A holistic and balanced practice of Yoga includes the traditional physical postures, in addition to breathing exercises, meditation techniques and a detailed system of ethical recommendations and injunctions. Study of sacred scriptural texts and the recitation of sacred mantras are also key components of a balanced practice of the ancient art of Yoga.
The benefits of the meditative state of yoga are well documented. Meditation gives our bodies time to slow down and heal. Healing is a result of self-awareness of what the body needs. When we are practicing Hatha yoga we are focused on our body. We can feel the tensions and stresses in our own muscles and we can focus on healing in a particular area.