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If you're totally new to yoga, hatha is the best place to start. One of the six original branches of yoga, "hatha" encompasses nearly all types of modern yoga. In other words, hatha is the ice cream if styles like ashtanga and Bikram are vanilla and chocolate chip. Today, classes described as "hatha" on studio schedules, alongside vinyasa and prenatal, for example, are typically a basic and classical approach to yogic breathing exercises and postures.
It's great for destressing, calming the mind and getting fit and strong.
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