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Isha Yoga Hata Yoga Program

by Eleanor on 06/02/2010 - About Me

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Shortly after completing Bhava Spandana Program, I saw that Isha was offering their Hata Yoga program in Los Angeles. This was the first time the program had been available in the US outside of the ashram in Tennessee, and I jumped at the opportunity to participate. I had never been very interested in yoga prior to this, other than the practice I learned in Inner Engineering, but my intuition told me to sign up immediately.

There are no prerequisites for this program, and anyone can sign up. I think that every one of the 60 participants had already completed an Isha program prior to this one, however I can attest to the fact that it’s not necessary in order to get the most out of the program. The program is designed to teach participants a daily Hata Yoga practice that can be done anywhere, on their own. This is my favorite aspect of the program, because now I can be anywhere – on vacation, on a business trip, whatever – and still do a perfectly balanced yoga practice on a daily basis. This enables me to maintain a commitment to do it each day, which would otherwise be close to impossible if I was relying on an external yoga class.

The program is very straightforward and was done over the course of 1.5 days, on a weekend. First, we were taught Surya Namaskar, Sun Salutations, in a very detailed and specific way that left them permanently etched into our minds and bodies. Then, we were taught a series of asanas,  yoga postures, in the same fashion. Finally, we were shown how to combine them to form a daily practice.

At first, I thought I would never be able to twist my body into these seemingly complex and impossible postures, at least not the way the man demonstrating them could do it. But after 2 weeks of 20-30 minutes of daily practice, I was able to get deeply into each pose. I haven’t stopped the practice since I started it over a year and a half ago, and have no intention of ever giving it up. As a side effect, my body has changed completely, slimming and toning in ways I could never accomplish with other forms of exercise. I have boundless energy in the morning, even when I feel too exhausted to walk from the bed to the shower to the yoga mat; once I get started, I feel magically energized and able to complete the practice. My flexibility has multiplied, and my meditation practice is infinitely more deep following the Hata Yoga.

It was such a gift to learn Hata Yoga so thoroughly and precisely. This way, I am able to realize all of its benefits without sustaining any injuries. And, as I’m sure many people have experienced,  it is easy to become injured doing yoga improperly. I cannot recommend this straightforward, inexpensive program enough to anyone with any interest in taking on a regular yoga practice. Keep an eye on the Isha website to see when it is next being offered in the US.

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Duration 1.5 days
Official Website http://www.ishafoundation.org
Price $190
Tips for success – Get a lot of sleep before the program begins
– Begin eating healthy and raw foods the week before the program, which will improve flexibility
– Do the practice every day for at least a couple of weeks to allow your body to adapt. This will make the practice much easier.
Isha Yoga Hata Yoga Program4.2857142857138Eleanor2010-06-02 12:57:35Shortly after completing Bhava Spandana Program, I saw that Isha was offering their Hata Yoga program in Los Angeles. This was the first time the prog…
-Isha Yoga,Hata Yoga$190Isha Yoga Hata Yoga ProgramShortly after completing Bhava Spandana Program, I saw that Isha was offering their Hata Yoga program in Los Angeles. This was the first time the prog…

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