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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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  • Apr 28, 2009
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I took a yoga class similar to hatha yoga a few years ago.  It was very relaxing during stressful times.  It also help the pain in my lower back decrese. I no longer take the course, however I do practice yoga almost every day.  Even a short ten minute session helps my pain and decreses my stress.

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review by . March 04, 2009
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 …
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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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