Introduction to Hatha-Yoga
Teacher: Claire Bélanger B. Ed., RYT 200 Cost: $48 for 4 sessions plus 1 complimentary class Classes: Mondays 530-645pm and 7-815pm Dates: Complimentary class: Monday Jan.28th, 2012 Feb. 4/11/18/25, 2013 Location: Main Room, Dynamis Health Centre 95 Torbay Road. Please bring a Yoga mat! Contact Claire Belanger for more information/ to registered. Call 730.0862 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
These Hatha-Yoga classes will comfortably introduce you to Yoga postures (asana) and breathing techniques (pranayama). The flow will be gentle as a variety of sequences are instructed throughout a 4-Week session.
A little more on Hatha-Yoga…
Hatha-Yoga (pronounced Hat-ha), is considered a path of bodily transformation. This branch of Yoga includes postures (asana) and breathing practices (pranayama) such as:
- downward dog (adho mukha svanasana)
- mountain pose (tadasana)
- easy pose/seated crossed legged (sukasana).
- Breathing practices can include anuloma veloma (alternate nostril breathing)
- brahmari breath (humming bee breath)
- kapalabati ( skull shining breath).
Some benefits of practicing Hatha-Yoga…
- help stretch and strengthen the body,
- open the chest muscles,
- align the spine,
- improve posture,
- build mental focus,
- stimulate digestion,
- stimulate circulation,
- stimulate the mind,
- relieve symptoms of sciatica,
- increase stamina,
- build focus and willpower,
- relieve backaches,
- build endurance,
- improve balance,
- cultivate steadiness,
- reduce stress and anxiety,
- calm the mind
Yoga also denotes a spiritual practice. Hatha-Yoga is a branch or type descending from Hindu Yoga, one of the 3 major forms or traditions of Yoga, which also includes Buddhist and Jaina Yoga. Other branches include : Raja, Jnana, Bhakti, Karma, and Tantra.