Hatha yoga


Hatha yoga

Hatha Yoga (Sanskrit हठयोग These movements are meant to help to remove blockages (disease) in the causal, subtle, and physical bodies.

In the ancient author Patanjali's work, Asana is classified as the third rung of 8 in the ladder of the practice of Raja Yoga.

Hatha yoga in the west primarily concerns itself with asanas or postures.

Pranayama (breathing)

The words 'Prana' (life-force) and 'Ayama' (to lengthen or regulate) make up Pranayama. Pranayama seeks to lengthen, control & regulate the breath. In one variation, the Rechak (exhaled air),Poorak (inhalation) and Kumbhak (Retention during normal inhaling and exhaling) are the 3 parts of the breath that are regulated. Pranayama is practiced to develop mental, physical and spiritual strength. Though the beginner's Pranayama is relatively harmless, safely progressing to more advanced practices requires the guidance of a knowledgeable teacher.

Health benefits ascribed to yogasana practice

Different asanas are recommended by practitioners to cure or prevent problems ranging from constipation to cancer. It is known to reduce stress and other mental worries.Fact|date=August 2008

See Yoga (alternative medicine)

In the West

The 2005 "Yoga in America" survey, conducted by Yoga Journal, shows that the number of practitioners in the US increased to 16.5 million with the 18-24 age group, showing a 46% increase in one year. [Yoga Journal. “Yoga Journal Releases 2008 ‘Yoga in America’ Market Study.” February 2008. Obtained at: http://www.yogajournal.com/advertise/press_releases/10.]

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