The word HATHA comes from the Sanskrit terms "ha" meaning "sun" and "tha" meaning "moon." Thus, Hatha Yoga is the branch of yoga that unites and balances pairs of opposites: active, hot, positive, masculine with receptive, cool, moon, feminine -- aspects found within all of us. Hatha Yoga combines physical exercise and mental discipline, with the hope of integrating both the body and the mind. It consists of poses designed to increase strength and flexibility, known as asanas and controlled breathing, known as pranayama. Hatha yoga poses range from novice-level poses to poses that can challenge even the experienced practicioner. A class will likely be slower-paced making it a great place to learn basic poses, relaxation techniques and become comfortable with yoga.