great place to start if you are new to yoga or if you want to deepen your practice because you get the time and space to become familiar with yoga poses. Although Hatha yoga can still be challenging too!
In Sanskrit, “Ha” represents sun and “tha” represents moon. This alludes to the opposites in our lives, such as yin and yang, light and darkness, hard and soft, vigorous and gentle. Hatha yoga is about finding balance.
What to expect
Try a hatha class if the idea of gentle yoga appeals to you or seems right for your body. It can be a great introduction to yoga, but shouldn't be mistaken for easy yoga since it can still be challenging both physically and mentally. Hatha classes provide an opportunity to stretch, unwind, and release tension, providing a good counterpoint to both busy lifestyles and cardio workouts. If you go into a hatha class and it feels too slow or not active enough, don't give up on yoga completely.
Makes the body stronger and more flexible.
Release tension and trauma stored in the body.
Calms the mind.
Creates space in body and mind and in that space you find ‘balance’ and the opportunity for spiritual growth.