"Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self." - The Bhagavad Gita
WHAT IS HATHA YOGA?
Hatha Yoga is a branch of yoga that emphasizes physical exercises to master the body along with mind, as well as exercises to withdraw it from external objects. The word haṭha means "force" in Sanskrit, and may have this association because the early Indians believed that its practice was challenging and "forced its results to happen" on the yogi. The term "Hatha Yoga" connotes a system of supplementary physical techniques within the broader concept of Yoga.
WHAT WILL HATHA YOGA DO FOR ME?
The Hatha yoga practice emphasizes proper diet, processes to internally purify the body, proper breathing and its regulation particularly during the yoga practice, and the exercise routine consisting of asanas (bodily postures). The methodology sometimes includes sequences such as the Surya Namaskara, or "salute to the sun", which consists of several asanas performed as a fluid movement sequence.
IS YOGA FOR EVERYONE, YOUNG & OLD?
Staying in shape and fit becomes more and more of an issue as you get older. There are loads of ways one can stay fit and healthy and it really doesn’t matter what type of exercise one does as long as you keep your body moving. Weightlifting, aerobics, and running are not very kind on the joints especially as you get older. But there is an alternative that will not affect you negatively. Taking part in yoga is an excellent option for anyone whose body can only handle low-impact activities that will not affect joints and muscles.
IS YOGA OK TO DO DURING PREGNANCY?
This is sometimes called prenatal yoga. Prenatal yoga is one of the best things that you can do for yourself, as well as your growing baby.
As your baby grows inside your body you need more energy and strength to be carry the extra weight around. Yoga positions and poses help to strengthen your hips, back, arms, and shoulders.
There are specific muscle groups in our bodies that have more stress put on them as the baby grows. The lower back tends to curve more due to the increased size and weight of our bellies. Hips also get tighter due to the added stress and strain of the baby's weight. As breasts increase in size, the upper back and chest have increased tension, and this includes the neck and shoulder area.
Through the practice of deep breathing, the nervous system goes into parasympathetic mode, which is responsible for relaxation. When our bodies are in that mode, our digestive system operates properly, we tend to sleep better, and our immune system is at its best.