Hatha Yoga Poses

When people discuss about yoga, they are usually referring to the most popular Hatha Yoga process despite there being several different systems such as Ashtanga, Bikram and Power yoga. Hatha the name of the yoga is a compound of the words Ha and Tha meaning sun and moon but when the two components are placed together the word hatha also means forceful, as powerful work is needed to purify the body.

Hatha yoga certainly requires the most physical exercises of all other yoga types. Yoga actually means yoke or to join 2 things together hence Hatha Yoga literally means to join together the sun which means masculine and active energy with the moon which means feminine and receptive energy, thus producing balance and greater power in an individual. Now the question is how much attention, to proper alignment, do people see in Yoga classes! How fast would be the pace of the class! Are the yoga students being asked about pre-existing injuries before participating in a Yoga session! Proper work out plan, while practicing, is so important because of the benefits over time. Simultaneously, poor alignments can actuallt cause injuries. Yoga practice especially the Hatha yoga should be taught by a competent instructor, who is watching participants perform a given yoga technique.

Yoga trainers should demonstrate how a method is to be performed. Also the yoga trainers should observe their students perform that specific technique. At no time should trainers take their eyes off their students and relax. The experience of the trainers is in stark contrast to that of the student. Teaching Hatha Yoga posture the asana, or breathing techniques or pranayama, requires a sincere effort to guide students safely. The reason why a series of Hatha Yoga postures should be performed slowly, on the first few rounds, is so that students are reminded of proper alignment. Experienced practitioners, who have left their practice aside for months, or years, should not jump into a class without a refresher class that is geared toward beginners.

This condition may sound sensible, but no student should be allowed to compromise established safety precautions. Letting a practitioner arrive late, and thereby skipping the warm-up component of a class, is a risky policy. If that same practitioner is injured, due to by-passing warm-ups, who will be blamed for the condition! This later on, leads to another issue, which Yoga studios are very casual about - the establishment of firm policies to avoid injuries. For instance, people should post student policies on their bulletin board, on their website, as well as hand them out to new students.

In the application process, people should inquire about pre-existing injuries. If a yoga practitioner has a pre-existing neck injury, aneurism, or glaucoma, a Yoga teacher would not want to put them at risk of worsening their present condition. In the case of a new practitioner, who arrives late for the first class, that person should not be admitted to the practice. The fact behind the reason is how a Yoga teacher would know anything about the health of a student, who the teacher has never had a chance to talk with prior to that class! If this Yoga student has any pre-existing health conditions, everyone is put at risk, as the student's well-being, the Yoga studio, and the Yoga teacher's career, are all in jeopardy.