Hatha yoga came out of Tantra which viewed the body as a microcosm of the universe. The two component syllables ‘ha’ and ‘tha’ are often explained as meaning sun and moon and the corresponding polarities of right and left, male and female, active and receptive, light and dark, hot and cold and so on. The word hatha literally means ‘forceful’. This is in reference to the amount of effort required to balance and unite the opposing solar and lunar forces.
The word yoga is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning "to bind, attach, yoke, or join". It involves integration of the body, mind and spirit. It is a tradition of spiritual discipline comprising different approaches to self-realization or enlightenment.
There are many benefits of practicing yoga regularly. The one most often reported by my students over the years is they find it is very helpful for stress management.
Other reported benefits include:
The approach is slow, safe and gentle. I am adept at teaching the newcomer and making yoga accessible for people of all levels. Classes are comprised of poses, breath work, relaxation and meditation. Group classes are small and intimate, usually around 14 people, so you will receive plenty of individual attention.
Classes are progressive. Attending a session gives you a chance to experience the cumulative effects of regular practice and explore how your practice evolves from week to week. If you prefer you can attend on a drop-in basis.
Class Link: Beginner Class
Class Link: Intermediate ClassMount Pleasant Community Centre