What is Hatha Yoga?
Sanskrit is the language of Yoga. When you break it down, Ha means sun, Tha means moon and Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word meaning yoke or union. Therefore, Hatha Yoga is a union of opposites: the sun and the moon, yin and yang, male and female, left and right, inhale and exhale.
What is Vinyasa Yoga?
When broken down, the word literally means to place (nyasa) in a special way (vi). Vinyasa is the flow or linking of asanas (postures) with the breath (prana)
An important function or component of yoga is focusing on the present. Studies have found that regular yoga practice improves coordination, reaction time, memory and even IQ scores. Transcendental meditation demonstrates the ability to solve problems and acquire and recall information better, probably because they’re less distracted by their thoughts, which can play over and over like an endless tape loop.
One of Yoga’s greatest strengths is it’s ability to help you make changes in your many aspects of your life. Tapas, the Sanskrit word for heat, is the fire-- the discipline-- that fuels yoga practice. The tapas you develop can be extended to the rest of your life to overcome inertia and change dysfunctional habits. You may find that without making a particular effort to change thing, you start to eat better or exercise more.