Hatha Yoga

What is Hatha Yoga?

Hatha Yoga is an ancient form of yoga, developed by and for the monks to support their meditation. Hatha is Sanskrit and made up of the words 'ha' (Sun) and 'tha' (Moon). It symbolizes balance between opposing terms that form a couple, such as positive and negative, male and female and day and night. Hatha Yoga is about creating a balance in your body with an inward focus: you concentrate on your own body and breathing. Hatha Yoga postures stimulate blood circulation, internal organs, glands and nervous system in the body. Swami Sivananda, a Hindu spiritual leader, made Hatha Yoga accessible for non-Monks and also for women in the 50's. Nowadays many women and an increasingly number of men in the West practice yoga.

Hatha Yoga classes

At the Hatha Yoga classes the postures are traditionally done static in constructive stages. Each posture is held a number of breaths. As a result, you learn to tighten and relax certain parts of the body, which improves the coordination in your body. Your breathing is leading. It helps you to get deeper into the postures so its effect is more powerful. Here mental surrender comes into the frame while you observe, feel and experience what's happening in your body.

The classes will start with an initial relaxation, followed by a breathing exercise (pranayama) and end up with a deep relaxation. In conclusion, a cup of tea will be drunk on the yoga mat.


Classes are renewed each week but do follow up. That way new postures are being integrated and scholar postures come back regularly. This not only ensures dynamic classes, but gives participants the opportunity to feel and experience progression. The Hatha Yoga and Hatha Flow Yoga classes can be combined well and are suitable for everyone. However, if you are new to yoga or suffering from respiratory problems, Yoga Sanchara recommends to start with Hatha Yoga.

Because the participants are allowed to train on their own level you can, regardless of your experience level, always enter. There is also opportunity for modifications. So even with peculiarities, such as physical symptoms, it is possible to take part. Please inform the teacher in advance to the class of any peculiarities.

Anyone may come: experienced, inexperienced, young, old, men and women. Yoga Sanchara is looking forward to give you a warm welcome!

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