Hatha yoga aims to achieve balance between the body and the mind through the use of physical poses or asanas, breathing techniques or Pranayama, and meditation. Asanas are various postures that are designed to improve health and remove diseases in the physical, causal, and subtle bodies. They were originally meant for meditation, as the asanas can make you feel relaxed for long periods of time.
Regularly practiced, asanas improve muscle flexibility and bone strength, as well as willpower, concentration and self-withdrawal. Pranayama is the science of breath control and it is important because it is believed that the mind can be controlled through the control of the breath. Practicing Pranayama can also unlock dormant energies in the body.
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