Sweat it, the yogic way

Sep 17, 2013, 01:35 IST | Dhara Vora

For those who have been practising Hatha Yoga for a while now, here's a great way to step it up, by signing up for this class

We consider monotony as the arch nemesis of staying fit. Hence, we are always on the lookout for newer forms of exercising and keeping in shape. And, the Hatha Flow class at Yoga and Ayurveda healing studio, Yogacara’s new outlet in Bandra interested us.

Radhika Vachani helps us do an inversion with the help of ropes. Pics/Shadab Khan

Owner, Radhika Vachani informed us that the Hatha Flow is recommended only for those who have practised Hatha Yoga, and are well versed with asanas having learnt correct technique and alignment. The studio also offers different levels workshops on Hatha Yoga, so we suggest get acquainted with this form first.

The Hatha Flow is a physically strenuous class as it involves a flow like sequence of one posture to another and it is this sequence that helps improve strength, flexibility, endurance and stamina. “The postures practised in a regular Hatha class are linked into a sequence of movements that “flow” with the breath in a more vigourous series. It involves moving from one posture to another with very little rest in between, creating a strong cardiovascular workout that enables the participant to burn more calories, and hence loose weight easily with regular practice,” Vachani informed us.

The session begins with a warm-up that comprises variations of sun salutations. The rigorous warm up session that goes on for almost 35 minutes will get your heart thumping due to the constant movement and will guarantee a sweat.

This is followed by standing sequences, backbends, abdominal work and inversions. Being an absolute novice, Vachani aidedus with our inversion with the help of ropes and the small size of the class ensured that everyone was taken care of. There are around 80 different asanas that can be done using the ropes and each is said to do wonders for one’s physical and mental strength. With blood rushing to our head, the session ended with a cooling sequence with shoulder stands, shavasana (lying down with concentration on our breathing) and pranayama.

One might associate yoga with morning meditative practises, but after the Hatha Flow session, we feel the posture sequences would work great for those who hate pumping iron but wish tokeep in shape, be flexible and get the metabolism running.

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