Tue, December 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Suzanne Rowe’s Tuesday night Hatha Yoga. All Levels series continues in the Quincy Hall Gallery Space. This is a community class and costs $12. In Suzanne’s class you will find relaxation and revitalization through breath and movement. The postures are broken down for the student with an understanding of proper alignment. Leave your stress behind and discover your strength through yoga. For further information, contact Suzanne Rowe at 203.623.3179.
In its most basic usage, hatha means yoga. The word hatha describes any kind of yoga in which poses are done. (Remember that yoga has eight limbs, only one of which, asana, is concerned with yoga poses.) If you do Iyengar Yoga, this is hatha yoga. If you do Ashtanga, as different as it may seem, it is also hatha yoga. Any of the many contemporary types of physical yoga practices can be accurately described as hatha yoga.
Hatha means forceful in Sanskrit. Compared to more subtle practices that were in use at the time (which may have been as early as the 12th century), the physical practices of hatha must have seemed forceful, according to Ellen Stansell, a scholar of yogic literature. However, it was some time before hatha became synonymous with yoga asanas as we practice them today. The first Indian gurus who brought yoga to a western audience in the mid-19th century took pains to distance themselves from hatha yoga, which they associated with wandering street mendicants called yogins, according to Mark Singleton’s book Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice.