Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (asanas) designed to align the muscles and bones and open the many energy channels of the body, especially the spine, so that energy can flow freely. Hatha yoga is intended to create a balance of strength and flexibility in the body as well as a balance of effort and surrender in each asana. A powerful tool for self-transformation, Hatha yoga requires that one pay special attention to the breath, which helps calm the fluctuations of the mind. This allows the practitioner to become more present in the unfolding of each moment, resulting in more awareness and relaxation.
A slower, quieter practice that focuses on creating flexibility in the joints and connective tissue, encouraging more ease in the body and an improved flow of prana / chi. This style of yoga asks us to take passive poses for longer periods of time to train our bodies and minds to slow down, listen and be more present.