Hatha yoga is the balancing of the physical body, energetic body and the mind. Ha means sun and tha means moon. We all have solar and lunar energy within us. The solar energy is associated with the left side of the brain and is linked to dynamic energy, clear thinking, strength and positivity. The lunar energy is associated with cooling energy, creativity, rest and negativity. Bringing balance to these energies brings balance to all aspects of our life: physical, mental, energetic and emotional. In hatha yoga we use asana, pranayama, meditation and chanting to purify and balance these aspects as well as philosophy to give us understanding, direction and inspiration. When we are in balance, we navigate our way through the challenges of life with more ease and grace.
Howard Lipschitz was introduced to Iyengar yoga in Israel 40 years ago where he trained in therapeutic yoga and sport for the disabled. He competed internationally in archery and practised karate and fencing until he found qigong (chi kung) which became his first love. He has practised and taught qigong (chi kung) for many years and leads a blend of qigong (chi kung) and yoga classes at the Jivananda Centre in Durban North.