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Learn about hatha yoga, what it's aim is, and some of the benefits. And
discover some tips so you can get the best out of your yoga practice.


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hatha yoga, yoga


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Increasingly, you may hear about your companions enrolling in Hatha
classes at the local gym. In terms of pure popularity, Hatha yoga is
number one in the yoga world. As a result, the poses are known well by
both beginners and experts.

Hatha yoga poses are called Asanas. The Asanas are used in combination
with meditation and the breathing techniques known as Pranayama. Together
they work the body to improve strength and flexibility as well as overall
health, which is one of the reasons it is so popular. Hatha is a hybrid
of the Sanskrit words “ha” which means “sun” and the word “tha” which
means the “moon.” Together, they refer to the way that Hatha’s yoga poses
often bring together opposites currents in the system.

Of the eight limbs of yoga, Hatha focuses mostly on the third, which is
Asana, and the fourth, which is Pranayama. These pose and posture
techniques coupled with the breathing patterns are used to clear out your
body’s energy channels, known as the Nadis. This, in turn, removes
obstacles that could hamper other limbs helping to improve your well
being.

Hatha History

Hatha has been around since 15th century India when a yogic sage, Swami
Swatamarama, detailed Hatha Yoga Pradipika, one of the most important
yoga texts. The original intent of this form of yoga was to help support
relaxation of the body and to support the “contemplation of one reality.”
Many of the classic Hatha yoga poses that were used at its inception, in
fact, are still in use with it today. According to those first
practitioners of Hatha, the postures can lead to the best in not only
physical well being, but also the best state of mind you can possibly
attain.

Your Hatha Path

Before beginning your journey into Hatha yoga, you need to be prepared
just like with any other form of yoga. There are some basic tips that can
help you have an easier, more effective, and safer experience as you
begin this original yoga style.
First, remember to breathe normally while you are in and move between
each of the poses. Your breaths should be deep and smooth. Try to feel
your diaphragm opening and expanding as you switch from one posture to
another. Hatha rarely, if ever, uses the shorter and harder yoga
breathing, so stay smooth and deep.

Second, do not force any of the stretch positions in Hatha. Start with
the easier ones and make sure you are moving easily and naturally into
each pose and that you are holding it for 15 to 30 seconds. This will
ensure that you get the most out of your yoga and minimize your risk of
injury. Be patient with your body and do not attempt the more difficult
poses until you are sure you are ready.

Finally, concentrate on your breathing. One of the big focuses in this
particular yoga is the breathing which leads to much of the mental health
benefits. Use the exercise to relax and become at peace with yourself in
the moment. That is what Hatha yoga poses are intended to do for you.

Hatha has been in practice for over 600 years. Longevity like that is
rare even in yoga, and can be a sign of success and true belief. If you
are considering this form of yoga as for yourself, then remember: never
strain, take the time to make sure you are ready for a given pose, and to
concentrate heavily on your breathing. Following these tips will help you
to attain the superior mental and physical well being that Hatha is said
to provide.

				
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