For many people, Hatha yoga is their first glimpse of this amazing form of exercise.
Hatha yoga is the most commonly practised form in the west, its combination of Asanas (physical exercises and postures), Pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation providing a balanced approach to physical and mental health.
While eastern yogis (expert practitioners) believe that the Asanas are simply a stepping stone to higher paths, and that working on the body alone is a waste of time, for many in the west it is enough to simply enjoy the many benefits that it confers.
Hatha yoga benefits people in many ways, including helping many people with illnesses. Benefits of regular practice include;
- Increased strength, stamina and balance
- Improved breath awareness, increased lung capacity and improved breathing patterns.
- Improving the health and function of internal organs
- Stress relief and greater relaxation
Those who wish to pursue the more spiritual aspects will find that the Asanas teach poise, balance and strength, which improve the body's physical health and clear the mind for meditation and greater enlightenment.
Whichever approach you take, you will find this a wonderful form of exercise that will reward you in numerous ways. The more you practice, the more you'll get out of it.