Exploring online Hatha yoga programs is a great way to sample different teachers and styles in the comfort of your own home. Today Hatha is an umbrella term for all physical postures of yoga. There are many types & styles of yoga and all that teach physical postures technically fall under the style ‘Hatha.’ But Hatha yoga has changed considerably since its inception.
Looking at its origins, we know that Hatha yoga began as a way of life, a system that when followed will allow us to lead a peaceful life. This system is known as the Eightfold Path, as it has eight disciplines otherwise known as the eight limbs. We trace this way of life back to the Yoga Sutras, a written text by Patanjali Maharishi, an ancient Indian sage who lived in the 4th or 5th century CE. ‘Hatha’ is a Sanskrit word whose literal translation is “force” alluding to the physical techniques used within this tradition. It is the mother of all yoga practices and all other physical practices of yoga have stemmed from the Hatha yoga tradition. Hatha yoga styles include Vinyasa, Ashtanga, etc.
When you see a class noted as ‘Hatha’, it will be a gentle, slower-paced style using yoga poses for beginners. If you are new to the practice, this is a great place to start. A beginner Hatha yoga program will lay the foundation for safe practice.
There are many Hatha yoga teachers at UDAYA.com and it’s never been easier to start or deepen a yoga practice in the comfort of your home and on your own time schedule. Let’s explore some of these teachers and the Hatha yoga programs they’ve created.
The Core Values of Yoga
by Dan Ward
The Core Values of Yoga is a complete, level 2 Hatha/Vinyasa program by Dan Ward. Each of the 7 classes focuses on a particular set of values that informs the way we approach life, experience the present moment and shape our destiny. Benefits include a calm mind, improved balance, toned muscles, and heightened introspection.
by Tony G
Yoga Elementals by Tony G is a journey into the 5 elements; Space, Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. Each Hatha Yoga class weaves alignment and philosophy with a focus on strength and flexibility. Included is a strength training course plus in-depth tutorials. Meditation and breathwork are important parts of the program. Designed by Tony G Yoga, these classes will leave you feeling focused and clear. Also included are 20 pose tutorial videos which provide step-by-step instructions provide the building blocks for learning and refining all the common yoga poses from the ground up. The benefits of yoga are countless and this program focuses on increased strength, balance, and flexibility. It improves focus, energy, and awareness. The meditations calm the mind and nervous system. The pose tutorials teach proper alignment of poses. With live music by East Forest.
by David Ezekiel
Office Yoga is a 1-month Hatha Yoga program designed by David Ezekiel. This program provides the structure to stay focused and motivated throughout the workday with short yoga breaks as it prompts you to take 5-minute yoga breaks 4 times each day. This 22-day program supports 1 month of the typical Monday – Friday work week. Repeat at the beginning of each month and maintain a yoga practice in all the areas of your life, including your office. This program included Asana, Mantras, and Pranayama, as well as 4 flow classes. Benefits of this program include increased focus and a sense of calm, and decreased stress and anxiety. The movements energize and strengthen the body.
Yoga Biomechanics in Action
by Jules Mitchell
Yoga Biomechanics in Action expands upon the principles outlined in Jules Mitchell’s book, Yoga Biomechanics: Stretching Redefined, which applies current research in exercise science and physiotherapy to the way we practice modern postural yoga. This video series with Jules Mitchell includes a short Assessment and Progressions segment followed by a full-length Hatha Yoga Practice for each of the following anatomical areas – hips, spine, shoulders, and hamstrings. Also included is a Practice segment on Breathing. This program teaches essential concepts in biomechanics and is perfect for yoga teachers to uplevel their teaching skills for both group and private settings.
by Daniel Scott
Average Joga was designed for the Average Joe. This beginner Hatha yoga program by Daniel Scott is a no-fuss, no-muss, stripped-down beginners program that cuts through it all and gets to the meat of the practice quickly. The 27 beginner yoga tutorials will teach you proper alignment for all the basic yoga poses, like downward dog, triangle, crescent, chair, warrior 1, 2 & 3, etc. Learn the groundwork of the breath and why it is important, including ujjayi breath and full yogic breath. Once you’ve practiced along with all the yoga tutorials you will learn how to put it all together in a moving flow.
Find Your Practice
by Vytas Baskauskas
Find Your Practice is a 9-week fully guided online beginner yoga program specifically designed to build strength and confidence in your practice. Learn the fundamentals of Hatha yoga with internationally renowned instructor, Vytas Baskauskas. This collection of online Hatha yoga classes consists of six 60-minute classes, a beginner level class, and an intermediate level class for each of these 3 important themes; Stretch, Strengthen and Align. Start with the beginner classes and then advance to the intermediate versions when you are ready. Watch the Teaching Tips videos designed for each class before you embark on each practice to learn proper technique and alignment which will keep your body safe. Begin the foundation of your yoga practice! By the end of this program, you will experience improved balance, increased flexibility, and strengthened muscles.
The Holistic Yogi
by Koya Webb
Last but not least in our list of Hatha yoga programs is The Holistic Yogi by Koya Webb. This is a 24-class program designed to be taken over a 2-week period. Each day’s focus is a different theme – Confidence, Mental Clarity, Releasing Fear, and more. Each day includes an asana class followed by a guided meditation. Tailor this program to your individual experience level with the modification queues and variations offered throughout. If you are new to meditation, these classes are a perfect way to start. After a short sit, these guided meditations are to be experienced laying down in a relaxed position.
We hope this exploration of Hatha yoga programs inspires you to create some quality time on your mat today and every day.