Jeremy Lawrence (male) tries a hatha yoga class at the Ananda Yoga Center
The promise According to the centre’s website, hatha yoga practices are connected with the body, but the purpose is to create peace of mind, as well as inner harmony and balance.
Step by step Right now, Ananda isn’t as busy as it deserves to be, given the passion and experience that its teachers possess. But that’s good if you want small class sizes and individual attention. In each class, the focus is on hatha yoga, a traditional form of the ancient art that is a lot slower than many newer, western variations. During the class I find that this doesn’t necessarily make it any better or worse, but it is suited to beginners because it allows more time to adjust to each position and focus on correct breathing and technique. Watching Anand, the centre’s instructor and owner, I see just how far each position and stretch can be taken. Yet hatha allows you to go as deeply into a pose as you wish, so it works whatever your skill level.
The results I find the class is good for focusing my mind, which helps with relaxation and de-stressing.