Doing complicated Hatha yoga postures to faultlessness can look cool and all-and will probably impress your friends and relations : but the benefits of regular yoga practice go more deeply than credit scoring ‘wow’ points.

Hatha yoga can be followed back to the 15th century Hindu sage Yogi Swatmarama, who gathered older Sanskrit texts into the manual, Hatha Yoga Pradipika. The word Hatha comes Chakras from two Sanskrit words: haya, which means sun, and tha, which means moon. And although this type of yoga is usually associated with slower yoga movements, it’s technically not a unique type of yoga practice, but alternatively involves the practice of many different asanas, or yoga postures.

In any case, this form of yoga draws attention the development of strength, flexibility, and balance, with a special focus on asanas (poses) and pranayama (breathing). And because these yoga classes are slower, they’re usually the most accessible to beginners.

All that being said, what benefits does this bring to the table?

Health and fitness

The physical benefits of the exercises are raising, and it’s why the practice is incredibly popular around the world. Regular Hatha yoga improves muscle strength, flexibility, circulation, and balance. And because Hatha yoga promotes a feeling of calmness, regular practice helps eliminate stress, which will improves blood pressure, reduces headaches, back and neck pain, and other fears of the overworked 21st century human.

As for calories, yoga may not burn as many calories as running or swimming, but with regular practice, you can still shed off the excess weight.

Focus and Awareness

A basic tenet of Hatha yoga is the conjunction of body, mind, and air, expected the key to clearing your thoughts and blocking out the worries and chaos of daily life. Any yoga practice brings your focus medially, promoting an awareness of how your body moves, how your body breathes, and how your thoughts picks up to calm and quiet.

Therapeutic Benefits

If you’re suffering from a health condition like chronic back pain, gentle Hatha yoga postures can provide therapy and help heal the ailment. You can alleviate both chronic back and neck pain with asanas that gently stretch your vertebrae; you can relieve sinus problems with proper breathing technique; and you can find peace of mind and reduce stress with bends and postures that demand focus and a clear mind.
A few more Hatha yoga postures can even relieve anxiety, sleeping disorders, asthma, and a host of other muscle and healthy posture problems.

Spiritual Benefits

With its focus on postures and breathwork, Hatha yoga pays special attention to physical and spiritual development, with movements that release and rotate energy around the body, and creating balance between the polarizing areas of the human spirit. Yoga theory postulates that men and women each have their own strong and female aspects-a parallel of haya (sun) and tha (moon). In this form of yoga we make an effort to balance the two opposites.

But even if you may not believe the spiritual side of yoga, you will find that with regular practice, you’ll come out stronger, more flexible, and more at peace with your state of mind. Think of a Hatha yoga class as a trip to the spa, while also working muscle tissue and breaking a sweat.