Many people are initially attracted to Hatha yoga for their ability to alleviate the effects of stress, but Yoga offers much more. Western physicians and scientists are discovering the benefits of Hatha Yoga for health. Widely demonstrated studies indicate that Hatha Yoga can solve the symptoms of several common and life-threatening diseases, such as arthritis, arteriosclerosis, chronic fatigue, diabetes, asthma and obesity. Hatha Yoga has the conditions to delay premature ageing. "Pain and suffering are the cries of the body and the mind that demand attention
Three Essential Paths
1. ASANA. Derived from Sanskrit, it means in its root "to remain", "to be", "to settle", or "to settle in a particular position". The term refers specifically to all Yoga postures or exercises that encourage flexibility and strengthen the skeleton, and the muscular, glandular, and nervous systems. The spine functions as the focal point of many of the postures, and all of them require attentive awareness, stability, firmness and the ability to surrender to gravity. Patánjali, author of the Yoga Sutras, describes Asana as the place on which the student sits or stands, and that both-the student and the posture-are firm and relaxed.
2. PRANAYAMA. It concerns respiratory practice, where Prana, air or vital energy, is contained and balanced. Yama is the control and direction of that energy and is acquired by conscious inhalation, breath retention, and exhalation. Continued practice regulates and harmonizes the breath and its rhythm. The driving force behind relaxation in Yoga comes from Pranayama, or respiratory awareness, which increases physical and mental energy by releasing the mind from its continuous stream of random thoughts. For thousands of years, oriental physicians have believed that breathing is the most important factor in health.
3. MEDITATION. According to the water it takes the form of the container that contains it, so the mind takes the form that its continuous thoughts and ideas give it. In meditation the physical body, the breath, the senses, the mind, the intellect and the ego are integrated into the object of their contemplation. You can choose the path that suits you; Your dedication will determine the extent of your progress. The one looking out dreams, the one looking in through the meditation awakens.
Yoga is both preventative and therapeutic. It is one of the few exercises that invest the body, as in postures on the shoulders or on the head. Regularly putting the body face down defies gravity and takes blood to areas of the body that are starved of oxygen and nutrition. Yoga postures stretch and relax muscles and properly align the body, giving hyper-fatigued muscles a chance to rest. Through proper alignment, problems can be avoided before they occur, and imbalances already present caused by bad postures can be corrected.
• It promotes the flexibility of the spine and joints.
• Strengthens and tones muscles.
• Stimulates glands of the endocrine system.
• Improves digestion.
• Improves circulation.
• Relaxes the nervous system.
• Increases vigor.
• Reduces cholesterol.
• Increases physical consciousness.
Hatha Yoga to soothe and quiet the mind has a physiological basis. Anxiety leads to a fight response, which leads to specific physiological responses, such as the release of hormones, adrenaline in particular, which produces superficial respiration, muscular tension and a rapid heartbeat. Yoga interrupts this mechanism by calming a busy and agitated mind, providing its stabilizing influence.