|What is Hatha Yoga?
"Hatha yoga, the yoga of physical well-being, usually begins the practice of this ancient science for most Western students. The Sanskrit root, ha, means sun and tha means moon. Consequently, hatha yoga is that part of yoga that seeks to unite our polarities and conflicts into a state of harmony. Through its related series of exercises for both the body and mind, hatha yoga techniques are intended to rejuvenate and bring into balance all bodily systems: muscular, skeletal, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, and immune.
Unlike calisthenics and sports which emphasize stamina and vigorous muscular activity, often to the point of exhaustion, hatha yoga postures encourage concentration, perseverance and steady progress. They can be practiced and enjoyed by young and old, healthy and unhealthy, strong and weak. People of all ages, nationalities, races, creeds, religions and of both sexes can benefit from Hatha Yoga.
Stretching and strengthening postures, rhythmic breathing and relaxation techniques develop concentration, inner stillness, perseverance, patience, objective self awareness and self acceptance. Consistent practice can bring not only physical well-being, but calmness and clarity of mind and emotions as well." excerpted from 'Discovery Yoga Teacher's Manual'