NEW BEGINNER'S HATHA YOGA CLASS STARTING SOON
Location: Camlad House, Forden, Powys, SY21 8NZ, Wales, UK
Please read this page in full before completing the Hatha Yoga Application Form below to register your interest.
We will notify you of the date of the next course.
Hatha Yoga is the science of controlling the body and purifying its internal systems which keep the body fit and healthy. As everything has its purpose, the body too has a purpose other than eating, drinking, and merrymaking. Hatha Yoga is meant to conquer tamoguna (heaviness/dullness) and rajoguna (extrovertness) of the body, thus giving an opportunity for sattvaguna (equiminity) to act freely. A person becomes quiet, happy, and wise, when sattvaguna becomes predominant. The body is certainly a means to help unfold the truth.
The benefits of Hatha Yoga are physical health and mental well-being. The whole body becomes stronger, healthier, more beautiful and supple. Hatha Yoga reduces stress and is a means to bring balance, harmony, peace and happiness to mind and body.
The Meaning of the Word 'Hatha'
In Sanskrit, the word 'hatha' means by force, by compulsion. The body, being predominantly tamoguna, will not be smart to act, and therefore some people are fond of sleep and are quickly influenced by inertia. They cannot be active because the body itself will not get up. Even when the senses (such as the eyes, nose, and ears) are awake and alert - and even when the mind wants the body to get up - the body may not obey. The body needs to be forced to arise and be active. Taking help from the mind and senses, the body must be forced to act. However, forcing the body without any system may have adverse effects. Therefore, a systematic and scientific method has to be adopted to achieve the union of the mind, senses, and body. This system is called Hatha Yoga.
There are many exercises which help the body to be active. People in general, either by necessity or by compulsion, do act and do practise exercises. Why then should there be Hatha Yoga?
Exercises develop the muscles, making them strong, and they check the development of intelligence and subtle perceptions. They may prevent certain illnesses, and produce others, but they do not have a system to bring the mind, senses, and body, into union, nor to cleanse the internal and external parts of the body. Walking, sitting, and moving of arms and legs, are also exercises, and are performed by intuition without any systematic learning. But the regulation of thoughts and deeds cannot be accomplished by these exercises.
Asanas (postures) are not a discovery of any person, nor an invention, but an unfoldment of the human constitutional mechanism. The constitution of the body, and of all human beings, is the same.
The naming of asanas after trees, fish, animals, and objects, does not mean that they are derived from these creatures or objects, nor that they resemble them, but that the merit derived from the postures can clearly be seen in those creations after which they have been named. By the practice of asanas, one is able to develop human nature while annihilating animal nature from the body, senses, and mind.
Asanas are not exercises. It is wrong to call asanas exercises, even by mistake or unconsciously. Asanas are to be held, whereas exercises are to be practised with constant motion. Where exercises give a strong body and develop the muscles, Hatha Yoga asanas reduce weight, normalize the appetite, remove pain, and bring equanimity to the mind and body, thoughts and actions. By maintaining the equilibrium of the body and mind, thoughts and actions, we can maintain the best of health and peace.
Hatha Yoga Classes
Our traditional and systematic Hatha Yoga 10 weeks beginner courses are designed to enable you to have the knowledge and confidence to practice at home or to then join the ongoing classes.
The Hatha Yoga Teacher will instruct you on how to practice, please keep still and listen carefully to the instructions and only start practicing when told. The teachers do not demonstrate in any classes.
You will be taught how to practice and concentrate as well as the names of the postures in Sanskrit.
Hatha Yoga Beginner classes are open to all individuals above the age of 16 (the exceptions being pregnant women, those who are severely ill, and very young children). Please notify us of any ailments you suffer from when filling in the form.
Classical Hatha Yoga is practice in a slow and controlled manner. This will build the strength and flexibility required for all postures and help develop concentration.
The classes follow a strict and systematic syllabus lasting in total about four years which is suitable to both beginners and those with some experience. Everybody starts at the beginning of the syllabus regardless of previous practice and experience.
We do not teach Hatha Yoga as a therapy or treatment, although we acknowledges its ability not only to prevent but also to cure illness. Students who suffer from any particular illness should not learn Hatha Yoga as a treatment but are advised to approach their doctor.
After completion of the beginner course, you are encouraged to join the ongoing weekly class to further consolidate the asanas learnt in the course.
The ongoing classes are not drop in classes and only open to students who have completed the 10 weeks beginner course. Those who turn up for the ongoing class without completing the 10 weeks beginner course will be turned away as it disrupts the flow of the class.
Please pay the cost of the course in full before the start of the first class. If students so paid discontinue their course, refunds are not given.