What is Hatha Yoga?
The Sanskrit word for yoga means “union” or “yoking”. It has been defined as the union of mind, body, heart, and actions.
The word hatha is a Sanskrit combination of the word ha (sun) and tha (moon), which is itself a union of opposites. In essence, the practice of yoga brings together apparent opposites into a harmonious union – a place in the middle.
Hatha yoga is much more than just a physical practice. It isn’t just exercise, and much more than yoga poses, or asanas. Each yoga pose has both physical and mental benefits.
There are hundreds or more of yoga techniques and therefore, many different yogas.
Carol (Saraswati) teaches classical hatha yoga (Sivananda Tradition), as originated by Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnu Devananda.
“Let each man take the path according to his capacity, understanding and temperament. His true guru will meet him along that path.” Quote from Swami Sivananda
“Real peace comes only to those who control the body and mind with self-discipline” Quote from Swami Vishnu Devananda
Sivananda Yoga focuses on five points:
❶ Proper Exercise
Proper exercise should be pleasant to the student while being beneficial to the body and mind.
❷ Proper Breathing
Proper Breathing should be deep, slow, and rhythmical. This increases vitality and mental clarity.
❸ Proper Relaxation
By deeply relaxing all the muscles, you can thoroughly rejuvenate your nervous system and attain a profound sense of peace.
❹ Proper Diet
Besides from being responsible for building our physical body, the foods we eat directly affect our mind. Yoga advocates a lacto-vegetarian diet.
❺ Positive Thinking and Meditation
This is the most important point – we become what we think. Thus we should exert to entertain positive and creative thoughts as these contribute to vibrant health and peaceful, joyful mind.
Sivananda Yoga Classes are conducted every Tuesday and Thursday 7.30pm-9pm at Gallery Helios (38 Petain Road, near City Square Mall, Farrer Park MRT). Tuesday class is suitable for beginners and Thursday class (Open Level) for students with some experience in hatha yoga. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Beginner & Open Levels
A typical open level class includes pranayama (breathing exercises), warm-ups including Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar), 12 basic asanas (postures), and deep relaxation.
The focus is on mastering the basic asanas from which variations are then added to further deepen the practice. The asanas follow an exact order to allow for the systematic movement of every major part of the body in a balanced way that enhances prana or life force energy. It keeps the mind quiet and without the need to think beyond each individual pose.
Additional variations may also be taught.
Small Group Class
Trial class $25/1.5hr
$35 per (Drop In)
$200 for 8 sessions (1.5hr)
$160 for 8 sessions (1 hr)
Private Individual Class
$80-$120 per hour
Private Group Class
$100-$150 per hour
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