Hatha Yoga is the practice of postures (asana) and breathing techniques (pranayama). The human body is an amazing mechanism with all its parts and components being distinct but interdependent. Yoga aims at balancing, harmonising and integrating all the components that make up a human being. From this balanced integration comes health, equanimity, and clarity of perception.
Yoga asanas were devised for perfecting the economy of the body and when practised correctly they work on all the organs deep within as well as on all the muscles and ligaments, particularly those of the spine. They strengthen and tone all the body structures, as well as increasing flexibility and range of movement in all the joints.
A significant proportion of all disease and dysfunction today derive ultimately from reduced strength, movement and clarity.