Hatha yoga involves combining physical yoga postures and pranayama breathing to control and calm the mind. The word hatha can be divided into two parts. HA means the sun or positive energy, and THA means the moon or negative energy. Hatha yoga means the union of the positive and negative energy emanating from the human body. If you synchronize your breath to your postures and give 150% of your attention to your body then you will gain the most benefits.
Regular hatha yoga practice enhances your mental clarity and calmness, increases your bodily awareness, relieves chronic stress patterns, helps you to relax your mind, centers your attention and sharpens your concentration. It removes lethargy and mental sluggishness while helping you to overcome insomnia and depression. With practice, you will develop mental poise and experience inner balance.
Many hatha yoga practices include visualization techniques and suggest that you adopt a positive attitude towards life. While relaxing your body and calming your mind, yoga helps you to be more open to your experiences.
Concentration and Efficiency
When your mind is jumpy, you waste precious mental energy. Yoga helps you to develop the ability to concentrate and tap into your vast mental resources. Along with your enhanced ability to concentrate comes increases efficiency.
Yoga promotes contentment, the state of mental well being that you experience when you consider the positive in all situations and all beings. It’s a dynamic and constructive attitude that helps you to look at things in a new light. Contentment brings inner joy and serenity.
Contentment means being peaceful right now, even as you are busy changing your life. It enables you to live in the present moment. Don’t forget about the past, but don’t agonize over it. Learn from your mistakes and be peaceful in the ever-present now.
When you look at a lake, the fewer the waves and ripples the more clearly and deeply you can see into it. Yoga is the calming of your mental activities, a lessening of the inner waves and ripples of agitation. You are left with a deep sense of peace. As your thoughts subside, your mind settles into a profound silence.
Over a period of time you will probably notice that your hatha yoga practice has resulted in a number of positive effects on your general energy levels. Asanas (the physical exercises) and pranayama (breathing exercises) invigorates you – both mentally and physically.
Author Bio: Lexi Yoga is a certified yoga instructor in Toronto who loves hot yoga, traveling the world and living in the present moment. She has a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teachers Training and a 30-hour Yin Yoga Certification. She instructs Yoga videos on her YouTube channel and actively works on her website – lexiyoga.com. Her life mainly consists of – Eat, Sleep & Yoga.