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Ask the Expert: What exactly is hatha yoga?

October 19, 2007

Q: I often see the term 'hatha' used to describe yoga, what is it? Annie H., Toronto, ON

Kimberly: You'll often find hatha yoga offered at gyms. Hatha refers to the physical poses of yoga and is sometimes used generically to describe a yoga asana practice. It translates as ha, 'sun,' and tha, 'moon,'--the balance of opposites, namely the masculine and feminine aspects that reside within us. During the practice of yoga and life, we seek to balance effort and surrender. No easy feat!