Hatha Yoga in Southend

Hatha yoga in Southend

“Here at Yoga Dharma we are passionate about preserving the authenticity of yoga. Our Hatha yoga classes in Southend are authentic and inclusive, we believe yoga is for everyone and the Dharma yoga community demonstrates this”     

Hatha Yoga encompasses all forms of physical yoga, as opposed to sutric yoga which is mainly yoga of the mind. There does appear to be quite a lot of confusion around what hatha yoga is, even amongst many yoga teachers. Here at Yoga Dharma in Southend, we practise and teach mainly Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, which is a form of hatha yoga. Hatha yoga does appear to be used as a label for a gentle type of yoga, which is a complete misrepresentation of the system.

Hatha yoga is explained in the treatise on hatha yoga in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, which means light on hatha yoga. The HYP dates to around the middle ages, and it explains how, when and where to practise hatha yoga. It is worth pointing out that the HYP itself explains that studying and practising hatha yoga is a path to ultimate salvation through sutric yoga, or yoga of the mind.

The word hatha is made up of two words, ha and tha. Ultimately it means uniting our opposites, such as male and female, night and day and black and white. You could trace it all back to the big bang, before time existed. In yoga, there is a similar theory of the beginning of existence as we now are aware of it. It is explained as the concept of purusha, which can be explained as the ultimate reality before it separated. In yoga philosophy, for purusha to experience itself, it needed to separate, or become two. Therefore, we have opposites, such as good and bad, or right and wrong. The ultimate purpose of Hatha yoga, or all yoga for that matter is the uniting of the opposites as It ends all conflict.

“Hatha yoga encompasses all aspects of physical yoga, and can be taught or practised in a recuperative way or a dynamic way. The term hatha yoga does not mean easy yoga or yoga for unfit people. Hatha yoga is open to all practitioners, as it can be adapted to meet all needs or capabilities”

A typical hatha yoga class should include a series of postures or asanas, and will include emphasis on the breath and awareness. In fact, awareness is far more important than if we manage a posture or not, and postures should be able to be adapted to most situations anyway. The postures or as they are classically called, asanas, only play a small part of the yoga path. Ultimately yoga is the path of self-transformation and liberation or the union of ha and tha, and this is achieved through the practise of hatha yoga, not just the postures.

Here at Yoga Dharma we are passionate about preserving the authenticity of yoga. Our Hatha yoga classes in Southend are authentic and inclusive, we believe yoga is for everyone and the Dharma yoga community demonstrates this.

Martin Thompson