Hatha Yoga is often classified as one type of mind-body exercise (along with Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Pilates, and others) and has been considered to be a type of complementary and alternative medicine that has become a popular and effective form of exercise in healthy, clinical, and athletic populations because of its numerous health and fitness benefits associated with a regular practice.
Hatha Yoga involves the practice of physical postures while bringing ones awareness to the breath to help develop mental focus and to unite the mind, body, and spirit. Beyond the physical practice, there are some principles of Hatha Yoga such as the uniting of mind and body in particular that may not be very well known by contemporary fitness enthusiasts that can enhance an existing Yoga practice and offer additional lifestyle benefits.
For those interested in the benefits - studies have shown that Hatha Yoga enhances strength, flexibility, and balance and may offer some light to moderate aerobic conditioning as well. Other benefits can also be gained trhough incorporating breath work (pranayama) and meditation as part of, or in addition to, a Hatha Yoga practice. Such practices have been known to have a positive effect on numerous health conditions including, but not limited to, cancer, heart disease, asthma, infertility, pregnancy, insomnia, arthritis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and chronic back pain. If those aren't good reasons for starting on a yoga journey today - I am not sure what else is!
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