I am all for a good stretching session or a great work out, however, it trully saddens me to see those practices marketed under the guise of Yoga. Besides, Asanas (Yoga poses) which have been popularized in the western world in those last decades do only represent an infinitesimal portion of this thousands years old science
There are many classical source Yoga texts that through centuries have transmitted us this philosophy and that any Yoga Instructor should be familiar with, however fortunately for students not interested in the intensive study of those texts, there is still the possibility of receiving the benefits derived from it, through an experienced Yoga instructor.
A good Yoga class has the ability to help us to delve deeper into our essence and has to go beyond the body work.
There is a special magic that occurs in a Yoga class whenever we’re completely present in the moment. This type of practice has many repercussions in our lives. It triggers subtle changes that will consolidate over time, not only by providing direct physical benefits, but improving the overall quality of our lives dramatically
Hatha Yoga is the mother of all yoga, all other styles of Yoga stem from the traditional practice of Hatha Yoga.This class includes the practice of some of the great clasical Asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body, preparing it for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.
Those classes are a rather dyanmic Yoga, working towards enhancing our strength, flexibility with free flowing sequences where we connect our movement to our breath, as well as also periods of slowing down, releasing tension that has built up in the body throughout the day and calming the body and the mind.