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Hatha Yoga – For the Health of It!

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Hatha Yoga – For the Health of It!

[blockquote]”Studies suggest that yoga in general, has a positive effect on learning and memory. And it’s no secret that researchers have been studying yoga for years to see if it can slow the aging process and increase quality longevity.”[/blockquote]

As a Holistic Health Practitioner I work with the whole person — body, mind, and spirit.  One of the first things I do with new clients is introduce them to Hatha yoga.  And while there are many types of yoga, this particular system is a gentle style that helps the practitioner achieve balance— harmony—between the body and mind.

Originally intended to prepare the body for meditation, the word “hatha” comes from the Sanskrit terms: “ha” meaning “sun,” and “tha” meaning “moon.” Hatha yoga unites opposites— the yin/yang energy flow in the human body:

Yin energy is feminine, calming, and cooling. It’s associated with the left—receiving—side of the body, and is lunar in nature.

Yang energy is masculine, stimulating, and heating. It’s associated with the right—projecting— side of the body, and is solar in nature.

For those whose native language is English, the word “hatha” looks like it would be pronounced “hah-thah,” but the actual pronunciation is “huh-tuh,” with a soft “t” made by placing your tongue on the roof of your mouth instead of directly behind your front teeth.hatha-yoga-butterfly-pose

Hatha yoga utilizes a gentle flow of poses—asanas—that rejuvenate the body’s core. This in turn, improves physical alignment, increases strength, stamina, and enhances flexibility. But it doesn’t stop there. The added element of focused breathing—pranayama—serves to free the more subtle spiritual elements—an effective precursor for meditation.

Studies suggest that yoga in general, has a positive effect on learning and memory.  And it’s no secret that researchers have been studying yoga for years to see if it can slow the aging process and increase quality longevity.

Whether you’re eight or eighty, the benefits of Hatha yoga are numerous.

A consistent practice is an effective way to:

Increase lung capacity, oxygen absorption, resistance to disease, body awareness, balance, relaxation, concentration, consciousness, and overall wellbeing.

Decrease stiffness, hardening of the arteries, hormonal fluctuations, loss of bone density, stress, depression, the chance of falls, pain, and mobility issues.

The only way to be certain of what yoga can do for you is to try it yourself.  Buddha said, “If you want to know what your future will be like, then look at your life right now.” Don’t wait—begin your practice today and empower your life with yoga.

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Laurie Buchanan, PhD

Board Certified with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Laurie Buchanan is a holistic health practitioner and transformation life coach. Her areas of interest include energy medicine, inner alchemy, spiritual awareness, writing, and laughter. Definitely laughter! With the philosophy of “Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing,” Laurie works with the whole person, helping them turn intention into action; bridging the gap between where they are, and where they want to be—body, mind, and spirit. Embracing the belief that “Life is an expression of the choices we make,” A few of her favorite pastimes include yoga, bicycling, photography, and travel. She lives with her husband and their two dogs in America’s heartland. Voracious readers, they haven’t had a television in their home for over 32 years. Now that's bliss!

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