As you will read in our Teacher Training section, the Maritime Yoga College is a Hatha-based course. Allow me to clarify what this means.
Hatha Yoga has 2 meanings. Firstly, Hatha Yoga is a branch of yoga along with Raja Yoga (Royal Yoga), Jnana Yoga (Yoga of Knowledge), Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of Love and Self-Dedication in the Divine Person), Karma Yoga (Yoga of Action) and Mantra Yoga (Yoga of Sound).
All branches of yoga have the same goal, for the practitioner to one day experience pure ecstasy or bliss also known as Samadhi. These eye-opening and heart-opening moments of enlightenment, show we are all connected and liberate us from the idea of "self" that keeps us in a bubble, and stuck in our habitual patterns. Through Hatha Yoga (also known as Forceful Yoga) it attained primarily through pranayama (conscious breath control) and asana (postures).
ALL styles of yoga that incorporate asana in this way, are technically considered to be Hatha Yoga. That includes, hot yoga, vinyasa, power, ashtanga, anusura, kundalini, yin and any other style offered at studios and gyms around the world.
Here's where it gets a little confusing. Under that Hatha Yoga umbrella, we find on those class schedules, Hatha Yoga. In this sense, Hatha Yoga is a style of practice that incorporates a mix of seated, standing and balancing postures that work to improve strength and flexibility in the body and mind.
So, when Maritime Yoga College says it's a Hatha-based course, it speaks more to the second meaning . This course will break down many of the common asanas and breathing techniques found in yoga classes today. It will focus on clear and effective communication and follow no particular linage, leaving you open to finding your own voice and teaching style.
Director of Teacher Training for the Maritime Yoga College and Registered Holistic Nutritionist.