Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga

Traditionally, the primary form of yoga was Hatha Yoga. All other styles of yoga in their essence are rooted out of Hatha Yoga.
But over time, Hatha Yoga has greatly expanded and developed into the many other forms of yoga that are practiced today.

Modern Hatha Yoga classes are generally slower and more focused on alignment while also incorporating breathing exercises and mental relaxation.
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The basics of Hatha Yoga

The Sanskrit word “hatha” is actually composed of 2 root words, “ha” meaning sun in English, and “tha” meaning moon.
The combination of “ha” plus “tha” in the word “hatha” represents the goal of this yoga practice to achieve union and balance in the body, mind, and soul.
The word “hatha” also directly translates to mean “forceful” in Sanskrit, representing how Hatha Yoga transformed into a more physical practice.

Even though all forms of modern yoga are rooted in Hatha Yoga, Hatha Yoga has also become its own unique yoga style.
Hatha yoga classes are typically performed at a slower pace and are more focused on alignment and breath awareness, but the exact style of a Hatha Yoga class can greatly vary depending on the teacher.

Hatha Yoga uses the combination of physical poses and breathing practices to bring harmony into the body and promote deep relaxation.
Modern Hatha Yoga classes are typically slower and focus on using the breath in combination with static postures that are held for longer periods of time.
Hatha Yoga classes also tend to be more accommodating for people of all ages and body types due to the slower pace.

The benefits of Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is a deeply integrated practice, incorporating physical postures, breathing practices, and meditation all into a single practice.
By promoting inner union and balance, Hatha Yoga benefits nearly every aspect of your physical and mental being.

See below for the top 10 benefits of Hatha Yoga for the body, mind, and soul:

• Builds core strength
• Boosts immunity
• Improves bone density
• Promotes cardiovascular health
• Reduces signs of aging
Increases weight loss
Improves balance
Promotes stress relief
Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression
Enhances overall wellbeing

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