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mikeclarks

What does the word "Hatha" mean?

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Hi

I am planning to join yoga classes. However, while searching online I have found different types of yoga practice. I have found one Hatha yoga practice that seems to be quite interesting for me. So what does Hatha means and where did it came from. Anyone having any idea, please make me reply.

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It is true hatha does not get your heart rate up as high as vinyasa flow or ashtanga-based classes.  But, note that gaiam's site description that hatha is a "gentle introduction" doesn't mean the same as "easy".  The main difference I feel is that you hold poses in hatha yoga for longer - maybe 12-20 breaths while you hold them for 8-10 breaths in vinyasa flow classes.  So, holding the poses for longer and breathing through my muscles burning were new challenges for me when I transitioned to hatha type classes.  But, it's a great way to learn the poses without feeling rushed.

Go ahead and try it out. If you don't like it, try some other classes to get a feel for what you like and dislike.

 

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