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What Is Hatha Yoga: A Conversation with Meghan Lastra

Written by Emily

At Astro Gong Yoga, we’re not just about practicing yoga; we’re about living it. Our unique blend of traditional techniques and modern approaches sets us apart, ensuring every class nurtures not only the body but also the mind and spirit. In this post we explore our Hatha Yoga classes, lovingly guided by Meghan Lastra.

Meghan, our 1000-hour certified Hatha yoga teacher, leads our program with unmatched passion and expertise. Her approach, focusing on the stillness within yoga, offers a deeply personal journey through each pose, emphasizing breath and alignment to support all levels of experience.

We’re excited to share an enlightening Q&A with Meghan, diving deep into her Hatha Yoga insights, demystifying the differences between Vinyasa and Hatha, and revealing what makes her classes a transformative experience.

Join us for classes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:00 a.m., and every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Whether you’re greeting the day with intention or unwinding after work, Meghan’s classes are the perfect blend of challenge and encouragement.

We’re eager to connect with you, our AGY family. Your thoughts, questions, and experiences enrich our community. Let’s continue this conversation off the mat.

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What Is Hatha Yoga: A Conversation with Meghan Lastra

AGY: Meghan, there’s often confusion about the differences between Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga. Could you clarify this for us?

Meghan:  Absolutely. The simplest way to differentiate is to think of Hatha Yoga as focusing on the individual poses, rather than the flow or sequence, which is characteristic of Vinyasa. In Hatha, we aim for stillness in both the pose and the mind, allowing ourselves to breathe and feel the energy movement within, without the necessity of moving with every breath.

AGY: Some of our members wonder, is Hatha Yoga harder than Vinyasa?

Meghan:  It’s a common question! The challenge in yoga often depends on what one is accustomed to. While Vinyasa is fast-paced, Hatha’s challenge lies in the long holds and the mental discipline required to find stillness. Both styles offer unique challenges—Vinyasa, physically, and Hatha, mentally.

AGY: So, what would you say is the aim of Hatha Yoga?

Meghan:  Hatha Yoga seeks to strengthen the body and increase awareness of the subtle energy, or prana, flowing through us. It’s deeply connected to breath work, which helps in cultivating an awareness of this life force within ourselves.

AGY: Is Hatha suitable for beginners then?

Meghan: Absolutely. Hatha Yoga is excellent for beginners because it provides the space to really tune into one’s body and make adjustments as needed. It’s a practice that encourages learning and exploration of body awareness in a very supportive way.

AGY: Finally, what can our community expect from a Hatha Yoga class with you?

Meghan:  In my classes, expect to spend time establishing a strong foundation in both your breath and body. We’ll explore physical postures at a pace that feels right for you, with options available to accommodate all levels of experience. The class gradually delves into the mental aspects of yoga with longer holds, breath work, and moments for meditation. It’s a holistic approach that nurtures both the body and mind.

Join Us on the Mat

Inspired by Meghan’s words, we invite you to experience the profound depth of Hatha Yoga. Whether you’re stepping onto the mat for the first time or deepening an established practice, Meghan’s classes offer a space to explore, grow, and find stillness within the hustle and bustle of daily life. Remember, Hatha Yoga classes are available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:00 a.m., and Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. We encourage you to pre-book here.

We look forward to welcoming you into this journey of discovery and connection. Let’s embrace the stillness and strength that Hatha Yoga brings to our lives, together.