Undertaking complicated Hatha yoga positions to excellence can look cool and all-and will probably impress your friends and relations : but the benefits of regular yoga practice go more deeply than credit scoring ‘wow’ points.
Hatha yoga can be followed back to the 15th century Hindu sage Yogi Swatmarama, who collected older Sanskrit text messages into the manual, Hatha Yoga Pradipika. The word Hatha comes Chakras from two Sanskrit words: haya, which means sun, and tha, which means silent celestial body. And although this type of yoga is usually associated with slower yoga movements, it’s technically not unique type of yoga practice, but alternatively involves the practice of many different asanas, or yoga positions.
In any case, this form of yoga stresses the development of strength, flexibility, and balance, with a special focus on asanas (poses) and pranayama (breathing). And because these yoga classes are slower, they’re usually the most accessible to beginners.
All that being said, what benefits does this bring to the table?
Health and fitness
The physical benefits of the exercises are the obvious, and it’s really why the practice is incredibly popular around the world. Regular Hatha yoga improves muscle strength, flexibility, circulation, and balance. And because Hatha yoga promotes a feeling of stillness, regular practice helps eliminate stress, which improves blood pressure, reduces headaches, back and neck pain, and other issues of the overworked 21st century human.
As for calories, yoga may not burn as many calories as running or swimming, but with regular practice, you can still shed off the excess weight.
Focus and Awareness
A basic tenet of Hatha yoga is the positioning of body, mind, and oxygen, allegedly the key to clearing your brain and blocking out the worries and chaos of daily life. Any yoga practice brings your focus medially, promoting a knowledge of how your body moves, how your body breathes, and how your brain reacts to calm and quiet.
If you’re suffering from a health condition like chronic back pain, gentle Hatha yoga positions can provide therapy and help heal the ailment. You can calm both chronic back and neck pain with asanas that gently stretch your back; you can relieve sinus problems with proper breathing technique; and you can find peace of mind and reduce stress with bends and positions that demand focus and a clear mind.
Many Hatha yoga positions can even relieve anxiety, not getting enough sleep, asthma, and a host of other muscle and form problems.
With its focus on positions and breathwork, Hatha yoga pays special awareness of physical and spiritual development, with movements that release and distribute energy around the body, and creating balance between the polarizing elements of the human spirit. Yoga theory postulates that men and women each have their own strong and elegant aspects-a parallel of haya (sun) and tha (moon). In this form of yoga we endeavor to balance the two opposites.
But even if you may not believe the spiritual side of yoga, viewers with regular practice, you’ll come out stronger, more flexible, and more at peace with your state of mind. Think of a Hatha yoga class as a trip to the spa, while also working the muscles and breaking a sweat.