What is Hatha Yoga?
The term Hatha Yoga has been commonly used to describe the practice of asana (postures). The syllable ‘ha’ denotes the pranic (vital) force governing the physical body and ‘tha’ denotes the chitta (mental) force. Hatha Yoga awakens and balances these two energies in our lives. More correctly, Hatha Yoga harmonises the body systems and hones the mind.
The Hatha Yoga system includes yoga postures (asana), physical and mental detox and cleansing techniques (shatkarmas), use of energy release techniques (mudras and bandhas) and breathing techniques that awaken vital energy and soothe the nervous system (Pranayama). Fine tuning of your body and mind leads to equilibrium and strong and consistent mental power even as you age.
Padma Newsome teaches integral Yoga: asanas, pranayama, and mediation. Padma is also a kirtan specialist and has collated and transcribed hundreds of kirtans and bhajans. He studied Hindustani music under Pundit Ashok Roy, and at the Indian Cultural Center, Suva, Fiji.
Susannah Keebler teaches Hatha Yoga and has a diploma in Yoga Education from Yoga Vidya Gurukul (Maharastra, India). She is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, certified personal trainer – Restorative Exercise specialist, as well as a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator. It is her mission to assist people in finding joy in movement and a personal restorative practice with meaning.