What is Hatha Yoga?
It is believed that Hatha Yoga dates back to the 15th century. Hatha Yoga teaches about the relationship between the body and the mind. Hatha practitioners believe that unless the body is properly purified and prepared, the higher stages of concentration and meditation are impossible to achieve. Hatha Yoga has several benefits. It promotes focus and concentration and it can help the practitioner learn to relax tense muscles, and it can increase one’s strength and flexibility. Those who take the time to study this ancient yoga art understand that there are some specific benefits of becoming adept at practicing Hatha yoga style. One of the main benefit is breathing. Controlling breath can help improve oxygenation of the body and alleviate stress in some forms. Other elements of Hatha yoga also help with relaxing the body and fighting the stresses of the modern world. Hatha Yoga, if practiced mindfully can produce positive physical, spiritual and mental results.