When we think of yoga, we usually mean Hatha Yoga.
Hatha yoga is enjoying great popularity in the West and 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 the 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 nostril. In Hatha Yoga, 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.
While 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 afterwards completely. Hatha also means energy, that is, Asanas so created that energy can flow freely.
Hatha Yoga is a yoga branch of the great yoga tree which mainly concentrates on the physical body with physical exercises (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama).
History of Hatha Yoga
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 from Hatha Yoga refers here to a stage taking to the Raja Yoga.
In addition to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, there are two other important basic works of this form of yoga, the Gheranda Samhita and the Shiva Samhita.
From the 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, the optimal body condition is reached for meditation to rest the mind.
Hatha Yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It invites us to turn our attention to our breathing, which helps us to dissolve the thoughts circles and to bring awareness to the moment of the here and now.
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What is the health impact of Hatha Yoga?
Who has practised Hatha 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 be strengthened by the physical exercises in hatha yoga. Also the flexibility of the muscles, tendons and ligaments increased significantly.
The burnout syndrome has started in the Western world and has not yet reached its peak . In times of a collapsing health systems, science seems finally to be interested in the effect of stress reduction through regular yoga.
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