Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga is the traditional, slow form of yoga originating in India 3,000 years ago. It stems from Hinduism, but it is not a religion by itself. It is more of a spirituality practice and can complement any religion or personal spiritual practice.

Yoga is essentially a moving mindfulness practice. As the body moves, it releases stuck emotions and trauma. Additionally, hatha yoga involves intentional breathing, which slows the heart rate and activates the parasympathetic nervous response (the "rest and digest" state).

When yoga is offered as psychotherapy, it is taught by a therapist with special training to do both therapy and teach yoga. Special care is given to avoid saying commonly "triggering" words.

Yoga can be therapeutic in a personal practice, too. Like many things, it's better to do it for short durations and do it frequently than it is to do it for an hour just once in a while.

If you are interested in doing it at home, check out Yoga with Adriene on YouTube if you prefer a female teacher, or Yoga with Tim if you prefer a male.

If you want to get a little new agey, try the Insight Timer app where they have recorded and live meditations and live yoga classes for free.