When it comes to yoga in a generic sense, usually becoming reference to an appearance quite specific yogic tradition: the physical yoga. Within the broad spectrum of elements that make up this philosophical and scientific system, the practice of postures, (also called asanas, which is its name in Sanskrit) sequences, breath, cleanings and mudras, has a particular name: hatha yoga.
The origin of the word hatha is a good starting point to elucidate what is really this style of yoga, which is much more profound, spiritual and powerful it can be to believe. Actually, its scopes and raison d ‘ être overflow of a simple system of exercises. It is said that hatha could be translated as force or will. This, in a sense both in relation to the body as applied to life. Hatha yoga strengthens the body and the will because it is a discipline that requires commitment, but also strengthens the capacity of equanimity and to listen to the wisdom of the universal consciousness.
It is a way to explore the potential of the body and the mind.
But hatha yoga has another meaning that it is essential to mention to understand the true meaning of yoga: has meaning Sun and tha meaning moon. Therefore, hatha yoga is the yoga of opposites and the balance. For this reason, brings strength but also lightness in the body and thoughts; combines with the gathering expansion; us full of energy at the same time that calms us; It balances our feminine aspects with the male; the exercise with the stillness; the action with the intuition; with the subtle physical bodies; our right hemisphere of the brain with the left; the right side of the body with its opposite. It re-establishes the connection between mind and body; It balances the excesses and deficiencies in each chakra.
This style of yoga is a spiritual work that begins from the body, because the body for the yoga tradition is the vehicle through which we live and we reach the spiritual evolution, but also provides a wonderful method medicial, a system for longevity, quality of life, the health of the body and mind, inner peace, personal trust, and even the expansion of the heart. Its virtues are endless (see http://www.maternityguides.com/2016/04/23/yoga-in-pregnancy-benefits-precautions-and-positions/).
These practices are just one component of the tradition and to have a real spiritual progress, it is important to make changes in all aspects of the life of whoever aspires to become a Yogi. As all the techniques of yoga, are a way for the lighting or the encounter with the universal consciousness. However, practiced on their own and not necessarily part of an spiritual awakening, also generates Interior changes and general well-being.
How is a hatha yoga class?
In the strictest sense of the word, hatha yoga are almost all practices of physical yoga that are defined by other names: vinyasa, anusara, ashtanga, iyengar, sivananda , kundalini, among others. The difference between them is that they can understand different contemporary adaptations of hatha yoga, or emphasizing certain aspects of this classic yoga, or incorporate new elements and aspects of other philosophical traditions, or that they may consist of specific methods of postures and sequences derived from hatha yoga. In synthesis, hatha yoga is the real root of the techniques of physical yoga and its more traditional form.
When you define a class in a school or study of yoga as “hatha yoga”, it is a practice slow and usually mild. Throughout the class are held more traditional postures, in coordination with a deep and conscious breathing. It is a meditative practice, which is continuously brought attention to the present moment, the body language and frown. You can also expect pranayama (breath control exercises), relaxation, and sometimes mantras and meditation practices. Hatha yoga is a good introduction to yoga because it constitutes the foundations of the discipline, although for some it may be a bit slow at the beginning for its meditative and spiritual emphasis.
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