Hatha yoga is a generic term that refers to almost any type of yoga that teaches asana, the physical postures. The word “hatha” comes from the Sanskrit terms “ha” meaning “sun” and “tha” meaning “moon”. Thus, Hatha Yoga is known as the branch of Yoga that unites pairs of opposites currents in our system. It concentrates on the third (Asana) and fourth (Pranayama) limb in the Eight Limbs of Yoga. Hatha Yoga focuses on breathing and postures which are held for a while to benefit from their healing power. Because Hatha yoga’s pace is slow and gentle, it is an ideal starting place for people who are new to yoga.
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