Hatha Yoga is one of the oldest forms of yoga, dating back from the early 15th century. In recent years, it has become more and more popular as a great way of improving fitness levels and as a form of treatment for many spine conditions. As Hatha yoga has become more common, several off-shoots of this form of yoga have appeared including Power Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga.
The name “Hatha” comes from the ancient Indo-Aryan language and is the combination of 2 words, “ha” meaning sun and “tha” meaning moon. The idea behind Hatha yoga is to combine both opposite ends, uniting them together. Principally, Hatha Yoga main components are postures (Asana) and breathing control (Pranayama). These components, when practiced will allow you to balance the mind and body.
• Asanas are the specific postures and positions used in Hatha yoga to help improve overall health as well as helping to remove or reduce any current problems or physical conditions. Originally, these postures were designed to be held for a lengthy period of time as part of meditation practice, however, we can now see their benefits on also improving muscle flexibility and increasing bone strength. Asanas are also known to be very helpful in improving concentration abilities.
• Pranayama is the part of Hatha yoga that is beneficial for your breathing. Through the breathing exercises of this, you will become more and more able to control your respiratory system as well as improve your ability to deal with stressful situations.
The health benefits this has been known in Eastern societies for many years, here are some you may not be aware of:
• Improved posture and spine alignment. This means that yoga is great for anyone with back issues or wanting to prevent them before happening.
• Improve mental and physical abilities, including will power and physical strength.
• Can be very useful to help prevent arthritis and hypertension.
• People suffering from depression and anxiety will find Hatha yoga very beneficial as it can lift your moods and give you the ability to deal with anxiety better.
• Practicing yoga is very beneficial for the body, especially the functioning of our immune system and promotes good circulation and digestion.
• Improves concentration levels through meditation exercises.
• Great during pregnancy, Hatha yoga can help with breathing and relaxation.
• This can be very good for people with weight issues and obesity.
• Recognized as a very good way exercise for heart conditions including heart disease.
• Breathing exercises will help to improve the circulation of oxygen around your body, which is very good for your overall health and to reduce stress levels.