Hatha Yoga is classified as one type of mind-body exercise. It is an alternative medicine that has become a popular and effective form of exercise in healthy people. Hatha Yoga involves the practice of physical postures in combination with an awareness of the breath to help develop focus and to connect the mind, body, and spirit.
“Ha” means sun and” tha” meaning moon, meaning there are both “hot” and “cool” postures. Yin, Vinyasa, and Bikram are just a few popular subgroups within Hatha yoga. Practicing this yoga once a week for one hour can benefit you. If you can practice 2-3 days a week for an hour you will benefit even more. Some Hatha yoga postures are calming while others focus more on balance and strength. Daily practice noticeably improves posture and irregularities in my body.
Here are 6 health benefits of Hatha Yoga,
1. Builds immunity
When you contract and stretch muscles, move organs around, and come in and out of yoga postures. It stimulates the lymphatic system and increases the drainage of lymph. This helps us to fight infection, destroy cancerous cells, and dispose of the toxic waste products of cellular functioning
2. Increases flexibility
Yoga can help maintain flexibility in two ways. The first focus not only on stretching muscle fiber itself but on increasing the elasticity of connective tissues that network with other organs. The second addresses the “stretch reflex” and other functions of the autonomic nervous system. That’s why it’s such an effective method for increasing flexibility.
3. Helps with cravings
Yoga is great for balancing our systems and helping to curb all sorts of craving things such as oversleeping, overeating, the desire to drink or smoke, eat sugar and more!
4. Good health
It is said that the practice of yoga will help us achieve these “symptoms”: Real hunger, good digestion, sound sleep, perfect functioning of the various organs of the body, proper pulsation, timely elimination of wastes, interest in doing one’s duties, and happiness of mind.
5. Relaxes the mind and reduce tension in the body
Yoga really encourages you to focus on your breath, which relaxes the mind. It releases endorphins which are known as happy hormones. Whether you are trying to find ease in a difficult pose or you are practicing yin yoga, the breath and these endorphins will help you calm the mind and release tension in the body.
6. Tones the spine
All of our nerves branch out from the spine, connecting the various organ systems to the brain. It is said that if the spine is inflexible, nerve impulses cannot flow freely through the body. Thus internal organs become weakened and subject to illness. If you keep the spine flexible, the nerves remain strong and your health is maintained.
“Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success”–Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Yoga can improve your health and thus improve your productivity and helps to achieve financial independence and can foster your early retirement.
Did you practice Hatha yoga? What are your experiences of Hatha yoga?
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