As a trained yoga instructor with years of experience in teaching different asanas (poses), I am excited to introduce you to the benefits of Hatha Yoga in our Deaf community! I have been teaching since 1996, and received two certificates, one from Pervati Devi under her upline of Sivananda, and one from the Sivananda Teacher Training course. You may not be yet familiar with what Hatha Yoga is, but you soon will be by the time you are finished with our Deaf Hatha Yoga program at Deaf Roots and Wings!
Hatha yoga helps you get fit, and encourages a strong connection between your mind and body through our breathing exercises, meditation, and asanas. The practice dates back to the 15th century, and traditionally has helped those get more attuned to their bodies through the process of controlled breathing, meditation, and yoga poses.
The most important part of Hatha Yoga is breathing, in which we practice pranayama, which are breathing techniques. We do alternative breathing (anoloma vilma), kalapabhati, and abdomen breathing in the beginning of our Hatha yoga classes.
The most immediate benefits you’ll experience from Hatha Yoga is the newfound energy you will feel, a sense of a recharged sense of self, and a more positive outlook on your life. You come together with other Deaf students, and share common interests in reducing stress, increasing flexibility, and your strength. One more beautiful aspect of Hatha Yoga is the sense of community with other Deaf students to support each other in our goals of a more well-balanced life. ASL and Deaf culture is our commonality in which we reach full access to yoga and wellness.
One of my favorite poets, Amit Ray, wrote this beautiful quote about yoga that I feel best sums up what hatha yoga is: “Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements. Once you understand the grammar of yoga; you can write your poetry of movements.” How wonderful is that? I hope you agree, and I’d like to hear your thoughts on Deaf Hatha Yoga.