Hatha yoga is a term that refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. This is the most popular form of yoga and nearly every type of yoga class taught in the West is Hatha yoga.
Several other styles of yoga originated from this type including Bikram Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Power Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga. The word “hatha” comes from two Sanskrit terms: “ha” which means “sun” and “tha” which means “moon”. Thus, the Hatha branch of yoga unites pairs of opposites.
Hatha Yoga strives to achieve balance between the body as well as the mind. It tries to free the spiritual elements of one’s mind through Asanas or physical poses, meditation and breathing techniques or Pranayama.
Asanas are different body positions that are designed to improve one’s health and remove diseases in the body. These positions were originally meant for meditation because these postures tend to make you feel relaxed for long time periods.
By regularly practicing Asanas, you will gain muscle flexibility, bone strength, the development of concentration, will power and self-withdrawal.
Pranayama is the science of breath control. This is an integral part of Hatha Yoga. The yogis of ancient times believe that in order to control one’s mind you had to control the breathing. This practice can also help unleash any dormant energies that are lying deep
within your body.
When you practice Hatha Yoga, you are able to recognize your hidden mental and physical potentials.As you continue your performance of Asanas, you will gain more strength and flexibility and learn to stay relaxed during stressful situations.
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