What is hatha yoga?
the hatha yoga is a type of energy yoga which offers many simple postures, but also more complicated, especially when it comes to ‘inverted postures’. This discipline allows become aware of your body, of the’soften, from the tone and therefore to make him regain greater mobility, as well asstore energy, of recharge and of de-stress. Each posture is held for several breaths unlike other types of yoga such as vinyasa yoga, which is more physical.
The more regularly we practice, the more results we have, of course. But, to begin with, a course inan hour and a half once a week It’s already good. Then we can move on to two or three courses.
Who is hatha yoga for?
the hatha yoga is a traditional practice who is addressed to spiritually open people, which are in search of relaxation and able to do it by practicing a discipline which imposes a certain slowness.
There is no no definitive contraindication to the practice of hata yoga, but there may be restrictions on practicing certain postures depending on certain periods or health problems (women during their period, in case of hypertension, etc.).
the hatha yoga is also not suitable for children for several reasons: it is difficult to practice breathing exercises (or pranayama) their lungs are not fully mature, the major postures lack playfulness and need to be maintained too long for young people who like to move.
What are the benefits of Hatha yoga?
the hatha yoga brings many physiological and psychological benefits thanks to the different postures practiced. It not only allows a general warming up of the body, but also, from head to toe, an opening of the heart, a strengthening of the arms, a stretch of the head, shoulders, a strengthening of the deep abdominal muscles, back and legs, and more generally, a organ detox, and an better lymphatic and blood circulation.
Here are some indications on the pace ofa hatha yoga class. It starts with a long session (about 30 minutes) ofbreathing exercises quite intense or pranayama.
Then follow each other several cycles of sun salutations who are energy exercises for warm up the body, then a little relaxation. We then move on to leg exercises, then at the head posture, and to that of the child before doing the candle, then the plough. A short break with a short relaxation, before continuing with the fish pose (below).
We continue with the bridge postures, of the clamp (below), from Table (below).
We then pass on the stomach with the cobra pose then the bow (below). before making a little relaxation on the stomach with the forehead resting on the hands.
We come back to child posture then we execute a seated twist (below), before getting on standing and realize tree posture for balance, then that of the triangle and, finally, we ends with the final relaxation.
Kym Thiriot is the author of 3 DVD books: Yoga to lose weight and learn to love yourself, Yoga to break free from addictions, Meditation: Pleasure of the senses published by Ellebore.
The photos are by Gérald Moyer.