Hatha Yoga for Beginners: Are You Ready for the Challenge?

Hatha yoga is considered the leading form of yoga being practiced around the world. Hatha yoga poses, also referred to as “Asanas,” are used in conjunction with breathing techniques (“Pranayama”) and meditation. Together, Pranayama and meditation help improve your flexibility and overall health – making it the reigning form of yoga.

Hatha Yoga Defined

Hatha yoga blends the Sanskrit words “tha” which means “moon” and “ha” which means sun. This is a way of referring to the way in which Hatha yoga poses bring together opposing elements of nature. Hatha yoga posture techniques and poses, in conjunction with breathing patterns are designed to clear and enhance your body’s energy channels, also referred to as the “Nadis.” The goal of Nadis revolves around removing harmful elements in your body that are hindering your well-being.
There are basic things that you can do to ensure that you have the most effective and safe experience as you prepare yourself for your journey into Hatha yoga:

Stretching Correctly

During Hatha yoga, avoid forcing any of the postures or positions required in Hatha. Instead, begin with easier poses and postures. During this time, ensure that your moves are natural and easy, instead of forced and uncomfortable. Additionally, if you cannot hold these poses for more than 15 to 30 seconds without feeling pain, you are forcing your body to do something it cannot handle.
Once you can successfully switch between poses and postures with ease, this will allow you to get the most out of your workout and also reduce your risk of injury.
Ultimately, your goal is to ensure that you are being patient with your body. This may mean that you will need to prolong the more difficult poses until your body tells you that it is ready.

Breathing Correctly

Breathing normally during poses is crucial to your success with Hatha yoga. During Hatha yoga, your breathing should be deep and smooth. To help you determine if you are breathing correctly, keep your hand on your diaphragm as it opens and expands while you switch between poses. It is important to note that Hatha yoga rarely, if ever, requires you to use harder, shorter breathing.

In addition to controlling your breathing, you also need to focus on how well you are breathing. The core focus of Hatha yoga is breaking to improve your mental clarity. During your routine, take adequate breaths, relax, and become at peace with yourself. In the end, this is exactly what Hatha yoga is intended for.

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