In your local gym, you may hear about your friends signing up for Hatha classes. When it comes to popularity, Hatha yoga is the most popular yoga style. Due to this, both beginners and experts are familiar with the poses.
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These poses are called Asanas in Hatha yoga. Yoga poses are used in conjunction with meditation and breathing exercises called Pranayama. This combination improves strength and flexibility, as well as overall health, which is one of the reasons it is so popular. In Sanskrit, Hatha is a combination of the words “ha” meaning “sun” and “tha” meaning “moon.” Together, they describe the way Hatha’s yoga poses often combine opposing currents in the system.
Hatha focuses mostly on the third limb, which is Asana, and the fourth, which is Pranayama, of the eight limbs of yoga. Together with the breathing patterns, these pose and posture techniques are used to clear out your body’s energy channels, or Nadis. Additionally, your well-being is improved by removing obstacles that could hinder other limbs.
History of the Hatha Yoga
Hatha yoga has been around since 15th century India when a yogic sage, Swami Swatamarama, wrote Hatha Yoga Pradipika, one of the most important yoga texts. This form of yoga was intended to help support relaxation of the body and support “contemplation of one reality.” Many of the classic Hatha yoga poses that were used at its inception are still used today. Hatha practitioners believed these postures could lead to the best state of mind and physical well-being.
The path of Hatha Yoga
As with any other type of yoga, you need to prepare before starting your journey into Hatha yoga. As you begin this original yoga style, there are a few basic tips that can make it easier, safer, and more effective.
First, remember to breathe normally as you move between the poses. Breathing should be deep and smooth. As you switch from one posture to another, feel your diaphragm expand. In Hatha, the shorter and harder breathing is rarely used, so stay smooth and deep.
Also, do not force any of the stretch positions. As you begin with the easier poses, make sure you are moving easily and naturally into each one and holding it for 15 to 30 seconds. You will get the most out of your yoga practice and minimize your risk of injury. It is important to be patient with your body and do not attempt more difficult poses until you are sure you are ready.
Finally, remember to breathe deeply. Yoga focuses heavily on breathing, which leads to many of its mental health benefits. You can use the exercise to relax and find peace at the moment. Hatha yoga poses are designed to help you achieve that.
Hatha yoga has been practiced for over 600 years. Even in yoga, longevity like that is rare and can be a sign of success and true belief. Consider this form of yoga for yourself and remember: never strain, make sure you are ready for each pose, and concentrate heavily on your breathing. If you follow these tips, you will be able to attain the superior mental and physical well-being that Hatha Yoga is said to provide.
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