If the different styles of yoga are layers, Hatha yoga is the base. The meditative, stress-busting practice hones in on many of the basic yoga postures, making it a perfect introduction for beginners and experienced yogis alike.
What is Hatha Yoga
Hatha yoga is an umbrella term for all physical yoga practices. In Sanskrit, the word "hatha" refers to the union of two opposites: sun (ha) and (moon) in Sanskrit. This form of yoga is filled with a series of postures, or asanas, that both strengthen the body and improve flexibility. Other types of yoga, such as Ashtanga and Vinyasa, are actually forms of Hatha yoga.
Hatha Yoga Principles
Hatha Yoga places great importance on diet, purification processes, regulation of breathing (Pranayama), and the adoption of bodily postures called asanas, which structure a program of physical exertion.
Hatha Yoga is the six-limb yoga (Shatanga Yoga). These six limbs are:
Asana – steady comfortable state of body and mind
Pranayama – expansion of capacity to retain prana
Pratyahara – withdrawal from the sensory input
Dharana – bringing the mind to one single point
Dhyana – observing the self
Samadhi – becoming free from Maya
Key Benefits of Hatha Yoga
Researches that focuses specifically on the benefits of hatha, suggest the hatha yoga may have a variety of benefits, including:
Less anxiety: Results from a 2016 meta-analysis of 17 studies (501 patients) provide preliminary support for hatha as a treatment for anxiety.
Better balance: A small 2014 study involving 34 men found that those who completed a five-month hatha yoga program were able to better their postural control. Based on those results, the authors conclude that hatha yoga training can improve body balance.
Fitness improvements: A 2015 study of Chinese adults discovered that a 12-week hatha yoga program had positive effects on several components of fitness including cardio endurance, muscle strength and endurance, and flexibility.
Hatha Yoga Classes in Tokyo
Key Yoga Studio, a bilingual yoga studio based in Hilton Tokyo Shinjuku provides the best quality hatha yoga classes to the clients in English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese languages. The yoga teachers at Key Yoga Studio have 8-20 years of experience in Hatha Yoga. The Key Yoga Studio team works together to fulfill the needs and requirements of the clients putting clients above everything.