In sanskrit “hatha” literally means “forceful” or “willful,” alluding to the fact that it uses the inertia of moving one's body (and the breath within it) to create the climate for peace of mind and meditation. Hatha yoga is perhaps the most general way to describe any physical practice that incorporates asanas (poses) & pranayama (breathwork). It is an old system that is the parent of all other physical yoga lineages such as Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Power Yoga etc. however different those may seem from one another. Being that it is a broad term that integrates many forms, it can be difficult to know what a particular hatha class will be like. This varies by teacher. It is for beginners as well as advanced practitioners. Hatha Yoga classes are usually slower paced than say, a Power Yoga class, yet they can be challenging, stimulating or soft, depending on the circumstances. Expect to breath & move intentionally in this practice, as a means to creating an internal shift within.