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Hatha translated as ha meaning "sun" and tha meaning "moon." This refers to the balance of masculine aspects - active, hot, sun - and feminine aspects - receptive, cool, moon - within all of us.
Hatha Yoga aims to achieve balance between body and mind, through working towards asanas, Breathing Techniques, Pranayama, and Meditation.
The class is structured around gentle stretching of muscles, mobilizing of key joints, ready for the asana, counter pose work, breathing exercises and relaxation.
Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago. The father of classical ashtanga yoga is said to be Patanjali, who wrote the Yoga Sutra. These scriptures provide a framework for spiritual growth over the physical and mental body. Yoga sometimes links other Philosophies such as Hinduism or Buddhism, but it is not necessary to study those paths in order to Practice or study yoga. It is also not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga.