MEDITATION
  It is believed that the subtle body plays a great role in a human life and influences his health.
  First, all of our diseases appear there and then transfer into the physical body.
Unfortunately, a modern person doesn’t pay much attention to his subtle body.
  Meditation helps to eliminate the troubles of the previous day and to restore the lost energy.
After meditation yoga class
YOGA
  Nowadays it is well known that Yoga is a way to keep fit, but there are a lot of other benefits in yoga practice.
  Yoga helps a person to give up bad habits without any regret and difficulty.
  Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life.
  Our yoga master is a real professional that has a great experience.
HATHA YOGA.
  The word "hatha" comes from the Sanskrit terms "ha" meaning "sun" and "tha" meaning "moon". So, Hatha Yoga is known as the branch of Yoga that unites pairs of opposites referring to the positive (sun) and negative (moon) currents in the system.
  This system as preparatory stage of physical purification that the body practices for higher meditation or yoga. 

     It is based on asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques, also known as shatkarma).

Traditional Hatha Yoga is a holistic yogic path, including disciplines, physical postures (asana), purification procedures (shatkriya), poses (mundra), breathing (pranayama), and meditation.

Hatha yoga is one of the two branches of yoga that focuses on the physical culture, the other one being Raja yoga. The main difference is that Raja yoga uses asanas mainly to get the body ready for prolonged meditation, and hence focuses more on the meditative asana poses: Lotus Posture (padmasana), siddhasama, sukhana and vajrasama. Hatha yoga utilizes not only meditative postures but also cultural postures. Similarly, Raja yoga's use of pranayama is also deviod of extensive locks (bandha).

Hatha represents opposing energies: hot and cold (fire and water, following similar concept as yin-yang), male and female, positive and negative. Hatha yoga attempts to balance mind and body via physical postures or "asanas", purification practices, controlled breathing, and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation. Asanas teach poise, balance and strength and are practiced to improve the body's physical health and clear the mind in preparation for meditation. However, if an individual has too much phlegm or fat then purification procedures are a necessity before undertaking pranayama.

It is also recognized as a stress-reducing practice. The signs of success in Hatha yoga are slenderness of the body, cheerful face, hearing mystical sound, bright eyes, sense of well-being, control over the bindu, increase in gastric fire and purification of the nadis. 

Pranayama 
The words «prana» (life-force) and «ayama» (to lengthen or regulate) make up pranayama.
Pranayama seeks to lengthen, control and regulate the breath.
The rechak (exaled air), poorak (inhalation) and kumbhak (retention during normal inhaling and exhaling) are the three parts of the breath that are regulated.
Pranayama is practiced to develop mental, physical and spiritual strength.
 
What are the benefits of Yoga?
1. Only You.
In our buzy world it is hard to seize an opportunity to spend some time alone with ourselves. Even when we are home alone, we turn on the TV or, at the best, we take a book. Yoga is your chance to look inside yourself and calm your mind, leaving all the troubles outdoors. 
2. For hypertensive persons.
Clinical studies from the American College of Vedic Medicine proved that meditation and pranayama help to eliminate heart disease and lower blood pressure.
3. Second youth.
With the years in our blood the level of cortisol increases and the level of sex hormones (testosterone and esterogen) decreases. Our beauty and youth depend on it. Yoga helps to turn back time: the experiments show that just 10 minutes of Bhujangasana (Cobra pose) increase the level of sex hormones by 12%, the level of cortisol decrease by 16%.
4. Lower your cholesterol.
The reasons of high cholesterol are malnutrition and, of course, stresses. It is proved that just 10 minutes of pranayama can lower your high cholesterol. 
5. Protect your body.
There is a close connection between the immune system and the condition of the conjunctive tissue. Yoga can help to encrease the body’s resistance with the help of Yoga.
6. Stay in shape.
Do you want to lose weight? Unlike regular exercises, Yoga stimulates the production of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) — substances that can help to lose weight. 
7. Everything is clear.
Shatkarma refers to the yogic practices involving purification of the body. Special exercises will help to cleanse the respiratory tract, digestive tract and even eyes! 
8. Delicate skin.
Thanks to Yoga practice, your skin looks fresh, clear and rejuvenated.
9. Keep calm.
In your first lesson of Yoga you will feel relaxation and focusing at the same time. Daily practices will teach you how to consciously quiet your mind whenever you feel overwhelmed.
10. With great comfort.
During the practice of asanas and pranayama a large quantities of serotonin and endorphin are in blood. It makes you feel a great psychological comfort in spite of any circumstances.
11. Instead of antidepressants.
All deep emotions and psychological trauma leave traces in our body. Regular practices help your mind to stay calm, happy and relaxed
12. Without pain.
Yoga helps to relieve the chronical lower back pain that is one of the most common complaints.
13. Cure for chronic fatigue.
Need help sleeping? Meditate! Just 15 minutes of meditation give the same effect as a few hours of a good sleep.
14. No oxygen starvation!
Pranayama enriches our blood with oxygen. Besides, it is an excellent cure for asthma and chronic bronchitis. 
15. Do it yourself.
During the practice of asanas you do massage for your own internal organs. Results: normal digestion and good functioning of the kidneys.
16. Muscle tone.
During the practice of yoga our deep muscles are included. This muscles play a great role in creation of a slender figure.
17. Strong support.
Reducing the level of cortisol, the regular practice helps to keep calcium in the bones, preventing osteoporosis. 
18. With a clean slate.
It is not a secret that Yoga helps to get rid of all bad eating habits. You will start to prefer fresh fruits and vegetables to cakes and stakes soon. 
19. Mild impact.
The main differenece between yoga and common exercises is the fact that yoga never causes muscle spasms. Yoga helps to stretch and tone up your muscles. 
20. Regal posture.
Regular yoga will help to restore the aristocratic posture in a few months. 
21. Control your emotions.
Regular yoga will help to manipulate our negative emotioms and thoughts.
22. In expectation.
It is never too late to begin the practice. You even may practice yoga during pregnancy. Yoga helps to relax physically and emotionally. Also it helps to relieve the lower back pain. 
23. Cheerfulness.
Because of the sedentary lifestyle our nerve fibres become sluggish and gradually atrophy. Yoga tones up the million nerves in the whole body. That is why we are so cheerful after yoga practice. 
24. The highest IQ.
Yoga improves our mental capacity. A two-year experiment showed that the group of students of the American University, practising meditation, has IQ score higher than the other groups.
25. Strength of mind.
During the practice of asanas, we overcome the fear of the unusual body position and, as a result, we feel great confidence and can cope with any difficulties of our life.
26. Creative power.
In our everyday life we usually use the left hemisphere. The practice of pranayama and asanas balances the functioning of both hemispheres of the brain and activates the right hemisphere, that is responsible for our intuition and creative thinking. So, we are full of creative energy!
27. Healthy sex.
Many forms of yoga refer to the root lock «Mula Bandha,» which is the root of the spine, the pelvic floor, the perineum. Bringing awareness to these areas in a yoga class will help you be more in touch with them overall and can help you enjoy having sex more. Also, it is an effective cure for sexual dysfunction and infertility.
28. Upside down.
Well, where else, if not in a yoga class, you will get upside down! And by the way, when you get upside down, the increased blood flow gives you a boost. It stimulates the brain functions. 
29. Sugar free.
Both, the regular yoga practice and a special diet help to control the blood sugar levels during the type 2 diabetes. Also, it helps to normalize the level of cortisol and epinephrine.
30. Find yourself.
Yoga gives an icomparable sense of unity with the world around and with yourself. You will learn to listen to yourself and to see the things that are really important for you.
31. Here and now.
During the practice of asanas we focus completely on our body and the present moment. In that way we learn to be «here and now» and enjoy every second of our life! 

 

 
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