Hatha Yoga

5 day residential 22  – 26 January 2024, followed by 10 weeks online from 3 February

Hatha Yoga provides a deep understanding of how yoga may be used to foster health, wellbeing, energetic balance and clarity of mind.

A practical approach, whatever your level of experience. A Hatha Yoga toolkit to support you through the rest of your life.

Immerse in systematic yoga practice, exploring the seven qualities or attainments of Hatha Yoga: purification, firmness, steadiness, patience, lightness, acceptance and evenness of mind.

Purification, firmness, steadiness, patience, lightness, inner perception and non-involvement are the seven sadhanas – Through shatkarma, purification of the body is achieved; through asanas, firmness, through pratyahara patience is achieved. Through pranayama, agility or lightness is achieved; through meditation, self realisation; and through samadhi, non-involvement, or detachment, and, undoubtedly, liberation are achieved.

verses 9,10,11,
Gheranda Samhita

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Hatha Yoga explained clearly, with immersion in practice

Hatha Yoga is often thought of as the asanas (postures) that are commonly known as “yoga” throughout the world. Others know Hatha Yoga as a series of cleansing practices.

Both these understandings are part of Hatha Yoga, but there is much more to this branch of yoga.

Selected source material is taken from classic texts on Hatha Yoga, Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha, Gheranda Samhita and Hatha Yoga Pradipika, with an exploration of key concepts related to Hatha Yoga, including nadis, chakras, prana, and koshas.

Hatha Yoga will be approached in a simple practical way, as tools for more fully experiencing, balancing and enhancing life.

Practices and concepts will be explained clearly, in ways that are accessible for most potential participants.

What is covered in the course:

  • Structured around the seven attainments or sadhanas from Gheranda Samhita, a traditional text with much poetic insight into the overall goals of Hatha Yoga and how to reach them
  • Essential Hatha Yoga practices such as asana, pranayama, shatkarma,  mudra, and a Hatha Yoga approach to meditation
  • 5 day introduction in a residential ashram environment
  • Systematic and incremental progression continuing over following 10 weeks
  • An investigation of Hatha Yoga concepts, including nadis, chakras, prana, and koshas
  • Practical classes live on zoom each week, plus audio and video recordings to access in your own time. Necessary to come to one live online practical class and a tutorial each week (total 2.5 hrs).
  • A mix of live and recorded lectures (all recorded for flexible viewing)
  • A weekly tutorial
  • Complete learning website with home practice support and resources
  • Weekly verses for reflection based on practical Hatha Yoga concepts, with a related task to explore in daily life
  • Ongoing email, text and phone support from experienced teachers throughout the length of the course
  • The main review tasks are a reflective diary, the development of a personal sadhana, and participation in tutorials and practical classes
  • Flexible options with live and/or recorded access to materials
  • Online component 5 hours per week, plus a commitment to daily personal 30-45 min practice.
Perfection results from practical application. Without practicing how can it happen? …

Chap 1 verse 64 Hatha Yoga Pradipika

After completing this course you will have:

  • a toolkit to take with you throughout your yogic life
  • the capacity to self manage an ongoing regular personal practice (sadhana)
  • an understanding why Hatha Yoga as a systematic progression, working with body, breath, energy and mind
  • an understanding of how this branch of yoga can be used to manage health and wellbeing and in a full range of life situations
  • Hatha Yoga practical skills as a foundation for all other branches of yoga

    Weekly timetable

    All times are AEDT

    Essential – Attend one live online practical class and tutorial each week. Recordings available for all sessions except tutorials

    This is an example timetable – there may be some changes with each intake

    • Monday 6.30-7.45pm – ASANA PRANAYAMA MEDITATION CLASS, Live, priority to attend, also recorded for later viewing. Primary weekly practical class for the course. Explanations of how to practice new asanas included.
    • Tuesday 5.30-6.30pm – LECTURE, a mix of live and recorded, all recorded for viewing at your convenience.
    • Friday 5-6pm or Saturday 9-10am TUTORIAL, Live, sharing of experience, priority to attend, not recorded for privacy reasons, essential to attend most weeks.

    Attendance live at one practical class and tutorial each week key criteria for achieving certificate.


    Optional – Access included with course fee

    • Sunday 7-8.30am CLASS – Simple Sunday. Linked to course themes and practices.
    • Sunday 11.30-12pm – YOGA NIDRA, live, also recorded for practicing at your convenience.
    • Wednesday 7-8.05am – CLASS – Meditative Wednesday. Linked to course themes and practices.
    • Big Day In with Yoga, (every two months) is also  included in course fee.

    Access to recordings continues for 3 months after completion of course. Extended access via community membership.