​What you will learn:

  • In-depth study of 26 hatha postures​
    • Posture clinic for your personal practice
    • Alignment
    • Breath
    • Modifications
    • Contraindications
    • Benefits
  • Basic Anatomy of major muscles, joints, and bones.
  • Recognize the differences in each body
  • Learn the intelligence of the sequence
  • Build a dialog
    • Learn to articulate your words in a way that is effective 
    • Get students safely in and out of postures
  • Recognize when to use corrections or adjustments
    • verbally and non-verbally
  • Basics of Ayurveda, a holistic approach to health and vitality
  • Study the systems of the body
  • Practice mindful meditation and the benefits
  • ​Chakras and subtle energy bodies
  • Learn how to create an environment for healing and transformation
  • History of yoga and philosophies of teaching in western culture
  • Discover your own potential and learn to recognize it in others

More information about the program​

What is Hatha?

Hatha includes all yoga postures, regardless of style and sequencing. 

The Lineage

We teach from the lineage of Parahamsa Yogananda, often referred to as the "Father of Yoga" in the West. He was th author of Autobiography of a Yogi, one of the worlds most acclaimed spiritual texts.  A movie was recently made depicting his life, called "Awake".  

His younger brother and devoted student Bishnu Ghosh, founder of Ghosh College of India, Physical Culture, was ultimately the choreographer of the 84 Hatha postures (advanced), and 26 Hatha postures (beginning).  It was created purposefully to heal the spine, knees, and nervous system.  Millions of people across the world have benefited from this method. Particularly if the postures are kept in the order they were designed.  The magic...the healing...takes place close to the source. This is the lineage of "hot" yoga. The heated room is used particularly in beginning class because beginners are not expected to do sun salutations YET. Therefore, the heat aids in warming up the body.

Yoga used to be prescription based, one-on-one with your teacher.  You were given certain postures to practice daily, for whatever ailment or injury you were experiencing.  The sequence of 26 and 84 postures, were scientifically designed to include or encompass the majority of complains or issues, particularly by westerners. This is not just about muscles and flexibility.  The nervous system and endocrine system are stimulated and affected. The list of benefits goes on and on.  Read the testimonies on the practice. The particular choreography of the postures is essential to receive the benefits, because each posture leads to the next.  I can't stress this enough.  In the West, we like to be creative and reinvent things.  But we don't have lifetimes of study of the human anatomy and physiology to be making these changes. Yoga never used to be this way.  Sure, It's ok if you are looking for a good "workout".  If you want the cumulative effect that yoga has to offer, then trust the system and rely on the science behind it.  "It will heal your sick body, fix your screw loose brain, and find your lost souls"  Bikram  (Devoted student of Bishnu Ghosh)​
Stephanie Howard

​​Hot Spot yoga school

Purity is found close to the source

Hatha Yoga