About Hatha Yoga
“Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness & consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.”
Hatha Yoga Poses are called ‘asanas’. The asanas are used in combination with meditation and breathing techniques know as Pranayama. Together they work the body to improve strength and flexibility, as well as, over all health, which is one of the reasons it is so popular. Hatha is a hybrid of the Sanskrit word ‘ha’ which means ‘sun’ and ‘tha’ which means ‘moon.’ Together they refer to the way Hatha’s yoga poses often bring together opposite currents in the system. Hatha focus’ mostly on asana and pranayama. These poses and posture techniques, couples with the breathing patterns are used to clear out the bodies energy channels (Nadis) This in turn, removes obstacles that can hamper other limbs, helping to improve your well being. Hatha has been around since 15th century India when a yogic sage, Swami Swatamarama detailed Hatha Yoga Pradipika, one of the most important yoga texts. The original intent of this form of yoga was to help support relaxation of the body and to support the contemplation of one’s reality. Many of the classic Hatha yoga poses that were used at its inception are still in use today. According to those first practitioners of Hatha, the postures can lead to the best in not one physical well being, but also the best state of mind you can possibly obtain.
Meditation & Pranayama
Meditation – brings us to the present & keeps us there. It helps us relax and concentrate through Pranayama (Breathing). We become more aware and observant because we are more focused on what is happening at the moment. Meditating is an efficient and effective technique that helps us control our mind and relax our bodies. It helps us become more Conscious about what’s happening around and within ourselves.
Pranayama – means “breathing techniques” or “breath control” In Yoga we learn how to breathe slowly and deeply the right way. This increases the capacity of our lungs, bringing more oxygen supply to the body to function well. It reduces the toxins from our body preventing one from acquiring diseases; aids in digestion; develops our concentration and focus; fights away stress and it relaxes the body and mind.
“The autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic system, which is often identified with the fight-or-flight response, and the parasympathetic, which is identified with what’s been called the relaxation response. When you do yoga, the deep breathing, stretching & movements that releasemuscle tension, the relaxed focus on being present in your body initiates a process that turns the fight-or-flight system off & the relaxation response on. That has a dramatic effect on the body. The heartbeat slows, respiration decreases, blood pressure decreases. The body seizes this chance to turn on the healing mechanisms.”
So Many Benefits – balances body, mind and heart; relaxes the nervous system; lowers blood pressure; improve coordination, flexibility, muscle joint mobility; strengthens, tones, builds muscles; corrects posture; strengthens the spine; eases back pain; improves muscular-skeletal conditions like bad knees, tight shoulders, neck; increases stamina; Improves concentration, memory, digestion, elimination; increases circulation; detoxifies; improves heart conditions, breathing disorders; encourages weight loss through consistent practice.