Yoga is an extremely popular activity today. Once practiced mainly in the East Yoga has attracted more and more Western practitioners. People are attracted to yoga for its health benefits, especially its capacity to create a relaxed mind and body.
Most people practicing yoga in the west practice asana yoga. Asana yoga is designed to cultivate the mind and body in a manner that is conducive to long periods of meditation. Physical strength and stamina are key components of asana yoga.
Hatha yoga is the term used to mean a set of physical exercises. The exercises of hatha yoga are meant to align skin, muscles and bones. In addition, hatha seeks to open the channels of the body so that energy can flow freely.
In many forms of yoga a mantra is used. Om is a mantra that is often chanted at the beginning and end of a yoga session. Ancient yogis used this mantra to indicate the vibrations of the universe.
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