Information and tips on Hatha Yoga
When we think of yoga, we usually mean Hatha Yoga.
Hatha yoga is enjoying great popularity in the West and is often regarded as a synonym for yoga. However, this is not so, because Hatha Yoga is a form of yoga.
The word Hatha is composed of two parts: Ha means the sun, and that means the moon. It is no coincidence that this is the opposite of the celestial bodies sun and the moon because Hatha Yoga is about the balance of opposites.
This form of yoga focuses on improving the human body to act on the mind and consciousness and teaches mainly flexibility and patience.
The term Hatha comes from Sanskrit and means strength, stubbornness, violence, and oppression.
Hatha Yoga is the control of the breath, the science of breath. It is based on the relationship between the sun and moon, between solar and lunar nostrils. The opposite energies such as the sun and moon (hot and cold, male and female, positive and negative) are united to release our true potential energy which is lying dormant and undetected in most people.
The other branches of yoga concentrate on other aspects.
Any yoga practice is about the balance between effort and dedication. As the Tree (Vrksasana), we balance on one leg. For this, we need to connect to the pillar a firm and stable connection to the ground. If we take the other foot just up without pressing the mainstay in the yoga mat, we can’t to, because we lose balance.
Through Hatha Yoga, we develop a balance between the strength of our muscles and the flexibility of our joints. We practice challenging yoga sequences to relax afterward completely. Also, Hatha means energy, that is, Asanas so created that energy can flow freely.
Hatha Yoga is a yoga branch of the great yoga tree that mainly concentrates on the physical body with physical exercises (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama).“Hatha Yoga is the phenomenon of aligning the human system with the cosmic – a way to hold one’s system in a way that it will become a receptacle to receive and hold the entire cosmos.” – Sadhguru
History of this Yoga form
According to Wikipedia, the term Hatha Yoga has been mentioned already in the 15th century in a yoga scripture. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika: “There he is adjacent to spiritual yoga (such as Raja Yoga) from the physical Yoga that refers here to a stage taking to the Raja Yoga.
In addition to the Pradipika, there are two other important basic works of this form of yoga, the Gheranda Samhita and the Shiva Samhita.
From Hatha Yoga, many other yoga styles have developed over time. Ashtanga yoga, Bikram Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga or Yoga Sivananda.
All with the aim of the body first to make an effort on the asanas, and then to relax it. So, we reach the optimal body condition for meditation to rest the mind.
Yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It invites us to turn our attention to our breathing, which helps us to dissolve our thoughts circles and to bring awareness to the moment of the here and now.
What is the health impact of Yoga?
Who has practiced this form of Yoga over a longer period of time, can tell with conviction about the positive effects on body and mind?
Undeniably the muscles, especially the spinal apparatus, will get stronger by the physical exercises. Also, the flexibility of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments increased significantly.
Burnout syndrome has started in the Western world and has not yet reached its peak. In times of collapsing health systems, science seems final to find interest in the effect of stress reduction through regular yoga.
“Hatha Yoga is the science of using the body to prepare oneself for the ultimate possibility.” – Sadhguru
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I hope you liked to learn about Hatha Yoga or you may even practice it?
To begin you may like to Learn an easy 3 minute Yoga practice
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I realized that there were many forms of Yoga but I had not heard the term Hatha before
I like the different forces at play and what you can do to balance them
I have had some interest in learning yoga ad this has definitely increased that interest
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Hi Mary ,
Yoga like we know it here is Hatha yoga,not many People practise the other forms.
I will tell about a most unusual form next. But the main purpose of yoga is like meditation
to find self-awareness and mindfulness. In our stressful time, it is good to do and it keeps
more flexible also.I am glad it increased your interest, try it, everybody can profit and start slowly.
Thank you for the comment
Yoga is really helpfull to live healthy.
Thanks for sharing great content.
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You are welcome Naman .
I am glad you liked it .
This sure is an interesting subject. I’ve never been interested in trying it for myself but reading about it was enlightening. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and expertise on Hatha Yoga.
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I am glad to see that you are pointing such subjects like yoga in your blog. Yoga is really very helpful for everyone to live a healthy life and of course it is essential to recover from the complete day stress.. and it does. Yoga has a unique position now in the world and is being promoted all over.
Thanks for sharing your experience, it would help a lot of people.
Hi Sonal ,
nice to see you here.
Yes ,I think doing yoge is a way to exercise,but also go inside and find our true selves.
This is a good practice to release stress and stay healthy and get aware 🙂
Can it be better ?
Great post Erika,
This is really a great topic to talk, you are making people aware about the importance of yoga..I read about hath yoga and I feel that there is no need to gym daily if we are practising this form of yoga..
You are right Neelu ,
if one does yoga it is an exercise for body mind and soul.
Doing yoga and improving in it may replace the gym.
Good to consider doing it.
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Thanks for sharing such beautiful information with us. I hope you will share some more info about Yoga. Please keep sharing!
Hi Rishi Yogi,
I am glad you like my article about yoga. I am sure you could tell us even more about as you are teaching it at a beautiful place . I am sure it would be a amazing experience to learn yoga in Rishikesh near Ma Ganga.:)
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Thanks for sharing this great post. Yoga is one of the good medicine to lead a healthy and happy life. It is very enlightening. I absolutely love to read informative stuff. Looking forward to finding out more and acquire further knowledge from here!
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You are welcome, Nidhi
Practicing Yoga is getting more and more popular because it is a proven technique since ancient times.
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