Hatha yoga dates back to the 6th century AD. Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word 'yug' meaning to unite.
Through the practice of Yoga you learn to unite the mind and body. 'Hatha' is the physical practice of yoga and directly translated means will or force, so this form of yoga is called the yoga of will. You will learn how to gain more control over your physical body by practising asanas (postures) and pranayama (breath control).
Hatha yoga is an excellent place to start if you are new to yoga as it will introduce you to lots of commonplace asanas and as the mastery over your physical body increases so does the level of your practice.
Yoga is very different from general physical exercise, which can be done without thinking. Physical exercise can be performed in front of the TV or with loud music with no consideration to what the body needs that day. Exercise sessions can end up being unbalanced with focus on strength and not flexibility or cardio fitness but not strength; backbends are not followed by a counter pose. In Hatha yoga the classes are designed to give you increased flexibility, strength and keep your heart and lungs healthy, but it also connects your mind and emotions to each posture. Giving you a stronger, balanced body, and clearer mind.
Yoga teaches which breathing technique to use to stop headaches or when you need a boost of energy so you can leave the coffee pot alone! You will learn which postures give you focus or strength of mind. The more experienced you become the more you will be able to interpret your body's needs into postures.
Iyengar-inspired Yoga focuses on the correct alignment of the body in the asana or posture, so that each individual part, as well as the various physiological systems, may function to their best potential.
Yoga is excellent for healing the body after injury, dealing with back and neck pain, improving circulation and it is also the first step to meditation.
Yoga is an excellent
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