Hatha yoga is often considered the heart from which many forms of yoga have branched.
The word “Hatha” itself can be broken down into two elements in Sanskrit: “Ha,” meaning sun, and “Tha,” meaning moon. This signifies the union and balance of the body’s opposites—actively heating and cooling, energizing and calming, with an aim to bring balance to the mind and body through physical postures and practices.
In Ravi Chermala’s Hatha yoga classes, this principle of balance is foundational. Students engage with a variety of postures, known as asanas. These are designed to align and calm the body, preparing it for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.
The postures can range from simple seated positions to more challenging twists and balances. Each asana is entered into with mindfulness, acknowledging the body’s present state and moving with respect for its limits.
In Ravi Chermala’s Hatha yoga classes, students can expect:
- A serene environment welcoming all levels.
- A gentle warm-up transitioning into a series of asanas with a focus on alignment and mindful movement.
- Pranayama exercises to control breath and enhance vitality.
- The use of props like blocks and straps for assistance.
- Mindfulness and meditation elements for focus and relaxation.
- A closing Savasana for deep relaxation and integration of the practice.
- Personal guidance to ensure beneficial and safe practice.
- An opportunity for reflection, enhancing a sense of community.