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Hatha Yoga focuses on the third and fourth limb of yoga and therefore is a popular yoga choice in today’s fitness community. It is a generic term that refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures coupled with breathing.
Benefits of Hatha Yoga
1. Maintaining a healthy body
Hatha Yoga helps in losing weight. Not only does it help one drop the extra kilos, but it also strengthens the body from inside, thereby improving metabolism and strengthening the immune system. Breathing helps in maintaining a healthy mind which is mentally and emotionally well balanced.
2. Stress Reliever
It can be a great stress reliever and is helpful in detoxifying mind and body. After a tiring day at work or at school, try one or two repetitions of Suryanamaskar followed by some deep breathing. You will immediately notice a sense of calmness.
3. Flow of energy or Prana
Prana is a type of energy in the human body. It means ‘Universal life Force’. Each human being is born with a certain amount of energy which is responsible for the body’s life and maintenance. Over time and usage, this prana diminishes and makes the body weak. Breathing techniques and yogic postures helps in regulating and maintaining this vital form of energy, hence increasing the longevity of life.
4. Improves flexibility
Flexibility is very important in maintaining an agile and supple body. Inflexible muscles can lead to bad body posture, back ache, knee discomfort and neck pain. By practicing yoga regularly, body posture is corrected and muscles become flexible. Attaining difficult yoga postures also become
5. Builds muscle strength & Improves Balance
Healthy muscles allow us to move freely and keep our body strong. Building muscle strength helps in keeping joints in good shape preventing various ailments like arthritis. Strong muscles also help in maintaining the balance of the body especially during old age.
6. Helps you focus
Do you face difficulty in focusing during a lecture or presentation? Try Hatha yoga! Holding asanas require focus and deep breathing in order to balance the body, thereby making the mind more alert and sharp.
7. Increases blood flow
Asanas such as shoulder stand, head stand or hand stand encourages blood to flow from legs to the heart, and later pumps it to the lungs for it to oxygenate, making one feel energetic and refreshed after his/her practice.