I am in deep gratitude to Yoga and my Teachers.
The subtle and profound power of this practice can transform many lives.
Hatha yoga uses physical postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation (dhyana) to bring strength, flexibility and health to the physical body, and wellness to the mind and emotions.
Hatha Yoga comes from Tantra and is the origin of several other styles of Yoga such as Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and many others. In Hatha we practice the Tantra of living in the world, by cultivating the fullness of realization within ourselves.
The name Hatha usually is translated by the syllables Ha = sun and tha = moon, that represent a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength (Sthira) and flexibility (Sukha). We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each posture.
The postures are designed to open many channels of the body, especially the main channel (Sushumna), located in the spine, which brings balance to all centers of energy (chakras),
so our life force energy can flow freely.
Etymology - breaking down the word Vinyasa, Vi is translated as "in a special way" and the word Nyasa, according with T. Krishnamacharya, is a technical term used in Veda rituals, where every action that you do has a sense and has a order.
In a Vinyasa yoga practice we move from one posture to other building a sequence in a conscious way and following the breath.
The class is dynamic practice that cultivates strength, balance, flexibility and focus. It makes us more observant of ourselves, bringing us into the present, helping clear any unnecessary thoughts and growing our concentration and our intuition. In the postures we find a balance between firmness and comfort, stability and fluidity (sthira and sukha).
"Yoga is like Music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind,
and the harmony of the soul, create the symphony of life"