Non-heated (not air-conditioned either so bring a towel just in case), suitable for all levels. Hatha is the yoga of engagement; it strengthens and balances the body. We place the main focus on pranayama (breath control) and asana (posture) alignment but we also try to incorporate as many of the other 6 limbs of Patanjali's 8 limbed path of yoga into this class.
Expect detailed instruction; the teacher will provide modifications and variations to adjust the practice to the students' level. We begin by setting intention, then we move into Sun Salutations to warm and activate muscle. We continue through the asanas moving the body into pose, counter pose, repose to safely access the body and all systems.
“The main objective of Hatha yoga is to create an absolute balance of the interacting activities and processes of the physical body, mind and energy. When this balance is created, the impulses generated give a call of awakening to the central force, which is responsible for the evolution of human consciousness. If yoga is not used for this purpose, its true objective is lost.”
~Swami Muktibodhananda Saraswati, Commentary, 1985 translation, Hatha yoga Pradipika
"The breathing aspect of yoga can benefit heart rate and blood pressure."
Jaloba, A. Nursing Standard. 2011. Vol 25, Iss. 48, pp. 20–21.