MOVE YOUR MIND, BODY AND SOUL
“Yoga is the dance of every cell with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity and harmony.” Debasish Mridha.
Hatha has been translated as ha meaning “sun” and tha meaning “moon.” This refers to the balance of masculine aspects—active, hot, sun—and feminine aspects—receptive, cool, moon—within all of us. Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites.
A Hatha class will typically involve a set of physical postures and breathing techniques, practised more slowly and with more static posture holds than perhaps a Vinyasa flow class.
TANTRA HATHA YOGA
Tantra in Sanskrit means “to weave.” It describes the weaving of fabric or tapestry from ancient times. With Tantra, one attempts to weave spiritual experiences throughout daily life, instead of keeping them separate. It doesn’t ignore urges, but instead embraces them and helps us use them wisely in order to live our lives more fully.
Tantric hatha yoga is a combination of physical asana and pranayama (breathwork). In this style of yoga, asana are held for much longer than usual. The purpose of tantric hatha yoga is more for spiritual enlightenment than for physical reasons.
In tantric hatha yoga, a mudra is often used with each or some asana. Mantra use and chanting is also a key feature of tantric hatha yoga.
Tantric Hatha is less concerned with gymnastics and more intent on finding the personal power innate within you to guide you through your challenges and empower you on your path, so that you may serve others, and in that service, thrive!
Rather than becoming a monk and disappearing into a cave to practice your spirituality, Tantra insists that you come to know your most powerful Self, your Dharma, and then take that spiritual superpower into the world and weave a reality of greater joy and bliss, prosperity, love, and compassion.
What is the difference between tantra and hatha yoga?
Tantra is a set of non-dual philosophical concepts. Hatha yoga is a physical practice involving physical postures. When you combine tantra and hatha yoga, tantric hatha yoga is born.
Vinyasa is a type of yoga that links movement and breath to attain balance in the mind and body. From the Sanskrit “to place in a special way,” vinyasa aligns a deliberate sequence of poses with the breath to achieve a continuous flow. Inhalation is usually connected to upward, open movements, while exhalation is often tied to downward movements or twists.
Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga, consisting mostly of floor postures that are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive ‘stress’ on the deep layers of the connective tissue in the body. Yin Yoga restores and maintains the natural mobility of the joints. Energetically Yin Yoga opens the body’s meridian system, enhancing energetic flow and support emotional equilibrium.