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What is hatha yoga?

What is hatha yoga?

Exercise Yoga: Hatha yoga is a popular, holistic yoga style/path that includes many core strengthening and stablization exercises, stress reduction techniques with emphasis on postures, purification, gestures, breathing, and meditation. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Yoga (Definition)

The term yoga comes from a sanskrit word which means yoke or union. Traditionally, yoga is a method joining the individual self with the divine, universal spirit, or cosmic consciousness. Physical and mental exercises are designed to help achieve this goal, also ...Read more


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Is it more effective to do hatha yoga an hour every day or every other day?

Is it more effective to do hatha yoga an hour every day or every other day?

It Depends on Goals: It may be wise to ease into any exercise program and start every other day. It depends upon your goals as to determining effectiveness for you. One must consider recovery time as well. Typically, I recommend starting 2-3 days per week, and increasing gradually once our bodies grow accustomed. Bodywork, such as chiropractic, acupuncture and massage in conjunction can ease your body into it. ...Read more

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What kind of equipment do I start with if i want to do hatha yoga?

What kind of equipment do I start with if i want to do hatha yoga?

Hatha yoga: To do hatha yoga, it's nice to have your own mat and some blocks to start with. The blocks can make it easier to balance on until your flexibility increases enough to get your hands all the way to the floor. Sometimes a folded blanket does nicely to raise hips in certain poses. Get some comfortable, breathable clothing that lets you move unselfconsciously. Best equipment: wise, patient teacher! ...Read more

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Going to take a hatha yoga class, will it be a good stress reliever?

Going to take a hatha yoga class, will it be a good stress reliever?

Yes: All types of yoga are helpful but hatha & ashtanga are particularly good for relieving stress. Enjoy. ...Read more

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How can hatha yoga build self esteem and confidence?

Self Esteem : Various forms of yoga can create confidence by teaching you to have the ability to calm and control your anxiety and tensions. The calm that results from yoga practice can lift your spirits and produce feel good chemicals that combat a low mood. Best. ...Read more

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I take psychotropic meds, is it ok to do Bikram hatha yoga?

Good question.: Hatha yoga would be better than hot yoga as sustained excessive heat causes sweating leading to dehydration which may affect concentrations of some medications in the blood. Sports drinks rehydrate and provide electrolytes. Sipping water during exercises is good. Best regards. ...Read more

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Which is easier on the body: hatha or ashtanga yoga?

Which is easier on the body: hatha or ashtanga yoga?

Hatha: Hatha yoga is probably easier on the body. Here is an article about the differences: http://www.Livestrong.Com/article/356672-difference-between-hatha-yoga-ashtanga-yoga/ as with any yoga class, you should only do what is comfortable for you. Don't compete with others in the class. ...Read more

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What is yoga?

What is yoga?

Many varieties: Yoga is a Hindu discipline of various techniques to integrate mind, body and spirit, improve physical health and grow spiritually. There are many types of yoga. Hatha yoga, the stretches that improve physical health, is very popular but the forms that emphasize meditation and breathing are also very beneficial. See http://tinyurl.com/q5mrqxv for more detailed descriptions of diff. types of yoga. ...Read more