The foundation of all modern Yoga. We are proud to offer this all levels approach to Yoga to our community here in Napa Valley and Beyond.
Hatha translates from Sanskrit into willful. When broken down Hatha also refers to the Sun ( Ha ) and the moon (tha).
The legend of Hatha Yoga credits Lord Shiva for propounding the method. It is said that on a lonely island, assuming nobody would hear him Shiva gave the knowledge of Hatha Yoga to the goddess Parvati, but a fish heard the entire discourse, remaining still throughout. The fish, Matsya, later became a siddha and came to be known as Matsyendranath. Matsyendranath taught Hatha Yoga to his disciple Gorakshanath and to a limbless man, Chaurangi. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika mentions many other famous Hatha Yogis. Hatha Yoga was thus passed down in disciplic succession.
Many modern schools of Hatha Yoga in the west derive from the teachings of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who taught from 1924 until his death in 1989. Among his students prominent in popularizing Yoga in the West are Sri K. Pattabhi Jois who brought Ashtanga Yoga to the world, and B.K.S Iyengar who emphasized the use of props and specific alignment.
The practice of Hatha Yoga brings focus and balance to Asana and Pranayama, postures and breath. The practice is accessible to every person and will bring great benefit when practiced regularly. It is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose.
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