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about hatha yoga
Very briefly…All physical Yoga is Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga mainly refers to the physical asana (posture) practice of Yoga. The goal is to get fit and healthy inside out so that the body can eventually enjoy meditation and sustain its perfect form so energy can move freely throughout the spine body.
Yoga has a medicinal-like aspect in that it helps and restores the body, mind and spirit to a healthy, invigorated place, offering a cardiovascular workout and much more for every system of your body. People come to heal, strengthen, develop flexibility, lose weight, feel great and much more!
healing the body, mind, and spirit
The practice of yoga stresses the idea of self-realization which occurs when the body and the mind followed by the human and the spirit become connected. Both physical and mental powers are believed to develop simultaneously.
The yoga is intended to offer and support clarity of the mind by focusing on being in the present and focusing on the self in the mirror. Yoga teachers are constantly reinforcing the practice of maintaining the eye contact with the self in the mirror. The philosophy is that working hard and realizing the power within the self will allow the eyes to appreciate and like what they see in the mirror.
Another reason to like the self in the mirror is that there is no element or focus on competing with anyone else. Each person works towards his or her own goals and competency, challenging the self to reach its greatest potential.
other health benefits of yoga
Each posture has many distinct health benefits which often overlap with the benefits of other poses. The sequencing of the postures also plays a vital role in their healing benefits. These postures help to establish or reestablish balance and physical alignment.
The amazing aspect of yoga is that it does so many things at once. The postures improve flexibility, posture, strengthen muscles, increase oxygen and improve circulation throughout the body to heal and protect joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves. It is also believed that yoga stimulates glands and reproductive organs partly because of the increased oxygen flow.
The practice of yoga involves breathing techniques and a philosophy behind them. Yogis often refer to the breath as “prana” which means life’s energy coming in on the breath.
In most of our yoga classes, almost all of the breathing, both inhalation and exhalation, is done through the nose which is known to filter and warm the air and, in turn, slow the breath. When the breath slows, the parasympathetic nervous system takes over the sympathetic nervous system to help create relaxation and calm. So, awareness and practice of this breathing technique is vital to ensuring a beneficial yoga experience.
Slowing down, focusing on and being aware of the breathing are all essential in creating the relaxation needed to help connect with the mind.
It is a good idea for any beginner to read some vital tips before starting the very first class which is usually the hardest. This will help in knowing what pre-class preparation is needed to ensure the optimal benefits of the yoga.