What is Hatha Yoga?

What is Hatha Yoga?

Hi Everyone

So…Hatha Yoga…You’ve heard of it, but do you really know what it is?

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History:

Did you know Hatha Yoga can be traced as far back as the 8th century? In fact, it’s very first definition was given to this practice in the 11th century and was described as “the relation to the center channel”. Today, we know Hatha Yoga to be a mixture between physical & mental strength.

Concept:

Traditionally, Hatha Yoga comprises several disciplines, such as: asanas (postures), purification, breathing, meditations and gestures (mudras). Hatha in its sense represents opposing energies, such as hot & cold or fire & ice, positive & negative. In this way, Hatha Yoga’s aim is to create a balance in the mind and body via asanas.

Poses Include:

Cobra Pose, Camel Pose, Locust Pose, Bow Pose, Triangle Pose, etc…

Benefits:

Well, you can kind of already guess it’s benefits, can’t you? 😉 Better sleep; increase in energy levels; mental, physical, and spiritual strength; relief from muscle aches, and much more…

Is it for me?

The answer would be an absolute yes, want to know why? Hatha Yoga is meant as an introductory practice, so anyone can join in. Its practice is aimed towards relaxation and stress management. There is no need to be the most flexible one in the classroom either, as you will be concentrating on your breathing and cleansing your mind with the help of asanas rather than focusing on achieving a perfect pose.

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