Yoga is more than asanas (poses) and Hatha Yoga World covers all aspects. In meditation we let our awareness bring us clarity. Philosophy classes covers the history of Yoga and gives insight into The Patanjali Yoga Sutras, The Bhagavad Gita and what it means to live a yogic life. Pranayama teaches us to extend the breath with ancient yogic techniques and Kriyas purify our body through different cleansing methods. When performing Mudras and Bandhas we experience the seal of energy and practice body locks. Ashtanga Yoga is also covered in the 300 hour TTC and it is a Yoga style creating internal heat to detoxify the body, while synchronizing breath through dynamic postures. Read about more details and topics below.
The focus in Hatha is to balance the flow of prana in the Ida and Pingala Nadis. The word Hatha is made up of two bija mantras ‘Ham’ representing the solar force and masculine energy and ‘Tham’ representing the lunar force and female energy. We can bring balance by purifying the body through Yoga practices like Hatha Yoga and that will help us to grow spiritually. The duality is present is every human body. So we are seeking balance and to unite our body, mind and spirit. Sounds cliché but it is the absolute truth and only through self practice will these benefits arise.
Mindful movements will help cultivate a strong and flexible body and mind. In this style of Yoga, we use our physical body with force to become fully conscious. Yoga means union and in Hatha Yoga we create harmony in our body by uniting breath, movements and intentions. There are many ways to practice yoga but one of the fastest ways to experience this union and purification is through our body. Your body is like a vessel towards experienceing all your spiritual gifts already present inside.
Performing asanas is about so much more than just exercise, but you cannot argue with the endless benefits for our physical well being. Hatha Yoga is a practice that will make you feel light, strong and healthy. Your muscles will feel stretched, joints will be painless, internal organs will get a massage and your mind will feel clear. Though the physical body we are transforming our whole being with Hatha Yoga.
Vinyasa is a flow style of yoga and the movements are practiced in coordination with the breath, which brings a sense of natural balance. ‘Vi’ means in a special way and ‘Nyasa’ means to place. The word special in this context explains the intention and choice behind a movement, the logic of placement and how the placement is arranged. Vinyasa is a fast-paced practice in which students experience a smooth transition from one posture to next using the breath and a steady gaze for right alignment.
At Hatha Yoga World we will take you though the steps of how to create a powerful practice for yourself and for your students. There will be examples of how to build a sequence. Experience the beauty of listening to your body and flow from one asana to another safely with your knowledge on adjustments and alignment. When you know the benefits of each asana then you can build a session for yourself and students according to different body types and the energy you want to create
In this style of Yoga, asanas are held for longer periods of time. The style is based on the ancient Taoist concepts of Yin and Yang, the dual principles in nature. It works with the principles of Traditional Chinese medicine to shift ‘Chi’ through the meridians in the body and works deep into the connective tissues to stimulate and create a healthy change in the tissue. In Hatha Yoga the Sanskrit word for ‘Chi’ is ‘Prana’. If you are being consious and aware in the asanas, meditation will happen naturally and this will help detox the mind. The poses are held from 2 to 10 minutes. According to different bodies props can be used or not.
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika (14th or 15th centuries C.E. by Swami Swatmarama) is the oldest text describing Hatha Yoga and in the asana section, fifteen asanas are descibed and most are done while sitting or lying on the floor. These described asanas are a good example of how yin yoga is practiced. The asanas works with the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and fascia. Passive postures challenges you to find stillness in an asana could be an uncomfortable position to hold. You learn how a small movement can change the experience in the asana and how to observe difficult or painful emotions. Yin Yoga is also a way to increase or maintain flexibility without having to do a strong yang practice and it is also a great way to possitively affect your yang practice.
Art of Alignment and Adjustments
Alignment is an art to master both physically and through guiding with words. Knowledge of alignment is important when you demonstrate and instruct asanas. In this class you will learn techniques on how to assist and modify asanas for every body type for better alignment and benefit. From the Anatomy classes you will learn the basic human body structure and how asanas influence our respiratory, circulatory, digestive and musculoskeletal systems. Since asanas affect our whole being it is important to learn proper alignment and adjustments.
Before enlightment we already have so many spiritual powers and the power of the mind is one of them. Thoughts becomes words and actions. Have patienence and answers will come to you. Meditaion is not just sitting in one certain posture thinking about one certain thing or nothing. Meditation is a way of living wisely. The mind is often in the future or in the past. If you learn how to be present you can do anything. If your mind is pure, your action will be pure and everything is done better and proper. Purify your inner vision. Cultivate yourself, your qualties and skills. Take the time to manifest the life you want to live and how you want to react to people and the world. Meditation can be a difficult practice, but with the right tools it will change your life and you will feel benefits like better concentration and you feel more relaxed. Always remember meditation. It is your loyal partner on a spiritual journey.
Prana is an energy flowing in the body and in everything around us. The word Prana means ‘life force’. With the breath the mind can be controlled and relaxed. When performing pranyama reguarly the breath will become long and subtle over time. In daily life most people do not use thier full lung capacity and with pranayama practices you will learn how to be aware of this and breathe deeply to get the full benefit of the oxygen in your lungs. Take a big breath of that beautiful fresh air and feel grateful that your body is breathing automatically around 20.000 times per day. It is an amazing thing and a powerful energy when you understand how to breathe and how to use the breath in your asana practice.
Yoga is subject you can study for a lifetime. All the interesting topics are endless. There is so much meaning behind the word yoga. Yoga is a journey and you can choose to travel this journey in many different ways. There is different types of yoga like yoga of devotion, karma yoga which is selfless service, yoga of knowledge, yoga of the body and also yoga of meditation. What is the history behind yoga and how did we come to know about it 5,000 years after its origin? In philosophy we cover all these topics as well as the ancient texts descibing yoga such as the Bhagavad Gita and The Patanjali Yoga Sutras which describes the complex yoga divided in 8 limbs.
Cleansing techniques to remove toxins, muscus and fat in the body. When you purify the body the mind is clear, the breath is flowing freely and the energy is your body will be in balance. There are different shatkarmas or cleansing methods. At Hatha Yoga World you will be introduced to Neti, Kapalbhati, Kunjal and trataka.
When studying the structure of body parts, location, physical and biological functions we will also understand the benefits of yoga on a different level. With Yoga asanas you can remove imbalance in the body that can lead to disease. It is important to understand the body as a yoga teacher. The teachers job is to guide and decrease tightness in the body and increase mobility. With the knowledge on physiology we can prevent unwanted discomfort and know what factors are likely to cause injury and which asanas are frecuently asscocaited with injury. We can also concentrate on the possibilities of the human body.
At Hatha Yoga World Ashtanga Vinyasa is taught in the 300 hour Yoga teacher traning course. Ashtanga Vinyasa is a dynamic yoga practice coordinating the movement and breath. This style of yoga is a practice that includes the same amount of Surya Namaskar A and B followed by a set sequence. There is different series which are called the primary, intermediate and advanced series. The word Ashtanga means eight limbs. Asanas are one of these limbs, but the Astanga style encourge you to practice all eight limbs which are mentioned in The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This includes breathing techniques, asanas, meditation and lifestyle choices. All these practicines combined will calm the mind and bring peace and harmony. The asana sequences in the series work to stregthen, align and purify the body to prepare for meditation. First you have to practice the primary series and at Hatha yoga world we focus on this series.