The foundation of our Hatha Yoga 90 class is the Bikram Yoga series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises and the foundation of Bikram Yoga is Hatha Yoga. One of the key differences between regular Hatha Yoga and the Bikram Yoga series is the addition of heat and humidity. With the removal of the heat component, the series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises remains unchanged and simply reverts back to it’s Hatha Yoga roots.
Our Hatha Yoga 90 class is therefore, a sequence of 26 Hatha (physical) Yoga postures and 2 breathing exercises, practiced over the course of 90 minutes.
The practice room will not be heated to the temperatures that Bikram Yoga practitioners are accustomed too. Having said that, the room won’t be cold. Although the room will be a comfortable temperature, we do suggest wearing an extra layer of clothing until you warm up and both you and your body acclimate to this new practice.
With the cooler temperatures in the practice room, you should take it easy! We talk about “the slower you do the better” and if there was ever a time to put this into practice, it is during a Hatha Yoga 90 class. Moderation is essential until both your mind and your body have made the adjustment. This class is challenging, no doubt about it! You may just find that the challenges present themselves in different ways.
How will it help me?
A regular Hatha Yoga practice will:
- Reduce stress
- Increase energy and vitality
- Make you more patient
- Improve blood circulation
- Regulate cholesterol, blood sugar and nutrients in the body
- Strengthen the immune system
- Improve overall mental health, including serious mental health disorders
- Balance hormones
- Improve flexibility, strength, and overall health of the spine (which, without yoga, compresses over time)
- Expand lung capacity and relieve lung ailments
- Strengthen the heart and entire cardiovascular system
- Balance your metabolism (allowing you to lose or gain weight as needed)
- Relieve chronic pain
- Reduce symptoms of many chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes and thyroid disorders
- Improve your overall quality of life
- Bring you a sense of happiness and well-being.
How often should I practice?
In the beginning (first few months), we recommend a daily practice, which will allow you to acclimatize quickly and enable you to learn the postures correctly, with good technique, so that you can receive 100% of the benefit from each class. After you are able to practice most of the postures with reasonable proficiency, continue to practice 2-3 times a week or as much as you can, given your current schedule ( e.g. work, kids and other activities etc)
Life can get busy but remember, you are worth the extra effort!
As a beginner, this may seem like a tall order but consistency is the key with any new endeavour. At first, you will feel awkward and self-conscious. This will pass. Just promise to stick to it!
Learn to love the postures, love the practice and above all love yourself