What To Expect From Hatha Stretch Class At Oak Bay?

Come as you are!” to enjoy active life style practicing yoga to increase your wellness happiness. Time came after prolong covid19 yoga pause, and finally,  we can see each other and share our practice together; as we used to in pre- covid time.

HATHA STRETCH at Oak Bay, fall 2021, class ID 00108673

Hatha Stretch is an opportunity to stretch, unwind, and release tension. This therapeutic class provides a good counterpoint to busy lives and cardio workouts. Participants will learn the science of alignment throughout this thoughtful practice. In this series, you will experience the joy of stretching, the peace of balance, and the stillness of mind. Participants must be able to get up and down from the floor. Everyone is welcome.

13-Sep-2021 – 25-Oct-2021   6:00 pm – 7:30 pm  

Registration starts on:  18-Aug-2021 at 6:30 AM

Online: Hatha Stretch registration

Phone: Recreation Oak Bay, Victoria, BC (250) 595-7946

What is Hatha Yoga?

Hatha yoga is the branch of yoga that typically comes to mind when you think of yoga in general terms. Our Monday evening class is 90 minutes long, full of breathing, yoga poses/ stretches, and meditation.


As you probably know, Yoga began in India around for 2,000 years ago as a series of spiritual breathing exercises. The term Hatha was first recorded in the 11th century, but it wasn’t until the late 19th century that it came to America, gaining mainstream popularity in the 1960s.

In Sanskrit, Hatha means force. Hatha yoga breathing techniques can be traced back to the 1st Century in both Buddhist and Hindu texts, but it was another 1,000 years before the use of yoga postures, or asanas, and breath control was recorded as a way to enhance vital energy.

Classical Hatha yoga was developed in the 15th century and included guidance for the proper setting of yoga, asanas, pranayama or breathing exercises, mudras or hand gestures, and meditation for personal spiritual growth.

Hatha yoga was brought to America by Swami Vivekananda in 1893 as a spiritual practice. In the 1920s, yogis combined asanas with other popular exercises of the day to create a flowing style of yoga that was more physical than spiritual.

The Beatles and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

A few years later, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the spiritual advisor to The Beatles, brought a new dimension of yoga to the mainstream with a combination of transcendental meditation and yoga and its popularity soared. Today, Hatha yoga is well-known for both as a physical and spiritual practice for mind-body health.

Benefits of Hatha Yoga

Stretch Yoga with Veronika

Yogis have long touted the calming and wellness benefits of practicing yoga. Today, research supports many of these claims.

ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION: Yoga can help relieve everyday anxiety and depressive symptoms, however, it may not be effective for clinically diagnosed mental health conditions. The NCCIH reviewed 68 published studies on yoga did not find conclusive evidence to support its effectiveness for managing anxiety disorder, depression, or PTSD.

ARTHRITIS AND FIBROMYALGIA: According to the NCCIH, there is weak evidence to support yoga has benefits for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia.

BACK PAIN: The American College of Physicians recommends yoga as a non-drug method to treat back pain.2

 A 2018 review of eight studies by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found yoga improves low-back pain and function with both short-term and intermediate-term benefits, and its effects are similar to other types of exercise.

BALANCE: Yoga helps to improve balance in healthy people, according to 11 out of 15 studies reviewed by NIH.

EMOTIONAL HEALTH: Yoga has a positive impact on mental
health and was shown to have benefits of improving resilience or general
mental well-being in 10 out of 14 studies reviewed by NCCIH.

MENOPAUSE: Yoga can relieve physical and psychological symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, according to the NCCIH review of more than 1,300 study participants.

MINDFULNESS: In a 2018 survey of 1,820 young adults published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, participants attributed greater mindfulness, motivation to participate in other forms of activity and eat healthier, and the influence of a health-minded yoga community to practicing yoga regularly.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: Yoga has been shown to have
short-term benefits on mood and fatigue in people with multiple
sclerosis, however, it was not found to affect muscle function,
cognitive function, or quality of life, the NCCIH reports.

NECK PAIN: A 2019 meta-analysis published in the journal Medicine including 10 studies and a total of 686 subjects found that yoga can reduce the neck pain intensity and disability from pain while also improving range of motion in the neck.3

SLEEP: Several studies reviewed by NCCIH have found yoga can improve sleep quality and duration. Populations found to experience sleep benefits from yoga include cancer patients, older adults, people with arthritis, pregnant women, and women with menopause symptoms.

STRESS MANAGEMENT: Yoga was shown to improve physical or psychological measures related to stress in 12 out of 17 studies reviewed, according to NCCIH.

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Save your spot for this therapeutic Hatha Yoga class by calling,  or online registration.

Online: Hatha Stretch registration

Phone: Recreation Oak Bay, Victoria, BC (250) 595-7946

See you at the class soon!


Reference: https://www.verywellfit.com/what-is-hatha-yoga

3 thoughts on “What To Expect From Hatha Stretch Class At Oak Bay?

  1. Good morning Veronika. I loved receiving this email /newsletter. So refreshing and I’m happy for your new practice in Oak Bay. So uplifting. I won’t be able to register this time as it’s been two years since I have seen my grand daughters in Calgary and I am anxious to visit them September /October. Not sure how the plans will unfold but I’ll be happy however it works out. I wish you and your new class a wonderful practice. Namaste Liz

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