Origin: Introduced in 15th-century India by Hindu sage, Yogi Swatmarama, Hatha poses—Downward-Facing Dog, Cobra, Eagle, and Wheel for example—make up most yoga sequences practiced today.
Philosophy: The goal of Hatha yoga is to bridge the body and mind with the breath in a series of physical poses—called asanas.
What to Expect: Prepare for a gentle routine that often includes Sun Salutations, balancing poses, forward bends, and back bends to work the body and focus the mind. These movements all lead up to the final relaxation—the blissful savasana—at the end of class.
Try it if…
… you want an easy-going class that will challenge without overwhelming.