Hatha yoga is a gentler and less physically demanding form of yoga. The classes at Burlington Yoga are an ideal starting point for beginners, but also for experienced yogis looking to focus on self-knowledge and personal development. There are also hatha flow classes, which focus on strength building and high energy exercises. What they both have in common is a deep spirituality that aims to inform every part of life. After taking a class with certified teachers, you should visit a remote spot and form a connection with the natural world.
Spiritual Benefits of Nature
In the modern world, we have taken every step to distance ourselves from nature. We spend more time looking at screens than walking on grass or watching the rise and fall of the sun. Our phones are a constant source of information, keeping us busy and entertained. This is why we may find it difficult to shut our minds off and just experience clarity and stillness for a while.
Nature reconnects us to spirituality by helping us to understand that we are a part of a larger ecosystem, planet and universe. Scientific research has suggested that being among nature focuses the attention by reducing mental fatigue. In busy cities and even busier Twitter feeds, our minds become overwhelmed by information. Nature has a calming effect, allowing you to concentrate solely on your meditation and yoga practice.
Vermont’s Most Spiritual Sites
There are few places as beautiful as Vermont. Visit one of the remote waterfalls for the best yoga experience. The Moss Glen Falls trail, Stowe, is just under 3 miles long, but the short trek can be quite demanding, so wear appropriate hiking boots. This trail remains quiet year round, allowing you to pay attention to the sounds of birds and flowing water. Water has a calming effect, reducing stress and helping the mind to become quiet. Moss Glen Falls is a large waterfall in a remote location, making it the ideal place to put your Hatha yoga training into practice.
Alternatively, mountains offer solace from the concrete of towns and cities. Mount Equinox has a Skyline Drive to the summit, allowing for easy access to visitors. At the top, find a quiet spot to practice yoga, overlooking the spectacular mountain ranges. At 3848 ft up, it is impossible not to feel a sense of serenity.
Hatha yoga promotes cautiously stepping into the unknown, where your true self can be allowed to grow and flourish. Beginners may want to start their journey in the yoga hall, but after class, don’t be afraid to take this knowledge out into nature, where you can achieve a real state of spirituality.