Hatha Yoga

Looking for the Big Om? Then San Francisco Hatha Yoga classes might for you. Hatha yoga is based on the quest for physical purification and strengthening as a means of self-transformation. This is achieved with the use of asanas (postures), designed to promote mental and physical well-being while allowing the mind to focus and become free from distraction for long periods of meditation, along with pranayama (life-force; breath). All types of yoga Ashtana, Bikram, Vinyasa are examples of Hatha Yoga.

The movement in a traditional Hatha Yoga class in San Francisco is characterized by long, endurance-building holds and a slow, concentrated overall pace. A regular SF Hatha Yoga practice will create benefits for you both internally and externally. You’ll be able to burn calories and lose weight while heightening focus and awareness, reducing stress, and improving concentration. The unique combination of physical, mental and energetic awareness in Hatha Yoga promote the optimal well-being of participants.

Hatha yoga classes in SF involve postures that are designed to align and harmonize the body, breath and mind. Each posture is designed to create specific benefits for the body and mind. There are Hatha yoga asanas for sharpening focus, and improving memory. Other poses can help reduce anxiety, asthma, sinusitis, insomnia, and a variety of other conditions. Some postures even stimulate the thyroid gland, and improve the functioning of the digestive system. Practicing Hatha yoga at a San Francisco Yoga Studio can promote circulation, increasing the flexibility and functioning of the spine and improve overall balance and health.

In a SF Hatha yoga class, some of the postures you can learn include:

  • Downward-Facing Dog – stretches the backs of the legs, calves, lower back, chest and shoulders.
  • Hip Bridge – strengthens the abdominals, the buttocks and lower back, while stretching the thighs and the front of the hips.
  • Forward Bend – stretches the legs and spine.
  • Standing Forward Bend – stretches the hamstrings and lower back, promotes blood flow to the head.
  • Warrior II – helps increase stamina.
  • Lying Knees to Chest – stretches the back, and relaxes the shoulders.

 

 

Regularly practicing the variety of breathing exercises and poses in a SF Hatha yoga class can help you expand your ability to be, to think and to move in a variety of different ways. Not only will you attain a higher level of physical fitness on your sf yoga mat but you will be better equipped to concentrate and tune out all the stimuli that often steer us away from focusing on the tasks at hand and living a more fulfilling life in San Francisco.

Hatha yoga emerged centuries ago in India, attributed to Yogi Swami  Swatmarama and the publishing of his Hatha Yoga Pradipika . The word “hatha” is a combination of the words “ha,” which means “sun” or “vital life force” and “tha,” which means “moon” or “mental force.” The Swami’s belief is that Hatha Yoga brings a union of opposites to help the mind connect with the body, the sun with the moon. The Hatha yoga school stresses mastery of the body, to withdraw the mind from external objects. The first hatha yoga studio in the United States was opened in Hollywood in 1947. Since then, different schools of Hatha yoga have been created, building upon this centuries old practice.  A regular practice at your favorite SF Hatha Yoga class is an excellent way to feel your best everyday.