Disadvantages Of Hatha Yoga

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Yoga is a 3,000-year-old tradition (Seaward, 2012). The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit root “yuj” which means the union of the soul, body, and mind (Woodyard, 2011). Yoga is rooted in with the philosophy of spiritual enlightenment. It is linked to the teachings of Kapila, a Hindu philosopher (Seaward, 2012). Lord Shiva is thought to be the founder of yoga. Many think of yoga in terms of a physical practice also termed “asana”, or posture. The asanas are described in the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali. Asanas are defined as a method to facilitate energy paths to enlightenment and promote consciousness (Seaward, 2012). In terms of teaching, this means developing a realization of self and removing all barriers. The Yoga Sutras text describes the…show more content…
Thus, it has been deemed a complimentary modality for health illnesses. Harinath et al. (2004) considered at the effects of Hatha yoga in conjunction with meditation on cardiorespiratory performance, psychologic profile and melatonin secretion. The study was based on a convenience sample of 30 middle-aged healthy males. Half were the control group performing stretching for 40 minutes, jogging for 20 minutes in the morning and participated in physical games for an hour daily for three consecutive months. The experimental group practiced Hatha yoga and breathing for an hour in the morning and yoga, meditation and breathing for an hour in the evening daily for three consecutive months. They measured orthostatic tolerance, vitals consisting of blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate, lung function with spirometry, and psychologic profile with a questionnaire at baseline and after 3 months. In addition, blood was drawn throughout to monitor melatonin levels. The interesting findings were that the experimental group improved cardiorespiratory performance, psychologic profile, and increased in melatonin after three months of Hatha yoga, meditation and breathing practices. The other outcome measures were not statistically significant. Thus, breathing, yoga, and meditation practice may increase secretions of melatonin leading to improvements in the…show more content…
(2004) yielded results that there were no statistically significant changes in lung function following three months of daily Hatha yoga. This includes forced vital capacity, forced expiratory volume percentage, maximum voluntary ventilation, and other spirometry tests obtained values. This was an interesting result as Hatha yoga incorporates prolonged and efficient breathing technique into the postures. Birkel and Edgren (2000) investigated the sole outcome of vital capacity of 287 college students following Hatha yoga. Using a Spiropet spirometer at baseline and at the end of two semesters (17 weeks) to measure vital capacity. Participants filled out a questionnaire to identify whether he or she were smokers or asthmatics. The students enrolled in a college yoga course for elective credit. The participants met two times per week, for a 50-minute yoga and breathing class. Birkel and Edgren (2000) found statistically significant improvement in vital capacity. A limitation is no control group but also, there is no way of identifying whether the Hatha yoga asanas, breathing technique, relaxation component, or variables outside of class contributed the
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