Hatha yoga is the overarching umbrella of yoga that encompasses most of the traditional styles, including Vinyasa and Ashtanga. Directly translated to “willful” or “forceful” in Sanskrit, Hatha yoga is the fundamental system of yoga that focuses on the pairing of poses or “asanas” with breathing techniques or “pranayama.”
Hatha yoga uses the practice of the poses to rinse out the body and build the physical strength and endurance required to spend long periods of time in meditation. Once the Hatha yoga practice is complete, the ideal mind body harmony has been created to facilitate deep, relaxing meditation.
In today’s yoga community, the term “Hatha Yoga” is often used to distinguish classes that pair pranayama and traditional yoga poses. However, Hatha yoga classes veer away from the rigorous breath-to-movement flows more commonly found in Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga, and focus on flowing the breath in static postures to be with them longer.
Hatha yogis can expect an accommodating practice full of static postures, mindful breathwork and a manageable pace. This dynamic allows for a greater focus on alignment and mindful breathing, making the practice accessible to yogis of all levels, especially beginners.
DhyanaDubai’s Hatha yoga classes incorporate the essential elements of pranayama, philosophy, meditation and asana, but they’re tailored to the unique instruction of each individual teacher. YogaWorks teachers hail from a diverse range of backgrounds and life experiences, bringing their distinctly impassioned tones and techniques into their creative Hatha sequencing. Because of this, no two Hatha yoga classes are ever the same.
Like most of our offerings, we recommend starting with a level 1 class if you’re a beginner and progressing your way through the Hatha System from there. Hatha Yoga 1-2 classes provide a slower format and deeper dive into achieving the fundamentals of each pose with precise alignment and breathing cues.
From this foundation, intermediate and experienced yogis can practice Hatha Yoga levels 2-3, where there’s less emphasis on step-by-step cueing and more room to achieve advanced postures like arm balances, inversions and deep backbends. We recommend coming to a level 2 or 3 class with a prior understanding of Hatha yoga, but modifications will still be offered to make the class accessible for yogis of all levels.