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Easy-to-learn basic form of yoga that has become very popular in the United States as source of exercise and stress management.

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Yoga is not just for the girls...

  • Mar 4, 2009
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I am probably the most inflexible human being on the planet.  I've had numerous injuries (and subsequent surgeries) because of this.  I've taken up yoga (as a result of my wife's constant "reminders") and I must say I'm already feeling the positive benefits.

Not only am I feeling more flexible, stronger and healthier, but I'm feeling less stressed.  Guys, we all get stressed out over work, getting older, you name it... yoga is an extremely simple way to alleviate just about every stress and it can only make you a healthier, happier person.

If you have digital cable, you likely have FitTV on demand... there are hours and hours worth of free, on demand yoga instructional episodes.  Get yourself a yoga mat, or just do it on your living room rug.  I promise you'll start feeling the positive effects after the first try.

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September 04, 2010
Nice posting. Do you know about this edition of the Pradipika? http://www.YogaVidya.com/hyp.html
March 26, 2009
This is my favorite yoga style- not as demanding as Ashtanga but you are definitely adding to your strength and endurance.
March 05, 2009
I have taken a studio class and my wife is pretty experienced. Still, we have some free studio lessons that I will use as well. Definitely learn what you're doing first.
March 04, 2009
Yoga is something I've been meaning to try to offset the bodily destruction of jogging and skiing. Would you recommend learning at a studio or by watching the instructional episodes you mentioned?
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Hatha Yoga (Sanskrit हठयोग hʌʈʰʌjo:gʌ), also called Hatha Vidya (हठविद्या), is a particular system of Yoga introduced by Yogi Swatmarama, a sage of 15th century India, and compiler of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. In this treatise Swatmarama introduces Hatha Yoga as 'a stairway to the heights of Raja Yoga', hence a preparatory stage of physical purification that renders the body fit for the practice of higher meditation. The Asanas and Pranayama in Raja Yoga were what the Hindu Yogis used to physically train their body for long periods of meditation. This practise is called shatkarma. The word Hatha is a compound of the words Ha and Tha meaning sun and moon ( हकारः कीर्तितः सूर्यष्ठकारश्चंद्र उच्यते | सूर्यचंद्रमसोर्योगाद्धठयोग निगद्यते || ), referring to Praana and Apaana, and also to the principal nadis (energy channels) of the subtle body that must be fully operational to attain a state of dhyana or samādhi. According to the Monier Moneir-Williams Sanskrit Dictionary, the word "hatha" means forceful. It is a strong practice done for purification. In other respects Hatha yoga follows the same principles as the Raaja Yoga of Patanjali including moral restraint yama and spiritual observances niyama. Hatha Yoga is what most people in the West associate with the word "Yoga" and is practiced for mental and physical health throughout the West.
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